Denis Johnson told us what he dreamed, and he told us what was real

Last night I went to sleep thinking about Denis Johnson, the news of whose passing was among the last things I read before turning in for the night. This morning, I woke to find everyone else thinking about Denis Johnson, too — many hadn’t seen the news until daybreak. One writer I know shared the news … More Denis Johnson told us what he dreamed, and he told us what was real

Part 1 – Mark Russell, writer of DC Comics’ Flintstones and Prez – Book Club Discussion

Originally posted on Stargazer Comics, Toys & Games:
– Our recording missed a bit of this first question, but this transcript picks up very early in the conversation. – For the sake of not typing a lot of sound effects, imagine that we were all laughing, almost constantly, throughout this talk! ST: Can you tell…

The long-awaited debut from memoirist Jenny Forrester

Next week, my dear friend Jenny Forrester will release her first book, the already-lauded memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky, from Portland’s acclaimed Hawthorne Books. On the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, Jenny Forrester grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester’s powerfully eloquent story … More The long-awaited debut from memoirist Jenny Forrester

A couple of Southern transplants around the Puget Sound

Last Thursday, I joined novelist Alec Clayton for a reading and book signing at the Timberland Regional Library in Lacey, WA. Alec read a couple of passages from his most recent novel, Tupelo, with a perfectly timed emotional shift: a bit of humor and then a wonderfully nostalgic teenage make-out session that takes a sudden turn at the end into … More A couple of Southern transplants around the Puget Sound

“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, but … More “It’s a real privilege to have talented friends”

Bibliomania 2017

I’ve been meaning to share all the books I’ve been buying/reading since the year began, but every time I think I’m ready to put together this post, I wind up buying more books to add to it. I think I’ve hit my limit, though, or at least I’m ready to pause long enough to give … More Bibliomania 2017