Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Couple of Commemorations

Happy Birthday to Harper Lee

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

& Bon Voyage to Michael Scott

“My philosophy is basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don't ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter ... where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or ... or where you've been ... ever. For any reason, whatsoever.”

Monday, April 11, 2011


When I met Flatmancrooked editor Steve Owen at the St. Patrick's Day reading, I learned that he would be leaving the organization. Now it looks like he's not the only one. As of last week, Flatmancrooked has announced that they will be shutting up shop--permanently--on May 1st.

What does this mean for Flatman fans...and those of you who have been putting off ordering a copy of their Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics? Get your copies now! This is literally your last chance to hold in your hot little hands a copy of my poem, "The Fistulated Cow." Not to mention all the other great stuff they've packed into this little collection.

So order here. Or click the picture above. Or the book icon to the right. Or forever bemoan the fact that you lost your chance. After all, do you really want to be singing (a la Annie), "This is the book I never read...these are the tears, the tears I shed"?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Through the Desert on a Horse with No Name

That's where I'm headed this weekend...although probably not on an anonymous steed. But I will be visiting my home state, Arizona, to participate as an instructor in Avondale Public Library's Narrative Poetry Workshop. This great event was organized by a dear friend, who also happens to be the librarian. And it includes another dear friend (who I've written about before), Cynthia Hogue, as well as a fellow Californian, Jill Ferguson. If you find yourself out thataways, dust the sagebrush off your chaps and join us.