April 2011

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Books by Don Wallace’s Bed

Don reports, “The Forever War, which I found at the Long Beach Jewish Community Center. It’s the third version, which Joe Haldeman approves. I’m also reading ’68 by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. One of the great leaders of Mexican noir political fiction. I envy the Mexican writing circles; they give the impression of trading manuscripts [...]

An Insider’s Look at Poetry

An Insider’s Look at Poetry

As National Poetry Month winds down, it seems fitting to share news that knows no temporal bounds. Bill Manhire, author of the fabulous intro to We Wanted to Be Writers, is founder of New Zealand’s first creative writing course at Victoria University of Wellington and director of the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) there. [...]

Photo by Karen Kuehn

Joy Harjo Video

Joy Harjo performs “My House Is the Red Earth” with the Arrow Dynamics Band at the 2008 Stir Festival in Albuquerque.

Book Reviewer Redux

Who Do You Trust?  Part 2 Read Part 1>>> By Doug Borsom So if I can’t rely on the oracular voices of book reviewers in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books (What is this obsession with New York?), who can I look to for guidance on reading? The [...]

Creatively Writing

Creatively Writing

Still in the Game, Tagging All the Bases By Jeffrey Abrahams Yes, there is life after Iowa—or Irvine or Columbia or Oberlin or wherever you survived your graduate school experience and limped away with an MFA and fear of the Future clanging in your head. Somehow, you’ve got to earn a living once you leave [...]

Books by Michelle Huneven’s Bed

Michelle‘s next-to-the-bed collection includes: A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh                                       America, America by Ethan Canin                                         [...]

Adventures in E-Publishing Part 5

How to Publish a Book in 8 Hours #5 By Don Wallace This is the final installment in a five-part series. Read Part 1>> Read Part 2>> Read Part 3>> Read Part 4>> In the morning, my eight years of publishing drought had ended. There was more to do in terms of proofing and other [...]

Adventures in E-Publishing Part 4

How to Publish a Book in 8 Hours #4 By Don Wallace This is the fourth installment in a five-part series. Today, more about creating a cover, and other elements. Read Part 1>> Read Part 2>> Read Part 3>> It was late, and I broke to dump some previously-cooked chicken sausage into a pot with a [...]

T.C. Boyle Video

T.C. Boyle Video

In this video shot at the University of Southern California, where he has taught creative writing since 1978, the inimitable Mr. Boyle holds forth on his craft.

Adventures in E-Publishing Part 3

How to Publish a Book in 8 Hours #3 By Don Wallace This is the third installment in a five-part series. Read Part 1>> Read Part 2>> All this reading and uploading and stripping took about two hours and a half. It was highly intensive, eyes-pressed-to-the-screen kind of work. But I was caffeinated and stoked. [...]