Seven Joys of January

Soon, the cows will be having babies. They'll be so little and cute, curled up in the hay and chasing each other on too-long legs. As I type this, snow is falling thick and forever, weighing down the willows, curling their edges toward the ground. Here are places and ideas and stories that brought me … Continue reading Seven Joys of January

Famous Starts, Humble Endings

It's that time again! Grab a piece of paper, and let's play! Ginsberg - his Howl and the Beat movement - also gave the poetry world the American Sentence. While many of us already feel like time has contracted and condensed, so much so that one week in 2018 often feels like a month, Ginsberg's … Continue reading Famous Starts, Humble Endings

FrostFire Worlds

Remember how great it felt to curl up as a kid with a collection of short stories? You could drop in and out between chores or during lunch at school. I remember reading them on long car trips, too. FrostFire Worlds is a market for younger readers who like speculative fiction. It's one of the … Continue reading FrostFire Worlds

Secret Ingredients – 5

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients!   Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein I can hear you exhaling with love. Yep, me too. The spine is … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 5

February’s Quick Look

I didn't read as many books this month, and the books I read were a bit disappointing. I did stumble over a lot of great articles, magnificent poetry, and if you need an audio alternative, I've got you covered. A glimpse of my February mental space: Books You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano - … Continue reading February’s Quick Look

Tamara Woods, author & poet

Ah, readers! Today we have one of Twitter's most wonderful chat hosts to tell us how she manages to get All The Things done, but first an introduction -- Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The … Continue reading Tamara Woods, author & poet

What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Each year I start off with a grand vision about what I'll read. I might actually have achieved it this time. Let's see what I read in poetry this year -- 20th Century American Poetry, edited by Conrad Aiken I learned A LOT from this little, dense book. My only complaint was that it was … Continue reading What I Read in Poetry, 2017