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Trout Fishing In America

I included this book on my list of top ten books that influenced me because it was a quintessential book of the 1960s. It masked its depth of thought with playfulness. Brautigan's style was more free verse poetry than prose. His imagery was poetic, as well. Most of all, it was fun to read and made a good companion to his poetry collections. Next: Another Roadside more...

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Books That Influenced Me The Most

I've read a number of interviews and blog posts in which writers comment upon, or list, books you should read if you want to write. They are interesting, but I wouldn't be so presumptuous to prescribe a reading list for others, particularly a list of books you should read if you want to be a writer. Instead of offering a list of "must read" books, I prefer to list more...

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Posting a Review

For those of you who've read my books, or may read my books in the future, and enjoyed them, I would appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads. There is not a lot of promotional support behind books published by small publishing houses and we depend upon word of mouth. Reviews on these sites really are appreciated. more...

East St. Louis Writer’s Series

I've been invited to speak at the East St. Louis Writers’ Workshop on Feb. 27th at 9:30 a.m. The series is in its thirteenth semester of bringing writers to Southwestern Illinois College’s East St. Louis site to exposes students to excellence in writing in the metro area. The one-hour workshop consists of the writer reading from his/her works, discussing more...

East St. Louis Writer’s Series

I've been invited to speak at the East St. Louis Writers’ Workshop on Feb. 27th at 9:30 a.m. The series is in its thirteenth semester of bringing writers to Southwestern Illinois College’s East St. Louis site to exposes students to excellence in writing in the metro area. The one-hour workshop consists of the writer reading from his/her works, discussing more...

On The Poetry Mafia, Guilds, Interlocking Directorates, MFAs and The Emperor’s New Clothes

Over thirty years ago I read an article in a prominent writer's magazine referring to the "poetry mafia". Although the article was well done, and well on point, it has occurred to me over the intervening years that "mafia" is a bit too strong. I would refer to the concept more as a poetry or literary guild or, in the idiom of business, literary interlocking more...

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Locally Grown Literature

I will be joining more than 20 St. Louis area authors at a fundraiser to support the construction of The Book House, a locally owned, independent bookstore. This should be a great event with books available for purchase and signing, readings, food, drink, auction items and other special offers. Details are: November 15, 2013 8 p.m. Schlafly Bottle Works 7260 more...

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Work In Progress

I have been doing research and writing for my novel in progress which I've given the working title CASUALTIES. This work is a prequel to BAXTER'S FRIENDS. Neither Jerry Baxter nor Hugh Ferguson are the main characters; the story is told from the viewpoint of one of their high school classmates Billy Bright. Baxter and Ferguson certainly are involved in the story and more...

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The Boston Tar Baby, Running at Night and Baxter’s Friends Mentioned in Blog Post

Nice mention of my short story "The Boston Tar Baby" as wel as "Running at Night" and "Baxter's Friends" in witer Ellen Wade Beals Sept. 6th blog more...

Upcoming Book Signings

I will be signing copies of Running at Night and Baxter's Friends at the following bookstores: Saturday June 1, 2013 The Book House 9719 Manchester Road St. Louis, Missouri 63119 314-968-4401 and Saturday June 8, 2013 All On The Same Page Bookstore 11052 Olive Boulevard Creve Coeur, more...