Author Showcase: Barbara Westwood Diehl

by Nathaniel Tower

Today we showcase Barbara Westwood Diehl. She contributed a wonderful piece called “Good Kill” to our Post-Experimentalism Issue.

Here’s a snippet from “Good Kill”:

No two stories will be exactly the same. Twenty-some years ago, Marcia told her next door neighbor that it had been good for Jack and Jimmy, her husband and son, to go deer hunting. Sons need time with their fathers, this blood sport. She told Irene that they had gone hunting for whitetail with Winchester rifles. She used the word for killing that the outfitters used—harvesting. As if the deer were corn or wheat.

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of The Baltimore Review, and she works for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her fiction and poems have appeared in publications as varied as MacGuffin, Confrontation, Rosebud, JMWW, Potomac Review, American Poetry Journal, Measure, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, Word Riot, Atticus Review, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Barbara Westwood Diehl
Founding Editor of The Baltimore Review