Posts filed under:Sammy’s Blog

PEN, SciAm, SXSW

Coming into Language is Jimmy Santiago Baca’s moving essay on self-created literacy, the emergence from struggle of a writer’s passion and voice, posted to PEN American Center. The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens, […]

Things that surprise me

Songbirds and lilac bushes are of the opinion spring is imminent on the north coast. The largest marketplace for guns is, according to the NY Times, Facebook. Hackaday Projects is showing taser-proof clothing. Wayne Dyer says you should do what comes […]

AWP Author Signings

Booth 624 book signings for this year’s AWP book fair: Thursday 1 p.m., Mary Stone Dockery, Blink Finch; 2 p.m., Leah Umansky, Don Dreams and I Dream. Friday, 11 a.m., Kelly Fordon, Tell Me When it Starts to Hurt; and […]

Farewell North Coast

Suzanne invited us to do a wompus reading at Mac’s Backs bookstore in Cleveland Heights on February 12th, a farewell of sorts to the neighborhood and all our literary friends here on the north coast. Along with wompus publisher, Sammy […]

#motorcyclevagina, new Murakami

#motorcyclevagina, new Murakami, nuclear gypsies What does #motorcyclevagina have to do with the ACLU (And where is John Stewart when we need him)? Nin Andrews does a weekly Monday comic for Best American Poetry. Read the new Murakami story, Samsa […]

slavery, sex trafficking, libraries, hope

Watch this space for our newly revamped wompus website, coming soon. Today: Matthew Inman, Craig Steven Wilder, Jodie Gummow, Just Detention International, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Neil Gaiman (with a special reprise appearance by Sxip Shirey). Matthew Inman on […]

desirable procrastinations

Alice Munro wins the Nobel.  “A Small Sotry about the Sky” by Alberto Rios, in Poetry Pairing. Leah Umansky’s LIT: On Dealing With Rejection In Writing, in Luna Luna. When hip deep in alligators it is important to take a moment to straighten […]

rust and beans

It’s gray and raining here, the leaves have begun to turn. I’m reading xkcd and Too Much Coffee Man. In a minute I’m going back to production work on the workshop anthology we’re releasing tomorrow, and a couple orders. Saturday I […]

full moon high tide

Sometimes somebody tells you something so sad it takes away your voice. Maybe for a minute you stop breathing. You want to answer. You know it’s important to answer. But the words have all gone underground. Maybe if you’re face […]

Ice Wall; Poetry Pamphlets; Giveaways

Picture this: An ice wall is the latest proposal to stem leakage of highly radioactive water from the TEPCO nuclear plant at Fukushima Daichi, a scant 150 miles from Tokyo, where a nuclear emergency has been declared again for the […]