Another writing workshop

bpl2Last fall, I ran a creative writing workshop for teens at my local library. I’m doing it again next month. Here’s the basic info:

Teen writing workshop (grades 8 – 12 only)

Thursdays, March 10, 17, and 24
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054

Registration required: Do it online or call the library at (518) 439-9314

As the official description states, teens can expect to “learn creative writing techniques and participate in a peer review group.” They don’t need to bring anything other than pen and paper.

The workshop is held in the library’s Storytime room, so that we can be surrounded by creepy puppets and stuffed animals.

Things went pretty well last time, except for when I made a reference to American Psycho, got a bunch of blank stares, and realized most of those kids weren’t even alive when the book (or the movie) came out.

A review and an interview and a monkey

bold-monkeyA new review of The Ship Is Sinking appeared this week. I even answered a few interview questions about it.

George Anderson of Bold Monkey spent some time with the book and wrote a rather intelligent, thoughtful analysis. I’d quote from it here but you should just go check it out. The review includes a number of excerpts from the book, as well as one complete poem that I don’t believe has appeared elsewhere online.

Anderson’s review is followed by a short interview he did with me. I answered some questions regarding the book’s genesis and my general approach to writing. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about. Almost.

Take a look!

Discover Your Inner Philly Cheesesteak By Taking Our 12 Question Test

cheesesteakThought I’d try doing misleading, Buzzfeed-style headings again. How’s this one?

Anyway, a poem called “You Remind Me of Philadelphia,” about a stolen car stereo, is up at Headlock Press as of this weekend. It was first printed in Lummox a couple years ago, though it’s a little different now, I think.

Stay tuned for a few new things coming out early 2016.

Mixed bag at Headlock Press

A couple pieces I wrote went up at Headlock Press this week.

You can take a look at a story/prose poem thing I wrote around five million years ago. I had originally called it “Detective Story” but then a (now-defunct) online mag published it with the new title of “A Metaphor.” Fast-forward a few years, I show it to Paul Agostino, editor at HP, and he rechristens it “Creating Conflict.” I’m eager to see who renames it next.

That one’s followed by “Must be nice,” a poem from a while back.

The whole thing starts off with an excerpt from an email I sent to Paul recently. It includes my response to his new book, Appalachian Calculations. I see now how what I wrote reads almost like a book review, and you can take it as such. The book is non-fiction, a collection of short essays and anecdotes about Paul’s travels through small-town mountain country in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: It’s a good book, and worth the fifteen bucks it’ll cost you to get a copy.

Writing workshop

bplAre you a teenager (grades 8 through 12) interested in creative writing? Do you live near Albany, NY? If you said “yes” to both questions, well then, do I have news for you.

I’m running a writing workshop for teens next month at the Bethlehem Public Library. This will be on the first three Thursdays in November at 7 p.m. You don’t have to bring anything to the workshop except paper and pen.

According to the official description, students will “learn creative writing techniques and participate in a peer review group.” I’ll try to remember to do both those things.

All the info you need:

Teen writing workshop (grades 8 – 12 only)

Thursdays, November 5, 12, and 19
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054

Registration required: Do it online or call the library at (518) 439-9314

A St. Bernard with a little bucket of cheer

perf5.250x8.000.inddYou can now read a review of The Ship is Sinking over at Headlock Press.

HP’s editor, Paul Agostino, read the book and emailed me about it, then gussied up his note through the magic of editing, and now it’s a review.

He talks about the “dark ride” the book takes, and he provides a couple excerpted poems. It’s a really thorough, insightful read. This may be one of those times when the review is better-written than the thing it’s reviewing.

In any event, I’m damn grateful for the support.

This One Dad Arranged A Couple Dozen Words In Funny Lines And Called It A Poem, What Happens Next Is Crazy

Continuing the dumb Buzzfeed-style headlines. I’m enjoying myself, at least.

A very short new poem called “Let me hold on to this” went up on Red Fez just yesterday. It’s part of issue #78 for Red Fez, and I’m sharing space with some great folks like fellow Epic Rites Press author Zarina Zabrisky.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in Red Fez: Check my “profile” which has links to the other stuff of mine that the Fez has published.

You Won’t Believe What Helen Keller And The 52-Hz Whale Do In This Video

whaleGonna try doing misleading Buzzfeed-style headlines like the above from now on. Enjoy that.

Anyway, I have a short story titled “Helen Keller in Reverse” in The Lonely Whale Memoir: An Anthology, which just came out from Chatsworth Press. My story is not about whales. Most of the book isn’t about whales. Instead, here’s what the jacket copy says:

Since 1989, the world has been following the heartbreaking journey of the Lonely Whale. For reasons unknown, he or she cannot speak the same language as other whales. Referred to by some as the 52-Hz Whale—because of its unique frequency of whale song—the Lonely Whale has been tracked roaming the oceans alone, listening in vain for a song that will never be returned.

The Lonely Whale Memoir gives voice to the unheard song within all of us, capturing themes and feelings sparked by the actual Lonely Whale. Through compelling stories and passionate poetry we will swim past the isolation that normally separates us and, for a moment, truly connect.

I just finished reading my copy of the book last night, and I highly recommend it. A lot of great stories and poems in there; among them, there’s one called “Neighborhood Watch” by a Courtney Bird that’s worth the price of admission alone, I think.

Looks like you can purchase a copy from Amazon, or straight from the publisher. Get your whale on.

Free beer!

ship-freeFree books, actually. Just trying to catch everybody’s attention.

Copies of The Ship is Sinking are now up for grabs in a couple of giveaway contests: There are two copies available via LibraryThing, and two copies via Goodreads.

If you’ve been holding out on ordering the book, now’s your chance to get one for the low-low price of free. You have till the end of February to request a copy from either place. Winners get selected at random by LibraryThing/Goodreads.

So…best of luck? Head here for the LibraryThing giveaway, or here for the Goodreads giveaway.