Month: April 2018

  • The Salvadoran, Hip-Hop, Mormon Voice of William Palomo

    The Salvadoran, Hip-Hop, Mormon Voice of William Palomo

    I was at the Associated Writing Programs conference in Tampa in March, where students and professor of creative writing gather for a weekend. I had a great time, because I was on the lookout for Latino writers, and I found them. And this young man was a true find! William Palomo is the son of […]

  • The Surgical Tool Known as Instagram

    The Surgical Tool Known as Instagram

    Here’s a little preview I made. I guess that’s what you’d call it, though it’s not for a movie. I’m tossing it out on Instagram to get folks to check out my mother’s essays here on TWB. Marketing. That’s what I’m doing. Thing is, I don’t have anything to sell. I’m using Instagram as a […]

  • Writing from the Classroom: Ajeé Anderson

    Writing from the Classroom: Ajeé Anderson

    Here are three poems by Ajeé Anderson. She graduated a couple of years ago from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She took a number of my creative writing courses, but she came to the class already with the fire to write. Here’s her bio in her own cool words: I’m an African-American woman […]

  • Grading Their Final Papers–and the Semester Ends!

    Grading Their Final Papers–and the Semester Ends!

    My students are now done with me. They handed in their final papers today, both classes–Literature and Contemporary Issues, and a Nonfiction Writing Workshop–and now can go on their merry way to sweat over other essays and papers and exams, oh my… But, I’m done. Oh yes, I have to grade the papers, and that’s […]

  • Witches and Tamales

    Witches and Tamales

    My mother Romilia had a husband before she met my father. She was fifteen, he was twenty-even. They say that another woman was after him in the town, and her mother cursed him for not marrying her daughter. “May he die within the first weeks of their wedding!” Well, he did. Just a few months […]