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We Want to Do His Work Justice

This is the table in the house our parents rented in Skiathos, Greece, where our dad told us the story of THE ILIAD for the first time. He explained, to our great surprise, that Achilles was gay and Patrocles was … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Look Into My Parents’ Lives

Yesterday I was sent a link to a YouTube video of a reading I did last summer at Southampton College Writers Conference. Up in the right hand corner of the screen was a link to a documentary on my father … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

As I was walking back from our writers’ Virtuous Circle lunch at the Algonquin, I happened upon the Veterans Day parade. I took a photo of these young men, so young, really, as they marched by and I felt tears … Continue reading

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Raising Her: A Walk in the Park

It’s sunset and Kevin and I take the dogs for a walk in Karl Schurz Park while Eyrna is at her martial arts class. This is my favorite time of day, twilight, and a huge amber harvest moon floats above … Continue reading

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The 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Winner

This morning, I got to make the phone call to the winner of the $10,000 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Every time we enlist a new judge, we give that person the privilege of making the call. I didn’t judge … Continue reading

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ON HEARING THE SEA GODDESS SHARON OLDS

I was invited to read at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica over Memorial Day weekend. Then the riots erupted in Kingston and the roads to the airport were blocked. Terribly worried, I called my friend Johnny Temple, publisher of … Continue reading

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MAKING FRIENDS ON THE ROAD

I just got home from my trip to Florida. While snow kept me from attending the first leg of my journey at the Jacksonville BookMania Festival, I did make it to Miami and to Boca Raton. In Miami, I read … Continue reading

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Listening To My Student Read From Her Thesis

Yesterday my MFA student Lynn Bryant at Wilkes University read from her Masters thesis in front of a gathered crowd of her peers and other instructors. She read for ten minutes, a scene in which on the surface, very little … Continue reading

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PEN Rally for Liu Xiaobo on New Year’s Eve

I received this email from PEN and felt compelled to share it with you: Dear Friends, As you have heard, the Chinese government has sentenced our colleague Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison in China. Tomorrow’s press event/rally to … Continue reading

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Mr. Bill Canegata

Mr. Bill Canegata, Sixth Dan Black Belt, passed away yesterday, December 9, 2009, exactly three years to the day after Anna Bahceci, George Wimpfheimer, and I passed our Black Belt tests. Mr. Bill lived with cancer for many years. He … Continue reading

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