It seems to me most writers and artists have at least one geographical spot that electrifies their soul. Key West is calling me back, no matter where I am in the present. Even now, at the end of July, when the East Tennessee valleys cool wonderfully at night, when I know the weather in the Keys is something like "97 degrees, feels like 106." Still, I feel the pull toward those salty waters.
A moment before classes, with J.B., Northeast State's mascot.
JANUARY 2014... At the Key West Literary Seminar 2014, I was honored to meet Billy Collins, one of my favorite poets, and to read from my poetry and prose.
2/6 Presented at the Mildred Haun Appalachian Literature Conference at Walters State Community College. Several of my works will be appearing in their literary magazine this spring. Thank you, Brad Owens, for the invite and the support.
1/8-1/16 2015 Lovely week at the Key West Literary Seminar. Met Charles Johnson. Thanks Miles Frieden and Arlo Haskell for your support. Stayed at the Authors Guesthouse.
Howard Dale and I share a moment.
7/31 My poem "Tumbleweed Dreams" has found a home in the new online journal pioneertown. Happy day! 6/25 Good news! The journal This Land has accepted my poem "Hay Maker" for their Winter 2016 issue.
6/1 Hey folks! Happy June! Plum Tree Tavern just published a haiku of mine and editor Russell Streur has, as well, accepted my coal train gods poem for The Camel Saloon. Hope your month starts as pleasantly!
5/2 Pentimento Magazine has accepted my non-fiction piece, "Wild Dogs, Summer Days" for their next issue. It's a nostalgic piece as well as a reflection on growing up with a deformity.
4/20 My poem "Because It's Nighttime Again" will appear in the debut issue of the Rocky Point Review. Thank you so much, Samuel Simas! I'm honored.
4/17 Two of my essays have been accepted for publication in Lit House Memories, edited by Sarah Gearhart and published by James Dissette, "The New Frontier," and "The Ghost of O'Neill House Past."
1/25/15 My poem "Poseidon Night" will be reprinted in the book Roaring Deep, edited by Rebecca Buchanan. 11/12/14 I'm honored to have been named the Grand Prize Winner in Pen2Paper's Writing Competition for my piece "Riding, Falling." Here's a link:
11/2/14 My poem "Late Summer Tomatoes" was published in WestWard Quarterly this week.
9/29/14 "Fizz and Blending" has been accepted for reprint by See Spot Run Magazine and will appear in this month's issue.
7/31/14 Hanging Tight Aboard the Stella Irene is a quarter-finalist in the Mary Ballard chapbook competition hosted by Casey Shay Press. 6/20/2014 Angle Poetry has published my poem "Wizardry" in their summer issue.
6/18/2014 "A Place For Oysters," my Moon set short story, has found a home at Perihelion Magazine. Going live July 12. 6/5/2014 "Local Charity," a poem of mine, has been accepted and published by The Camel Saloon:http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2014/06/local-charity.html Thanks, editor Russell Streur!
5/3/2014 OCEAN Magazine today accepted my poem "The Trip Out and Back" (a tide poem) for their next issue. I'm joyous to be part of this beautiful magazine again! Thanks, editor Diane Buccheri!
5/1/2014 My poem "Yard Cicles" found a home in the summer issue of The Summerset Review, now live. Thanks, Poetry Editor Meredith Davies!
4/30/14 Haiku Journal has accepted "Fourth of July Showers" for its summer issue: http://haikujournal.org/e-issues/.
4/28/14 Wilderness House Literary Journal accepted my poems "Sea Days," "Homing Instincts," and "Just Past the Bulrush" for their summer issue. It's been a good day (see below),
4/28/14 My poem "May Song" has been chosen by Hyacinth Noir for their Beltaine issue, available May 1st. Set at ETSU.
4/24/14 Mountain Tales Press has honored me with the Ghost Mountain Award for "Rattlers and Aliens, 1972." http://mountaintalespress.com/ghost-mountain-award/
4/17/14 Synchronized Chaos will publish three of the April poems, "Tick Tock Clock," "Branded by Smoke," and "The Composite," as well as that old John Gardner as motorcycle ghost story "Reciprocus."
4/5/14 "Spectrum 13," my novella set at Washington College, is up on the Blue Lake Review: http://bluelakereview.weebly.com/spectrum-13.html
2/16/14 My non-fiction piece "Rattlers and Aliens, 1972" was accepted by Whisperings Magazine today.
1/25/14 About Place Journal just accepted my non-fiction piece "Dangerous Heat 1974" about a race riot at Southern High "back in the day".