Archives for July 2012

Books for change: Haymarket Books

At least in the physical sense, reading is inherently passive. Yet there is something about a book, or article, or poem, that has the potential to make the reader stand and take action. This inscrutable quality is the foundation of the independent Haymarket Books. Though it meant forgoing the traditional goals of a press, Haymarket […]


A new newspaper has popped up around the New York area. It may look familiar to many, but is a new publication aimed at educating the masses about different social justice issues. Those handing out the free metroccupied newspaper (made possible by donations) are usually available to engage people in discussions about any of the […]

Youth writers keep it cool in Fort Greene Park

Last Saturday, on July 7th, over 40 youth writers braved the heat wave and showed up to kick off the Fort Greene Park Summer Workshops.  This marks the first year we’re also offering a separate creative writing workshop for parents of the youth writers.  Nearly a dozen parents participated in the inaugural workshops and we […]

Project Unbreakable: NYC Photo Day

Whenever I write about photography projects or read others’ reviews, more often than not, the pieces end with a common clincher: A picture’s worth a thousand words. I doubt I’ll be the last writer to fall into this trap of lackluster creativity, but sometimes the words are everything and must stand alone. With Project Unbreakable‘s […]

Awkward Photos

There’s a good chance that at some point in your Internet surfing history you’ve come across the web site But, if not, you’re in for a treat. The site, which aims to “spread the awkwardness,” is as advertised: it contains an obscene number of awkward family photos submitted by folks from around the globe. […]

Blues the way we like it: Free!

BAM has an amazing free R and B summer concert series every year at MetroTech.  Next week, they have a great lineup of Shemekia Copeland and NRBG on Thursday, July 12 at noon.  it’s free and the scene is always classic Brooklyn, with people of all backgrounds and ages enjoying the groove.

Why I Write (My Ass Off)

“To be a writer one must polish the chair four hours a day,” said Sinclair Lewis, according to NPR’s Hearing Voices.  On June 24th, at the 7th Annual NYWC Write-a-Thon, writers devoted a full day to “polishing chairs” and wrote their collective a**es off.  While we can think of excuses to get out of the […]

Writing burns calories, so . . .

You can eat all 10 of these items in New Orleans with us! Food Republic has an awesome list of 10 things they ate in one weekend in New Orleans!  Just imagine what you could chow down on during the 5 nights of our writing retreat!  Oh yeah, you will also get to write a […]

devotion gallery

Last Friday, there was a small but earnest group of people gathered at a gallery in Williamsburg. Founder and education director Brain Jackson describes Devotion as a place where sound, spirituality and art come together. Open by appointment for classes and events, the space lends itself to bringing people together.  This event showcased my exhibit […]

Cover Art Revealed for J.K. Rowling’s Book for Grown-ups

Little, Brown & Company, J. K. Rowling’s publisher, has revealed the cover art for The Casual Vacancy, the Harry Potter creator’s first novel for adults. The story takes place in the idyllic English countryside town of Pagford, where a councilman’s death is the catalyst for election-time intrigue and “the biggest war the town has yet […]