Join me at Florida International University's 2013 Writers' Conference!

Join me at Florida International University’s 2013 Writers’ Conference!

Join me at the FIU 2013 Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel, October 24-26th in Miami, FL! I’ll be teaching a writing workshop along with amazing authors like Debra Dean, Richard Blanco, Les Standiford, Steve Almond, John Dufresne and more….

Playing Harmony or Taking the Lead?

Playing Harmony or Taking the Lead?

I recently saw the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.” On the surface it is about back-up singers. It follows several singers–young and old–and their careers, and explores why they never became solo artists. The premise is that they are only…

"This Charming Man" Review: Jay Z, Picasso, and the Artist As Fetish Object.

“This Charming Man” Review: Jay Z, Picasso, and the Artist As Fetish Object.

Insightful review in the New Yorker of Jay Z’s Magna Carta album. I’ve watched the “Picasso Baby” clip twice now and although it’s mesmerizing, something about it is also off-putting to me. At first glance, it seems like Jay Z…