Unlike hobos, you weren’t born to walk alone! We begin with some riffs from Derek from Shader, talking about such record nerd subjects as Zappa, rock critics, and Red Hot Chili … Continue readingShadercast Episode 9 Like a Hobo Born to Walk Alone
Speaking of podcasts, I talked with writer/editor Dan Higgins about Shader for hew new Dan Reads Books podcast. I had fun digging into discussions on writing, the retrospective voice, interviewing family members for research, … Continue readingListen to me speak on the Dan Reads Books podcast.
Got some good news en route to AWP last week and am only getting around to announcing it here: Shader has been nominated for a Firecracker Award! The Firecrackers have been … Continue readingShader nominated as 2016 Firecracker Award Finalist!
The National Book Critics Circle has this great website called Critical Mass, and I’m thrilled to have an essay published there are part of their “Second Thoughts” series, where authors … Continue readingJust up on Critical Mass: Second Thoughts on The Good Bad Boy.
Check it out! Shader lands at #2 for Small Press Distribution’s bestseller list for October-December 2015. And that’s only after being released on November 15. Thanks to everyone for supporting, … Continue readingShader #2 on Small Press Distribution Bestseller List!
Sundays at Erv’s is a nifty newish series in Brooklyn, my old home, and I am happy to take part in this event. So if you’re around, and you like words, … Continue readingI’m reading Sunday, January 10 at Erv’s in Brooklyn!
This was a pleasant surprise in the email today: the mighty Small Press Distribution lists Shader in its SPD Recommends list! You’ve got the wonderful blurb from Paul Lisicky, the ISBN number, … Continue readingSmall Press Distribution puts SHADER on its SPD Recommends List!
I’ll be part of a reading of music-inspired poetry with great people–Amina Baraka, Chris Carr, Ratzo Harris, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Joel Lewis, Glenn Morrow, Daniel Nester (that’s me!), Puma Perl … Continue readingThis Sunday in Hoboken: “Strangers in the Night: Poets on Music, Musicians on Poetry.”
Anything addressed to me seemed more important. Or at least personalized. And so I filled out any pre-paid postcard I found that would send something free in return. Each day … Continue readingNotes on Mail
Several lifetimes ago, I was an ardent Catholic. I was an altar boy, a church janitor’s helper, a bible reader. I prayed every night and went to confession and defended … Continue readingJust up on Medium’s Human Parts: “The Long Good Friday.”
I loved writing news features. This one was actually for the Rutgers-Camden magazine, I think? It was also a press release, and then it ran in various freebie papers … Continue reading“He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.
For 20 years, I read the Courier Post, and now I’m in its opinion pages. That’s pretty cool. What’s also cool is I got to offer my opinion–and, hopefully, move a … Continue readingJust out in Courier-Post: My Op-Ed on proposed Martin Luther King memorial in Maple Shade, NJ.
A couple months I got an email, subject line “Your Writing in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness.” It said my writing was being considered for inclusion in an … Continue readingJust out in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Power of Forgiveness: “Flag Waving for Beginners.”
I would bike up to grandmom and grandpop’s house on Mecray Lane, a half-mile uphill past Harry’s Cleaners and Tony’s Barber Shop. A Roosevelt Democrat museum of blue collar thrift, … Continue readingMecray Lane
I scanned a bunch of old articles I did for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner yesterday, and boy oh boy are these things bad. Bad in a undergraduate, couldn’t-write-any-better way, a clueless, … Continue readingIn which I review a 1987 R.E.M. concert for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner.