Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friend and blogger Judy Turner Williamson, wife of my friend the novelist and critic Eric Miles Williamson, reports the latest assessment from her two-year-old son:
Turner wanted his little sombrero down off the rack. He put it on his head, then ran around saying " 'Achi in the WORLD!" It took me a minute to realize he was pretending to be little Gustavo. Just now he climbed on my lap and saw the picture of your book, said "Achi Achi Achi in the world" and kissed the picture.
You have one little fan in South Texas!
Moments like that are why we write for children.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
If you would like to see some of my views on poetry, you may wish to check out the online wing of If Poetry Journal.
Thanks for taking a look.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
An online search earlier this week revealed that Gustavo can now be found in Singapore at OpenTrolley Bookstore.
I had never thought of Singapore as a hotbed of mariachi interest, but then again I've never been to Singapore.
It's a surprising world out there.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The interview is here.
Thanks for taking a look.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
In these days of globalization and the Internet we're all nationwide, and worldwide for that matter. Badness, however you define it, comes separately.
With all this in mind, I've listed below places other than the United States where online sellers are offering The Best Mariachi in the World/El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo.
If I have missed any countries, please let me know.
Republic of China (Taiwan)
Republic of Korea
Republic of South Africa
Monday, November 10, 2008
Since my work has appeared in Issue 1 of If Poetry Journal and is forthcoming shortly in Issue 2, I am pleased to note that If is now complementing its print life with an online presence. Editor Don Ilich is a man of taste, if not yet wealth. His own poetry has appeared in well-regarded publications including The Iowa Review and Fourteen Hills, and he has studied with instructors including Mark Doty and the late David Foster Wallace. Don is circulating a manuscript or two, and it is only a matter of time until you will be able to buy his books.
The call for submissions goes like this:
If Poetry Journal now has an online component to its print journal. It is seeking poems to publish, 2 or 3 a week, along with reviews of poetry collections and interviews with writers. To submit, please send 3-5 poems (in the e-mail, no attachments) to editor Don Illich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please say in the e-mail that this work is for the online journal. What we like: poetry influenced and inspired by writers such as Thomas Lux, Jennifer Knox, Tony Hoagland, Sandra Beasley, Dean Young, Frank O'Hara, Jeffrey McDaniel, Denise Duhamel, and Billy Collins. Obviously, no payment but the esteem of eyeballs everywhere.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Gustavo is making his way in the world quite nicely.
The newest review, and also a very positive review, is on The Reading Tub, which includes a "Little Kid Reaction" of "Our daughter picked this out of a pile."
I believe that makes her a focus group of one. Thank you, young lady.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The reviews so far have been positive. Publishers Weekly affiliate Críticas has given Mariachi a starred review. In an interview with Raven Tree Press publisher Dawn Jeffers, writer Noël Baca Castex says the staff of Críticas has "fallen in love" with the book. A second positive review appears in a roundup in Washington Parent.