On his website, Dana writes, "It is a poem about the day I took my mother to see the site of the 1959 plane crash that killed the young rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. The plane crashed in a farm field not too far south of where I live. The poem was published by District Lit in 2013 and was among the nominees for the inaugural Reader’s Choice Award, which pulled together a group of nominees from among the poems published by District Lit the last 2-1/2 years."
According to Dana, "District Lit, from suburban Washington D.C., is a very solid literary journal, with a strong annual crop of pieces nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net awards."
District Lit will feature Dana's poem and the winning short story in the fiction contest (by Faith Gardner) in a display at its Bookfair table at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, April 8-11, at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. AWP is a huge gathering, mostly of the nation’s college writing programs, and is held in a different city each year. There will be more than 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panel discussions and lectures.
District Lit will publish a chapbook of Dana Yost's poem and Faith Gardner’s short story and make copies available at their AWP Bookfair table.
Congratulations, Dana! I've never been to this place in Iowa where the music died, but your poem takes me right there.