Emily Louise Smith is a senior lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW and the Founder/Publisher of Lookout BooksLookout is the sister book imprint of Ecotone Magazine.  Anna Lena Phillips Bell is also a lecturer with the Creative Writing Department and the editor of both publications.

When author Ben Miller was nine years old he became fascinated with a new invention made by a classmate’s father: a mail-order ice rink. In The Reinvention of Ice, Miller writes about living vicariously through the rink as an escape from the fragmentation of his home life in Davenport, Iowa.  Miller first published the story in the UNCW-based literary journal Ecotone. Miller spoke to WHQR’s Sara Wood about how this story became the impetus for his memoir, River Bend Chronicle, recently published by UNCW’s imprint Lookout Books.