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Jan.20.2014
Gold Rush Writers (http://www.goldrushwriters.com/) is a series of Parties, Readings, Seminars and Workshops over a spring weekend in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s directed by Antoinette May, the author of thirteen books including two successful novels (and one, perhaps her best, a...
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Apr.25.2013
          I'm pleased to be part of such a fine group of poets, and the displays in the museum are most interesting.  Most are from Asia, with many of them from China.  The reading, at two PM, was arranged by Sally Ashton, the outgoing Poet Laureate of Santa Clara...
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Nov.11.2012
  Once a year for eight years now I’ve volunteered at the annual Writer’s Luncheon put on by the National Kidney Foundation.  I’m an ‘author’s assistant,’ meaning I help with the line of people who want their books signed.  This year I sat with one of our few generally-agreed-upon...
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Oct.23.2012
  Official commendation: Kevin Arnold from left: Supervisor Shirakawa, Supervisor Wasserman, Kevin’s friend Larry Moody, Kevin, his wife Carol, moi, Nils Peterson, Supervisor Kniss, Supervisor Yeager, and Supervisor Cortese I had the privilege of attending the Santa Clara County Board of...
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Oct.03.2012
  Much-esteemed poet Sharon Olds, formerly the Poet Laureate of New York State and a faculty member at New York University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, will be reading in downtown San Jose tomorrow.  Those of you who snicker at the term ‘downtown San Jose’ might note that it...
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Jul.13.2012
  Somehow I'd missed Kate Walberg's two stories in the New Yorker.  Indeed, before I went to New Haven I’d not heard of her except as part of the summer’s faculty.  She was one of the four ‘Masters,’ but one I was not assigned to, so I wasn't invited to her more intimate morning...
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Jun.25.2012
     Before his seminar, I’d not heard of Rosenman, but from the moment he insisted on shaking each participant’s hand as we joined him in the lecture room, I realized he was one of the most amazing people I’d ever met.  He didn't quite surpass Raymond Carver, but that's a...
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Jun.06.2012
Haikus grip one end of the literary tiara, next to longer poems.  Sagas are at the other end, next to novels.  At the center, set slightly above the others, with its eye on all of them, is a well-crafted short story like the one Jennifer Egan has written. Pulitzer-holding Jennifer Egan...
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Mar.25.2012
This year’s Gold Rush Writers is still a month away, so you can save thirty bucks (a $175 value for $145) if you enroll by March 30th.  This great bargain in the Sierra foothills includes your choice of sixteen workshops, three meals, featured headliners Cara Black and Michael David Lukas...
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Mar.10.2012
  This is one of my earliest blogs, from 2009.  I'm still getting comments on it, so I'm re-posting.   Even if it weren't initially written as a preface to The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" would continue to be widely anthologized and  read. ...