Wyoming is a fading facade of the Old West, where wood-slat homes sit in fields off the main highway. Alyson Hagy's Ghosts of Wyoming tackles Western folklore as well as modern Wyoming, painting tales of characters, haunting and haunted. In "Brief Lives of the Trainmen," Hagy, a professor at the University of Wyoming, depicts the hard life of railroad workers laying ties across Wyoming Territory. Through multiple perspectives, she squeezes various levels of biographical and historical information into a few sentences.
"Alyson is one of our favorite contributors to The Idaho Review," said Mitch Wieland, an English professor at Boise State and editor of The Idaho Review. "Beneath her lyrical and wonderfully graceful prose, one finds a writer of great caring and heart. Her wisdom and fierce intelligence shine forth in every line."
Hagy received the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine and The Best American Short Stories. Hagy kicks-off of Boise State's fall MFA reading series.