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Writing workshop etiquette

Do your fucking homework -your mom Writers are notoriously creative. When we get together and talk about writing, the extroverts among us wax poetic—the introverts (if given a chance, and enough pauses by the chatty extroverts) often have great ideas about improving and augmenting a text in workshop. But more loquacious workshoppers and their quieter […]

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Learning our craft through community. Finding ourselves inspired by workshops, craft lessons. Writer’s inspiration grows in diverse environments. Lighthouse LitFest 2021.

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Which witch are you?

What the Dead Say: A memoir of life after death Excerpt: Paranormal circus Before I could stop myself I said, “Ha! Paranormal circus for you, huh?” to the owner, as she was checking my daughter out. “What?” “No one has said anything about the guy in the back?  He doesn’t bug you?” “What guy?” I’d flustered […]

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Assless chaps

Letter to my son: What do you hear when you hear the music that changed my life? There was an alcove between the restrooms at a bar called Dizzy Duncan’s in the Morris County Mall. In the alcove, an old cigarette machine squatted mellowly in the thin golden light spilling out of the bar. Adjacent, […]

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Blown away

I’m never getting over it. I’m never going to heal. The number of family members who supported the evil president and the way we shied away from talking about it. For me, it was like endless, internal bleeding. I kept loving them and I hated them for it. I have so much fucking white privilege […]

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Live on earth

Pronounce the title as “live–on earth– LIE-V” A concert for the end of the world. The King of Lies conducts. A volcano choice to erupt against them, the OTHER the ones who will not see it the way they should. Channy sees her feet on soil as a prayer on earth, for earth, pulling from […]

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COVID-19 poem

82,404 The latest count of infected here on this land of plenty Times two—one hundred sixty-four, eight hundred and eight.  This many lungs pulling fur in the sac instead of air, we pant for hours, we gulp in infected skies The rest of us hold our breath—the spores in the air in  flown sputum from careless […]

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The problem with Christmas

The problem with Christmas is: The two sides of my personality are arrayed against one another in hand-to-hand, bloody red and money-green-colored combat. On one hand, I revel in movies about sorority houses being invaded by murderous Santas– Krampus is my spirit animal of the season, not Rudolph. On the other hand, I am recording […]

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