Writing

Essays and Nonfiction

“The Greed for Pure Poetry,” on the coterie of poets and poetry as seen through the work of Diane Wakoski, upcoming volume of Poetry Criticism (Layman Poupard/Cengate), August 2021.

“Shadow Boxing Music,” review of Anne Waldman’s Sciamachy, Boog City, July 7, 2020.

“Reaching for Fact and Reason from a Cabin in the Suburbs,” personal essay, Trolley: The online journal of the NYS Writers Institute, July 2020.

 “Trekonderoga: Where No Fan Has Gone Before,” profile of Star Trek: The Original Series tour in Ticongeroga, Saratoga Living, Design Issue, April 2020.

“Conversations: Tomaž Šalamun and Daniel Nester,” 1997 interview with late Slovenian poet, The Critical Flame: A Journal of Literature and Culture [Boston, MA], Issue 60, September 2019.

“Chelsea Clinic, October 3, 1995” micro memoir piece, on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, June 23, 2019.

“Every Atom, No. 34,” as contributor to “Every Atom: Reflections on Walt Whitman at 200” project in North American Review, 2019.

“Man, Does The Capital Region Love Its Tribute Bands or What?” profile of several tribute bands, Saratoga Living, Summer 2019.

“Cousin Mike: A Memoir,” nonfiction, re-published with editor’s essay, on Indiana Review, 2018.

Contributor to three chapters in Queen: Album by Album, Martin Popoff, ed, Voyageur Press, November 27, 2018.

“No Escape from Reality,” essay on Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic, Barrelhouse, November 3, 2018.

“Late August” and “Two 90s Poetry Readings,” The Collagist, Issue Ninety-Nine, October 2018.

“All My Friends,” long form memoir piece, Puerto Del Sol [University of New Mexico], 2018.

“Cousin Mike: A Memoir,” The Indiana Review [Indiana University, Bloomington, IN], 2018.

“Total Consciousness: How Watching Caddyshack Helps Me Stave Off Depression,” Electric Literature, April 16, 2018.

“The Greed for Pure Poetry: On the Poetry of Diane Wakoski,” American Poetry Review, Volume 46, Number 6, November/December 2017.

“A Night at The Space Opera: Queen’s Flash Gordon Soundtrack,” Rattapallax, June 2017.

“Midnight Oil’s Time Has Come Again,” PopMatters, May 2017.

“Group Therapy: Was It Really a Game?” on popular psychological board game and its creators, The Millions, July 15, 2016.

“Notes on Purple Rain,” Ohio Edit [New York], April 29, 2016.

“The Leap-Day Baby’s Paradox,” The Atlantic, February 29, 2016.

“Second Thoughts on The Good Bad Boy,” Critical Mass, website of the National Book Critics Circle, January 23, 2016.

Excerpts from Shader and self-interview, The Nervous Breakdown, November 2015.

Two excerpts from Shader, The Brooklyn Rail, November 2015.

“In Search of ‘Desiderata’: The tangled story of a most famous poem,” Poetry Foundation, October 2015.

“Straddling the Working Class Memoir,” in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Fall 2015.

“In Defense of ‘Vaguebooking,’” BuzzFeed, June 3, 2015.

“Behind the Sound,” essay on sound poet W. Bliem Kern, Poetry Foundation website, April 22, 2015.

“The Long Good Friday,” Medium’s Human Parts, April 5, 2015.

“Acknowledge history, good and bad,” op-ed piece on proposed Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on spot of bar in Maple Shade, NJ, where he was thrown out in 1950, Courier-Post, January 27, 2015.

“Type Hard or Go Home: In Praise of the Clicky Keyboard,” Passages North online, January 20, 2015.

Poetry

“Poem Written at Pete’s Candy Store Ending with a Line from Madonna”; “Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used to Be”; and “Pompous Symmetry,” forthcoming, American Poetry Review.

“The Pitch for Stanley Kubrick’s Gilligan’s Island (1990)” with Kevin DiNovis, Drunk Monkeys, January 4, 2021.

“Lines composed after being told by a poet I should ‘go out in nature more often and look at chipmunks'”; “Placed into The Abyss: After Pavement’s ‘Cut Your Hair,'” The Daily Drunk, December 1, 2020.

“A List of Famous People I Saw in New York City, c. 1994-2001,” The Daily Drunk (“Lists” feature), December 1, 2020.

“The Failed Saratoga Colonic Fable,” Bennington Review, Issue Eight, [Bennington College, Bennington VT], 2020.

“[I can’t even say punk was important, even as it happened,]”; “Hello, Dolly”; “On the Meeting of Frank O’Hara and David Lee Roth”; “Debate Outside Four-Faced Liar, 2003”; “This Is Not a List Poem,” Court Green, Fall 2019, Issue 16, December 2019.

“Looks That Kill,” The Hopkins Review, Issue 12, Number 3, Summer 2019, pp. 424-425.

“The Art of Prose (With Digressions),” Unbroken, April 2019.

“Rig Rundown”; “That Twat with Jazz Hands Won’t Stop Dancing”; “Sentences on The Poem and Other Sentences”; “The Plan Shifted with a Ferocious Snap VI,” Word For/Word, Issue 33, Summer 2019.

“Road House Monologue,” FreezeRay Poetry, Issue #16, October 2018.

“Eavesfalls,” prose poem, Right Hand Pointing, issue 124 entitled “Shelter,” July 2018.

“The Street Giveth and The Street Taketh Away,” Harpoon Review, Summer 2018.

“The Plan Shifted with a Ferocious Snap”; “Five States of the Resistance”; “Manifesto with Cheap Sight Gag from One Crazy Summer”; “To the Protest Song Industry in Crisis,” What Rough Best, Indolent Books <http://www.indolentbooks.com&gt;, November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 2017.

“Gimli’s Lament,” Love’s Executive Order, September 29, 2017.

“Rescuing Bobby Brady from a Disaster Movie,” “Jack Lemmon Rewinds His Misanthropic Dialogue from a Disaster Movie,” and “Gleaning Dean Martin’s Chivalric Role in a Disaster Movie,” Barrelhouse online, April 3, 2017.

Anthologies and Collections

Contributor to Queen: Album by Album, Martin Popoff, editor. Voyageur Press, 2019.

“All My Friends,” listed as Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019, Scribner, 2019.

“One Vision,” HIV Here & Now AID/HIV Awareness Anthology, Indolent Books [New York, NY], 2017.

“Flag Waving for Beginners,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness: 101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life. Edited by Amy Newmark. Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2015.

“An Apprentice’s Tale,” Coming Close: Poets Pay Tribute to Philip Levine as Teacher and Mentor. Edited by Mari L’Esperance and Tomas Q. Morin. Prairie Lights Books/University of Iowa Press, 2013.

“Goodbye to All Them,” in Joan Didion Crosses the Street, edited by Andrew Womack. New York–themed nonfiction Kindle anthology of pieces previously published in The Morning News, April 2012.

“Heads of the Family,” in Sympathy for the Deviled Eggs, edited by Andrew Womack. Holiday-themed nonfiction Kindle anthology of pieces previously published in The Morning News, Decemner 2011.

“Make Your Own White Album”in Now Write!: Memoir, Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers. Edited by Sherry Ellis. Tarcher/Penguin [New York], 2010.

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, edited and written by Phil Sutcliffe. Voyageur Press, 2009. Review articles on Queen’s The Miracle album as well as Queen + Paul Rodgers’ The Cosmos Rocks.

Lost and Found: Stories from New York, edited by Thomas Beller. Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood/W.W. Norton, 2009. Two pieces, “The Difference Between Chicken and Goats” and “Revising the Footlicker Story,” appear in anthology.

Interviews and Other Stuff

Interview with Trish Hopkinson about Pine Hills Review and the “F*ck 2020” feature, March 2, 2021.

“Poetry in Performance Class Adapts to Zoom,” Saint Rose Chronicle, by Briana Spina, March 29, 2021.