Ann Cummins

Southwest Book Reviewer

Ann Cummins is Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University.  She has published stories in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Antioch Review, and elsewhere; her fiction has been anthologized in a variety of series including The Best American Short Stories, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories.  A 2002 recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, she is the author of the short story collection Red Ant House, (Houghton Mifflin, spring, 2003) and the novel Yellowcake (Houghton Mifflin, 2007).

Going Through Ghosts

Mar 16, 2010

The 19th Wife

Feb 11, 2010

Early followers of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith faced many challenges, none more radical than the practice of polygamy as a path to Heaven. In his latest book, David Ebershoff tells the story of one woman's crusade against plural marriage. Ann Cummins gives her take as part of KNAU's monthly Southwest Book Reviews. David Ebershoff's The 19th Wife is an ambitious book. A good book. It might have been great had it been a little less ambitious.

Putrefaction Live

Oct 15, 2009

Flagstaff physician Warren Perkins goes outside his comfort zone with his debut novel Putrefaction Live. For James Claw, the hungry soul at the heart of the book, redemption is a guitar, the music a tune from the edge of civilization. Writer and creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.

There's a theme park in Mexico where you can get a feel for what it's like to cross the border illegally. No kidding. You can hire a real Coyote. Even get busted by fake border guards. The park is called Migrant Mountain, and Journalist Johnny Rico went there to research his new book, Border Crosser. Writer and Northern Arizona University creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.