Monthly Archives: March 2013

Long River Review Fundraiser Reading

The 2012 issue of the Long River Review

This past Wednesday I had the pleasure and honor of supporting the Long River Review by participating in their fundraiser/reading for the 2013 issue.

The event featured readings from two of this year’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest winners — Nicole Rubin and Ryan McLean — and a wonderful a cappella performance by Notes Over Storrs, followed by a reading from my book Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer. All donations are going towards the production of this year’s issue of the Long River Review.¬†

The Long River Review is the wonderful award-winning student-run literary journal of my Alma Mater, the University of Connecticut. In addition to being my first experience in the editing business (I was on the staff for the 2010 and 2o11 issues), it was also the first journal to publish any of my work. I am proud to say that the journal is home to my essay He Had Some Tears (my first publication of anything, anywhere, ever), and my poem Falling to Pieces (my first published poem ever). As such, the journal will always hold a special place in my heart.

If you’re looking for some amazing writing and art by UConn students, pick up a copy of this year’s issue, due out on shelves in late April!


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‘Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer’ reviewed in The Valley Gazette

That’s me, holding a copy of “Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer”. I really have to work on my tan so I don’t blend into walls so easily. Photo by Susan Hunter.

My book, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, received its first review today in The Valley Gazette, a newspaper serving Ansonia, Derby, and Seymour, CT.

The article features an interview and brief review of my book, including how I got started in writing, who had the greatest impact on my writing, and some background information on my publisher, River Otter Press.

It feels great to have a review of my work out there for others to see, and I’m really happy with how it came out. Although I should really work on my marshmallow white complexion. Anyone who wants to take a look at the full review can do so here.

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What happens to Disney princesses after they live happily ever after

While this post has absolutely nothing to do with writing, I guess I can make the argument that it ties in due to the sheer creativity of the filmmaker. Plus, I simply love it. Hope you enjoy!

Video by youtube/Paint

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Grey Sparrow and River Otter Press coming to Boston AWP

So the Association of Writers and Publishers (AWP) is holding their annual conference in Boston this year, which is just close enough that I can attend! River Otter Press, the publisher of my book Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, will have a table at the bookfair, which I will be manning each day alongside some other great authors who have recently been published by the press.

Joseph Michael Owens, author of Shenanigans!, Luke Hawley, author of The Northwoods Hymnal, David S. Atkinson, author of Bones Buried in the Dirt, and myself will be selling copies of our books and a few others at the bookfair. Anyone in the Boston area who wants to get their hands on some amazing books (and autographs!) should stop by! The bookfair is being held at the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel from Thursday March 7th to Saturday March 9th.

While I can’t promise that I’ll be there the whole time (I plan on checking out a few lectures while I’m there) I’ll be at the table as often as possible, and I hope to see all of you lovers of books there! Take an hour or so out of your day and come support small presses nationwide!

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