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Let’s Get This Done

Let’s Get This Done

Visiting Facebook these days is like trying to walk around downtown: Everybody’s got their hands out. Like you, I tend to avert my eyes from the beggars (and the posts) and scan the block ahead for something less guilt-inducing to focus on.

Here’s the thing: Some people really need the money, and not just for a beer. But how do you know that unless somebody tells you? That’s why I’m here.

The high quality and constantly underfunded New Rivers Press, publisher of A STAR IN THE FACE OF THE SKY, has launched an Indiegogo campaign in support of the publication of its 45th anniversary anthology. This is going to be a terrific book, and not only because it has an essay by ME in it.

Ironically enough, the essay concerns this very subject–the ongoing and constant struggle to keep our arts institutions afloat. You want to read it? The ONLY way that will happen is if you step up and send in a few dollars to get this thing on the press.

Click on the image below to go to the Indiegogo site and to make your donation today.  There’s some great swag available and it’s for a great cause.

Tell them “Dave” sent you.  Seriously.  Do.  They may send me a free bookmark.

Have You Seen Me?

Have You Seen Me?

This milk carton ad is brought to you by SMU Litfest, whose website is up and running.

Our three Undergraduate Research Assistants–Will, Mariana and Kalen–are busy postering, Facebooking, Tweeting, and otherwise getting the word out.  If you’re anywhere near Dallas during the third week of March, do yourself a favor and stop by SMU, where all of these writers (and others!) will be found. Stop by and meet Nan Cuba, Erica Dawson, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Key, Jamaal May, Kyle McCord, Tim Parrish and Rob Yardumian.

What He Meant To Say Was…

What He Meant To Say Was…

I hate the business side of being a writer.  Which is not the same things as: I hate the publishing business. (Which is what I said HERE.)  A necessary correction, for a person who wants to stay on the good side of his current as well as future potential publishers. 

Debbie Downer, Humblebraggart or Just a Dude in Need of a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor?

Debbie Downer, Humblebraggart or Just a Dude in Need of a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor?

It’s a good thing when something you write sets people off, right?  Recently, in the act of writing about the living hell that is the book business, I forgot that part of my role as teacher and mentor is to see to the morale of the troops.  Maybe—just maybe—announcing to the world how hard the publishing world sucks isn’t the most encouraging message for struggling writers. 

Will You Love Me On Goodreads?

Will You Love Me On Goodreads?

I ate a bad meal—or, part of one, at least.  It took several decades, but I finally figured out that there’s no upside to finishing something that tastes bad, so I threw most of the crap away.  The closest these ribs had been to a pit was the distance from the oven door to the smoker out back—a clearly cold and unused custom job with nary a log in sight.  (A mighty big investment for a prop piece, I’m thinking.)  The slight char on the outside was more likely from being parked too long on the steam table.  The meat was greasy and not of particularly good quality, and it had been badly chopped such that little flecks of bone might be found in just about any bite.  A genuinely disappointing meal.

The Many Voices Project

The Many Voices Project

Today on the New Rivers website you will find a nice, concise history of the Minnesota Voices–now Many Voices–Project, which since 1981 has brought to press the best new and emerging writers from the upper Midwest and, more recently, from around the nation.  With this week’s announcement of the current winners,  MVP titles total 130, and two of those books, I am most proud to be able to say, (#55  Right By My Side and #72  Heathens ) have my name on them.

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