Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pushing the Cart - Editor Lisa Vihos Nominated for Prize

At Stoneboat, I'm proud to have the opportunity to work with three brilliant writers. Their skills and creativity have been inspirational in moving our journal forward. The most prolific of our editorial staff, without a doubt, is Lisa Vihos. It seems every time I talk to her she has submitted a poem to yet another journal, has published a chapbook, or is leading a weekend workshop to share the art of poetry with others. Not only does she create a large volume of work, she creates a large volume of great work. This is evidenced by the inconsequential stack of rejection letters she has received.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shrinkage and Freebagging: A Lesson in Writering

We all have those things that we have to do--mow the lawn, go to work, feed our children, be nice to people. I'm okay with an extent. Lately, however, I've found myself marginalized through my desire to make myself look like something that I'm not. I've been wearing my fancy little khakis and $6.00 Wal-Mart polos so I look like the good little graduate student, happy to service all of your computer needs. By the way, I've just completed my 200th college credit, and none of them had anything to do with computers. It's not often that one can be hired and pursue a job which he is completely unqualified for...unless that person is a republican.