One of Mormonism’s greatest novelists reviews Mormonism’s greatest poetry collection


Angela Hallstrom has reviewed Fire in the Pasture for BYU Studies. Consider this sentence:

For those who erroneously believe that LDS poetry is primarily comprised of sentimental rhymed verses or charming couplets, this anthology is proof that the complexity and beauty of Mormon life can, and should, be rendered in powerful, sophisticated poetic expression.

AML Awards recognize Tyler Chadwick


Tyler Chadwick, of course, is the editor of the Peculiar Pages volume Fire in the Pasture.

The Association for Mormon Letters has just, mere moments ago at their annual awards luncheon, given “Award for Excellence in Anthological Editing.”

It could not be more deserved. If you haven’t read it yet, buy your copy today.


Also awarded today was Mike Allred for his body of work. He’s one of the greats. And he’s also, recall, the guy who said this:

Isn’t it incredible that existence even exists?  So much is taken for granted, right?  For anyone that ever wanted to crack open their consciousness to what might be beyond the beyond, MORMONS &MONSTERS could be the read for you.


Perhaps other friends of Peculiar Pages were rewarded today? Haven’t heard yet. Excited to.

AML Conference


If you’re in Utah this weekend, be sure to check out the following Peculiar Pages-related sessions of AML’s annual conference on Saturday, April 21:



Tyler Chadwick, editor of Fire in the Pasture, presenting on “Situating Sonospophy: Deconstructing Alex Caldiero’s Poetarium.” Alex, of course, is both the subject of Tyler’s dissertation and a poet included in Fire.


Scott Hales, a contributor to our upcoming Dorian project is presenting “Beyond Missionary   Stories: Voicing the Transnational LDS Experience”; I suspect this paper will share some ground with his incredible paper for us. Not a lot. But a little.


Awards luncheon.


Angel Chaparro Sainz who wrote the afterword to Fire in the Pasture, brings  AML his expertise on one of the great essayistsin “Phyllis Barber: There is Love After All.”

230pm, 4pm (sorry this is stretched—-site redesign on the way!)


Reception with readings by AML-award winners at the home of Charlotte England.

Tyler Chadwick launches new website to promote Fire in the PasturePlus: two upcoming events


Fire in the Pasture editor Tyler Chadwick has launched which,to be frank, puts this current incarnation of to shame. It’s lovely and chokkefulle of poetry, analysis, poet info, et cetera. Highly recommended for your Mormon-poetry needs.

Meanwhile, the Fire in the Pasture Facebook page (which I presume you’re already following) has just announced two new upcoming readings. Can’t miss stuff, if you’ll be in the appropriate part of the world:

Both pages are updated regularly.

Five days from now, in Salt Lake City


On the 25th at Ken Sanders Rare Books (map), Fire in the Pasture‘s editor Tyler Chadwick will be leading readings from the book.  Among the poets likely to appear at this substantial event are E.S. Jenkins, Elizabeth Pinborough, Lisa Bickmore, Alan Mitchell, Alex Caldiero, Sunni Wilkinson, Danielle Dubrasky, Sarah Duffy, Marie Brian, Laura Nielson Baxter, (Paul Swenson*), and Michael Hicks.




Paul Swenson’s health failed him since he told us he would be part of this event. His presence will be missed. To quote from his final email to us,

I’ll be around for the Ken Sanders reading, and would be honored to participate.

I’m still on the  journey to full health, but determined to get all the way back. The book is one hell of an achievement.

Thank you, Paul. It meant a lot, coming from you.

Requiescat in pace.

Peculiar Pages at Sunstone West


This Saturday at Claremont Graduate University, Sunstone West, a small tidier Sunstone Symposium, will feature panels about two Peculiar Pages book. (Note that times and participants are subject to clarification.)


The first, Monsters & Mormons, accomplished with the help of A Motley Vision and the most fun currently available in print. Participating authors Erik Peterson (“Bichos”) and Brian Gibson (“The Eye Opener”) will be talking about their works as well as reading their own and others’ stories. Responding to their presentation will be Patrick Q. Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of North American Religion at Claremont, and the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Also featured are several poets from Fire in the Pasture. Featuring editor, poet, and AMV-contributor Tyler Chadwick discussing a Javen Tanner poem, and, in a separate session, readings from Tyler, Neil Aitkin, Karen Kelsay, Elisa Pulido, Laura Stott, Holly Welker, and, we hope, more.

Sunstone West is always great fun and you’ll want to catch other panels and presentations while you’re there.

Come to L.A.!

Register today!


Fire in the Pasture Tumblr


If you have not been following Fire in the Pasture editor Tyler Chadwick’s scintillating and scalpellating comments on the poems of his new book, you are truly missing out. The added value of his mini-essays  could well double the what you’re getting for your money. So pick up a copy of Fire in the Pasture (if you haven’t already) and follow along at home.