An Adventurous Spirit: A Lowestoft Chronicle Anthology

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Lowestoft Chronicle Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.51 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author
Nicholas Litchfield is the author of the suspense novel Swampjack Virus and editor of eleven literary anthologies. His stories, essays, and book reviews appear in BULL, Colorado Review, Daily Press, Shotgun Honey, and The Virginian-Pilot and elsewhere. He has contributed introductions to numerous books, including eighteen Stark House Press reprints of long-forgotten mystery novels. Formerly a book critic for the Lancashire Post, syndicated to twenty-five newspapers across the U.K., he now writes for Publishers Weekly. Reach him at
James B. Nicola's poetry books are more than collections; each one takes the reader on a particular journey with a beginning, middle, and end. Manhat-tan Plaza (2014) "reads like a biography or memoir . . . with the thoughtfulness of an architect's blueprint or a tour guide's Baedeker," according to Vermont Literary Review, while Great Weather for Media observes that Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (2016) "illustrates a life in the theatre, warts and all" and "would recommend [it] not only to readers . . . but also to poets who are interested in developing collections which follow a specific theme." Nicola's individual poems have appeared stateside in the Antioch, Southwest, and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, Tar River, and Poetry East, and in many journals in Europe and Canada. A Yale graduate, he won a Dana Literary Award, a Willow Review award, and a People's Choice award (from Storyteller), and he was a featured poet at New Formalist. His nonfiction book, Playing the Audience, won a Choice award. Following the tradition of poets Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Bishop, and Frank O'Hara, Nicola moved from his native Worcester, Massachusetts, to New York City, where he makes his home. Lately he has been conducting both theater and poetry workshops at libraries, literary festivals, schools, and community centers all over the country, most notably the Kennedy Center / American College Theater Festival. Nicola is also a director, composer, lyricist, and playwright. His children's musical Chimes: A Christmas Vaudeville premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was rumored to be in the audience on opening night.

"A refreshingly original collection of sharp tales. Overall, it's entertaining, varied, and clever writing." -Kirkus Reviews

"The collected works in An Adventurous Spirit invite the reader to come away on a journey, and what a journey it is! This anthology is a wide-ranging showcase of Lowestoft Chronicle's writers, and the reader cannot help but be changed by this collective force. This line from the poem "Druich" by James B. Nicola truly captures the essence of the book, "Though overseas it wears a foreign face/ enchantment is enchantment any place." -Cat Dixon, The Good Life Review Poetry Editor

"Across continents and even states of consciousness, An Adventurous Spirit moves deftly, displays a remarkable range, and reminds us why we crave travel literature. Read and enjoy!" -Charles Holdefer, author of The Contractor