JAMES ALAN RILEY is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He edited Kentucky Voices: A Collection of Contemporary Kentucky Short Stories (PC Press, 1999). His work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Kentucky Monthly, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Heritage, The Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, West Branch, and a number of other literary magazines over the years. Riley received a PhD in Modern British and American Literature from Ohio University in Athens and a Masters in English from the University of Arkansas. He is a Professor of English at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky, where he has taught since 1987 serving higher eduction in Eastern Kentucky. He previously served as the English Program Coordinator. Read “Theories of Elegance,” a selection from Broken Frequencies.
About Broken Frequencies:
Broken Frequencies confronts the disconnect between the present and the past in our personal lives. Each poem is a search for meaning in an otherwise random sequence of events which lean always toward the relationships which lend significance to our lives, the connections between those we love and those we have lost, and the many possible futures each moment implies. From “The Heart’s Sad Music,” there is no escaping the realization that “We are surrounded by the ghosts of those we love.”