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Poetry Review: Before the Big Bang Makes A Sound

by Carolynn Kingyens Publisher: Kelsay Books ISBN: 978-1-950462-69-8 In a stunning debut Before the Big Bang Makes a Sound, Carolynn Kingyens unravels a modern day dialogue between those things we savor and those things we despise in ourselves. The collection of poetry is all at once a still life to understanding the complexity of the past… Continue Reading →

Pride of Eden by Taylor Brown / Book Review

What happens when environmental activism and the passion of a group of outsiders come together? Taylor Brown explores this idea in his book Pride of Eden, as we move closer and closer to the cataclysm that is our natural disaster. It is clear that not only is this a political and social issue, but is now… Continue Reading →

How to Get the Most Out of A Writers Conference

Check out my quick guide to attending a writers conference. If you are serious about writing, then you will be serious about attending. Use these skills at Hollihock Writers Conference 2019 or at your next event. Writing conferences bring together like-minded, creative people who are seeking inspiration, education, and community. While all these readings, workshops,… Continue Reading →

What Is A Writing Journal?

New Writing for the Hollihock Writer’s Conference  “Your writing journal is a record of your thought process through time. It will evolve as the months and years pass, and it will become a powerful tool. Not only can you think and process your ability on the page, you can also see the history and the arc of… Continue Reading →

The Hawkman – A Fairy Tale of the Great War

Jane Rosenberg LaForge AmberJack Pub. ISBN: 978-1944995676 (paperback) 280p Released: June 5, 2018 The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge is a re-telling of several Grimm’s fairy tales against the backdrop of World War I.  As a fan of World War I literature, this captures the desperation of trench warfare,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Paris in the Present Tense

Mark HelprinOverlook Press / 2017 ISBN: 978-1468314762 400 Pages It has been awhile since a novel has changed the way I think about the novel. But Paris in the Present Tense is a lyrical novel that has empowered my faith in the contemporary novel. Let’s face it, it has been awhile since A Winter’s Tale, when… Continue Reading →

Poetry Review / Body Politic by Rich Murphy

Body Politic by Rich Murphy Prolific Press Inc. / 2016 ISBN: 978-1632750846 Language and politics have a symbiotic relationship in strange and creative ways. George Orwell knew this when he wrote about the language of politics and what that language does for our society. In Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, he spoke about dead metaphors, pretentious diction, and meaningless… Continue Reading →


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