The Secret of Interpreting a Poem Correctly

When most people are asked to give an opinion about poetry they shrivel up like time lapsed apples. The first response out of a person’s puckered mouth usually goes, “Oh, I don’t know anything about that,” or “I am not much of a poetry person.” When did we become so fearful of poetry? How did […]

Book Notes on Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz

Paperback, 288 pagesPublished by Vintage, May 1991ISBN: 9780679732273 One of the perks of interviewing LGBTQ authors is that they love books as much as I do. Even better, they love books that I didn’t know existed. When asked about favorite books, author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore said that Wojnarowicz’s work was “the first book that ever […]

I Say Poetry and Then Your Eyes Glaze Over

Maybe poetry went wrong for you in high school. Perhaps an English teacher decided to start unraveling Shakespeare like the Da Vinci Code, until it resembled a complicated algebra problem…hexameter. No, I mean iambic! Somewhere in being taught how to dissect a poem to reveal its “meaning” poetry became nebulous—a dangerous sea for amateurs to […]

An Interview with Jeremy Halinen

Jeremy Halinen is a poet and the co-editor and co-founder of Knockout Literary Magazine ( Some of his recent poems appear in Arroyo Literary Review; Best Gay Poetry 2008; Dos Passos Review; Pontoon: an anthology of Washington State Poets, Number Ten; Quarter After Eight; and Rio Grande Review. Halinen holds an MFA in creative writing […]

Books Notes on Sea Swallow Me by Craig Laurance Gidney

Paperback, 204 pagesPublished by Lethe Press, November 2008ISBN: 9781590210666 Visiting one of my favorite gay bookstores, Lambda Rising in Washington D.C., I picked up a copy of Sea Swallow Me and Other Stories. Here I am again, telling you about my travels and the books that I buy. Gidney’s collection of short stories run the […]

More Good News

Five of my prose poems will be published in the January 2010 issue of Collective Fallout. To find out more about Collective Fallout, you can visit them at:

An Interview with Emanuel Xavier

Emanuel Xavier is an American poet, spoken word artist, author, editor, literary events curator, and actor born and raised in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. He is one of the most significant voices to emerge from the neo-Nuyorican poetry movement using political, sexual and religious themes throughout his work. His background is Puerto Rican and […]

An Interview with Marc Acito

Marc Acito’s is a full time writer who live in Portland, OR. He is the author of How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater and Attack of the Theater People. A former opera singer, he is now a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. To […]

Book Notes: King of Shadows by Aaron Shurin

Paperback, 184 pagesFrom City Lights Publishers(June 1, 2008)ISBN: 978-0872864900 I discovered King of Shadows on a recent trip to San Francisco. Rooting through the shelves of City Lights Books, trying to limit the number of books I left the store with, I picked up Aaron Shurin’s collection of essays. Thankfully, King of Shadows seemed to […]

Look for My Work

You can read my work an upcoming issue of Oranges & Sardines. Two of my poems will be featured there soon!