HUMP Big Things

Hi friends,

Recently I was asked by fellow writer, friend Len Kuntz to include in a blog post something called the Next Big Thing. These are the questions that you answer in your blog post, then find five other writers who agree to do the same one week later. So, here we go:

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

Q. What is the working title of your book?

A. Microtones.

Q. Where did the idea come from for the book?

A. Much of the material was generated through the ongoing influences of music; rhythms, patterns, refrains, lyrics. Also my vast array of artistic mentors. The title is a nod to musical outsider, genius Harry Partch, an American composer and instrument creator.

Q. What genre does your book fall under?

A. Poetry chapbook, comprised of 24 poems

Q. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

A. Any indie Off-Off Broadway actor who has not recently acted and continues to work some other job to make ends meet.

Q. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A. Microtones is a massive, experimental expression for Robert Vaughan’s foray into publishing his first collection of poetry.

Q. Will your book be self-published or represented by a publisher?

A. It is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press, Gloria Mindock is editor.

Q. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A. These poems developed over a period of 4-5 years. Many of them were published in online or print journals prior to this collection.

Q. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A. My poems have been compared to Charles Simic, Maureen Seaton, Simon Perchik, James Tate, Andrew Michael Roberts, Li-Young Lee, and Dorianne Laux.

Q. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A. I can’t possibly list an entire group here- surely my partner, family, friends, teachers. Also everyone who has ever told me “this is not good enough” or sent a rejection. And James, Mel, and other loved ones who are in spirit now. Inspiration comes in multiple forms, daily, weekly. It’s ongoing, happens in spurts.

Q. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A. One day, in looking back, you can say you own my first published poetry collection. Also, Cervena Barva Press has been publishing consistently great chaps and full-length books since 2005. It’s important to support our indie presses.

And now, as usual, our 10 other links for this HUMP day:

Lost in Thought magazine has a new website, thanks Kyle Schruder, editor-at-large! Check out the material here:

A gripping article, Kao Kalia Yang speaks out about “The Science of Racism” at Hyphen:

PANK’s Queer issue 3 guest-edited by Tim Jones-Yelvington:

Shabby Doll House has a new issue, 73:

Re-post: Flash Fiction Chronicles not only keeps an active list of markets to submit, it also compiles these list of recommended stories (with added links) for 2012. My piece “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” is #50 (thanks Gay Degani!):

Out of his mind? Some might say so, but not Daniel Botelho:

Did you ever hear a better poet than Bill Yarrow read his work? I think not! Here he is reading “She Waited For Him:”

I have a Flash Fiction piece called “In it to Win It” included in Fast Forward Press’s fifth anthology of flash fiction!

Mia Avramut has two poems at Scissors and Spackle: scissors and spackle :: Mia Avramut

Alex Pruteanu has a new piece “Orange Cigarettes” at Specter Magazine: “Orange Cigarettes” by Alex Pruteanu

All the stories for October are up at Bartleby Snopes, and editor Nate Tower wants your vote: Bartleby Snopes Current Stories

Check out this fun, bizarre and timely project: 12 Dead Poets (I Would F&@^) at poetrycrush: 12 Dead Poets (I Would Fuck) « poetrycrush

Cycling has always been one of my favorite sports. And yet, I was never a Lance Armstrong fan (sorry for those of you who are/ were). Even when I cheered for him to win a Tour de France it was just my American supremacy flag-waving crap. Still, I would not wish his latest demise on anyone: banned from competitive cycling for life, stripped of his seven Tour titles (1999-2005), and fired from endorsement deals with Nike, Trek, and Anheuser Busch. Damn. Some really severe punishment for the fallen “hero.” And this has nothing to do with the ‘Lance as cancer survivor’. Or does it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, or anything really.


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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9 Responses to HUMP Big Things

  1. Mia Avramut says:

    Love this HUMP! Thank you for the link!

  2. Lx says:

    Love the Hump, as well; always check in. Thank you for the mention. As always, the best joint to hit on Wednesdays, for sure, but really any day.

  3. Wallace says:

    Love the HUMP and can’t wait to hold your poetry book Microtones in my hands!

  4. Theo says:

    Lance= loser. Always has been, and will be. Hard to dislike someone who had cancer. Sorry, or maybe I’m not.

  5. Kelton says:

    Sounds like things are coming along rather well!

  6. Shari says:

    I’m so proud of you, Robert. All your hard work is paying off, and Gloria and Cervena Barva will be all the better for it. Congratulations on Microtones!

  7. Andrea says:

    CONGRATS on being published my fine, fab friend! And for the Hump Day sharing. (And the Presidential Debate fun…don’t know what I’d do without you and Davit!).

    With regard too Lance Armstrong, I was riding the subway into NYC this morning and read this article from this weeks NY Mag.

    I never cared one way or the other about Mr. Armstrong but I will say that all the good he has done to raise awareness with regard to the type of cancer he had (and cancer in general) should not have anything to do with the doping and titles being stripped. That was/is a stupid and sad thing he has done.

  8. Opie says:

    Lance got what he deserved. Fair game.

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