On the Receipt of One Cardinal Feather: the Weariness of Testifying and the Weight of Colonial Voices.

About a month back, Creator was kind enough to have given me the gift on a single cardinal feather. After a tough meeting, it came a welcome and powerful message that I spent consider time pondering and deciphering. Suffice it to say something as simple as it reminded me to take pride in who IContinue reading “On the Receipt of One Cardinal Feather: the Weariness of Testifying and the Weight of Colonial Voices.”

The Swagger of William T. Riker

Let’s start with an observation. Smooth-talking bearded men who flip their legs over chair backs to sit in them shouldn’t be given commands of starships. Bad things happen and generally speaking the ship gets busted up something fierce when they call the shots. Yet, in the grand spectacle of mishaps such as these, none ofContinue reading “The Swagger of William T. Riker”

Kicking at the Roots with Dick Hugo’s Montana of Yore.

So the last time I posted there, I had definitely started in on little bit of “look at my roots as a writer” action by talking about Richard Hugo. And lo and behold, I’ve found myself returning to him a lot more this week. The collection of poems I’m working on, “Devil in the Woods,”Continue reading “Kicking at the Roots with Dick Hugo’s Montana of Yore.”

Money over Craft: Corporate Publishing and the Stagnation of CanLit

Let me start this by saying that while I am from Canada and have returned here some two years ago, that the whole CanLit scene is something rather alien to me. True, I’m learning it as any newcomer to a place should have to gain a literacy for the places they come to inhabit. It’sContinue reading “Money over Craft: Corporate Publishing and the Stagnation of CanLit”

Looking Inward from the Fallen World: Some Thoughts of Phaedrus and the Things We Choose to Read

So, in truth, I’ve found myself going back through a great deal of the classics that inhabit the bookshelves of my home office. First, I turned to grand ole Karl Marx. But after just going through the Communist Manifesto, the emotions of being a chronically underemployed and underpaid writer/editor definitely got to me a wayContinue reading “Looking Inward from the Fallen World: Some Thoughts of Phaedrus and the Things We Choose to Read”

Teaching, Professional, and some thoughts inspired by Richard Dreyfus on NPR

For those of you who know me know that I often struggle with the idea that academia sets a notion of standards for education. And not that I come down against the idea of having standards for education. Far from it, I feel like there must be specific criteria to make any notion of educationContinue reading “Teaching, Professional, and some thoughts inspired by Richard Dreyfus on NPR”

Semester Wrap-Up and The Big Move

The big move is finally done and we’ve settled into our great little 134-year-old house here in Indianapolis. All of this should mean much, much more time to dedicate to writing, a much, much needed change of pace from the previous few months. On the rather serious upside, two new poems of mine (“Through theContinue reading “Semester Wrap-Up and The Big Move”

Still at it, I swear

So here’s the deal with working on two Masters Degrees, teaching, buying a house, and trying to finish up a manuscript of short stories: Well, you’re blogging life becomes rather limited, if non-existent. But on the upside, this means that there is a clear and significant amount of goodies to report on. First, we’re onContinue reading “Still at it, I swear”

A Nice Reminder From John Haines

I was putting together my W203 Creative Writing syllabus for the fall and have been focusing on Rocky Mountain state writers. Naturally, sometime after Rick Bass I found poet John Haines’ work and have been spending sometime nosing around his work for stuff that is teachable. To say there is a lot would be aContinue reading “A Nice Reminder From John Haines”