Abby Rosenthal, a New Yorker by birth, lived in upstate New York, Wyoming, and Washington DC before settling in Memphis to work as a teacher and raise a family. Her poetry and prose have appeared in literary journals such as “Alaska Quarterly,” “Bloomsbury Review,” “Carolina Quarterly,” “Kansas Quarterly,” and the “Southern Poetry Review.” A book of her poetry, “Ardor’s Hut,” was published by Alembic Press in l989.
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Articles written for the California Literary Review:
Along with energy of place, comes a specific manifestation of that energy in the person of young Quevenzhané Wallis, who plays Hushpuppy, the film’s narrator and heroine. Wallis, a schoolgirl from Houma, Louisiana, confronts the camera untutored, dead-on, and fearless. She can juice it up and she can flatten it out, as required, but her Hushpuppy is always skinny, strong, disheveled, intense, thoughtful and thoroughly believable.