‘Flyover Country’ Explores Rural Life, Modern Day Violence

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Austin Smith is the author of "Flyover Country." (Photo: Holly Mulder-Wollan)

Austin Smith draws together the abstract and the intimate in his new book of poetry “Flyover Country.” The collection explores what rural life, violence and belonging mean in today’s world through subjects as diverse as barn cats, drone strikes and the house where Anne Frank hid. Smith joins Forum to discuss how his childhood in the Midwest informs his creative process, and the issues he hopes to spotlight in his writing.


Austin Smith, author, "Flyover Country"