Are You Going to Sign Up?

So, like 8,500 other folks, I applied for the Amtrak Writer’s Residency program. The chances of me actually getting one of the 24 Golden Ticket spots are slim to none, but like all things residency and contest based, I treat them like the lottery. If I win, fantastic. If not, it has given me a […]

What Are You Reading?

This week I am deep into the biography of John Horne Burns, the gay writer most known for his post-WWII novel The Gallery. The biography Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns by David Margolick paints a picture of a talented gay writer who finds himself unable to his own hardships and disappointments […]

Return of the Blog Beast

I circled back wondering how long it’s been since I’ve posted on this blog and it was much much longer than I thought. This isn’t to say there aren’t exciting things happening in my writing world, just that I have been forgetting to tell you about them. Since sigh October, my work has appeared in a […]

A Joe Brainard Documentary free and online until October 9th!

Joe Brainard was a writer and artist associated with the New York School.  He is most well known for his book I Remember. His work has inspired some of my own writing, and reading him always motivates me to write in new directions. Until October 9th, you can watch a short, captivating documentary about Joe […]

The Los Angeles Review of Books Tackles Poetry in a Post-AIDS Crisis World

The Los Angeles Review of Books, often features strong writers who find compelling topics to write on.  This morning’s article about reclaiming poetry from the AIDS crisis has a lot of meat and almost no gristle.  I think this article is a great way to begin a larger conversation about AIDS in general.  Is the […]

Literary Gossip: Walt Whitman Does Kiss and Tell

So Laura Chandra, a Fellow from this year’s Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat posted this link on her Twitter Feed yesterday.  It was one part gossip column and three parts historical fact. The article discusses an American visit between Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman. Apparently, they were on “Thee” and “Thou” terms. READ THE ARTICLE and […]

Some Attendees Experiences at Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat

So this photo of deeply troubled folks are some of the poets from the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. I was fortunate to attend this July and it did a great deal for both my writing and my spirits in the post-MFA world that I found the rest of you have […]

Sometimes, Not Often, My Worlds Meet on the Page

It often feels as thought gay men who live outside the urban (even costal urban) experience don’t exist in terms of news, culture, and writing. I grew up in a town of less than 3,000 people, before the rise of the internet.  There were no visible LGBTQ folks in either my life or my community. […]

Lightning Strikes Several Times

This week marks the second time that my work has appeared in The Adirondack Review.  I am deeply honored to have my poems see the light of day in this journal.  The poem “Orizaba” is featured in the fall issue HERE. If you want to read my poem “The nights are long here. Nowhere, a torch.” […]