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Every Day Something Has Tried To Kill Me ~ Naomi Jackson

“Being a black child in America means confronting the fragility of your life at a young age.”

Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

My debut novel was published this summer at a moment filled with profound grief about the vulnerability of black women’s lives. 1,222 more words

Review, Op-Ed, And The Arts

Haikus, Writer's Workshop


“Pabst Blue Ribbon fueled – Writer’s Workshop students at – Donnelly’s Tavern”

“Writer’s Workshops tend – to attract solipsistic – self important schmucks”

“Deformities of – your soul are reflected in – the stories you write”

Book Review: Body & Soul by Frank Conroy (1993)

Of course Conroy was an accomplished jazz pianist. There is no chance a non-musician could write such a vivid story about a musically gifted little boy and about… 375 more words

Book Reviews

Suggested Post: The James Patterson Writing MasterClass

^^^This “suggested post” has been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed for the past few weeks. As you can see, it’s an advertisement for a writing “MasterClass” taught by one James Patterson, author of some 147 novels, none of which you have read. 977 more words

DPF / Buchanan

For mosaics, from Poetry Foundation. The rest of the poem may be found here:

from The Sheep Who Fastened the Sky to the Ground / by Oni Buchanan, b. 32 more words


You And I Are Meant For Greater Things

The following is excerpted from an open letter I wrote a few weeks ago.

“You and I are meant for greater things,” I say now but know I am only putting on my best face to keep your spirits high. 545 more words

Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty: A Mixed Bag

I have mixed feelings after just completing Ann Patchett’s memoir about her friendship with Lucy Grealy, a poet/memoirist/essayist who died at 39 from what appeared to be a drug overdose: … 465 more words