Khadija Ismayilova freed

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been freed from prison, although not acquitted entirely. Judges ruled that her term would be reduced to a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence. Ismayilova had investigated her country’s first family’s finances and exposed the fact that the president’s family had been given a lucrative contract for a gold field, among other…

New Radio Show “Use Your Words: Writers Speak” to air June 2016

Beginning on June 10th, 2016, a new radio show will hit the airwaves: ‘Use Your Words: Writers Speak.’ The show will include interviews with Southwest writers, short readings from published work or works in progress, as well as news and views from the local literary community. All genres of writing will be represented: fiction, memoir,…

The Best of the Literary Journals, May 2016

I’m having a quiet month as regards travel, writing deadlines and teaching, so I’ve managed to catch up on my reading of fave literary journals. Some stuff I liked: There’s some great work in the Spring edition of Santa Monica Review. I loved Diane Lefer’s story ‘What Else Have you Done?’, set in a prison…

UK Launch of “Damnificados”

I’m extremely pleased to announce the dates and venues for the UK launch of Damnificados in the first week of July. There will be one event in Bristol and two events in London. My thanks to PM Press and particularly to Camille Barbagallo. See below for more information.

A Few Words of Wisdom

                                Yesterday I was inducted into the Western New Mexico University chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a business network. I know nothing about business, but the group was thinking outside the box, which is why they invited me to join….