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patrika-vaughn's picture
Sep.18.2008
Digging into your family's past and writing about the people and events you discover can be a fascinating endeavor. A family history also helps children and grandchildren develop a sense of belonging, a feeling of continuity between the generations. I've also found in my family history interesting...
elmaz-abinader's picture
Jul.20.2008
Today when writing a bio for an anthology that picked up one of my poems, I changed the title of my new memoir, again. This is now the fifth name given to this book, each choice emphasized a different aspect of the story (of my life) , or of the writer, or of how i hope readers will engage with it...
zinta-aistars's picture
Apr.12.2008
Check out the new issue of The Smoking Poet, including an interview with Sue Miller and fiction by Lynn Stegner, Kris Saknussemm, Mark Batable, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, and many more. Plus some incredible poetry, including submissions by Cheshire, England Poet Laureate Harry Owen. It's all here: http...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Mar.11.2008
I wonder how long it took for Silda Wall Spitzer to pull herself together before she was hauled in front of the camera. How much crying did she get out? What sort of eye makeup she used to cover the puffiness. What sort of decent mood relaxants to numb her enough to stand there for a full hour....
shaun-d-landry's picture
Mar.11.2008
There are very few things to be relieved about when you are a few (translation: more than a few) pounds overweight. There is also some joy of not being completely competitive. Some joy in being somewhat of a passive aggressive slacker. One of these particular moments in time and space when...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Feb.28.2008
Mr. Nader announced today his running mate for president: former San Francisco Supervisor and 2003 SF Mayoral Green Party Candidate Matt Gonzalez. It makes me sort of sad that Gonzalez has hitched his wagon to the Lar "American First" Daly of our generation. There are now people who are...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Feb.25.2008
Saturday Night found me in emergency. What they did on Wednesday apparently was not fully accomplished, and the process decided to finish itself on Saturday...leaving my husband like an evil pit bull in the Emergency Room: HEY! LADY HEMMORAGHING HERE! Hans can indeed be a scary, angry white guy...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Feb.22.2008
I'm reminded of William S. Burroughs lately-Language is a virus from outer space, and the wonderful tagline from Laurie Anderson: "That's why I'd rather hear your name than see your face. She also uses a wonderful line from her lyrics: "And I had to sell the car and go to Florida...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Feb.21.2008
Five years ago I was living in a wonderful apartment. Separated from Hans and living with roommates. A young woman who is an English teacher at San Francisco's prestigious Lowell High School and a woman who used to curate at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It was a wonderful huge place...
shaun-d-landry's picture
Feb.13.2008
You are at a gathering. The first one you have been to in a while. A celebration of your early Anniversary as you have gotten married on Valentine's Day. (This would be me. It was this day, Groundhogs Day or Halloween. A cheezy date both of us could remember. This year on Valentines Day will...