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On the Rails and On the Ropes in Oklahoma

On the Rails and On the Ropes in Oklahoma

Jun 11 2013

This spring sees the publication of On the Ropes, a long-awaited sequel to James Vance’s earlier graphic novel, Kings in Disguise, which…

Young Readers Engage

Young Readers Engage

May 08 2013

A few weeks ago, courtesy of the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, I was honored to join a group of high-school seniors…

5 Steps for Creativity

5 Steps for Creativity

Mar 17 2013

Starting a new workshop at The Writer’s Center (and speaking at a book festival next weekend) has me rethinking the writing process.…

Documentaries Need Characters Too

Documentaries Need Characters Too

Feb 27 2013

Thanks to Sunil Freeman at The Writer’s Center blog, First Person Plural, for posting my piece on how crisis shapes character, and…

Uncovering History, Black and White

Uncovering History, Black and White

Feb 16 2013

Black history is detective work, uncovering clues and putting together narratives that survived underground for generations, or sometimes in plain view but…

Young People, Passions, and a WGA Screenplay Reading

Young People, Passions, and a WGA Screenplay Reading

Dec 16 2012

In the 1930s young people with little experience, like Margaret Walker, Nelson Algren and Richard Wright, got on their feet with jobs…

Woody Guthrie Goes to Germany

Woody Guthrie Goes to Germany

Nov 06 2012

In one of the last hurrahs of the Woody Guthrie centennial, a festival in Germany honored him today. The festival description points…

I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say

I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say

Nov 01 2012

I’ve always gotten a strong feeling from walking through cemeteries, but I never realized why until I looked into two very different…

Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Rolled Down the Sunshine State Parkway

Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Rolled Down the Sunshine State Parkway

Oct 18 2012

Fifty years ago this week, the Cuban Missile Crisisbrought a Cold War nuclear threat to millions of American homes. To mark the…

Occupy, Looking Back a Year Later

Occupy, Looking Back a Year Later

Oct 01 2012

On the anniversary of the Occupy movement, a look back at how it appeared in three cities up the East Coast in…