Addicts & Basements at 2paragraphs

Amy King, Bud Smith, and Robert Vaughan Reading at Unnameable Books I’ve been inviting everyone I know (and their illegitimate cousins and poolboys), and imagine how honored I was when one Facebook invite responded with a possibility for Addicts & Basements to gain more exposure! Joseph Mackin runs a site called 2 paragraphs, and defines it as “Short. Smart. Shareable.” Basically, articles are compressed, wetting one’s thirst for the current sound-bite of news, culture, etc. If curious, please check out my Addicts & Basements publication at the site here: Addicts & Basements — by Robert Vaughan I hope to see you in NYC! Until then go get some vitamin D!  ]]>

A Reading, a new magazine, and an acceptance or two!

exceptional job with the art, and layout, and it looks so fantastic (I’m the fiction and poetry editor so I line up writers for each issue). This issue includes work from Justin Bond, Matthew Sherling, Megan Lent, Sharon Foley, Erin Parker, Aaron Dietz, Lucas Crawford, Emily Bertholf, Karen Stefano, and Sam Rasnake: Lost in Thought | Lost in Thought: Issue 6 | MagCloud Kyle and I have decided to scale back to three annual Lost in Thought issues in 2014, so we will re-open submissions in September. Also, I had the great fortune of an “acceptance” (versus a “rejection”) for the next issue of Literary Orphans (thanks, Mike Joyce), and will have another of my stranger pieces featured in the anthology EXCESS (poems and stories about overdoing it), edited by Bud Smith. More forthcoming! See you soon!]]>

National Poetry Month: April 9 and 10

Robert Vaughan and Breathless | The Mockingbird Sings For National Poetry Month, on April 9th, I read “untitled” by Marilyn Hacker from this poetry collection, all sonnets: Marilyn Hacker   And here is the poem: ▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Untitled” by Marilyn Hacker – YouTube Also, on April 10th (today) I read “Lullaby” by W.H. Auden: ▶ Robert Vaughan reads “Lullaby” from W.H. Auden – YouTube Tonight I will be on Bud Smith’s Unknown Show on Blog Talk Radio, and other guests include Michael Dickes, Janice Lee and Cort Bledsoe. Call in: The Unknown Show with Bud Smith 04/10 by theliteraryunderground | Writing Podcasts Also, check out the Wednesday Roundup recap at Entropy: Wednesday Entropy Roundup | ENTROPY And if that’s not enough links, then I don’t know what to say. Have fun, be safe.]]>

Kirkus Review of Addicts & Basements

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It feels surreal, how much this Kirkus Reviews surprises me. In a new review, posted yesterday, Kirkus opens with: “A fast-moving fusion of micro-fiction and free verse that peers into the places where people keep things most deeply hidden.” And Kirkus wraps up their insightful review with this: “A fascinating study of human attachment and loss.” The entire review is here: ADDICTS & BASEMENTS by Robert Vaughan | Kirkus I am blown away. Humbled. Thank you, Kirkus Reviews, for this wonderful feeling.]]>

Peter Tieryas reviews Addicts & Basements at ENTROPY

Peter Tieryas-Angela Xu, whose new book, Bald New World, is also receiving its own due. The incredible process in creating any writing, or work to be examined, is often the reviewer sees or experiences your book in such a way it astounds, even baffles you. Peter starts here: ‘Robert Vaughan explores addictions and the dark crannies of basements in his collection,Addicts & Basements, which assembles a variety of his works from flash fiction to poetry.’  And he continues with his review, for which I am deeply grateful: Addicts & Basements by Robert Vaughan | ENTROPY Needless to say, I am indebted to this man. I have some plans for interviews that will be forthcoming at Entropy. Stay tuned!]]>

Tagged- My Writing Process

Gay Degani 2 This is Gay reading at the HEAT reading, AWP/ Seattle (and a mini-me in the doorway!) For more information about how Gay keeps herself busy, and about her NEW NOVEL, the suspenseful What Came Before, check out Words in Place. And now, the questions: 1) What am I working on? My first full length collection, Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanismsofficially launched at the AWP Conference in Seattle, February, 2014: Addicts & Basements: Robert Vaughan: 9781937865238 I’m currently working on a full length story collection, Departures Or Arrivals. I also co-host a quarterly reading series called Middle Coast Poets: Middle Coast Poets Reading Series. We have our next reading on April 28 at the Riverwest Public House in Milwaukee, and the  current poets are Brittany Cavallero, Larry O. Dean, John Walser, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Paul Scot August and me. I will be teaching a workshop, Publishing Your First (or Next) Collection « Red Oak Writing for their Saturday workshop series. And I’m teaching a week long workshop, Mixing Genres, at The Clearing in Door County, Wisconsin: The Clearing Folk School::Classes I’m conducting Interviews for the new site, ENTROPY! 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? I work as hard as I can to find the core of a poem or a prose piece. I hope that my work is the combination of heart and soul and fragments that make up a human being’s struggles to be alive, and possibly tumbling toward some other realm. I love words, and language, and for the most part, people. I’m unsure if it differs, yet I know I am the only me. So in that, somehow, there lies the answer. 3) Why do I write what I do? I suppose I am trying to make sense of the world, and of life itself. Through other people, characters and their voices, senses, I get to experience the world around me repeatedly. I can do things I might never attempt, and take on new experiences through them. I’ve also sensed, from a young age, that if I did not write, I might not still be here. I like to attempt the genres that scare me the most. And I write for more than me, too. For my Mom and Dad, for James and Mel, for all of those no longer here on planet Earth. 4) How does my writing process work? I’m not really sure, it morphs over time and depending upon each project. I try to stay as organized as I possibly can. Not an easy task! I used to submit a ton of writing, so that took more notebooks and jotting down submission data, keeping track of acceptances and rejections, especially those encouraging ones. I write best early in the day, just after coffee, before other items creep up, before social media is checked and instant messages and tweets are responded to. I also believe in my writing roundtable for solid feedback and work with two other writers in an online prompt writing weekly group. I am tagging Michael Gillan Maxwell and Bud Smith: Michael Maxwell (Michael Gillan Maxwell) is a Freelance Visual Artist, Writer, and Teacher. His work is award winning and heavily published and he is an all-around kickass fellow: Bud Smith (Bud Smith) is the author of Tollbooth, Or Something Like That, and his just released full length poetry collection, Everything Neon. He also is the host of The Unknown Show:  ]]>

AWP recap and more

Boswell Books with Gina Frangello We had a great turn-out, and thanks for all of my writing buddies from Red Oak Writers, as well as several local friends who made the event so meaningful to me. We sold every single copy of Addicts & Basements! And thanks Daniel, and Gina for making this possible: Welcome to Boswell Book Company’s website! | Boswell Book Company ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I also read in four events at the Seattle AWP: Festival of Language Festival of Language, hosted by Jane Carmen. This is my third year reading in this event, always takes place the first night, Wednesday, of the conference, so it’s also a “reunion” of sorts. Robert Vaughan Hot Pillow On Friday, I read in two separate events: HEAT, hosted by Anna March and Laura Bogart (who was off-site with a broken ankle) and proceeds raised all went toward VIDA, a wonderful organization. That afternoon, I was interviewed by Literary Orphans editor Mike Joyce back at the Westin for an upcoming interview series in his stellar magazine. Then, this photo (above) was taken at the Hot Pillow event, hosted by Joani Reese, Jen Knox and Meg Tuite, at the Roosevelt Hotel. Left Bank Books Left Bank Books Seattle Saturday, I read at the venerable Left Bank Books, on Pike Street at the Public Market. This bookstore, with the legacy of hosting such luminaries as Bukowski,  Kerouac, and Grace Paley, was both a tremendous highlight of the conference, and also made me proud to represent my newest publisher, Civil Coping Mechanisms: Left Bank Books Overall, the AWP conference leaves one with a complex, mystical feeling; like yes, I belong in this sea of misfits, but also, everyone in the entire world is a writer! Get back to the notebook, head down, and plow through those empty pages. There is a very nice mention today at Indie Authors Network of my new book. Thanks Alan Kealey for this: New Indie Book Release: Addicts & Basements (Robert Vaughan) | Indie Author News And huge thanks to anyone who purchases, mentions (or intends to) Addicts & Basements!!! ]]>

A reading, An Indie Press Preview, and An AWP Conference

Addicts & Basements, my new full length collection from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I’ll be opening for Gina Frangello who is touring with her new novel, A Life in Men. We’ll be at Boswell Books at 7 p.m., Monday, February 24th! Here is a link for more information: Upcoming Events | Boswell Book Company My latest publisher, Michael Seidlinger,  worked endless hours on this massive and incredible Indie Press Preview for 2014: The Great 2014 Indie Press Preview | The Outlet: the Blog of Electric Literature. Published at Electric Literature, it has many wonderful choices from leading writers in the indie community. Thanks to Brian Allen Ellis for mentioning Addicts & Basements. And so, AWP, the largest annual writer’s conference descends: February 26- March 2. I will be available at the Civil Coping Mechanisms booth, L15 most mornings. Please come by, chat and shop: 1380068_10202515717927235_1540051373_n “Well I don’t know why I came here tonight, I got the feeling that something ain’t right, I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair, And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs, Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you.”   Stealers Wheel from “Reservoir Dogs” I am also reading in these four events: Feb 26, 5- 10 p.m. A Festival of Language, Rock Bottom in Seattle Feb 28, 1-5 p.m. HEAT: Burning Down the House (Proceeds to benefit VIDA), Daily Grill; also Hot Pillow Reading (TBD) Mar 1, 7-9 p.m. Left Bank Books: Civil Coping Mechanisms/ Lazy Fascist Press/ Broken River/ Two Dollar Radio reading There are some great sites with suggestions about what to expect if this is your first AWP, including this from Roxane Gay: Association of Writers & Writing Programs And these tips from writer Mitch Parker, nail the entire experience: “My AWP survival tips: show up, talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you do know. Attend a couple of events. Go to a couple of readings. Have a few drinks. Go to the book fair. Don’t worry much about much.” See you in Seattle! Hopefully not sleepless, but you never know!  ]]>