Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:37
In the beginning, Alan Freeman’s work was controlled, with black and white line drawings, or etchings. His subjects were precise to life or his mind’s eye. One of the etchings I own carefully details a dilapidated Victorian sofa in front of a window with the tail of a surfboard beside it. He and many of his surfer friends slept there. Couchsurfing back in the day when the waves were more important than lodging. Alan drew beach seascapes on flat surf days, rolling green hills at Lake Cachuma, and jagged…
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 15:18
After a wait of twenty years since Lee Durkee’s Rides of the Midway (Norton, 2002), we might expect The Last Taxi Driver (Tin House, 2020) to be overworked, joyless. No. The readers are right; the reviewers are right. Bukowski and Hunter Thompson meet Chaucer. Durkee’s day in the life of taxi driver, Lou, whose passengers’ ribald stories weave through his hallucinatory day, carries the reader beyond amusement to illumination as brilliant as the beam of light from the…
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 08:17
My contribution to National Poetry Month. Thanks to North Carolina Writers' Network: Writers' Morning Out. #poetrymonth #NationalPoetryMonth
Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 11:42
I have been selected to participate in the AWP Writer to Writer program paired with my mentor, Rus Bradburd, see All the Dreams We've Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side (Chicago Review Press, 2018). Rus has a great heart and an "enthusiasm for the world of writing that supports my efforts so well. I'm enjoying our work together. Check out his bio and the other mentors and mentees here:
AWP has excellent programs. Check them out at AWP…
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 15:35
Check out this great new author! Dantiel W. Moniz's new collection, Milk Blood Heat, is alchemy on a page.
See my review at The Southern Review of Books!
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 13:34
The North Carolina Literary Review 2021 is published online. To read my story, "Wherever You Go", an Honorable Mention for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize of 2021 click here.
Or see the entire issue published online annually by East Carolina University and by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Just click on the cover below.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 10:22
Today I am grateful to announce that I have won an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. Judge Josephine Humphreys called “Wherever You Go” “a powerful story about the need to escape—from grief, from memory, from love—and the gradual realization that escape may be impossible. Moving to a new place will not be the solution. The narrator is ultimately able to extract only minimal compensation, and yet…
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:12
Please enjoy my interview with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle about her new historical fiction set in Asheville and Cherokee in the North Carolina mountains of 1942. Recently she spoke at the North Carolina Writer's Network's Writingest State Online Conference about socially engaged historical fiction.
Open for reading at the Southern Review of Books on December 2!
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 15:17
In so many ways I am obsessed by the concept of the liminal, the threshold of change. The dictionary definition – barely perceptible, or being in an intermediate state, these only begin to open the meanings of this word in so many worlds – color theory, psychology, anthropology, spirituality and myth. Betwixt and between - at the threshold, at the crossroads, neither one not the other. Neither an elder nor a child, not belonging nor alone, a shapeshifter…
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 13:23
Twenty people or more crowded the three tables in my granddaddy’s house in North Carolina in Thanksgiving 1964. For the first time I got to sit with the grownups at the table with the white tablecloth. I was “grown” enough not to have to sit with the babies and mommas at the card table. As I listened, I was waiting for something to add, to use my voice which I was just discovering. I was fired up by the opinions that my father yelled at the television. We could argue in my home. About Vietnam, and…