Canada celebrates its 150th birthday tomorrow but who really discovered our amazing country? Find out in the July issue of TraveLife – now online!…

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday tomorrow but who really discovered our amazing 

burma country information? Find out in the July issue of TraveLife – now online! http://www.travelife.ca/Travelife_Ma…/…/2017_jul/index2.html

“For years during his business career, Trump worked or associated with proven or alleged mobsters

“For years during his business career, Trump worked or associated with proven or alleged mobsters. (Trump’s longtime lawyer, the thuggish and deceased Roy Cohn, repped numerous Mafia bosses, some of whom were connected to Trump projects.) Yet when asked about his links to the mob, Trump has repeatedly made false comments and has contradicted himself—to such a degree it seems he has flat-out lied about these relationships, even when he was under oath.
In a follow-up article, The Australian reports that Trump began airing doubts about the Sydney casino deal around the time the damning police report was finalized, abruptly canceling a trip to Australia. “I don’t know whether my enthusiasm level can be very great for that particular job,” he said at the time, bemoaning the long flight from America. “It’s just a long, long trip away. I believe [in] very hands-on management.’’”

Yes, as a matter of fact, I did just post a Game of Thrones thread on Twitter

Yes, as a matter of fact, I did just post a Game of Thrones thread on Twitter. Shut up. No, you’re the nerd. No, you need to find new meaning in your spiritually barren life.
Note SPOILERS.
1/10 Conceptually problematic: partially decomposed run faster than living.
2/10: How many years (centuries?) would it take to manufacture half a mile of industrial-quality ice chains?
3/10: Basing a guess on pyramid-raising, I’m thinking 20k-50k minimum dead to haul a 30 ton dragon onto the (oddly unbroken) ice.
4/10: How is it possible for dead (who ineffectually sink) to scuba to bottom of lake and affix massive chain around dragon’s neck?
5/10: If raven can fly from wall to Danny as fast as she can fly a dragon back (14 mins), explain why ever leave your castle again?
6/10: Dead bears on fire are cool. #DeadBearsOnFire
7/10: Uncle Benjen learned a valuable lesson from the Knights of the Vale timing-wise.
8/10: Is it my imagination, or was one of Arya’s faces Spiro Agnew?
9/10: Baratheon Jr.: “Go. You’re the fastest”. Is that obvious for some reason? Star Trek red shirts: Didn’t more die than they left with?
10/10: Will the Night Dragon breathe/shoot ice like Silver Surfer? God, I hope so.

Interested in working one-on-one with a creative writing coach? I’m looking for new people to work with via Skype, FB Video Chat, email, or in person…

Interested in working one-on-one with a creative writing coach? I’m looking for new people to work with via Skype, FB Video Chat, email, or in person (if you live in the Portland area).
My forte is poetry, but I’m also trained in fiction and creative non-fiction and have worked with clients in all genres.
Ways I can help:
* break out of writing ruts and get new interesting work going again
* dig deeper into what’s at the heart of your work
* line-by-line edits of poems and fiction pieces
* big picture critiques of work (identifying problems with transitions, sequencing, and tension)
* coach you through the submission process and recommend journals and presses to send work to
* provide craft essays and additional reading recommendations
* identify authors, texts, and other resources helpful to your project
* provide exercises, techniques, and readings that stretch you beyond your comfort zone
* brainstorm book marketing and promotion strategies
* guide through the MFA and/or PhD application process, including how to write a compelling statement of purpose and assemble a strong writing sample
Think of it as a personalized MFA program where you meet with a mentor who cares about you and your writing as often as you’d like (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or just as need arises).

Charlottesville, Virginia holds a particularly special place in my heart as the place where I first attended Kundiman, the Asian American literary…

Charlottesville, Virginia holds a particularly special place in my heart as the place where I first attended Kundiman, the Asian American literary retreat, and found a family of writers and dreamers that I fell in love with. It has been hard to see such terrible things happening in a place that I have associated in my heart with love, with poetry, and with deep understanding and empathy.
Hard too to be reminded of what many of us already know — that this country still has a long way to go when it comes to being honest about the ways racism, privilege, and corruption persist and have not been rooted out of the institutions or the hearts and minds of many in this nation.
I wrote this poem at the close of my first Kundiman retreat — a Kundiman for Kundiman — and the questions that the poem ends with are the questions I ask myself again and again.
“Tell me now, who will lift us when we are weary? Who will fill us
with the dark beauty of song? What will we say tomorrow,
when we rise to take our next train, next bus, next taxi, or plane? When we
return to the cities we have loved or despised for so long?
What will we say to the open door, to the room full of now?”
It is not enough to be outraged or hurt. We must say something. We must tell these stories. Have these hard conversations. Call out injustice, hypocrisy, and hate. Call things by their correct names. We must speak and sing with all that we have if we are to break the chains. Even if we have to step out of our safe places. Even if we have give up the illusion of peace. In fact, especially if we are living comfortably within the illusion of peace while our friends, family, and neighbors are suffering and we have been oblivious to their pain.

UPDATE — after thinking through and crunching the numbers, I think I’ll stick with my original plan to only make one trip down to LA (expect me at…

UPDATE — after thinking through and crunching the numbers, I think I’ll stick with my original plan to only make one trip down to LA (expect me at the end of November for a series of readings while I’m in town to clear out my storage unit). I’d love to read at more places in LA, but I can’t justify the expense of driving or flying down if there’s no money to cover travel.

LA Friends!
If I make a second trip to LA in December (I know, I’ll have just been there at the end of November!), who has a spare couch or bed for a traveling poet to crash on? I’m looking at Dec 7-12, but might opt for a much shorter Dec 8-Dec 10.
I have one reading (if I agree to it) in downtown LA and would be open to reading elsewhere if you have connections or suggestions.

After years of deliberation and an intensive if somewhat meandering search, I have finally acquired the EXACT model boombox I owned in 1983

After years of deliberation and an intensive if somewhat meandering search, I have finally acquired the EXACT model boombox I owned in 1983. Yes, once again a Panasonic RX-7000 “The National” is a valued member of our family. In fact, it may be the very same unit I used to crank “Women and Children First” and “Joe’s Garage” through while tossing around the ol’ Frisbee in the high school parking lot. Note the stately wood veneer (real wood!) side panels. Fear the 6cm woofers cranking out an insane, shoulder-destroying 11 watts per channel! Do not look away from “Ambience Mode” which features (see additional pic below) different lighting schemes for both the tuning display and the cassette slot! Dude, it so completely and utterly rocks. Sure, being fifteen again may have a few hidden drawbacks, but at the moment I’m not aware of any.

A long time ago I got paid to come up with potential names for a startup

A long time ago I got paid to come up with potential names for a startup. It had a lot of money behind it, so they hired some big-wheel L.A. branding firm full of linguistics experts and PhDs and marketing pros, but the company also wanted a few freelancers to help them “think outside the box” (a phrase no self-respecting linguistics expert would ever use). So I made a list of fifty names and submitted them, some linked to the actual product but others pure associations, like Slicey Cake and Agent l’Orange, whatever nonsense popped into my head. The company compiled their top choices and I was subversively pleased that a few of mine made it (Eat that, PhD!) even though I wouldn’t get a single penny more. Then the branding company did an analysis of the final list that was fascinating–the etymologies of each word, possible associations in other languages, “feelings triggers”, and many other metrics. The winner was (of course) the single worst entry on the list, but scientifically, their reason for choosing it made sense. I was thinking of all this yesterday while listening to Trump’s cretinous and morally barren apologia for his pals over at the Daily Stormer, which was full of deliberately coded phrases, the most galling being “Alt-Left.” It describes absolutely nothing while conferring an intellectually dishonest equivalence that is breathtaking in its cynicism. Of course, the usage of this term is not a coincidence. In fact, I would bet my Marantz 2275 that Steve Bannon took Trump aside right before the news conference and made him repeat it a hundred times. Obviously, Frank Luntz freelanced it for Hannity a year ago, but they’ve been keeping it in the presidential arsenal for exactly this sort of situation. In any case, the ability to counter nuance and reason with deliberately fraudulent language as a matter of pure self-interest, without being dragged through the streets for it in protest, is the real reason Trump won. It has also been the single greatest tool of every fascist regime in history. My disgust is boundless and immeasurable, and posting about it on FB, which I resisted until now, somehow makes it even worse. Meanwhile, SliceyCake.com is still available at a very attractive rate. IM me if interested.

Hey, my friend M

Hey, my friend M.t. Anderson’s new book “Landscape With Invisible Hand” just came out. Here it is making this top 10 list. You should definitely buy multiple copies and read at least one while listening to Shostakovitch. And while M.T. is both very tall and overly-initialed, he’s really solid on the whole lashing sentences together thing.

Interesting facts from my ongoing number crunching project looking at faculty of color in graduate creative writing programs

Interesting facts from my ongoing number crunching project looking at faculty of color in graduate creative writing programs.
1. There are 22 graduate programs with POC creative writing faculty in which there are more POC women than men teaching. (Compared to 87 programs with more POC male faculty, and 52 programs with an equal number of POC men and women teaching). There are 310 total graduate programs — but only 161 of these actually have POC faculty.
2. When it comes to who is actually teaching in those programs, POC women in both low-res and traditional residential programs are better represented as faculty (52.3% of the graduate faculty are POC women) than POC men. (The numbers are exactly the same, regardless of the program format)
3. While there are a lot of POC women teaching in these programs, they are often outnumbered by their POC male counterparts in any program that has hired multiple POC faculty.

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