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”

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”

Math in words

We survived the fake Mayan apocalypse, and though people still seem pretty worried about this fiscal “cliff” (slope) thing, I’m going to go out on a limb and say, what the hell, we’ll make it through that, too. I feel pretty confident, because 2012 has been the Year of the Dragon in eastern astrology, andContinue reading “Math in words”

A Writer’s Notebook: notes from a reading

When I go to literary readings, I always take my notebook. Before I got my iPod, I took my notebook everywhere, but now that I can rely on the much slimmer iPod for emergency idea-jotting, I sometimes leave the thicker notebook at home. But at readings? I have to have paper and pencil to scribbleContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: notes from a reading”

A Writer’s Notebook: yearbook memories

I don’t know what this is or where it would ever go. But it felt good to write. In my 8th-grade yearbook, on the inside covers where people are supposed to leave their indelible wisdom for the ages alongside their silly doodles and autographs, there is a fantastically artistic signature from Shanna J. She claimedContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: yearbook memories”