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sal-glynn's picture
Mar.12.2014
(NOTE: Drill your holes and stand in line/‘till the shift boss comes to tell you/You must drill her out on top/Can’t you feel the rock dust in your lungs?/It’ll cut down a miner when he is still young/Two years and the silicosis takes hold/And I feel like I’m dying from mining for gold) Any...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Feb.14.2014
Two weeks ago I had one of those Murphy Law weeks where you wonder: geez, whom did I tick off to get all this bad karma? It started off when I went to a local library (not my normal Lafayette branch) to drop off a bag of books. The library clerk looked at my bag and snapped. “You should’ve called...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...
manny-pacheco's picture
Oct.15.2013
Local literary works can be a surprising source of home state pride, no matter where you’re from. Here’s a compiled list of the generally-regarded most famous book set in each state (or commonwealth). Many of these works have translated into cinema. How many have you read?     * * * *...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Nov.28.2012
  It's that time of year again. Roll out the holly, try not to get trampled at Target, it's the holidays! And the holidays are not complete without what? Peppermint? Charlie Brown Christmas? Doing a solitice dance? Why my Holiday Book Picks!  Okay it might not be a tradition as say, Bing...
christopher-meeks's picture
Jun.11.2012
Last year, I wrote a piece called “My Realities—How to Market Your Book or Watch It Die.” I ended the piece explaining what I was about to do with three books, and now I can tell you what I’ve learned from it. First, perception is so much about where you stand. If you’re a new writer wanting to be...
dale-estey's picture
May.10.2012
I like this video interview with John Irving. We obviously share two things in common. We both write longhand and we both write on both sides of the page (I have done so for decades). We have different living quarters, but I'm trying to change that (for me - not him).   John Irving...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Mar.16.2012
When I found out about this week's topic, I blushed. I'm not the best at writing sex scenes; in fact I try to avoid it at all costs. I did write several in an unpublished novel where the mother in the story lost her virginity in her basement, resulting in her getting pregnant. Her daughter (the...