Gravel Literary Magazine

The January issue of gravel literary magazine, a publication of my MFA brethren at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, features four of my photographs, along with numerous works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork. This is a great publication, and there is something here for everyone. One of my pieces, “Red 01,” is the “cover” of the January issue.

Stop by and check out the work of 20 talented artists, and the design and editing skills of the publishers (creative writing students who, I can speak from personal experience, are overworked and underfunded) in this thoughtful literary magazine.

Banjo Billy’s Bus is Calling Us

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Boulder, of course, where Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour has been a local institution since 2005.

This irreverent blend of history, comedy and darn-good storytelling received some national attention today on NPR. The story was produced by the lovely and talented Grace Hood, of course, and you may recognize another name on a few of the photo credits.

Check out the story, and if you’re in Boulder, take the tour. Even if you’ve lived there for years, you’ll learn new things about the town. Billy (aka John Georgis) is a gifted storyteller and a great personality.

Best of all, take the ghost tour in October, when the air is as crisp and chilling as the stories.

Stephen King, Joyland

JoylandJoyland by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first three-fourths of
Joyland
are amazing, some of King’s best recent work. The ending, however, is a bit too easy and familiar. King’s previous offering through Hard Case Crime, The Colorado Kid, subverted convention and was far more challenging to the reader.

Infused with heart and the nostalgic thrills of boardwalk carnivals, Joyland is worth the ticket price. The novel begins as a rail-rattling thrill ride, but, in the end, eases too gently into the station.

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