Being Home

Being Home Front Cover
edited by Sam Pickering & Bob Kunzinger
978-1-948692-62-5 paper 19.95
978-1-948692-63-2 ebook 9.99
6×9, 200 pp.
Essay Anthology
September 2021

Being Home is about the spirit of place, the juncture of memory and emotions. It is different for everyone; it is different for members of the same family, and it most likely has nothing to do with where you were born or grew up. Award-winning essayists Sam Pickering and Bob Kunzinger selected the essays for this collection, selecting essays about being home where setting becomes character, where time becomes the antagonist, and where we make our most important discoveries. These are not quarantine, stay in place, Covid-19 essays.


  • Johnnie Bernhard – “Ignorance or Innocence”
  • Rick Campbell – “Celibacy and Ancestry”
  • Maryah Converse – “Becoming Bedouin”
  • Susan Delgado Watts – “Being Home”
  • John Flynn – “Living Between the Leaves”
  • Debra Frank – “The Accident House”
  • Karin Hedetniemi – “Inheritance”
  • Anndee Hochman – “2 Rms, Family View: The Ones We Call Home”
  • Richard Holinger – “Cornwall Village”
  • Jamie Hughes – “Making Room”
  • Robert Iulo – “The Neighborhood”*
  • Kyle Ingrid Johnson – “The House and Its Moments”*
  • Judy Johnson – “My Brothers”
  • Deb Liggett – “Marking Our Place”
  • Mel Livatino – “Going Home Again”
  • Geoffrey Martin – “Birdland”
  • Robert Miltner – “Into the Bargain”
  • Vicky Oliver – “Alice in Motherland”
  • Lea Page – “Everything and the Kitchen Sink”
  • Rhonda Ray – “My Rock”
  • Claude Clayton Smith – “Blue Heaven”
  • Marsha Lynn Smith – “4 Generations of Black Hair Matters”
  • Bill Stifler – “Not From Around Here”
  • Elizabeth Templeman – “In Place”
  • Elaine Terranova – “Being Home”
  • Lee Zacharias – “On a Rocky Inland Coast”
  • Madelaine Zadik – “Triumph”

The editors:

Sam Pickering grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He spent 67 years in classrooms learning and teaching and has long been a rummager and writer wandering New England and the South, the Mid-East, Britain, Australia, and Canada. He has written some thirty books and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Bob Kunzinger is the author of eight collections of non-fiction, and has been widely published in publications such as World War Two HistorySouthern Humanities Review, the Washington PostSt Anthony Messenger, and more, including notations for essays in Best American Essays. He lives and writes in Virginia.

Sam Pickering and Bob Kunzinger, judges and editors of Madville Publishing's 2021 Essay Anthology, Being Home
Editors, Sam Pickering and Bob Kunzinger

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