Poetry/Prose Exchange - # 1

A friend of mine invited me to join in on a poetry/literature exchange, in which we send an uplifting, inspirational line of poetry or prose to an email address included in the original message.  Then I choose twenty friends to share this idea further, who then do the same, and so on.

This is the line I chose to send.  At first, it may not seem uplifting, but to me, it makes sense.  I am, after all, a child of dark humor, of finding the brightest light from the darkest places.  

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." 

- Gabriel García Márquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

2012 Kenyon Writers Workshop Fellows Reading

These are readings from the 2012 Kenyon Review Writing Workshop. I was there thanks to a Peter Taylor Fellowship. I read with the other fellows on Sunday, June 17th after a violent thunderstorm. Most of the audience was drenched. Only writers can listen to fellow writers read when they are soaking wet.

Reginald Dwayne Betts, an extraordinary and powerful poet, reads first. Listen to him and be moved. I'm the second read - so when the player reaches the nine minute mark, you'll hear the writing teacher I fellowed for, Lee K. Abbott, introducing me. And then there's me reading my story, "Eliza, in the Event of a Hurricane" much too softly and much too slowly. Oh, well. I'll remember for next time: a little louder, a little faster. Funny, at first, I think I sound a little like Claire Danes. I kind of like that.

All of the readings are incredible and all so very different. Tarfia Faizullah, Susanna J. Mishler, Amy Wright, Emanuel Martin, and more. I was deeply honored to be part of this amazing and talented array of writers.

Click on the link and then on the June 17th reading and listen in:


2011 Reading List – Reverie 2011 – Day 17


Head Off and Split – Nikky Finney

The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa

Here, Bullet & Phantom Noise – Brian Turner

You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobhan Fallon

Back in the World & The Barracks Thief – Tobias Wolff

The Mrs. Dalloway Reader – Virginia Woolf/Francine Prose

The Half-Known World of Fiction  Robert Boswell

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Going Away Shoes – Jill McCorkle

All the Living – C.E. Morgan

The Vietnam Reader – Stewart O’Nan

The Book of Salt – Monique Truong

Inside Out and Back Again – Thannha Lai

The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka

Long, Last, Happy – Barry Hannah

Blue Nights – Joan Didion

The Empty Family – Colm Tobin

The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson

Dirty One – Michael Graves

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Just Kids – Patti Smith

and more...




On Becoming a Novelist – John Gardner

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf’s

Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich

Dien Cai Dau and Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

Monkeys – Susan Minot

and more...


And hundreds of short stories

 in literary reviews, anthologies, contest queues, writing workshops, and story collections