Taking Care


A rap at the door, then UPS footsteps walking away.  Drizzle of rain.  My awaited package (Yunte Yuang‘s Cribs), neatly wrapped in plastic and tied to the doorknob so it wouldn’t get wet.  That’s beyond good manners.

Chestertown, Maryland
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Cyberpunk Apocalypse 5th Year Anniversary

CyperPunkApocIn 2008, a kind of punk house appeared in Pittsburgh, PA based around literature instead of politics or music. Since then the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ project has housed 36 writers from across the US and Canada, been the place of completion for 7 books, countless comics, zines, poems essays and articles. It has acted as home base for six reading tours and has hosted events ranging from book clubs and show-and-tells, to the Heinz funded Writers’ Showcase series: advancing reading as performance. (more…)

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Do you ever have that feeling of traveling someplace for one thing only to find you’re there to bear witness to another? That’s the feeling I had yesterday as I walked past a nearby church where hundreds of people were gathered for a funeral.   (more…)

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Know Thyself



DSCN0063 - Version 2Pittsburgh, PA.  With thanks to my daughter who insisted we take this photo of an abandoned school.

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The Next Big Thing: Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Yona Harvey tagged me to do this self-interview. 
Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of Darktown Follies (forthcoming, Tupelo 2013) and Red Summer (Tupelo 2006), winner of the Dorset Prize. Born and raised in Compton, CA, his honors include a Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellowship, and Cave Canem. His poetry appears in Narrative Magazine, Harvard Review, Anti-, Eleven Eleven, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (more…)
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The Next Big Thing

COVERhtw02Many thanks to Tara Betts, for tagging me for the Next Big Thing.  Tara is the author of  the poetry collection Hue & Arc, and is currently working on a new book called BREAK THE HABIT.  Apparently, Tara has no idea how terrible I am at projects like The Next Big Thing.  Please don’t tell her.  But do visit her blog and read her poems if you haven’t already.  She’s a poetry soldier.  Looking forward to her next book. (more…)

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