Booklist 2014

It’s time again, gang, for my annual reading list. This year’s been quite light, actually — I felt like I’d read quite a bit, but turns out I managed just under 60 books. Does it count that I reread my own novel something like seven times in revisions before it came out in August? My summer months were slowest, whichContinue reading “Booklist 2014”

Book shopping for the holidays: the 2014 edition!

Earlier today, I spotted the NY Times list of “100 Notable Books of 2014,” which a friend referred to as her shopping list this holiday season. And I thought that was a great idea, so I went to check out the list. And there are a lot of fascinating-looking books on the list, many of which I’mContinue reading “Book shopping for the holidays: the 2014 edition!”

Places to publish, literature to read

I don’t know if it’s just Jung’s collective unconscious or if we’re all slaves to social media, but I’ve noticed a trend lately in people posting lists of publishers. Like the “7 Chapbook Publishers” on Authors Publish, which includes the always-excellent Black Lawrence Press, my pal Maragret Bashaar’s Hyacinth Girl Press, and (best of all!)Continue reading “Places to publish, literature to read”

Book shopping for the holidays

Rather unintentionally, this holiday weekend has been quite a book-shopping extravaganza here in the Snoek-Brown household. It all started on the night before Thanksgiving, when Kevin Sampsell — Portland author, publisher, and man in charge of the small press section at Powell’s Books — posted on Facebook that my chapbook, Box Cutters, had hit the shelves at Powell’s.Continue reading “Book shopping for the holidays”

Words everywhere

What a week in literature! This past Tuesday, my wife and I went to see Salman Rushdie speak as the inaugural writer in this year’s Portland Arts & Lectures series. I’ve heard him on the radio several times and I’ve enjoyed his appearances on The Daily Show, so I knew the guy was not onlyContinue reading “Words everywhere”

Unshod and pregnant. With bees.

Oh, you guys. This issue. The photography, the poetry, the prose. The cover art. The beauty of it all! The long-awaited Issue 8 of Unshod Quills is live and online now, and it’s a wonderful, sweet, buzzing literary creature. Since we’ve switched to a focus on poetry, our ranks of gorgeous poets have swelled beyondContinue reading “Unshod and pregnant. With bees.”

Ryan Werner on small presses, road trips, and rock-n-roll

About a month ago, I posted about the big Unshod Quills One-Hit Wonders reading here in Portland, with a lot of attention to literary rock star (literally) Ryan Werner. But there’s a hell of a lot more to his side of that story, and today, in Passages North, he tells it: We do all ofContinue reading “Ryan Werner on small presses, road trips, and rock-n-roll”

North Texas writers

I tout the books of friends and writers I admire here on the blog from time to time, but as good fortune would have it, lately I’ve been getting a lot of news about books from former classmates! I did my doctorate in English at the University of North Texas, where I had the tremendousContinue reading “North Texas writers”

Kick your shoes off and wade right in!

That’s right, folks: The seventh glorious issue of Unshod Quills — and the first I had a hand in producing — is now live on the Internet! Lots of amazing poetry in this one, including a few by my pals Hosho McCreesh, Michael Lambert, and Patrick Bahls. There are also three killer personal essays (IContinue reading “Kick your shoes off and wade right in!”

A Writer’s Notebook: first lines for essays

My creative nonfiction class is working on an exercise this weekend. I’ve got them doing the map-making exercise from Bill Roorbach’s Writing Life Stories, but I’ve done that one here on the blog before. It’s worth doing again (and again, and again), but I promised them I’d share my writing from the exercise we didContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: first lines for essays”