See the latest from Kayann on this virtual book tour!
Listen to an interview with Kayann on blogtalk radio’s Life Lessons, May 6, 2016
Kayann Short, “Floodables,” Mad River Review, February 2, 2015.
Kayann Short, “Soil vs Dirt: A Reverie on Getting Down to Earth.” In Dirt: A Love Story, edited by Barbara K. Richardson and published by University of New England Press.
Bethany Emond Storm, “Book Review: A Bushel’s Worth.” Women, Food, and Ag Network, April 2015. “Short fell in love with the land as a child at her grandparents’ farms in North Dakota where she spent her summers scouting for rocks and searching for birds’ nests. In her book, you will walk the gardens beside her and feel the love that led her to write her ecobiography.” Read more . . .
Kayann Short, “Like Roosters.” Guest post for The Thoreau Farm blog, March 15, 2015.
Kayann Short, “Floodables.” Ft Collins Courier, Winter 2014.
Megan Kimble, “Review: Weather or not, We all Eat.” Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, July 26, 2014. “Scattered in among musings of local food systems, community action, family history, and current farm realities are clear moments of reflection that demonstrate Short’s acumen as a writer.” Read more . . .
Evelyn Funda. “Review of A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Western American Literature Journal, Volume 49, Number 2, Summer 2014. “Short’s focus on a CSA makes this memoir distinctive from other recent farm-related nonfiction. . . . [She] focuses on what she calls farmgiving, a concept that links land stewardship with a sense of reciprocity within community. In other words, farming has a cultural function, something she points to when she writes, “The biggest crop we grow at Stonebridge is community.” Read more . . .
Page Lambert. “Riding the Memoir Wave.” All Things Literary. All Things Natural. March 4, 2014.
“In some ways, Kayann Short’s book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, synthesizes many of these same themes—ancestral stories, living off the land, recasting old agricultural patterns into new, more sustainable grooves.” Read more . . .
Hal Huntsman. “A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Hal’s House of Pancakes: Books, Teaching, Culture, and More. December 7, 2013. “Personal, political, social, artistic, practical – it’s all in farming. And since farming is at the center of A Bushel’s Worth (2013), those adjectives also describe the book. . . . By turns poetic and discursive, the book is one part family history, one part land use policy discussion, two parts community supported farm operating manual, and three parts history of Stonebridge farm. To call it memoir seems shallow and unworthy of what Short has created.” Read more . . .
Susan J. Tweit. “Books: Urban Bestiary and A Bushel’s Worth.” November 25, 2013. “The haunting sense of longing that permeates the early part of the book gradually yields to a deeper ease in the life Short has grown at Stonebridge, as revealed by this closing passage: “We work. We wait. And the earth gives again. … We have learned from the earth that when we practice gratitude, not greed, we will have plenty and plenty more to come.” Read more . . .
Annie Dawd. “Review of A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Colorado Central Magazine. November 1, 2013.
“In Kayann Short’s memoir, her first book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, the reader is treated to a wise and compassionate woman’s understanding of how to live a meaningful life on the Colorado soil of Stonebridge Farm.” Read more . . .
Kayann Short. “A Richer Harvest: The I-In-Relation of Digital Storytelling.” Center for Digital Storytelling Blog. October 28, 2013. “In story circles, we often ask, “Where are you in this story?” as we focus on trans-formational moments that emphasize I-statements: I did this, I felt that.” Read more . . .
Ann Ronald. “Review of A Bushel’s Worth.” Bookin’ with Sunny. October 7, 2013. “My dictionary does not include “ecobiography,” nor does spellcheck recognize this word. But one definition of “eco” is “not harmful to the environment,” while “biography” means “a written account of someone’s life.” Thus, “ecobiography” is a perfect locution to describe Kayann Short’s new book.” Read more . . .
Barbara Richardson. “Review of A Bushel’s Worth.” Goodreads. September 19, 2013. “Turn off your devices. Forget about speed. Relax, settle in, and pick up “A Bushel’s Worth.” The sanity of the earth turns the pages.” Read more . . .
Susan J. Tweit, “A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Story Circle Book Reviews. September 11, 2013. “What happens when a college professor, activist and feminist scholar who grew up spending summers on her grandparents’ farms falls in love with a piece of land and the farmer who tends it? In the case of Kayann Short’s book A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, the result is a harvest of life-wisdom, stories and passionate advocacy gleaned from the land and its seasons, the farm and the community it has sprouted, and from Short’s family-farm history.” Read more . . .
Khadijah A, “A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Story Circle Book Reviews. September 9, 2013. “When I heard of Kayann Short’s A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, I was excited. It seemed like it would combine many of my passions in one book: memoir, writing, nature, sustainable agriculture, family, and speaking for change. I was not disappointed.” Read more . . .
Kayann Short, excerpt from “Appling.” Colorado Gardener. Harvest Issue 2013. “Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and McIntosh. Japanese Fuji and New Zealand Gala. These are the apple varieties found in most grocery stores today.” Read more . . .
Barbara Richardson, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby.” September 3, 2013. “Her lovely 2013 book A Bushel’s Worth has me dreaming like a farmer. “Fresh is a flavor,” Kayann tells the visitors to her radish beds. “This is what fresh tastes like.” They crunch and swoon.” Read more . . .
Heather. “Excellent Book About a Share the Harvest Farm.” Amazon Book Review. September 2, 2013. “If you are drawn to organic farming, want to learn more about how ‘share the harvest’ Community Supported Agriculture functions, if the idea of “farm to table” produce makes your mouth water, then this is the book for you.” Read more . . .
Kayann Short, “What Readers Need to Know.” SheWrites guest blog. August 25, 2013. “But you never say whether you found your brother’s bear. Readers will want to know,” my mother emailed me after reading “Silos,” a chapter from my book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography.” Read more . . .
Minding Spot, “A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography by Kayann Short.” August 20, 2013. “Growing up, on summer vacations, Kayann and her family would go ‘home’ for the summer to the family farms, visiting aunts, cousins and grandparents. They really learned to respect the land and the work that is put into a farm.” Read more . . .
KGNU Morning Magazine. “Interview with Kayann Short, author of A Bushel’s Worth.” August 19, 2013. Listen here . . .
Cindy Sutter, “Boulder County author embraces richness of farming in community.” Boulder Daily Camera, August 18, 2013
“It isn’t unheard of for a farm to be a backdrop in a memoir or novel. What’s unusual is that in Kayann Short’s book, “A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography,” the 10-acre farm in Lyons that she shares with her husband, John Martin, is so tightly woven into the text that it’s almost a character in its own right.” Read more . . .
Carol Loranger, “In Which She Finally Gets Around to Reviewing a Book, with a Side Trip or Two.” Notes from a Reading Life, August 3, 2013
“Her capability and vision–her awareness of the nourishment to be had in communities spread across space and time–are, I think, Short’s real contribution to the eco-memoir genre and beyond the pleasure to be had in reading good prose, make this book worth the reading.” Read more . . .