The Return of 'The Limberlost Review' 

In 2018, Rick Ardinger retired from his job as executive director of the Idaho Humanities Council, and it wasn't long before he had a sleepless night.

"I woke up in the middle of the night and I started to write down everything I wanted to see in a literary journal that I'm not really seeing in the way I'd like to see it. As I started to gather things, I just happened on a manuscript of Bill [Studebaker]'s poems, and they were all about traveling and the west," Ardinger said.

Studebaker was an Idaho poet who died in 2008, and six of his poems are in the 2019 edition of The Limberlost Review, which hit the stands of Boise's Rediscovered Books, Book People in Moscow and Walrus & Carpenter Books in Pocatello this month. This edition marks the return of the review, which, apart from some letterpress poetry volumes and "Fandango" special issues, Ardinger has kept in his breast pocket since the mid-1980s.

Observers of the literature of the Mountain West will also find an excerpt from Mary Clearman Blew's forthcoming novel Will There Be Horses, Bob Bushnell's interview with Clay Morgan, poems by Diane Raptosh, and more poems in Spanish by Raul Zurita alongside English translations by Boise State University English Department Chair Mac Test and Valerie Mejer. There are essays, like John Rember's on Vietnam; and "re-readings," where Brandon R. Schrand reflects on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Shaun T. Griffin gives his thoughts on a volume of Donald Hall's poetry. As a collection, it represents a diversity specific to the American West.

"I always like to think of writers in the west as almost like lookouts, and we're all bringing in our different reports from the different peaks," Ardinger said.

He expects to release the next review in late 2019 or early 2020. There will be stories, he said, featuring travelers and their Volkswagens, and a rustic overall style.

"I don't want it to appear too workshopped or anything like that," Ardinger said. "I'm interested in the raw, unschooled writing from people who maybe have learned their craft simply by living it or doing it."

—Harrison Berry

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