East End Terroir

For the last couple of months I've been writing short Q&A profiles of Long Island winemakers for Edible East End. The North and South Forks of Long Island are a viticultural wonderland complete with loamy topsoils and a cool, maritime climate that produce wines with moderate alcohol, strong, aromatics, and crisp acidity. It's a diverse region where you'll see everything from chardonnay and sauvignon blanc to merlot, cabernet franc, and even blaufränkisch.

Check out the Q&As and drink some wine.

The Fiddleback Resurrection

I'm thrilled to announce The Fiddleback is back online! A brief recap: we published the last issue in 2013 and took the site down a few months later due to time and money constraints. In 2014 we teamed up with Literary Orphans to resurrect the mag as part of their side project, The Rookery, a digital library for online journals in danger of e-death.

The good news is that we're back. The bad news is that we have no plans at this time to publish new issues or accept submissions. Maybe that'll change one day, but for now The Fiddleback exists solely in archival form.

We hope you're as excited as we are to have the content back. In our three years as an active magazine, we published 18 issues and featured more than 250 writers, artists, and musicians. There's a lot of great stuff in there.  Please help spread the word, share links, and enjoy the amazing work by all our contributors.

New readings

Two events:

Red Dirt Offsite Reading Friday, 2/28, 6-8 pm VON's SPIRITS 1225 1st Ave.

Secondary Orality in the U.S. (AWP panel) Saturday, 3/1, 9:00-10:15 am Rm 606, WA State Convention Center, Level 6 Secondary orality refers to how technology has allowed oral traditions to re-establish their primacy with respect to printed literature. Panelists will discuss how technology has enhanced the page with elements of sound, music, and video that reinforce the transition back to oral tradition.

Stop by and say hello at the Academy of American Poets booth, #1010.

Brooklyn Poets Workshop

I'm teaching a workshop for Brooklyn Poets: The Blueprint: Building Manuscripts that Survive the Slush Pile. Sept. 29 - Oct. 27. Signup or spread the word.

Description: This workshop will focus on the fundamentals and strategies behind preparing short manuscripts for submission to literary journals, writing contests and graduate writing programs. It will be part workshop of student manuscripts (10-12 pages), part survey of the American literary marketplace. Students will read work by published poets, analyze literary journals and discuss the DOs and DON’Ts of the submission process, learning how to identify which journals and magazines will be most receptive to their own particular styles and voices. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students put together a manuscript that’s ready for submission.