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Joe Mackall, Robert Atwan, and Dan Lehman at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conferene, May 18-20
“Joe Mackall’s patience, empathy, and dogged curiosity illuminate this fine, fascinating study of an elusive culture. is a provocative, humbling, and soulful book.”—Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy
Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the AmishBy Joe MackallBeacon, 207 pp., $24.95

The old neighborhood was the place Joe Mackall left. It was a place where everyone's parents worked at the factory at the dead end of the street...
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This title is not held in stock & is ordered from suppliers, subject to availability. Joe Mackall, Robert Atwan, and Dan Lehman at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conferene, May 18-20Joe Mackall's book Plain Secrets provides a portrait of the Swartzentruber Amish community in Ohio.Joe Mackall's book Plain Secrets provides a portrait of the Swartzentruber Amish community in Ohio.
Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and without rumspringa, the recently popularized "running-around time" that some Amish sects allow their sixteen-year-olds. Joe Mackall is an associate professor of English and journalism at Ashland University and the editor of the nonfiction journal "River Teeth." His essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies as well as on National Public Radio. He has also worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including the "Washington Post." Joe Mackall is an associate professor of English and journalism at Ashland University and the editor of the nonfiction journal "River Teeth." His essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies as well as on National Public Radio. He has also worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including the "Washington Post."
Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. The Swartzentrubers live without gas...
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This title is not held in stock & is ordered from suppliers, subject to availability.Joe Mackall is co-founder and editor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series (in partnership with the University of Nebraska Press). His memoir, The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage, was published in 2006 by the University of Nebraska Press. His articles have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He wrote for The Washington Post for two years. He also served as editor of Cleveland Magazine. His essays have appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Mackall has a BA in English from Cleveland State University, an MA in English from the University of C. Oklahoma, an MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is director of the Creative Writing program at Ohio's Ashland University. Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and without rumspringa, the recently…