Recently I was criticized by someone I love and trust as coming down too hard on my family, being too negative about my early life. I defended my work by saying, essentially, that when I write personal essays, I want to examine what was and what is in order to better understand it; I want [...]
Category Archives: Literature and Writing
Just confirmed I’ll be teaching two poetry writing classes at the community arts center in my town. Very excited! Here’s the first: Writing Home: Poetry with Roots Time: Sat, Oct 13, 2012, 9:00 AM – 12 noon Instructor: Daniel Bowman Jr. Description: The great southern writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his [...]
I am thrilled to unveil the interview with my friend Denise Frame Harlan, who speaks wisdom and grace into this “gorgeous mess” of the writing life. Read, comment, and share! (And follow @TaylorU_English to join the conversation at the intersection of literature and faith.)
…is nevertheless kind of fun on a Monday. Check it out! Even better being there with Greg Wolfe, John Wilson, and Laura McGrath. Long live Twitter(?)
I’m a little behind, but I wanted to finally link to Ruminate‘s review of Plum Tree, written by Hannah VanderHart, a second-year graduate fellow at The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice in Washington, DC (Georgetown University). The Lannan Center, as many of you know, is one of the most profoundly important institutions in [...]
Okay, this should be the last post for a while. But I wanted to make note of one more item: I will help lead a writer’s retreat at John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City, IN, July 15th – 22nd. Make the commitment to set aside this time now.
Hey, there–it’s me again. Just wanted to get the word out about the upcoming Barton Rees Pogue Poetry and Arts Festival in Upland. Date: April 14th, 2012 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Place: Upland Community Church and Taylor University (see the website for details) I will be leading a poetry workshop from 1:00 [...]
Hey there, friends. I will be reading and leading an open mic poetry night at Common Grounds in Hartford City. Date: Fri, April 14th Time: 7:00 PM Place: Common Grounds Coffee Shop, 205 W. Washington St., Hartford City, IN 47348 Copies of Plum Tree will be available for the special price of ten bucks. [...]
The Wait (book trailer) from Eric Nystrom on Vimeo. Many thanks to Taylor University Media Communications student Eric Nystrom for creating this book trailer using my poem, “The Wait.”
Thank you, Kelcey Parker, for the opportunity to interview over at Ph.D. in Creative Writing, an excellent series of interviews with writers, and a great resource. Somehow, the interview resulted in my bringing together Barbra Streisand and Garcia Lorca. Who knew? Anyway, this is my story. What’s yours?