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Falling Again

Since finishing Paris Red in 2014, I wrote a draft of another novel and am at the beginning of a new project. That means I’ve been in love twice in the last two years and am starting a third relationship. 156 more words




to Michael Lally

You had your own reasons for getting
In your own way. You didn’t want to be
Clear to yourself. You knew a hell… 171 more words


Iowa, Frank Conroy, and the Secret to Writing Fiction

Like all good mythological beasts, I have a ghostwriter. Although that is his official title, I noticed some time ago that he lacks very many ghostly qualities. 332 more words


Image: American author James Alan McPherson, photographed in 1984. (Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Writer James Alan McPherson – who in 1978 became the first African-American…

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An Interview With Writer Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko is the author of the book Glossolalia; here is a link to the website:


Q: What is Glossolalia about?

A: Nancy can only keep a job at her uncle Geoff’s pesticide company, because she has amnesiac fugues, and she’s addicted to the drugs he gives her to stave off strange visions, which present themselves almost like surreal memories. 1,239 more words

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Do It Right

Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a treatise on attitude.

When I first read the book, I was home in San Diego for Christmas break, from my graduate studies at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 269 more words

Writing And The Spirit

Closing Out November

Welp, didn’t make it this year.   Shit happens: holidays, family drama, local plagues.  All that stuff happened last year, too, but my subject matter this year was a lot heavier.   556 more words

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