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Author: Beth Houston

Beth Houston, MA, MFA, has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at ten universities and colleges in California and Florida and has worked as a writer and editor. She is a member of PEN America-Professional and the Academy of American Poets. She has published nine books and over two-hundred works in literary journals (not including haiku).
Blood Moon Burning: Guide for Book Club and Classroom Discussion

Blood Moon Burning: Guide for Book Club and Classroom Discussion

CLICK THE SOLAR ECLIPSE to open the PDF Discussion Guide.   READING A GOOD BOOK is one of life’s great pleasures. Closely analyzing the book via group discussion opens up new levels of quality and meaning that enhance the pleasurable experience. And of course, discussion can be a pleasure in its own right, especially if refreshments are served. Being both a literary and a double-genre novel (mystery suspense-thriller and romance), Blood Moon Burning lends itself to more discussion topics and…

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An Interview with Suzanne Lummis

An Interview with Suzanne Lummis

Interview 10-20-2002 Reprinted from Poetry Flash, 7-18-2003 Selections from In Danger, winner of the California Poetry Series, follow the interview [Several years ago I created the course Poets Studied and In Conversation at the University of California, Berkeley, Extension, which I subsequently taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with the title The Art and Craft of Poetry: Phase II. The Berkeley description read: “Study, emulate, and engage in discussion with five noted Bay Area poets. The course is…

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The Poet Behind the Personas in Gail White’s ASPERITY STREET: An Essay on the Poet’s Work, Following Our Interview

The Poet Behind the Personas in Gail White’s ASPERITY STREET: An Essay on the Poet’s Work, Following Our Interview

Feb. 2016; blog post: Feb. 2017. It might seem surprising to many of her readers that Gail White does not consider herself to be a confessional poet. As she announces at the start of her poetry readings, and as she told me in an interview, the personal “I” and the people she writes about, including all those in Asperity Street, are fictional products of her imagination. She has no children or siblings, made up “my aunt” in “Anecdotal Evidence,” has…

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