The Stories of Tennessee Williams

The Short Story, a British online magazine, published my essay “The Stories of Tennessee Williams.” Better known for plays, Williams also wrote stories, and he adapted them for the stage. Link

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The Greek Tour

Sick Lit Magazine, an online literary monthly edited by Kelly Fitzharris Coody in Fort Worth, Texas, published an excerpt from my Diary of Nero in June. For the theme “first love,” Coody chose “Mother Knows Best.” Sick Lit Magazine

In July for the theme “travel,” she chose “The Greek Tour.” The Roman emperor Nero believed that he was a great singer, poet, and chariot racer. He traveled to Greece for a year of performances and competitions at Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, and so on–competitions at which he always won first prize.

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.

Bellewood

My essay on childhood in the 1950s and 1960s in a subdivision called Bellewood, in North Syracuse, New York, went online today in Poydras Review, poydrasreview.com. Family members are quoted, and a letter my mother wrote in 1962. Music in school, field trips, and boys in the jungle.

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.