Category Archives: publishing

It’s my birthday today!  It’s also the late, great Octavia Butler’s birthday.  And the late, great Katherine Dunham’s birthday, too, who had a deep love of Haiti.   I really do believe in the secret language of birthdays and astrology.  How … Continue reading

e-pub, Haiti, Joseph Zoboi, published, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, short story
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Eleven years ago, I attended the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in Seattle.  Six weeks, seventeen writers, six instructors.  It’s been said we’re the only Clarion West class who have had the most profressional publications.  Needless to say, … Continue reading

Clarion West, e-pub, Octavia Butler, published, publishing, short story, workshops, Writing

I received my copy of The Caribbean Writer in the mail a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how thick it was. It’s a textbook! I used to carry around my Norton Anthology of African American Literature … Continue reading

Haiti, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, The Caribbean Writer, Writing
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So this is what they call “VONA Withdrawal”. I returned this weekend from the Voices at VONA Workshops after school has ended for the year and the darlings are bouncing off the walls, the home is in slight disarray, and … Continue reading

books, Culture, education, Junot Diaz, publishing, VONA, Writing, ZZ Packer

I was watching Globe Trekkers on PBS and the host was in a small village somewhere in Senegal where a group of young boys and girls were participating in a rites-of-passage dance and celebration. They were dressed in colorful beads … Continue reading

education, Mythology, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, teens, YA fiction