Monday, October 28, 2019

Review of "Accents" from Amazon KDP

     Check out both reviews here; there are some more on the Kindle version. Accents is my most thematically-arranged poetry book and is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle Desktop Publishing.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Thoughts on the Wall Street Journal's English Major Column

     Full disclosure: I was not an English major, but I have been Highly Qualified as an English teacher (recently retired after 25 non-consecutive years teaching in three states), and have been an adjunct instructor of English for 14 years. I am also a published poet, and have a novel in the works.
     Why didn’t I major in English? I like languages, and majored in German at Penn State, BA 1974, two years later a MA at University of California-Irvine, with a stop along the way at UC-Berkeley. The challenge of becoming fluent/literate in another language fascinated me. Had I not majored in German, it would have been Journalism. At Penn State I was active with the daily campus paper and the radio station.
     This article talks about more than the “all you can do is teach” commentary. The curriculum has changed, been watered down in my opinion. Read and see how many English departments do not require a course in Shakespeare! I am all for different emphases and programs, but if one camps out exclusively in a race/gender program, one misses so much.
       There were some authors I wished had bene in my German curriculum, but I wanted to read the classic ones. But that’s for another post. All in all it matters where one goes to college or university. And it also matters if one reads other writers. Each quarter at Penn State I made sure I read one book a month that was not required for any class. I read things that were referenced in required books, or that simply interested me. And this extra reading never failed to enrich me. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

English starts around 1:17. Miriam Gross Vlog

Thanks, Miriam Gross for the kind words and reading my poem

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Successful Rosewood Art & Music Festival

   Many thanks to the organizers, people who bought my poetry books, took my cards, and talked wiht me!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Rosewood Art & Music Festival is Tomorrow! Columbia South Carolina

    This will be my third time at the event, and my first time reading poetry (11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). All five of my poetry books will be there, along with many other writers/authors/poets, other artists, and food!

    My books are also available from the usual vendors. Please note that Accents is exclusively available from Amazon KDP!

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...