Every Writer Needs a Great Editor

Every Writer Needs a Great Editor

Because I was publisher of my own site, Berkshire Fine Arts, I had the nerve to post poetry. Braced for blowback that never happened. Instead a trickle of faint praise including helpful hints from established poets. Whose advice I shunned. Never particularly enjoying...
Gloucester:  Red Gates

Gloucester: Red Gates

My Irish great grandparents, Patrick and Mary Nugent, homesteaded in Rockport on what later become known locally as Nugent Strip. They raised 13 of which three died in their 20s. My aunt Catherine “Caddy” had no children but the other nine did. The clan spread far and...
The Art of Interviews

The Art of Interviews

I have published three oral histories with another in the works. The spine of this work is based on interviews, then and now, over the past sixty years. It grew out of my career as an arts journalist. What started out of necessity, gathering information for reviews...
Mount

Mount

View from the TerraceEarly June eveningOverlooking formal gardensThe MountBerkshire homeEdith WhartonElegant settingSteeped in literatureGhosts roam the atticLaunch of my bookShards of a LifeGathering of friendsMaking effortsTo be thereNeighbors from our loftMembers...
Publishing As A Late Bloomer

Publishing As A Late Bloomer

Now 80, since 2014 I have self-published seven books. Three are oral histories and the other four, books of gonzo poetry. All of this occurred after retirement from academia during which there was no time to write. It seems that I published after I perished. The...