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Tag Archive for ‘Writing Matters’

Riehl’s Writer Story on “How We Became Writers”

Joel Heffner is a man of many projects. One of his really fun ones is a site called “How We Became Writers: This is how we did it.” He’s just posted my story of how I became a writer which includes my poem “Scribbler,” from “Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary.” You can read the entire post […]

The Big Write…for KIDS!…Enter now.

Students! Want to enter the annual writing contest, The Big Write? Get started now. Submission deadline is Sept. 12. The three top winners in each of two grade level categories: (1) 4th and 5th graders, and (2) 6th through 8th graders, will win $100 for 1st place, $50 for second place, and $25 for 3rd […]

July 4th poem: “I am the Declaration of Independence,” by Genie Keller

July 4, 1976, the United States celebrated its Bicentennial. In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. As the N Y Times board blog says: “It makes sense to think of the Fourth of July as the start of a season and not as a one-day holiday moored off by itself. But it […]

Riehl’s writing life revealed in Story Circle Network National e-letter

Click here to read a profile by Joyce Boatright that gives a snapshot of some areas of my writing life. Story Circle Network National e-letter July 2008, Vol. 9, No 7 To read this e-Letter on the Story Circle Network web site, click here. Click here to go to the main Story Circle Network web […]

Meeting Anais Nin by Maryanne Raphael

Anais Nin, photo courtesy Maryanne Raphael Maryanne Raphael has written and co-authored 10 books, short stories, poetry, and articles. You can read more about Maryanne and her work on She says: “No matter what I’m doing right now, I would rather be writing.” Anais Nin was important in my own life as a woman […]

River Styx is poetry central in St. Louis

Poet Michael Castro is the founding editor and spiritual father of River Styx. Since 1974 Karen Duffy has hosted literary readings at her Central West End restaurant, Duff’s. Says Newman: “Our literary agenda is to promote accessible poetry. In the early ’90s, poetry had been taken over by academics. It was obscure, unmoving poetry, and […]

A. R. Crymes BEA Podcast

Click here to go to A. R. Crymes podcast from BEA (Book Expo America). Really good!

Eugene Redmond, Drumvoices Revue, invention of Kwansaba

The three posts below are clustered. Eugene B. Redmond is poet laureate of East St. Louis. Drumvoices Revue is powered by Eugene B. Redmond. The Kwansaba is a new poetic form invented by Redmond. Then, there’s the Eugene B. Redmond creative writing club….!

Kwansaba: birth of a poetry form

The Kwansaba came into being as a praise song. Drumvoices Revue has used the Kwansaba form to praise Richar Wright (2008), Maya Angelou and Quincy Troupe (2007), Jayne Cortex (2006), Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez (2005), Katherine Dunham (2004), Miles Davis (2003). Outside of haiku and the blues, the Kwansaba is one of the most […]

“How Do You Heal a Broken Heart?” new poem by Erwin A. Thompson

My father woke up in the night last week with part of this poem in his mind and walked into his dining room office to write it down on a construction clipboard on blue-lined paper….which is where I found it when I came to visit. As we chatted about it, I suggested it might be […]