New Music Reviews on The Skinny: Kendrick Lamar, BadBadNotGood, Gorillaz, Beach Fossils

I’ve had the chance to review some solid albums recently. All have appeared in The Skinny. From my review of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.: The themes are familiar from earlier efforts – but this is more obviously an effort, a struggle. Appropriately then, he laconically raps on YAH., ‘I’m a Israelite, don’t call me black no mo’.’Continue reading “New Music Reviews on The Skinny: Kendrick Lamar, BadBadNotGood, Gorillaz, Beach Fossils”

Two-Week Nonfiction Youth Workshop at Just Buffalo Writing Center

Starting Aug. 22, I’ll be at the Just Buffalo Literary Center offering a workshop for writers aged 12-18. The two-week workshop is called “Writing the Other,” and our focus will be narrative nonfiction –  the kind that calls about others, imagining oneself into the circumstances and the emotional lives of other people – or, asContinue reading “Two-Week Nonfiction Youth Workshop at Just Buffalo Writing Center”

Foundlings Chapbook Contest and Artist Residency at Hotel Henry

English-language poets of all styles have an opportunity to win an artist’s residency at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, N.Y., where they will collaborate with a guest illustrator on a limited release chapbook of their poems, to be published through Foundlings Press, a Buffalo-based literary arts organization, in early 2018. Foundlings Press welcomes submissions for itsContinue reading “Foundlings Chapbook Contest and Artist Residency at Hotel Henry”

Foundlings Vol. III Available in Stores and Online

Foundlings Vol. III launched on a bright day June, and poets and readers packed Nietzsche’s, a venerable Allentown bar and music venue for the party. The other editors and I were very happy to host visiting poets George Guida and Gerry LaFemina, who grabbed a righteous lunch with us at Gabriel’s Gate before heading over theContinue reading “Foundlings Vol. III Available in Stores and Online”

Theatre Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

From my first review for Buffalo Theatre Guide: ““Macbeth” is very good Shakespeare, with everything one expects from very good Shakespeare: leads capable of leading (in the sturdy Matt Witten and the confident Lisa Vitrano), delightful dialogue, and even a Shakespearean scene-stealing fool (Gerry Maher in perfect pitch as our porter).”