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devised by Michael Ferlazzo


This issue tests your knowledge of The Natural State’s literature and writers as well as those non-natives who have focused on Arkansas in their work.  Answer the following and you’re in the running to receive a 30-euro (£23 / $33) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: April 15, 2018


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1. First serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, this classic Western novel by Charles Portis was adapted to film—twice.

2. This Arkansas humorist writer coined the term “The Creation State” in his 1841 story “The Big Bear of Arkansas.”

3. Though she wasn’t born in Arkansas, this highly influential and famous writer wrote the first of seven volumes of autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, about growing up in the state.

4. One of the bestselling American writers of the 20th century, this Arkansas native strayed from his usual genre by recounting his childhood in the 2001 novel A Painted House.

5. What is the name of the poetic form created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, which consists of 3 stanzas, 12 lines, and 60 syllables in the count of 8,4,4,4 8,4,4,4 8,4,4,4?

6. This Nobel Prize-winning poet wrote the bold and moving collection of poems entitled The Arkansas Testament.

7. Famous for his epic labyrinthine poem, The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You, this Arkansas poet tragically committed suicide at only 29 years of age.

8. In 1976, this same poet began a small press called , which fellow poet C.D Wright assumed reigns over after his death.

9. Considered to be a “genius” by Toni Morrison, she championed the publication of his short stories and poetry while an editor at Random House. Highly involved in the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements, this writer even studied jazz with Sun Ra, before being tragically shot dead at 33 years old by the NYPD in 1968 for “mistaken identity.”

10. A founder of the University of Arkansas Press, this writer read at President Bill Clinton’s 1997 inauguration.

11. What is the name of this writer’s Grammy award-winning daughter, named by TIME magazine as America’s best songwriter in 2002?

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