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Brevity Magazine Blog on writing memoir

I am working on a memoir, have been for a while although it is continually renewing itself so it feels over and over like I’m just starting. Thinking a lot about the process of writing any kind of prose, but in particular memoir. It is a common misconception that it is harder to write fiction than creative non-fiction, because in non-fiction you are just writing what happened. That’s the rub, what did happen? In fiction you get to decide that as you go along. In non-fiction you are a slave to truth, and facts and truth are often at odds. Check out the article on Brevity.

MEDIUM is my newest blogging home

I might be the last person to learn about Medium, but here’s a link in case you also don’t know about it. My blog there is in its infancy, and I’m still trying to figure the place out, but what attracted me to the platform is its quiet, orderly interface on a multitude of topics. It has direct contact with real media like The Atlantic and Washington Post. I first saw one of Medium’s articles in LitHub and soon after one was quoted in the Washington Post. Real journalism in other words. Obama blogs there. It seems like a nice alternative to Facebook, which I still have trouble using without feeling self-conscious like I’m back in time entering a junior high lunchroom. 

Medium has a wide range of topics, and I try to focus my attention on those relating to writing. I have recently been accepted as a writer for The Writing Cooperative which uses the Medium platform. I have not written an article for The Writing Cooperative yet, but I have written a few personal thoughts about current events and the writing life on my own page. Check it out! 

Sage Cigarettes Southern Issue

Sage Cigarettes aka “raw lit for the raw soul” has been publishing theme issues online for the past two years. They are incredible, and they pay for poems! Not many small mags do that. 

When I saw the call for a Southern theme issue I thought I’d try to add my voice there. Two poems are in the issue. Check them out on pages 12 and 13. 

Anti-Heroin Chic

Thanks to Anti-Heroin Chic for printing “What the End is For” in their hot-off-the-press Grief and Loss issue! 

The editor James Diaz wrote in his acceptance letter, “Thank you for entrusting us with such sacred work…” but the real sacred work is their dedication to the literature of  lost causes. 

Read their manifesto below and be inspired as I was to send them what is on your mind and in your heart. This is one of the most passionate zines I know of.


Anti-Heroin Chic is not really about cool, it's about the margin-of-error of cool.  As Janis Ian says "If we were inside there, where the light is warm and everybody is laughing and dancing, we wouldn't be able to see it. We have to be outside in order to see it. That's what being an artist is." And that is what Anti-Heroin Chic is about. What we observe through the window. 

Send us your observations.

Send us your heart.

Send us your honesty.

As a general rule, no sexism, no racism, no homophobia, no gender disparity, no any-disparity.

Be good people.

Ars Poetica Prize Winner 2018

The inaugural ARS POETICA prize was awarded to Rasma Haidri for her poem “Practice”. Contest judge Jeannine Hall Gailey called it “a quiet poem, but charming.  Kept me re-reading.” 

Read the poem on my website here.

Wicked Woman Prize - second place

Brickhouse Books hosts a Wicked Woman poetry prize and this year the judge Rose Solari judged my manuscript Blue Like Apples a close second to the winner. I thank Rose and the Brickhouse editors for all the kudos and good advice as that book keeps evolving. 

Young Ravens Literary Review: Scarcity & Rarity issue

The theme for this issue was ‘scarcity and rarity’ which inspired me to send them two of the poems from my new, unpublished collection that has a working title of “Blue Like Apples”. 

When is blue like apples? Read it in “Currents”. 

The Galway Review...

This online magazine has published and re-published 3 poems

Rathalla Review publishes “Cadaver”

A writing workshop leader once decided that what we writers needed was a visit to the medical school anatomy theater and get a good look at a dead body, inside and out. It was all just flesh and bones, except for the hand which was so simply and elegantly human. See the poem here.

Route 20 Anthology

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My poem “Following” found a home in this book. Road trips were a prime element of my childhood featuring summer treks between Tennessee, New York, Wisconsin and Florida. I haven’t written much about them, but when I saw the call for this anthology I gave it a shot and the poem found a home. The anthology is out now from Foothills Press. Get your copy here

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NOVEMBER 2018 in Oslo

9 poets put together an art project comprising a limited number collection of broadsides and broadside exhibit 

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Poets Reading the News

This is one of the best news-rendered-into-poetry sites. They do a superb job with pairing visuals with text, and linking to relevant news stories. An educational and inspirational site that I’m proud to have been published on. See my poem here 67th parallel North.

Burning Books, Again! a blog post at RASMA SAYS….