THE HARMONIST AT NIGHTFALL: POEMS OF INDIANA
Bottom Dog Press, 2013
"Shari Wagner asks, in one of the many voices she assumes in this truly original collection, 'What if Paradise were not a garden but a maze of trees with mottled skin?' And Wagner takes her reader through a maze of personal and public stories, offering a stunning evocation that does indeed make a paradise of Indiana's forests and fields, its bogs and rivers. We should give great good thanks for the beauty of these poems and the way they resurrect and honor the likes of Gene Stratton-Porter and James Dean, Abraham Lincoln and the Wright Brothers, the Miami and the Potawatomi tribes, as well as Wagner's own Mennonite ancestry."
Todd Davis, author of In the Kingdom of the Ditch
Cascadia Publishing House, 2005
"Evening Chore is a terrific book, full of wisdom, imagination, humor and magic. Shari Wagner's observant eye captures what has disappeared from view--a vanished bridge, a lost dog, an amazing heron, a way of life--and preserves it. In poems that are both calm and exact she records those haunted moments when the present splits open to reveal the astonishing past."
Maura Stanton, author of Glacier Wine
MAKING THE ROUNDS:
MEMOIRS OF A SMALL-TOWN DOCTOR
"Small-town doctors have gone the way of small towns since Gerald Miller and Lee Kinzer set up practice in tiny Markle, Indiana in the 1960s. The technological advances that have so aggrandized medicine have exacted their cost, not just in dollars, but in human intimacy, in community. And those are not the stuff of nostalgia; they are health issues. Miller, in his second collaborative book with distinguished poet daughter Shari Wagner, guides us on a journey back to the heartwarming and heartbreaking time of $4 office visits, middle-of-the-night house calls and reliance on wits over widgets, all the while deflecting credit from an author who nevertheless emerges, like his late colleague, as nothing short of heroic. Making the Rounds is a gem--as a history lesson, elegy to loss, adventure series, and simple reminder: The physician can have no greater skills than listening and belonging."
Dan Carpenter, former Indiana Star columnist and author of
Indiana Out Loud: Dan Carpenter on the Heartland Beat
A HUNDRED CAMELS: A MISSION DOCTOR'S SOJOURN AND MURDER TRIAL IN SOMALIA
Cascadia Publishing House, 2009
"This book contains an equal measure of travelogue, mystery story, medical diary, and cultural history. Underneath the excitement of the courtroom drama, murder trial, and many escapades in a new culture, lies the story of how one man's spirit grew, first in his own country and his own faith and then in a new country with a different faith."
Shirley H. Showalter, author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
STORIES FROM THE INDIANAPOLIS SENIOR CENTER
In this engaging collection, nine seniors return to significant moments in their lives, presenting stories that range from hilarious, to thoughtful, to hauntingly poetic. Returning represents the work of a memoir class taught by Shari Wagner and sponsored by the Writers' Center of Indiana and the Indianapolis Senior Center. Wagner's introduction describes the assignments she gave to her class and offers suggestions for writing your own life stories.