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Dean Young Needs a New Heart

Becca Wadlinger

Blog readers, I can think of nothing more important than to share this link and letter from poet and UH professor Tony Hoagland. Please read the letter below, visit the link, and help in any way you can. Rebecca Wadlinger, Managing Editor http://www.transplants.org/donate/deanyoung…


On Leonard Melfi

Edward Porter

Inevitably over the holidays, someone asks you what you're doing in a graduate program. My standard answer is, "I'm a writer who doesn't want to die in a ditch." That probably sounds like a joke, but it's not: it happens. For reasons too obscure to go…


Bill Murray's Place in Poetry

Ryan OMalley

I've attached a video here that many of you have probably viewed, or if you haven't, you're just too ADD-addled to watch it: the video shows Bill Murray reading poetry. In case this isn't already something in the vein of Bill Murray (doing odd things,…


Curious Gorge

Eric Howerton

I was driving by a restaurant I'd been meaning to try (Julia's Bistro? Sheba? The Breakfast Club?) when a pothole jostled my car and brain. Houston is known for its potholes. Recovering from the jolt, I found myself thinking of a professor at the University…


A Literary Thanksgiving

Ashleigh Eisinger

This week it's Thanksgiving and like any other sap in the country, I can't help but muse about all the wonderful and touching things that I've come across in my life. As a writer, one of these wonderful things is (and always has been) reading. I can't…


Amy Clampitt at the Newark Airport

Samuel Amadon

A few weeks ago, I was in New York for a wedding and I stopped by the apartment of a former professor of mine to catch up. We talked for a while about what he was teaching, the students in his workshop, Houston, the election, and he read me one of his…


Full Fathom Frey

Ian Stansel

A recent article in New York Magazine describes Full Fathom Five, a project created and headed by James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and a couple novels. The article is written by a young writer who almost became one of more than a dozen in…


Jesus' Son and Housekeeping's Daughters

Ian Stansel

I've been thinking about influence lately. And perhaps partly because of a couple recent posts on this blog, I've been thinking about influence in the context of gender. Not too long ago I was in workshop and we were discussing a published book by a female…


Family Albums

Janine Joseph

Perhaps like many others, I grew up listening to the music of my parents. There were, of course, some minor deviations--I clearly remember listening to a popular song by the Filipino rapper, Andrew E, and dialing (and redialing) the phone number he sung…


Tattoos and the Inevitability of Letters and Bodies

David Tomas Martinez

My name, David Tomas Martinez, is the Mexican equivalent of John Smith, and like many of my friends, I played sports growing up. In my neighborhood, running the football got dances with the prettiest girls, and being able to fight was an apotrope to black…