Poetry: Nice Work If You Can Get It

I stumbled across a collection of essays at work by Thomas Lynch called “Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.” Lynch, a poet, also works as an undertaker. He writes about how one trade informs the other. Nancy Peacock the award-winning author is another writer who had a nonliterary job to pay the bills. She […]

Is Your Blog Eating Your Blog?

The past two weeks have kept me moving. Graduate school applications, academic resumes, writing statements, Form A and Form B burned up a good amount of time and energy. Between working full-time and panicking about my academic future, I haven’t felt up to doing much writing…Excluding the essays and letters that I’ve been agonizing over, […]

An Interview with author and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008) and Pulling Taffy (Suspect Thoughts 2003). Sycamore is the editor of four nonfiction anthologies, most recently Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal 2007) and an expanded second edition of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies […]

Meat Pies, Mountain Men and Mining: An Interview with Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including The Spoon River Poetry Review, Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review, The Gay and […]

Update! New places to see my poems!

Two of my poems were just published in the amazingly beautiful November issue of Oranges & Sardines. I am on page 38 and 39. The new issue is now online:http://issuu.com/didimenendez/docs/osnovember2009?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed More information on O&S:http://www.poetsandartists.com Available in print soon from amazon.com:http://astore.amazon.com/mipo-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=9

Book Notes on American Romances by Rebecca Brown

Paperback, 162 pages From City Lights Publisher June 2009 ISBN: 9780872864986 The first thing I noticed about American Romances was the blurb on the back covers by Thurston Moore, guitarist for Sonic Youth. So when I opened the book and saw quotes from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work, I was surprised. For me, there was no connection […]

Oh the Horror: An Interview with poet Chad Helder

Chad Helder is the Stoker Award-winning editor of Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press 2008), an anthology of queer horror fiction, which he co-edited with Vince Liaguno. Helder’s first book of poetry, Pop-Up Book of Death, will be published by Queer Mojo Press, an imprint of Rebel Satori. He is […]

Line by Line the Poem Comes Together

When I was seven or eight, I wanted drawing lessons. Both of my parents, art teachers, were not eager to pay for me to learn how to draw. My father said that he would teach me. He set to work helping me draw dinosaurs from illustrations in a book. These weren’t children’s drawings; they were […]

Activisms, Assimilation and Beyond: An Interview with Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown’s twelfth book, American Romances, a collection of gonzo “essays,” was released by City Lights in June, 2009. Brown’s other titles include The Last Time I Saw You, The End of Youth, The Dogs, The Terrible (all with City Lights), Excerpts From a Family Medical Dictionary (Granta and U of Wisconsin) and The Gifts […]

Book Notes on Tinderbox Lawn by Carol Guess

Paperback, 80 pagesPublished by Rosemetal Press, October 2008ISBN: 9780978984854 Reading Tinderbox Lawn by Carol Guess is akin to remembering your dream. The pieces of the story are fragmentary. There is a struggle to weave a narrative thread between them and more often than not, the dream can be interpreted any number of ways depending on […]