Let’s Chat with Poet and Artist Robert Erlandson

Today we have a very special interview with poet and artist Robert Erlandson by fellow author Carol Smallwood. Smallwood is a literary reader, judge, and interviewer who recently published a poetry collection Patterns: Moments in Time. Smallwood: A member of Michigan Writers, you were born in Detroit; what other places have you lived or traveled? Do …

The Sad Girl’s Declassified Heartbreak Survival Guide by Gigi Bella

Reviewed by A. Lawler One of the early nights in June, I dropped by a poetry event at a local bar here in Albuquerque. Gigi Bella was the night’s featured poet. Several writers had already tried their work at the mic, to varying levels of enthusiasm from the audience. By the time Gigi made her …

The Wanderers By Sarah Barkoff

Reviewed by Aaron Sommers "We pursue that which retreats from us," said the existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger.  The quote pertains to desires, happiness or knowledge--and it also describes the protagonist's journey in The Wanderers, a fast-paced, eminently readable debut novel by Sarah Barkoff. The novel kicks off in the unsettled world of a post-Hurricane Sandy …

Let’s Chat with Poet Theresa Rodriguez

Today we have a very special interview with poet Theresa Rodriguez by fellow author Carol Smallwood. Smallwood is a literary reader, judge, and interviewer who recently published a poetry collection Patterns: Moments in Time. Smallwood: Your latest collection, Sonnets covers many topics among the 37 poems including the sonnet itself. Evan Mantyk, President, Society of Classical …

Patterns: Moments in Time by Carol Smallwood

Reviewed by Alex Phuong One of the most interesting features of life is patterns that exist all around the world. Clever designs prepend artistic merit to an otherwise mundane life. After all, life without vivacity is oftentimes monotonous. Patterns help people connect with one another because of the universal and fundamental fact that everything is …