Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Hope everyone is well.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Upon seeing it, people keep asking me, "When were you in Argentina?" as if I had disappeared unannounced for a week or two without them noticing. But that's what's cool about travel writing; if the experience sticks, it could have happened a day ago or twenty years ago. In my case, the beef was transformative.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
It's been a while since I last posted anything. I was in the Column Writing class in the year of 04/05 (I can't remember if it was Fall or Spring). I just wanted to pass along that I have an article published in OurState Magazine. This magazine gives an overview of the cultural, historical, and other elements of North Carolina living. Since I grew up in and currently live in NC, I've been pitching articles to this magazine. It's my second publication.
While my name is featured in the table of contents on the online version of the magazine, the article itself is not linked.
I wrote in a section titled "For the Day" about a nearby small town by the name of Elizabethtown, and a state park, Jones Lake, that is less than five miles from Elizabethtown. The article is "Town and Country" and my byline is Lee Royal. I give an iteniary of what one can do for the day in this part of the state--places to eat, shop, hike, and more.
Hope all of you are doing great!
Carrah "Lee" Royal
Emerson Class of 2005
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thanks to Jacqueline and Vernacular, the Emerson MFA and MA website, for pointing us to these pieces.
Monday, September 8, 2008
p.s. It is actually now online. I guess sufficient whining can get you pretty much anything.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Good: A photograph of mine is published in the newest issue of Everywhere.
The Bad: There will be no more issues of Everywhere.
The Ugly: A longer piece of mine on Texas BBQ was slated to be published in the now never forthcoming Issue 5 of Everywhere.
Such is the nature of the magazine industry.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I'd love it if you'd read it and let me know what you think: vikki.warner [AT] gmail.com.
Oh yeah, and this blog-like thing I'm working on is at http://oddstripe.blogspot.com/. It's in early days, but there's more to come.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Oh, and I was paid in windchimes…
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
It pretty much rocks.
I'm blogging about it here on my site and also am a featured blogger for www.STAtravelers.com
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I've seen this movie twice now. I didn't think I liked it the first time. And then I saw it again and completely changed my mind (almost cried, too). But the flick was the inspiration for the next Private Icon fashion feature (Nylon Magazine). I believe The Wackness is in limited release right now, but picking up steam. It's worth a watch if you're looking to detox from the big blockbusters.
Hope everyone is having a safe and air-conditioned July!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I'm still contributing to NYLON magazine when I can. I'm especially in love with my latest fashion piece on British songstress Natasha Khan (aka Bat for Lashes) because I genuinely love her haunting songs and mystical aesthetic. Please check out her music on Myspace (myspace.com/batforlashes) and click here for the link to the story. Thank you and also a big congrats to recent graduates!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
ESB (Extra Special and Bitter)
And really, I did write this completely sober.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
She also reports that she just had two articles published.
The first article was published in her neighborhood newspaper, The West Side Spirit. It's about a bar that her boyfriend and she go to called Jake's Dilemma--and how that used to be, well, a dilemma. It can be found here.
The second article was published online at PopMatters.com. The theme is "Life Savers," about a form of popular culture that changed your life in some way. She chose a YouTube clip. The article can be found here and the YouTube clip should be below.
Friday, May 9, 2008
The collection of characters in the issue she reviews, writes Justine, "are figures without substance, ineffectual and unaffecting; thus, we are unmoved."
Justine writes that she'll be reviewing regularly, so you can check back for more pieces from her on the site.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
It's a glowing review and in it, he writes:
"Its sense of mischief is underscored by the 'wine pairing' for a course of soft-shell crab: a glass of chilly Budweiser, bringing to mind a day at the beach."
That mischievous pairing is the doing of column writing alumn, Hannah Selinger, who is the beverage director for the Momofuku Group.
You can view a fetching picture of a helmeted Libby here. Libby did not provide a photo of the 350-pound beer-swilling bunny with whom she lives.
After an internship at Seal Press in the fall, she was an intern at MOG, a music blog website.
She was hired full-time in January and has moved on from just serving as a "community ambassador" to now writing weekly hip hop album reviews, under an editor-in-chief who Brittany says started the first music blog, Addicted to Noise, and was at Rolling Stone for a while.
Among her reviews at http://www.mog.com/brittanybf, Brittany also has posted assorted other pieces keeping, she says, "the community alive!"
You can scroll through all of her reviews/posts, read comments from readers, and post your own comments at http://www.mog.com/brittanybf.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Finally, Emerson graduate students are creating a virtual community to share the news and witty musings of WLP students and alums! While professors may hear about the wonderful news and accomplishments of your former students, and even share this news with fellow alums of your classes, we're bringing you and your alumni a way to link all of these updates and achievements together:
Pub Buzz, a new blog made especially for Emerson Graduate Students and Alumni of the WLP Department.
To MA and MFA Alumni: Subscribe now to get your daily dose of literary news and snark! Or, better yet, send us YOUR news and snark and we'll post it in our weekly publicity shout-out. Email us your achievements, upcoming events, or witty writing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WLP Alumni, stay in touch with the department and with each other via Pub Buzz!
When you email us, feel free to also include a brief bio, photo of yourself or your periodical, upcoming book, or other relevant media we can link to (have you staged a dramatic reading of your Dig column on Youtube? send us the link!).
Thanks very much for sharing this with your current and former students,
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Hello fellow alum,
The latest issue of my semi-regular satirical column for the irreverent
SDDIBP- Sugar Daddy in Big Pants
Link is here
p.s. Thanks to all column writing alum who read and reviewed my novel excerpt during the Amazon next big novel contest. I did not advance to the finalists, but was excited to make it to the semi-finalists and greatly appreciated all the feedback.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Happy spring everyone!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
And if anyone needs a freelance video blogger, I'm your girl. Not only do I stand in front of the camera, I do the filming, edit the clips, add transitions, set up the sound--I'm practically a one-man band (except for the gentleman who filmed me for my intro scene in the video below). But, hey, at least I'm not shy about talking to strangers.
"I'm a former Emerson (and of course, Column Writing alum) who'd like to form a writing group with NYC-based alumni. I'd like group would focus on fiction and creative non-fiction, but people can bring in whatever they wish to have workshopped. The idea would be to meet once a month to discuss and critique each other's work with the goal of publication. I was thinking that there would be occasional trips to literary events (readings and whatnot) as well. Sounds like something you'd be interested in? Email me at email@example.com and let me know what you're looking for in a writing group and what you're working on now. Thanks!"
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
actually make that two porn stars. My profile of Jenna Jameson is in the most recent issue of YRB magazine. It's in the art issue, which is not online, but still available at the tiny 7-11 in Silverlake. And in lieu of those 1,200 words, I'll include this post-interview, mildly creepy photo.
[Note from Seglin: Steve's interview with Jenna Jameson does appear to be online here and Jinnie Lee's interview (mentioned in comments on this post) with Teyana Taylor that is also in this issue of YRB is here.
Monday, February 18, 2008
According to reporter Timothy Finn, Dulin "conceived the idea about five years ago. His goal back then: combine his affection for music and the arts and his love for writing with his academic and professional backgrounds (publishing, marketing and food)."
“The basic concept was to cover subjects like food, music and culture in stories that were not being told in other publications or tell them in different ways,” Dulin said. “There was a lot going on that I thought people should know about.”
Orignally, Dulin had thoughts of being a sous chef, according to Finn.
“I decided culinary school would be too demanding,” Dulin says in the article, which continues:
"Instead he went to graduate school at Emerson College in Boston, where he focused on publishing and nonfiction writing — namely food writing."
It's a variation on a column she wrote for the column writing workshop this past fall. In it she recounts a recent visit to the Dublin Writers Museum (right after a visit to the Guinness brewery).
Expecting to be reminded of many of Ireland's "hard-drinking literary bad boys," she discovered a plethora of legendary Irish women writers.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Also, anyone whose thinking of about making comics of their own may be interested in the Comics Writing Workshop that I'll be teaching at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education this spring. It's a six-week course that starts in March. I taught this course last semester as well, and had a lot of fun doing it, so I'd love to see even more students signed up this time. You can register or get the full details here.
Friday, February 15, 2008
The piece reminded me of a similar incident I still regret that occurred many years ago in New York City.
If you have a chance, read Karl's piece and think about what you migh have done in Karl's place. You can post your comments here.
I am a semifinalist for the Amazon breakthrough novel award. (It was my thesis actually. They narrowed 5000 entrants to several hundred, and I was among them. The grand prize winner receives a publishing deal from Penguin books, and all the semi finalists will have their work critiqued by Publisher's Weekly. The judging is based on a combination of industry experts and public opinion. It is free to read the piece you simply type this in your browser. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00124COYI
On the right hand side of the page, you will see an orange "download for free" button. click on it, read the piece and then when you are done, go to the original link, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00124COYI
scroll to the bottom of all the reviews, including a rather nasty one from publisher’s weekly, sigh, gotta love the critics, and click “create your own review”. Then simply provide a review, with hopefully 4, 4.5 or 5 stars if you like it.
It would be huge to get as many critiques as possible to tip the scales and possibly make it to the next round. Oh, you do need to have an Amazon password, if you've ever purchased anything there, you should have one. Lastly, the piece ends mid-sentence. It stops at 5000 words. Weird, but those are the rules, so it's not an error.
p.s. final reviews are due on Feb 17th!!!!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I wanted to let everyone know about a new website I recently launched with a friend of mine. It's called We are not Martha and is a culinary, design, and lifestyle website targeted at 20-somethings (but really for anyone!).
We've been having fun documenting our experiences cooking, hosting parties, trying new Boston restaurants, and more. We also just partnered with the guys over at 2 Guys Uncorked who pair all of the dishes we make with a deliciously appropriate wine.
Come check it out and let me know what you think! Hope you're all doing well :)
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
But in more lucrative news, I have landed a small, regular gig, though. I'm now one of Good Catch Publishing 's pool of writers, which is exciting. GCP is a small, up-and-coming, Christian publishing house based out in Oregon. They are paid by churches or community groups (e.g. military units, fire houses, etc.) to publish books containing seven true stories of spiritual life changes, revelations or successes. It's kind of a neat idea and I get to play the role of journalist/interviewer/writer during the process. Good times...
Right now, most of their stories are not published online, but if that changes, I'll post links. If you want to buy autographed books, feel free to send a SASE to my agent.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Please send me a resume and writing sample to Andrea Calabretta, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 1, 2008
It's Washington's Burke-Gilman Trail.
You can read all about Andy's biking adventure and even catch a glimpse of him standing next to his seven-speed cruising bike that he picked up on Craig's List.
Karl Wirsing, the managing editor for Rails To Trails Magazine did the interview.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
"It would be unfair not to admit before delving into this review that it is with some bias. Sarah Hannah was my teacher, friend and mentor until her death in May of 2007; six months before the release of Inflorescence. Yet this relationship in itself might not have created a blind spot when it comes to Hannah’s poetry. Instead the problem, if it is a problem, is that when I read the poems in Inflorescence, I hear her read them, with every perfect inflection and intonation, a pleasure that unfortunately others can no longer have."
The rest of her review is here.
Shannon, who is an associate editor at Zoland Poetry, is in the second year of the M.F.A. program at Emerson.
Monday, January 21, 2008
To: "LRB (editorial)"
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 11:19 AM
Subject: LRB Contest
Dear LRB contributors,
first time we've done anything like this, and it's a bit of an experiment.
grateful if you could tell your students about it.
Young Reviewers Competition
prize for the best entry is £1000 and a one-year subscription to the LRB.
and 3000 words long, of any work of fiction or poetry published after the
beginning of 2007. The review must be original, unpublished work (it is
allowed to have appeared in a student periodical).
email@example.com (as an attachment), or by post to:
London Review of Books
28 Little Russell Street
Sunday, January 20, 2008
So, apparently there is money to be made in this parenting gig after all. I’m freelancing (note the word freelancing means there’s a paycheck involved, finally!) for a local Asheville title called WNC Parent, and I’ve use of a free model in my daughter, Pascale. Last article was on winter fashion for children, and though I had fun writing it, and Pascale had fun as my model, I did lose money, as I when I saw how delicious she looked in said winter fashions, well…had to buy a few new preschool outfits. (She already dresses far better than I do). I’ll send the link when available. It's a print pub, and it takes a while for the magazine to post online. It's the south. We're allowed to be slow...
Best to all of you in your writing.
January 20, 2008 11:37 AM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
One was "Top 10 gifts for teens and tweens" that appeared in WNC Parent Magazine in December 2007.
The other was "Top 10 gifts for baby's 1st Christmas" that appeared in the living section of the Asheville Citizen Times.com on December 10, 2007.