Author – Mende Smith

EMERALD CITY is a complete narrative of ten years in the rain, mix tape soundtracks, stolen dreams, drugs, diplomas, and metro bus passes. A diary of homicides, suicides, bad sex, and the antics of youth in the 80s that some of us lived and others only watched from a distant place called Emerald City.

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For Maggie, Annette, and Joie

Revisiting posts I liked the most for a new portfolio…


You three women could not have lived more different lives. Your last birthdays, 87, 70, and 61. Politics, Television, and Poetics. Powerful, Resourceful, Powerless. Having never met her Ironness, my relationship to Maggie is based on BBC World Service and that movie that came out a few years ago. Always a Minister, never a queen. Tyranny was your darling.

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Our Ms. Thatcher died on a Monday in London of a stroke at the Ritz Hotel. She had been in poor health for months and had suffered long hours losing mind to trip along the cold water of dementia. I lost my grandfather to the boatman headed for that sorrowful shore in 2003.

images (4)Annette, I was never a Mouseketeer or a Beach Crazy girl, but one aunt of mine has battled with your kind of sickness for years.

The last time I was at Disneyland you were there in a…

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   A smart, lyrical and sometimes gothic journey within the modern lexicon of flesh and bone on a stick, this work is charged with life as elements of Emily Dickenson and James Dickey dance barefoot across this wonderful wedding of words by author Mende Smith”

– S.A Griffin


Interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Join Me as I talk to Stephen Jay Schwartz. He is a film guy-turned-author. Before publishing his first novel, Los Angeles Times bestseller, Boulevard, Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young. His latest book BEAT is the object of my affection for this interview. Thanks for listening.IMG_9658


Interview with Jeanette Clough

Join Me as I talk to the poet Jeanette Clough.  This is an archived interview from my show in 2010. Jeanette Clough is a native of Paterson, New Jersey. She has been a waitress, children’s dance teacher, a ship’s librarian, and currently works for the Getty Research Institute. Her most recent poetry collection is Island, from Red Hen Press. She has published widely in such journals as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Pool, Atlanta Review, and online in poeticdiversity and poetrybay. Her poetry received awards in the 2005 Ruskin Competition, the Rilke Competition, the Atlanta Review, the dA Center for the Arts, and the Los Angeles Fin de Millennium competition. She has been an editor for Solo, A Journal of Poetry and a reviewer for Poetry International.IMG_9658


HEAR IT LIVE: Interview with Chad Sweeney

Join me as I talk to Chad Sweeney. He is a new dad and a smart writer and in this interview we talk his daddy-dom and what he called the Woodstock of Poetry his 2010 victory lap made in California. Chad Sweeney’s third book of poems, Parable of Hide and Seek, was recently published by Alice James Books. Poems from the book appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior, New American Writing and Best American Poetry 2008, and the poem “The Methodist and His Method” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Chad’s cotranslations of the Selected Works of Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh will appear next year from White Pine Press, and his fourth book of poems, a bilingual Spanish/English edition is forthcoming from Forklift Books, Wolf Milk: Lost Poems of Juan Sweeney. Chad teaches poetry and is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he lives with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney and their son Liam.IMG_9658