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Mitchell R. McInnis

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Born
September 14

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Clayton Eshleman, Jack Gilbert, Yannis Ritsos & Lou Reed

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April 2014

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McInnis is a poet, writer and editor born and raised in Montana. It was in Livingston, Montana that McInnis and artist/designer Brad Bunkers founded and ran the innovative, now-retired arts journal, HoboEye.

His work has appeared in many forms in many venues. Most recently, his poetry and reviews have appeared in The Collagist and The Southeast Review. He is proud to have first been published in Carolyn Forché’s journal, So to Speak.

In 2019, McInnis became a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC). In April 2020, he will be traveling to promote two books: a 15th anniversary edition of his poetry collection The Missing Shade of Blue while premiering his new collection Dancing in the Neon Boneyard.

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Confession of a Former Gun Editor: The NRA is the Problem

I was born and raised in Montana, in a law enforcement and military family. Few things feel as comfortable or homelike to me as a gun. Certainly a pen. As Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney wrote, “Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.” Precisely.

Now, I know I’m unusual in that sentiment, especially in the liberal circles which I often travel. Snug and gun a Read more of this blog post »
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Majenta Hello, Mitchell! Thank you for contacting me. Congratulations on your book! I hope you are well and having a good week and good weather. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

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