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Demand booming on college campuses for creative writing
04/07/2017
Demand booming on college campuses for creative writing

Demand booming on college campuses for creative writing

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Some credit the rise of social media. Others attribute it to a flourishing culture of self-expression. Whatever the reason, colleges across the United Stat

For the complicated writers out there.
01/04/2017

For the complicated writers out there.

This is a pretty neat list of somewhat more complicated emotions.

Here's a magazine for the writing dads out there.
12/13/2016
Kindling Quarterly

Here's a magazine for the writing dads out there.

A quarterly print journal exploring contemporary fatherhood. Through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography KQ aims to highlight creative individuals whose work and lives are inseparable from their role as a parent.

For anyone interested in seeing what Medium.com is all about, you can follow the link to my new series of letter-essays ...
11/04/2015
A Happy House

For anyone interested in seeing what Medium.com is all about, you can follow the link to my new series of letter-essays written to my newborn son. Don't forget to Follow me once you get there. Feel free to share.

There will be days that balance perfectly your heart and head, your yesterdays intersecting with today to shine with per…

I had the privilege of studying poetry with Juan Felipe and can't imagine a better poet laureate. I was fresh out of the...
06/11/2015
Juan Felipe Herrera, From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate

I had the privilege of studying poetry with Juan Felipe and can't imagine a better poet laureate. I was fresh out of the army in 1991 and starting college; he was 40 and only a year removed from the Iowa Writers Workshop, but with 4 books already under his belt, and a new teaching gig at Southern Illinois. We formed a strong connection and he was just about the most ideal teacher I could've had just after returning from the Gulf and leaving the military.

He taught me how to see like a poet, to encounter the world through poetry, to take every moment and squeeze it dry on the page. Talking poetry with him was like diving into a deep river and being swept along. More than any contemporary or even long-dead poet I can think of, Juan Felipe has succeeded like Whitman succeeded. His poetry is as vast as America. His lines blow across the page like fast clouds or seas of wheat. His voices echo all of us.

Juan Felipe taught me to blow up the page, blow out all the borders, to love the chaos of language and image and experience. Sadly, he stayed only a year at SIU; the southern edges of the Midwest weren't quite right for a SoCal man.

After he left, I studied for two years with Rodney Jones, another master poet, though of a wildly different breed. Where Juan Felipe taught me the poem as wild laughter, Rodney taught me the poem as discipline, as carefully shaped as the most delicate marble statue. The greatest one line lesson Juan Felipe ever gave me was "just goddamn write it." From Rodney: "You're a hell of a writer; you just don't know yet when what you're writing is any good." Juan Felipe taught me how to put it on the page; Rodney how to make sure others wanted to read it.

Now Juan Felipe can blow out everyone's borders and help us all get it on the page.

The son of migrant farmworkers, Mr. Herrera writes experimental poems that focus on Mexican-American identity.

I know, I know--you're working on that novel, that screenplay, that poem, that memoir, anything but wasting time on soci...
11/22/2014
Authors Should Stop Putting Off Social Media

I know, I know--you're working on that novel, that screenplay, that poem, that memoir, anything but wasting time on social media.

Buuuut, you need a platform, an audience, engagement, interaction. You need social media.

Authors should stop promising to “get better at” social media eventually and start now!

Digital Book World is preparing their 2015 Author Survey examining what authors want, how they're going about getting it...
11/19/2014
Digital Book World Seeks Input from Authors on Publishing Experiences | Digital Book World

Digital Book World is preparing their 2015 Author Survey examining what authors want, how they're going about getting it, and what's changing in the worlds of traditional, indie, and self-publishing.

If you're a published writer, an unpublishing writer, an aspiring writer, or just plain old aspiring, follow the link and take the survey.

Digital Book World and Writer's Digest launch a third annual Author Survey, seeking input from authors and aspiring authors on publishing experiences.

Thinking about crowdfunding your book project? This excerpt from The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and...
11/17/2014
What My Kickstarter Controversy Taught Me About Asking for Help

Thinking about crowdfunding your book project? This excerpt from The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help examines crowdfunding and artistic freedom and development, as well as the controversies that come with asking your network for help.

BklnEdtrl wants to be part of your network. If you're looking to crowdfund that book you've always wanted to publish, contact us today.

One of my favorite yoga teachers once told a story during class.Since ever, in China, bamboo farmers have planted baby bamboo shoots deep into the ground. And then, for three years, nothing happens.

Copper Nickel is back! Founded by my close friend, the poet Jake Adam York, the Nickel quickly became one of the best li...
10/27/2014
Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel is back! Founded by my close friend, the poet Jake Adam York, the Nickel quickly became one of the best literary journals out there. Sadly put on hiatus following his untimely death in 2012 at age 40, it's recently been revived and I expect it to be better than ever. Send them your poems, stories, essays...

Copper Nickel, the national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado Denver, is published twice a year, in March and September.

Working on your dissertation in the humanities or social sciences and need some outside help with structure and writing?...
10/23/2014
Brooklyn Editorial | Everyone starts somewhere

Working on your dissertation in the humanities or social sciences and need some outside help with structure and writing? With a background in academics and scholarly publishing, both as a writer and an editor for major scholarly publishers, I'll help make your arguments stronger, your writing better, your research complete.

Check out the site, drop me a line to let me know what I can do to help.

BklnEdtrl will help you write and publish the book you’ve always talked about. From rough draft through final production, we can make your book happen.

A blatant promotion of the man himself? Yes. Useful info for self- and indie publishers nonetheless? Also yes.
10/21/2014
How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0 Altucher Confidential

A blatant promotion of the man himself? Yes. Useful info for self- and indie publishers nonetheless? Also yes.

My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” sold 53,000 copies since it’s release on June 3 [update December 30 - just hit over 100,000 copies], hit the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list, was No. 1 on Amazon for all non-fiction books for a few days and is still flirting with No. 1 in its various categ…

10/20/2014
Churnmagazine.com

CHURN Magazine Summer/Fall 2014 is now available. Check out the site so you can find out where to buy a copy of this full-color print arts quarterly.

Guidelines for submissions: Send all submissions /queries inquiries to: [email protected]

1.It is highly advisable to read the latest issue of CHURN, Vol. 2, No. 1, before submitting to determine if CHURN is right for your work. Copies may be ordered online, or acquired at B&N and better independent bookstores.

2.All submitted work must be either currently unpublished, or published only in an extremely limited edition. Contact us for information about any work intended for submission that has been previously published.

3.All submitted work must be original. Plagiarized or “borrowed” works will not be accepted.

4.POETS: Send no more than 5 sample pages of your best unpublished work.

5.PROSE FICTION/NON-FICTION WRITERS: Send 5 sample pages, plus a short synopsis of the work.

6.ALL POETS & WRITERS: After reading submitted samples, if we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you. Allow 60 days for notification.

7.Do not send photographs, artwork, or other visual stimuli to the [email protected] email address.

8.An accompanying short writer’s bio is permissible, but all literature will be either accepted or rejected on the individual merit of the submitted work alone, and not because of former publishing credits, awards, or misc. connections or network, etc.

9.Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. If another publication accepts work that you have submitted to CHURN, please contact us immediately.

10.Electronic submissions are preferred. For paper, hardcopy submissions, send COPIES of the original documents only to: Michael Annis, Literary Director, P.O. Box 2411, Englewood, CO 80150

11.Include your name and all pertinent contact information with your submission.

12.As CHURN will be distributed in Europe soon, works by foreign poets & writers, or Americans abroad, are highly encouraged. Works must be pre-translated into English before submitting, and both the original language version and the translation should be submitted simultaneously.

10/16/2014
About TBQ - The Brooklyn Quarterly

The Way Station in Prospect Heights holds a monthly, "Art Talks Brooklyn," where various leaders in the Brooklyn art world introduce themselves and talk for 15 minutes each, and then open the floor for conversation.

One of the speakers Monday, Oct. 27, 7:30 to 8:30 is Tristan Snell of The Brooklyn Quarterly. (Featuring "fiction, essays, interviews, and poetry to cultivate accessible discourse and an open community of writers, readers, and citizens.")

The Way Station is a good, writer-friendly bar with a good cocktail list and live music. Feel free to contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more info.

Featuring fiction, essays, interviews, and poetry, we aim to cultivate accessible discourse and an open community of writers, readers, and citizens. We ourselves are writers, professionals, activists, entrepreneurs, and scholars who believe in the power of narrative and the critical importance of…

The Equipment: Gulf War Poems ebook is here! Run, don't walk to your computer, Kindle, iPad to buy it now.
09/13/2014
Equipment: Gulf War Poems

The Equipment: Gulf War Poems ebook is here!

Run, don't walk to your computer, Kindle, iPad to buy it now.

When Anthony Aiello enlisted at age 17, he joined a peacetime Army basking in the last years of President Ronald Reagan’s rebuilding of America’s armed forces. The military intervention in Grenada had happened five years earlier and Vietnam had been fought by his father’s gen...

Equipment: Gulf War Poems
08/25/2014

Equipment: Gulf War Poems

Seems like all I've been doing for the last several years is trying to finish Equipment and get it into everyone's hands.

Good news is my proofs have been ordered and will arrive tomorrow. Once the proof is approved, that's it. We have a book.

Bad news is I already discovered some formatting problems on my copyright page that somehow slipped my attention during every review I've done of the manuscript in recent weeks. Already corrected, so it shouldn't really delay anything any more than has already happened.

In the meantime, here's the last last last page of the collection, a note on the typeface that is also a tribute to a close friend who died too young.

Equipment: Gulf War Poems
07/10/2014

Equipment: Gulf War Poems

Continuing to work on the back cover with my excellent cover designer, Tessa Wright. I originally wanted an image of archers from an ancient relief. Iraq today is where the ancient civilization of Sumeria once existed. It is where Gilgamesh and Enkidu once warred, raided, raped, pillaged, and ruled one of history's first great empires. During the Gulf War, my unit came within sight of the Ziggurat of Ur, built by King Ur-Nammu during the Third Dynasty. The ancient connection between the warriors of that era and my fellow soldiers and me as we raced across the desert sands in yet another war in a place that has witnessed more than four thousand years of combat resonates with me still.

So for my back cover, I'd found a great image of a stone relief with ancient archers in combat, presenting another level of connection between their arrows and the rockets we fired.

Did some additional research on the image and discovered the archers were Assyrian, not Sumerian. Can't bring myself to fudge the history and use the image anyway. Don't you just hate it when your Sumerian archers turn out to be Assyrian?

Here's a poem from Equipment about the ziggurat.

G(ilgamesh)-plus 3

When it darkened all day
we sent up rockets

to sow their fields with fire
before we advanced on Ur.

We mounted the ziggurat
after tanks rolled in

& over every camelf**ker
left alive to know what hit 'im.

We're putting the last touches on the BklnEdtrl website and of course it's taking forever. Last 10% requires 90% of the ...
07/09/2014

We're putting the last touches on the BklnEdtrl website and of course it's taking forever. Last 10% requires 90% of the effort, as they say.

In the meantime, the final touches are being made to Equipment: Gulf War Poems, the first book to be published by Two Birds, the small press I'm launching to publish the work of veterans. Here's a postcard from Equipment.

Finishing up the final print files for Equipment: Gulf War Poems. Equipment will be the first book from a small digital ...
06/26/2014

Finishing up the final print files for Equipment: Gulf War Poems. Equipment will be the first book from a small digital press I'm launching to publish the work of veterans. Two Birds Publishing will operate alongside BklnEdtrl, allowing me to work even more closely with veterans in need of help sharing their experiences or telling their stories.

Here's the title page for Equipment. Nothing fancy, but it's nice to see.

Excited to let everyone know the redesign of the Brooklyn Editorial website is nearly complete and will be relaunching i...
06/20/2014

Excited to let everyone know the redesign of the Brooklyn Editorial website is nearly complete and will be relaunching in the next few weeks.

While doing image research (one of the services BklnEdtrl offers, by the way) for the site, I came across a great photo from the 1930s of an old Indian Motocycles shop in Bed-Stuy at 468 Lafayette. Here it is along with an image from googlemaps of that address today.

Brooklyn Editorial's cover photo
06/20/2014

Brooklyn Editorial's cover photo

Hi everyone,As most of you know, I spent 10+ years completing a collection of poems about my experiences in the Gulf War...
02/10/2014
Equipment: Gulf War Poems

Hi everyone,

As most of you know, I spent 10+ years completing a collection of poems about my experiences in the Gulf War, titled Equipment. Though a good many of the individual poems have been published in various journals and magazines over the years, I've recently decided to publish the entire collection myself, as the first book out of my own small press, Two Birds, which will be dedicated to publishing and reprinting the work of veterans.

And that's where all of you come in. I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to make this a group effort, like bringing together all my old army comrades for one last mission.

I'm doing this through Kickstarter for three reasons. First, to help fund the publication of Equipment. Second to help me launch Two Birds. Third, to start putting together the funds necessary for the Living Veterans Project, a custom-built social media and content hosting platform I'm developing for veterans.

Kickstarter funding will go toward design and production costs for Equipment, as well as set-up costs for ebook and print-on-demand distribution, and promotion and marketing. If I can double my Kickstarter goal of $5,000, I will put the additional money toward hiring a marketing and social media consultant for a 6-month push after the book releases, including veteran outreach through veterans’ organizations, websites, and VA hospitals.

Any funding beyond that will go toward my larger goal of launching Two Birds and building the Living Veterans Project.

All of these efforts and goals go hand in hand with what I'm doing with Brooklyn Editorial. Here at BklnEdtrl we work with all kinds of authors in all genres, but my special focus has been veterans who want to share their experiences. My hope is that publishing Equipment will be the first step toward publishing the many stories that remain to be told by other veterans—of whichever war, at whatever age.

With everyone's help, I'll have the book produced in time for the 23rd anniversary of the cease fire on February 28 and will also have the funds needed to begin making real the dream of creating a space for veterans to find each other, give shape to their stories, and share them with the world.

Visit my Kickstarter page for more information and details: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/681016162/equipment-gulf-war-poems.

And to really make you eager, I'm attaching images for the tshirts that will be used for one of the KS rewards. All three will be used for tshirts; the "Affordable Armageddon" ad will also be used as a poster and marketing flyer.

Please spread the word to any and all. Thanks so much for your help.

Take care, Tony

A story told in poems about a young soldier and his comrades' experiences in the Gulf War and the battles that followed them home.

Sh*t's getting real out there. AP or Chicago: where do you stand?(I won't ask about the Oxford comma; I assume everyone ...
01/14/2014
4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence

Sh*t's getting real out there. AP or Chicago: where do you stand?

(I won't ask about the Oxford comma; I assume everyone who knows anything about good writing, critical thinking, and clear punctuation already knows who is on the side of god and the angels in that debate...)

NEW YORK—Law enforcement officials confirmed Friday that four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style.

Here's Joe Wickert's take on yesterday's article on ebooks and reading habits.Short version? He doesn't buy the numbers,...
10/08/2013
Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: Statistics skew reality: Average adult reads a book a month

Here's Joe Wickert's take on yesterday's article on ebooks and reading habits.

Short version? He doesn't buy the numbers, calls bullsh*t.

Poll results from USA Today have me scratching my head. According to their numbers, the average American adult who doesn't own a tablet/e-reader reads 11-13 books per year. The range is even higher for owners of tablets/e-readers: 16-21 books per...

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