Saturday, September 12, 2020

From The Wooster Group: The B-Side: "Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons"

 Three years ago, at St. Ann's Warehouse, Jim and I caught the Wooster Group's extraordinary show The-B Side, directed by Kate Valk--a rendition of the 1965 album Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons: blues, work songs, spirituals, and other music and talk from the state's segregated agricultural prisons, recorded by folklorist Bruce Jackson. While the LP was played, performers Eric Berryman, Jasper McGruder, and Philip Moore sang along, and Berryman added commentary from Jackson's book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.  Through Monday, September 14, the Wooster Group is making The B-Side available on their website:

It was like nothing else I've seen.  Catch it if you can!



Monday, August 10, 2020


I don't know how I missed this terrific play by Levy Lee Simon when it was first produced in New York City in 2008.  Maybe it had a short run, and I was out of town.  But in any case, I'm so glad to have caught the recent reading or The Guest at Central Park West--presented by its original producer, the Workshop Theater Company, and featuring the original cast.

It seems that back at the time of its first production, The Guest at Central Park West was widely turned down by regional theaters, largely because of an ending then seemed outrageous--and now seems prescient.  It's play that now feels timelier than ever, and I hope it will go on to find the audience it deserves, in many more readings and productions.

You can catch this reunion reading online through Monday, August 10, at 7 pm:

 Your donation will benefit the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

A story and an essay

The mission of the online journal Craft is to not only publish fiction but examine the making of it.  Each writer whose work is accepted is asked to provide, as an Author's Note, a 400-500 word essay about the piece. The editors provide illustrations and thoughtful introductions.  I was especially pleased to have my short story "The Wishing Pot" published there because the story about how the story came to be is unusual, and something I wouldn't have been given the chance to tell in other publications.

 Craft pays modestly and publishes a new story every week.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME: see it before it closes

. . . if you haven't already.  The story of how, as a teenager, actor/writer Heidi Shreck put herself through college by performing in debates about the U.S. Constitution sponsored by the American Legion, What the Constitution Means to Me is a unique and extraordinary show--and timelier than ever.

The play--nominated for Tonys and other awards--is running through August 24.  If you miss it in New York,  try to catch it (with a new cast) in the national tour, scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in January 2020.

First begun in 1938, the competition still exists.  For a description, see

and the rules

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Can't wait to read!

The Great Eastern, Howard A. Rodman's imagining of Captain Ahab confronting Captain Nemo, forthcoming in June from (appropriately) Melville House.

The Great Eastern

For information about Howard' book tour (including an appearance at the  Center for Fiction in Brooklyn on June 12:

Friday, April 5, 2019

Brooklyn Folk Festival this Friday

It took me a few years to get myself to the Brooklyn Folk Festival, but, with a rich variety of terrific performers, music and dancing workshops, historic documentaries, jams, crafts, and eats,  it soon became one of the highlights of spring for me.

One of these days, maybe I'll even catch their Banjo Toss into the Gowanus Canal. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Stories and poems

An early story of mine, "Music of the Stairs," can be read on the website of Frontera--a new bilingual magazine:

"Research," a piece of flash fiction, was published in the Australian web journal Scum:

And you can find two short poems, "[Recovery]"  and "We of Few," in these journals: