A Poem Video for Poetry Publishers – #NationalPoetryMonth

I wanted to do something different for #NationalPoetryMonth. Instead of cranking out a poem a day for NaPoWriMo (short for National Poetry Writing Month), I wanted to make a video announcing my new manuscript. While this video is targeted at publishers, if you’re not one but enjoyed the video, please share it through your networks. […]

Curtis Crisler’s New Book “…Out-Schools Every School of American Poetry”

Curtis L. Crisler’s new book, “This” Ameri-Can-ah (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2016) “out-schools every school of American poetry.” That’s according to Jericho Brown, American Book Award Winner. Indiana’s Poet Laureate George Kalamaras called Crisler “…the bone man, the heart man, the roaming coyote-man howling from the breath’s bowels.” And the praises don’t stop there. “Curtis L. Crisler has a […]

Get Ready to Meet Ned Hickson…Again!

Syndicated humor columnist and author, Ned Hickson was so gracious to indulge me in this experiment – a video version of the profile I did on him a while back. He was part three in my Freshly Pressed series, which included Robert Hookey and Zoe Valentine. The series focused on successful bloggers and their writing […]

Blog Tour!

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -Albert Schweitzer I want to thank Lisa Panepinto, who first tagged me last month for the blog tour […]

The Proper Yardstick

Today, I started — then stopped reading — the article, “The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked.” I saw it this morning on Facebook and, despite the red flags it, and other titles like it (“top ten” this or that), usually raised, my curiosity told me to click the link and skim the list. […]

A Poet on his Way to a Reading

Yesterday, I left work around 9:30am and hopped the red line to the Tenleytown Metro Station. During my 13-minute walk, I took a deep breath and exhaled – praying that I don’t bore the students and that I don’t get caught off-guard with a question. While the nervousness is normal for my school visits, that […]

A Christmas Post

A lot’s happened since October. I started two new jobs — one full-time (communications specialist for a national nonprofit) and the other part-time (senior editor at a global hip-hop journal). Though the former, more so than the latter, leaves me less time and energy to blog here, I couldn’t be happier. With both positions, I […]

Arts Advocates, Unite!

In a previous post, I talked about why poetry matters. Now, with the shift towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum, advancing the arts is more important than ever. I’m still hellbent on convincing my opponents that arts education is as important as mathematical skills. In fact, while “you can replace some math skills […]

How Zoe Valentine Works

Editor’s note: This is part two of an on-going series about successful bloggers and their habits. Read  part one here and click here to read part three. A lot’s happened in the nearly five years Zoe Valentine’s entertained and informed readers with her blog about what she calls “the most mundane of things” in her […]