Lyle Ernst presenting to an enthusiastic group, in an informational format of memoir and essay writing. The Cordova, Illinois Writer’s Group at their outstanding library facility.
Author, Mentor, Role Model and Literary Innovator
AN AMERICAN MOSAIC
In 1990, after founding Free River Press, Wolf began a program of writing
workshops in Nashville for homeless men and women with the intent of publishing
their writing. This led to workshops for farm families and other groups in the
region that were eventually featured on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public
Radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Taken from these workshops
and beyond, the short stories, poems, and memoirs collected here are as diverse
as daily life, offering an abundance of literary Americana focusing primarily on
the latter part of the 20th century. Thomas Hart Benton's mural "America Today"
(1932) served as a major influence on the book's structure; separate sections
depict the homeless, the Midwest, the Mississippi River, and the Delta, with
each section including a commentary by the editor. The order follows the
chronology in which the works were developed. This is an oral history triumph,
featuring the voices of the real folk who fight each day to survive their
personal struggles. Highly recommended.ACynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"River Days, Stories from the Mississippi" contains true life stories written by people who have spent their entire lives living along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. Stories are written by Mississippi River pilots, towboat captains and commercial fisherman. Most of the stories take place on the Upper Mississippi River Valley near and in the towns of Lansing, Iowa and DeSoto, Wisconsin.
Two stories written by Lyle Ernst are included; "River Towns" includes real life stories, many of which include river people Lyle knows and has had contact with. Lyle read his "River Towns" essay on Wisconsin Public Radio.
"Mike Valley, Life-Long River Rat," is the second entry in this book written by Lyle. Mike is not the type of person, after meeting him, you will soon forget. His first love is fishing on the river. He does it for a living along with wood carving, sign painting and building cabine
Author Lyle Ernst Note:
"I am proud to have had Robert Wolf as my mentor and inspiration. He is the reason I began to write, and he is the standard by which I guide my choices in my writing career. Thank you, Robert, "Bob" Wolf."