Upon Hanging Paintings: A Tardy Eulogy for Alan L Freeman, Artist (2016)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 10:37

California Beach by Alan Freeman

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…

Review: Durkee / The Last Taxi Driver

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 15:18

Durkee The Last Taxi Driver


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…

National Poetry Month Contribution NCWN: Writers' Morning Out

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 08:17

North Carolina Writers' Network: WMO

My contribution to National Poetry Month. Thanks to North Carolina Writers' Network: Writers' Morning Out. #poetrymonth #NationalPoetryMonth


AWP Writer to Writer Mentee For 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 11:42

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

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…

New Fiction by Moniz - Review at Southern Review of Books

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 15:35

Milk Blood Heat by Moniz

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!

North Carolina Literary Review 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 13:34

NCLR 2021

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.



Honorable Mention in the Doris Betts Fiction Prize

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…

Interview: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:12

Even As We Breathe

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!

at https://southernreviewofbooks.com/2020/12/02/even-as-we-breathe-annette-saunooke-clapsaddle-interview/ 

Abiding the Liminal

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 15:17

Fall Leaves

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

High Desert Diva

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…