SHORT STORY IN RETREAT WEST ANTHOLOGY

Excited to say that my short-listed story Robin (The Handle of a  Child’s Bucket) will be published next month in RETREAT WEST’s autumn anthology What Was Left, with a launch party in Reading, UK, September 7.

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR AUGUST

“In the fall I believe again in poetry. If nothing else, it is a movement of the mind.” This month’s writer’s quote comes from Finnish poet, writer and translator, Aila Meriluoto, who published her first collection of poetry in 1946 at the age of twenty-two.

HENRY MILLER’S BLACK SPRING

I’ve just finished Henry Miller’s Black Spring, among memoirs I’ve been reading for research on an upcoming book. A 20th-century American writer from Brooklyn, Miller (1891-1980) created a unique type of novel now known as Fictionalized Autobiography. His work has been criticized, especially in his early days, as being overly explicit. And much of it is. … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JULY

July’s writer’s quote comes from the great Colombian novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and screen-writer Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. “As a writer, I’m merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.” “It is much more  important to write than to … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JUNE

Michael Francis O’Donovan (Frank O’Connor) (1903-1966) is an Irish writer with more than one hundred fifty works to his name. He is most known for his short stories, though he was also a literary critic, novelist, and poet. Much of his writing is autobiographical, most notably The Man of the House based on his childhood in County Cork.   “As … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MAY

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic who lived in London, where he worked as an editor of several literary magazines, helping to promote the work of contemporaries T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He is best known for his unfinished epic, The Cantos. “Poetry is a composition of … Continue reading

JOHN UPDIKE’S THE BROWN CHEST

Just finished a short story collection that contained John Updike’s The Brown Chest. Some of the best writing anywhere in a moving slice of life story. Here’s a couple of excerpts. “In the first house he lived in, it sat up on the second floor, a big wooden chest, out of the way and yet not. … Continue reading

SHORT STORY FINALIST

Excited to learn that another of my short stories has been chosen as a Finalist with The Pinch Journal!

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR APRIL

John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art. “A … Continue reading

MRS. DALLOWAY

On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf, in the depths of a deep depression, filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned. She was fifty-nine years old. In honor of her brilliant career, here’s a fragment of her outstanding novel, Mrs. Dalloway. “Shredding and slicing, dividing and … Continue reading

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