“It’s a real privilege to have talented friends”

Back in spring of 2015, I was looking for fresh material to bring into my composition classroom, and I happened to have a batch of students who were itching to break out of the essay rut and write in response to some literature. So I shared some widely-anthologized essays and some interesting editorials from major newspapers, butContinue reading ““It’s a real privilege to have talented friends””

Fiction and friends in three states

This book tour has been a wonderful whirlwind, gang, and I’m still playing catch-up on all the fun events I’ve been involved in! So allow me to take you on the fantastic finale of my tour of the Midwest, from Indiana through Kentucky and back into Ohio: After my Indianapolis gig, I drove south to NewContinue reading “Fiction and friends in three states”

Discussing writing and werewolves at Ivy Tech

Today I had the great privilege to visit not one but two creative writing classes taught by my grad school friend, the wonderful poet Brianna Pike. I’ve always loved Bri’s approach to teaching writing as much as I love her poetry (and folks, she’s a hell of a poet!), so I knew I was inContinue reading “Discussing writing and werewolves at Ivy Tech”

New publication

I don’t write much poetry, but when I put lines down I feel fairly confident in, they’re always in the form of haiku. I feel like I understand that form, inasmuch as anyone can (the mystery and ambiguity of the form is one of the reasons I love it so). And, as regular readers mightContinue reading “New publication”