Against “A Room of One’s Own”

I have great respect for the writings of Virginia Woolf and her stake in the feminist movement, but the title of her book sprang to mind when I started to think about the writing life. There are innumerable books that discuss the writer’s life, the long and lonely journey on the page, and ultimately the […]

A Small Photo Essay from Idaho

This blog has been filled with words, words, words lately.  I am happy to write every week, or get someone else to write every week, but it would also be nice to show off some of the great things I am seeing in Idaho.  Let me take you with me on a mini-road trip through […]

The Dark City: Noir Then and Now

I don’t know when noir happened to me.  Perhaps I got my first stirrings from my paternal grandfather’s insistence that I watch the early and eerie Universal Studios monster movies with him.  The fog, the dark villages, the cursed man alone in his plight–these were the precursors for my love of the fatalistic and dangerous cities […]

On Sound and Vision: David Wheeler as Guestblogger!

David K Wheeler is the author of Contingency Plans: Poems, from TS Poetry Press, and the album There There. He writes for two web magazines: The High Calling and Burnside Writers Collective. His essays have been featured at The Morning News, as well as in The Pacific Northwest Reader, an essay collection from Harper/Delphinium. On […]

A Forray into Seattle’s Pilot Books

I returned to Washington’s coast and spent part of my rain-soaked Sunday at Pilot Books.  The bookshop is a small retail, almost loft like space in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district. What separates Pilot Books from other bookshops is that it only sells books put out by small presses.  True, you can purchase a Copper Canyon […]

A Longish Interview with the Handsome Poet Stephen Mills

Stephen S. Mills has an MFA from Florida State University. His poems have appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Review, PANK Literary Magazine, Velvet Mafia, The New York Quarterly, The Antioch Review, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Ganymede, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Assaracus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival […]

Book Notes on Pop-Up Book of Death by Chad Helder

Paperback, 124 pagesFrom Queer Mojo (a Rebel Satori Imprint)December 2010ISBN: 9781608640263 I have gotten to know Chad Helder in the past year through an interview and correspondence.  He was a guest blogger back in October as well.  If you have missed either of these or want to know more you can check them out here: […]

Happy St. Valentine’s Day from Literary Magpie

I hope every one of you who read this blog know that Literary Magpie loves you!  Here is a valentine of distracted tabbey cats and a song by one of my favorite vocalists from the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Literary Magpie Celebrates 100 Posts and Much Much More!

This is a good road marker for Literary Magpie, one hundred posts.  Although one hundred is an arbitrary number, it does mark a continued effort to blog.  This thing started on July 30, 2009.  An interview with the author Carol Guess went up and the rest is history. I primarily intended this blog to showcase […]

Guest Blogger: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

I used to think that independent bookstores supported independent authors, and independent presses, but now I’m not so sure. So many independent bookstores have become little more than showplaces for the NPR circuit, endlessly parading the same authors on their front tables, or if not the same authors then the newest authors to win the […]