"For Stephan, science and poetry coexist in richly overlapping worlds whose bonds are best expressed as revelations about how we make life meaningful."
Donald J. McNuttEditor, Blueline Magazine
"Stephan has taken me into the heart of a living thing I thought had no heart."
Christine WoodsideEditor, Appalachia
"Stephan’s superb handling of syntax creates a finely tuned and honest voice... brimful with weight and virtue."
Marc HarshmanPoet Laureate of West Virginia, Author of Woman in Red Anorak
"There is such a richness to Max's writing that reading each poem is like entering a new landscape."
Robert PenickAuthor of Exit, Stage Left
"Stephan is a poet-scientist with a deep passion and a truly artful ability to dramatize how the realm of mycology 'is boundless.'"
"It’s easy to read Poems for the American Brother as a single poem, an elegy with differing forms of sound and shape seamlessly united in focus and intent."
"Stephan's words connect human experiences across vast landscapes, from the Alaskan prairies to Brooklyn, from the backwoods to every person’s body."