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also by Carol Smallwood

In Hubble's Shadow

In the Measuring

Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction

by Carol Smallwood

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These forty-three beautiful and moving short essays seem inspired by whatever is on Carol Smallwood’s mind — library visits, her daughter, the TV show Columbo, “Chick Lit,” or hardware stores. But they remind us that everything in life is a variation on a theme, a different shade in the same tapestry.


ISBN: 978-1-941830-46-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-941830-47-5 (digital)

LCCN: 2017932391

Released 2017

162 pages

Author Biography

Carol Smallwood’s around five dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Recent anthologies include: Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Bringing the Arts into the Library: An Outreach Handbook (American Library Association, 2014). Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (Lamar University Press, 2014), Divining the Prime Meridian (WordTech Editions, 2015) are poetry collections; Interweavings and In Hubble’s Shadow are from Shanti Arts Publishing in 2017; Library Outreach to Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017). Smallwood, who has founded and supports humane societies, has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and appears in such references as Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Wikipedia.

In 2019 Carol Smallwood received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about this tremendous honor.


"This shimmering kaleidoscope of insights rich in descriptive language inspires us to be more aware of time on our transformational journeys.”
— Gloria Adams, contributor to Library Youth Outreach, McFarland (2014)­

“Carol Smallwood interrogates with spare prose that is revelatory but offers no easy answers.”
— Dr. Geri Lipschultz, contributor, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Pearson (2014)

“ . . . investigation into human consciousness where self-awareness earmarks the book of one’s life.”
— Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, editor, Adanna Literary Journal

“Wrought with hidden gems of striking description.”
— Nicole M. Bouchard, editor, The Write Place At the Write Time

"What you have written is literature. It has staying power."
— Dr. William Brevda, Professor of English, Central Michigan University

“Smallwood combines the random, mundane, and heartbreaking with the profound.”
— Carole Mertz, contributor, Writing After Retirement, Scarecrow (2014)

“In one moment, objects and environments in this dynamic collection appear through a magnifying glass, and in the next, the glass is lowered to turn our senses to the resonant words and images of novelists, scholars, and artists.”
— Diane LeBlanc, director of writing, Interdisciplinary Studies, St. Olaf College 

“The latest essays of what’s on our minds are caught in sequences from a new library, nursery rhymes, feministic, to ephemeral issues and writers who have transcended time!”
— Vandella Brown, contributor, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook, ALA Editions

Articles and Reviews

currently 5 5-star ratings on Amazon reviews . . . take a look

Mary Jo Doig, "Interweavings, by Carol Smallwood," Story Circle Book Reviews. (February 4, 2018)

Nicole Sparling Barco, "Book Review: Interweavings, by Carol Smallwood," Scarlet Leaf Review. (November 15, 2017)

Kathrine C. Aydelott, "Interweavings," Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 17.2. (Fall 2017)

Patti Gibbons, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood," Compulsive Reader. (October 1, 2017)

Reviewed by Ronald Primeau in Rain Taxi, Vol. 22, Num. 3, Fall 2017.

Patti Gibbons, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood," New Book Review. (September 7, 2017)

Vera Gubnitskaia, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood," Scarlet Leaf Review. (July 15, 2017)

Patti Gibbons, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction," Midwest Book Review. (June 2017)

Lara Lillibridge, "Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood," Mom Egg Review. (4-25-2017)

This Collection of Short Essays Will Make You Rethink Life's Ordinary Moments (Press Release, January 30, 2017)


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