Tag Archives: Patricia Smith

Proof That I’m a Born Romantic

I’m a born romantic. Take tonight when I asked my wife, the poet Patricia Smith, to join me in watching a scene from The Hitman’s Bodyguard. In it, the hitman (Samuel Jackson) is telling his body guard (Ryan Reynolds) how … Continue reading

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Patricia, See What You’ve Done?

Over the last decade, as the literary awards and the critical acclaim have continued to swell, I’ve repeatedly told my wife Patricia Smith: “This is who you are now.” But she could never bring herself to believe it. Somehow, she … Continue reading

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Thank You, Howard Frank Mosher, For Your Friendship And The Inspiration Of Your Life’s Work

Yesterday, I was reading The True Account: A Novel of the Lewis & Clark & Kinneson Expeditions, one of couple of Howard Frank Mosher novels I hadn’t yet gotten around to, when I received word that the author, and my … Continue reading

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PW Gives A Starred Review to “Incendiary Art”

Congratulations to my brilliant wife Patricia Smith, who just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for her forthcoming poetry collection, Incendiary Art. The review says in part: “Using the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till as her anchor, Smith … Continue reading

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Our European Tour, Part I: A Rainy Day in London

Over the next week, I’ll be posting some photos my poet-wife Patricia Smith and I took on our recent four-city European tour in July. Today’s installment: It wouldn’t have been London without a rainy day.

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers Now?” It’s Bob the Drag Queen!

Bob the Drag Queen is the season 8 winner of the wildly popular TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bob and my wife, the critically acclaimed poet Patricia Smith, have a mutual friend who introduced them backstage at the Gramercy Theater … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Grammy Winner Tom Hambridge

Tom Hambridge is a blues solo artist and record producer who won a 2011 Grammy Award for writing and producing Buddy Guy’s album, Living Proof. You can learn more about Tom and his work here. I caught up with him … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Bluesman Tommy Castro!

Fifteen years ago, while visiting Chicago, my wife Patricia Smith and I wanted to take in some live music at one of the city’s remaining blues clubs. We checked the listings and learned that The Tommy Castro Band was appearing … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Blues Sax Player Keith Crossan!

Keith Crossan is one of the best blues sax players in creation. I first became aware of him during the years he played with Tommy Castro, but these days he’s got his own band and recently cut a new record. … Continue reading

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Getting the Blues — And Loving It

Why the blues? Why are my wife Patricia and I drawn to music found at the bottom of a shot glass, the music of the scorned and shattered? Why do we end so many of our nights sipping something bitter … Continue reading

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