Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

This morning, I leave the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Jerry Gabriel, an English professor at the college, organized and ran the conference, which brought four writer-teachers together with about thirty-five writer-students for a week of craft talks, writing exercises, and summer vacation. The small size of the group encourages conversation. The salt marsh air and hot weather encourage informality. People return year after year to St. Mary’s, so the conference is taking on the flavor of a family reunion–without those unbearable relatives.

The Shaker Library

It happened while I wasn’t looking – On Being, the blog that accompanies the Krista Tippett radio program, published my essay “The Shaker Library” on April 9. They changed the title and added photographs. For a direct link, try THIS.

windsock

My short story “Windsock” is in the new issue of Lowestoft Chronicle, online at lowestoft.

A lovely young woman starts an erotic correspondence with an elderly author named Windsock. He invites her on a date, they have an affair, and after he departs this life she carries the torch.

Three Belmont Sketches

New Plains Review at the University of Central Oklahoma – the Spring 2016 issue has three of my Belmont Sketches, short nonfiction pieces on the city neighborhood where I live. Other sketches have appeared in literary magazines such as Gravel, Origami Journal, and Bangalore Review.

Pierre H. Boucheron

My grandfather Pierre H. Boucheron published magazine articles and left many unpublished manuscripts. I edited some of these as articles about him. “A Businessman Aloft” which he wrote in 1939 appears today in the online magazine Across the Margin. Tomorrow, the same magazine will publish “Greenland Assignment” from his book by that title. And the next day, they will run “The Captain,” which goes from 1943 to the end of his life. He was a captain in the United States Naval Reserve.