October 8, 2013
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – For those of you checking in from time to time, it’s clear that there hasn’t been much new here for a while. Sorry for that. I started teaching this fall, and I haven’t figured out a schedule that works yet. It’s fairly unlikely that I’ll post until the semester ends, though there are […]
February 6, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. — The Tunnel Traffic reading series returned last month, and it will continue this week at Borjo Coffeehouse near Old Dominion University. The reading prompt, recently announced by series founder Travis Everett, a poet and and ODU student in the MFA Creative Writing Program, is say something “nice” about New Jersey. As regular readers […]
January 1, 2012
I resolve to remember that to be a member of a region and a state and a nation starts with being a member of a community. The communities that are represented best by regional bodies and state and national governments are the communities that best represent themselves through strong support for local industry, arts, media, government, etc.
December 26, 2011
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — This blog is a year old. I’ve enjoyed writing it. Enjoyed interviewing folks for it. Learned about writing and art and some other stuff too while doing it. Et cetera. So thanks for reading, especially those of you who stuck with it from early on — and even those who just check in for […]
November 8, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. — Dana Heller is chair of the Old Dominion University English department and a professor whose scholarly work has tackled a wide range of subjects. Her most recent book is Hairspray, which discusses the significance of the 1988 film by John Waters. She considers it his most subversive movie. Also, she is awesome. Waters, as […]
October 20, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. — I recently sat down with Jason Kypros and Rob Wilson of the Hampton Roads sketch comedy and improv group Plan B to talk about writing, handling sensitive topics with humor, and the group’s forays into videos. Here’s the second part of that talk. The first part is at this link. This conversation was […]
October 18, 2011
A Q&A with Jason Kypros and Rob Wilson of Plan B improv and sketch comedy.