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Flatland - Stories & Photography

Publication Details

Flatland - $25 by Teague von Bohlen & Britten Leigh Traughber
ISBN 9-780-990992110 • paperback • © 2019
68 pages (10” X 8”) • $25.00 plus $3.00 postage

Flatland: Stories & Photography by Teague von Bohlen & Britten Leigh Traughber. (Decatur, IL.: Bronze Man Books, 2019). 68 pages, 10 x 8 inches, perfect bound. ISBN 9-780-990992110. $25.00 and $3.00 postage from the publisher at <> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.



The fabric of this small-town society is changing, and quickly. For better or for worse, there’s loss in it. Much like growing up, there are some things to which you cannot return. All the more reason then to capture the beauty, the strangeness, and the emotion of the Flatlands now, before it all weathers and falls, just like the barns along its pitted roads.

~ from the Preface


Sample Photo/Story

Please enjoy this sample photo & related story: Shining On for No Good Reason



The combination of Flatland’ photographs and its stories create “an alchemy, a third presence,”: I believe we call such a presence grace. These twenty-five stories are earnest, defiant gifts, ruptures, essential cultural breaches, hardly the gasps our contemporary world would have us patronize. They are fiats not flutterings, and they will not, as the protagonist in one story laments, find themselves on some shelf without their story told. The greatest gifts always outlive their material lives, and in von Bohlen we have one of today's greatest literary and cultural benefactors.

~ Christopher Merkner, Author of The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories

In this extraordinary collaboration between writer Teague von Bohlen and photographer Britten Leigh, Flatland pays brilliant tribute to disappearing Illinois farmlands, to the small, rural towns and working families of the Midwest. Von Bohlen’s exquisitely detailed, elegiac short fictions, placed beside Leigh’s haunting black and white photographs, create a third presence — an indelible portrait, superbly rendered, of memory, place and time. Words get no better than this. What a brilliant, marvelous, unforgettable book — reminiscent of James Agee and Walker Evans’Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

~ Melissa Pritchard, Author of Palmerino and A Solemn Pleasure


About the Author & Photographer


Britten Leigh Traughber grew up in the small Illinois communities of Bethany and Moweaqua, which has greatly influenced her work as a photographer and oral historian. She is a graduate of Bennington College (BA Visual Arts) and Illinois State University (MFA Photography), and has taught at Millikin University, Illinois State University, and the University of Hawaii Hilo. Her work is in a few great collections, many homes, and some choice publications. She currently lives in rural Vermont and believes art is for everyone, regardless of population or location.

Teague von Bohlen is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he serves as Fiction Editor for the literary magazine Copper Nickel and Faculty Advisor for the student newspaperThe Sentry. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for fiction, his shorter work has been seen in journals nationwide, and he covers the literary and pop culture beats as a regular contributor to the alt-weekly Westword. He may live in Colorado, but his corn-fed heart never left Illinois.

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