A Pushcart Prize nomination: Six Glimpses of the Uncouth at 1/25

1/25 announced his nominations for the Pushcart Prize yesterday…for those who are uncertain of what the Pushcart Prize means, here is a little more information about it: Welcome to The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses And here is Craig’s announcement via Tumblr: 1/25 I’m deeply indebted to editors like Craig, who see the value in my more experimental, and abstract writing. This piece, “Six Glimpses of the Uncouth,” might not have come together as it did without the writing and editing suggestions of Michael Maxwell, and Meg Tuite. To both of you for your input and support, and Craig- I honor you!        ]]>

Microtones Review at PANK Blog

Microtones review by my pal Meg Tuite is finally up at PANK, on their blog. So hugs and thanks to Meg for the support and her visionary writing (and, if you have not yet done so, check out her inspiring stories gathered in Bound By Blue at Sententia Books, or Her Skin is a Costume by Redbird Chaps): [REVIEW] Microtones, by Robert Vaughan | [PANK] Also, thanks Sheila Squillante, who edits the PANK blog. And finally, but most certainly not least, big thanks to Gloria Mindock, editor/ publisher of Microtones and so many other great Cervena Barva Press chaps/ books.]]>

Recap: My recent trip to New York City

RABBITHOLE | 33 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 The next day, Friday, I met Michael Dickes and Cherise Wolas, two friends I originally met through Fictionaut. Michael edits this amazing journal, which as you can tell from the name, combines multiple methods of conveying artistic expression:Awkword Paper Cut – Poetry Videos – Writing – Podcasts – Music Michael and I taped some of my poems, including “What Some Boys Do,” which is included in his November Podcast: Awkword Paper Cut – Podcasts – Poetry, Music, Short Stories, Comedy. My track, #7 is at approximately 15:30 minutes, but listen to the entire show- it’s fantastic! Thanks, Michael, for this poem’s debut. On Friday evening, I got together with none other than Jamez Chang, and we rapped about everything under the sun, including music, poetry, writing, travel, and more. His latest tune, 15 years, is here: ▶ 15 Years – Jamez Chang – YouTube. Go, Jamez, go! More tracks forthcoming!!! On Saturday, I met my pal David, and we ate some shizzle dizzle Indian at our favorite Mitali East. He was off to see Mildred Fierce starring the inimitable Varla Jean Merman. Unfortunately I was too spent to attend: Mildred Fierce On Sunday (did I mention the weather? Nuts it was sooo warm!) I had a chance to see my pal Joseph Quintela, mad cad about town and we met in the very busy Washington Square Park, and wandered over to Bar 6 on 6th Avenue where we shared some wine and beer. (No, that is not us in the photograph). I told Joseph I used to live around the corner on 14th Street, at the Courtney House: </p><br /><br />
<p> I went back to my hotel, changed, put my reading list together for the event that evening: The Sunday Salon! When I arrived outside of Jimmy’s I noticed the sign on the outside with our names! photo 1.JPGphoto 2.JPGJimmy's No. 43 I was really excited. I saw Sara Lippmann, such a sweetheart, and met Nita Noveno and Emily who were also hosts. My pals David Carter and Michael Thompson showed up for support, and I was so grateful they did. Here are the bios of the writers’ who were reading. (Unfortunately, Meg Tuite was not able to make it): NYC | October 20, 2013 | Prose Reading Series & Magazine Photo: Thank you to these four wonderfully talented writers for a beautiful, bountiful evening of readings at Sunday Salon. Hats off to fantastic host Sara! Pics & vids to follow soon. Photo Here are videos of all of us reading from that evening: Video | Prose Reading Series & Magazine It was an amazing event, life-altering and dream fulfilling. Afterwards, Michael, David and I went to Bennie’s Burritos on Avenue A. I felt like it was 1987, and after our meal, we could cross directly through Thompson Square Park, and hit Life Cafe for desserts. Oh how I miss New York City, but as trite and true as it sounds: there really is no place like home! Thanks Kate, Elizabeth, Tina, Michael, Cherise, Jamez, Joseph, David, Michael, Sara, Nita, Emily, Jenny, Celine, Nina (and whoever I forgot to thank) for a memorable trip! I will return! P.S. Mellow Page Library in Brooklyn is now carrying Microtones! Go visit these guys at 56 Bogart Street, 1S in Brooklyn!!! Contact them at mellowpageslibrary@gmail.com http://mellowpageslibrary.tumblr.com    ]]>