On Writing: Telling a Story

On Writing: Telling a Story

What does it mean to tell a story? When I think of “telling a story,” I am thinking specifically of the act of verbal storytelling – perhaps around a fire with an audience of people who can leave at any moment. In this situation of verbal storytelling, it’s important...
Poem: My Story in a Late Style of Fire

Poem: My Story in a Late Style of Fire

by Larry Levis Whenever I listen to Billie Holiday, I am reminded That I, too, was once banished from New York City. Not because of drugs or because I was interesting enough For any wan, overworked patrolman to worry about— His expression usually a great, gauzy...
Bookstores: Borderlands in San Francisco

Bookstores: Borderlands in San Francisco

Borderlands Books is a fantastic otherworldly experience in the heart of San Francisco. A specialty store that focuses on science-fiction, fantasy and horror novels, this is a bookstore for a true connoisseur of speculative fiction. I’m not sure if I qualify...
Poem: Hibernation, Warming

Poem: Hibernation, Warming

by Kevin Craft Wind kicks a few cups down the alley. Pocketful of stones, a greasy lot. Morning chill in fleeting sunlight. You’d rather stay under this blanket agreement. Not any storm can house you off the cuff. The troposphere brushes your cold turned cheek. Wake...
Bookstores: Elliott Bay Book Company

Bookstores: Elliott Bay Book Company

Find my books at Elliott Bay Book Company I fell in love with the Elliott Bay Book Company at first sight. I was in college, and I was visiting on a “Literature and the Arts” group trip. The classic old-Seattle brick building, the funky Pioneer Square...
Poem: Let America Be America Again

Poem: Let America Be America Again

Black History Month: February Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be...