Category Archives: writing

Look – over there!

…yep, my first blog post for 2017 just happened on my other blog. Take a stroll over there to read about my 2016 book tour and some other things. Upcoming things, too.

Look – over there!

…yep, my first blog post for 2017 just happened on my other blog. Take a stroll over there to read about my 2016 book tour and some other things. Upcoming things, too.

Writing Resources: 52 and The Daily Poet

At the beginning of this year, I bought two books that I hoped would help me keep up a somewhat regular writing schedule.

Writing Resources: 52 and The Daily Poet

At the beginning of this year, I bought two books that I hoped would help me keep up a somewhat regular writing schedule.

Springboards, Straightjackets, and Writing from Life

Let’s talk about the herd of woolly mammoths in the room: How much of what poets and novelists write is (thinly) veiled real life stuff? Isn’t poetry supposed to be ‘real’?

Springboards, Straightjackets, and Writing from Life

Let’s talk about the herd of woolly mammoths in the room: How much of what poets and novelists write is (thinly) veiled real life stuff? Isn’t poetry supposed to be ‘real’?

Soapbox: I am Charlie / Je Suis Charlie / Ich bin Charlie

  Today, two or three gunmen stormed into the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed at least 12 people, among them the most well-known cartoonists of the publication. This was not the first attack on Charlie Hebdo

Soapbox: I am Charlie / Je Suis Charlie / Ich bin Charlie

  Today, two or three gunmen stormed into the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed at least 12 people, among them the most well-known cartoonists of the publication. This was not the first attack on Charlie Hebdo

Elizabeth Bishop: Secondary Sources

A little write-up (in the spirit of a personal annotated bibliography) of some secondary sources I looked at regarding Elizabeth Bishop. One of them isn’t really actually secondary, since it’s an interview with Bishop herself, but since it’s neither her prose

Elizabeth Bishop: Secondary Sources

A little write-up (in the spirit of a personal annotated bibliography) of some secondary sources I looked at regarding Elizabeth Bishop. One of them isn’t really actually secondary, since it’s an interview with Bishop herself, but since it’s neither her prose

Point Taken.

After a busy, busy few weeks teaching, reading, and attending the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, I really need to get back to writing. It appears the universe agrees. Or at least this bottle of craft beer does.  

Point Taken.

After a busy, busy few weeks teaching, reading, and attending the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, I really need to get back to writing. It appears the universe agrees. Or at least this bottle of craft beer does.  

New York in Hattiesburg: Notes from the 2014 Moorman Symposium

The last event of the 2014 Moorman Symposium is still ahead of us (a 7pm reading) but I wanted to jot down some of my impressions for you anyway, before the end-of-semester madness takes over again and I forget. Meeting

New York in Hattiesburg: Notes from the 2014 Moorman Symposium

The last event of the 2014 Moorman Symposium is still ahead of us (a 7pm reading) but I wanted to jot down some of my impressions for you anyway, before the end-of-semester madness takes over again and I forget. Meeting

Let the Flies Have it: Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey

You know how it goes — you see a book you really, really want to read, you get it, and then real life happens. Like coursework, lesson prep, grading, paper-writing, and all the rest. And the book sits there, quietly,

Let the Flies Have it: Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey

You know how it goes — you see a book you really, really want to read, you get it, and then real life happens. Like coursework, lesson prep, grading, paper-writing, and all the rest. And the book sits there, quietly,

Books, Weird and Wondrous

I post about good books here all the time, but what about the REST of all the books out there? In the interest of fairness and general merriment, here are some truly unfortunate book covers. Enjoy! 

Books, Weird and Wondrous

I post about good books here all the time, but what about the REST of all the books out there? In the interest of fairness and general merriment, here are some truly unfortunate book covers. Enjoy! 

POET: The Game (Better #4) and other Fun Stuff

Try to win this brand new, MFA-themed game, I dare you. Yes it works like those good old text-based adventure game. Try actions like “get up,” “write a book” (sarcasm warning), “write thesis,” “write a novel,” “get a beer,” “recite

POET: The Game (Better #4) and other Fun Stuff

Try to win this brand new, MFA-themed game, I dare you. Yes it works like those good old text-based adventure game. Try actions like “get up,” “write a book” (sarcasm warning), “write thesis,” “write a novel,” “get a beer,” “recite

Poetry Up Close And Personal: The Ghazal

Let’s talk about the ghazal. Which, by the way (and I have this on good authority), is pronounced ‘guzzle.’ Originally an Urdu tradition, it has made its way via Europe (Germany) to the US, and that alone — the differences

Poetry Up Close And Personal: The Ghazal

Let’s talk about the ghazal. Which, by the way (and I have this on good authority), is pronounced ‘guzzle.’ Originally an Urdu tradition, it has made its way via Europe (Germany) to the US, and that alone — the differences