The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. While writing groups can serve as a mentor, the right personal mentor will help improve your writing by giving you guidance each step of the way. Let me share an example of the influence of a mentor. In… Continue reading The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Be Encouraged

Today is Sunday March 17, 2013.  One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can serve the function of mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago… Continue reading Be Encouraged

My Writer’s Group

One way a writer can improve his odds of traditional publication is having an established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can also encourage and mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a certain neighborhood… Continue reading My Writer’s Group

Meet the Poets: Bob Dylan – 2008 Pulitzer Prize: Special Awards and Citations

The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded Bob Dylan a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” PERSONAL INFORMATION Birth: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Occupation: Singer, musician. Family: son of Abe Zimmerman and Beatrice Rutman; m. Sara Lownds… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Bob Dylan – 2008 Pulitzer Prize: Special Awards and Citations

Meet the Poets: Maxine Kumin – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1973 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1981 -1982

Maxine Kumin (born June 6, 1925) is an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981–1982. She received her BA and MA from Radcliffe College. She has published numerous books of poetry, including Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton,… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Maxine Kumin – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1973 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1981 -1982

Meet the Poets: Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks – Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1950 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1985

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 17, 1917 in Topeka Kansas. She was the older of two children born to Keziah and David Brooks. The same year of her birth she and her family moved to Chicago where she has resided her entire life. Brooks’ mother discovered her gift for writing at the early… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks – Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1950 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1985

Meet the Poets: Phyllis McGinley – 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

“The Velvet Hand I call that parent rash and wild Who’d reason with a six-year child, Believing little twigs are bent By calm, considered argument. In bandying words with progeny, There’s no percentage I can see, And people who, imprudent, do so, Will wonder how their troubles grew so. Now underneath this tranquil roof Where… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Phyllis McGinley – 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Writer’s Life: Never Give Up

I always remember the first fifteen publishers who saw the manuscript rejected my favorite book, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Finally, in 1973, a small independent publisher bought it. Random House later bought that publisher, The David McKay Company. Mr. Shaara’s second novel received very little attention and mixed reviews. It was a surprise… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Never Give Up

My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir

My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir is the best book I’ve read in a long time. This is no surprise being written by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks. It reads more like a novel, than a memoir. The book is both an intellectual search for an understanding of her father’s secret past as a spy… Continue reading My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir

Review: The Sound and The Fury

William Faulkner’s birthday was this past Sunday, September 25. In honor of his birthday I reread The Sound and The Fury. I read it 40 years ago while in college. I wondered if it was as great as I remembered. I must admit I struggled through the first 100 plus pages. I discovered the look… Continue reading Review: The Sound and The Fury