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Archive for September, 2009

I am a Judge?

If you have any great short stories up your sleeve, and you’re a Wisconsin writer, then I strongly encourage you to enter the 2009/10 Wisconsin Academy’s (Wisconsin People & Ideas) Short Story Contest.  Because – I’ll be judging.  This is great exposure for all the unpublished writers out there, and a chance to get your prose in front of an agent.  Not too shabby.

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New coffee essay in Fresh Cup.

Much of the sentiment expressed in this essay isn’t news to the roasters out there at the cutting edge.  But too many roasters are bullied by inarticulate consumers/customers demanding a product preparation without better knowledge of the commodity as a whole.  I wanted to articulate that a diner does not enter Babbo or Blackbird or somesuch restaurant and tell the chef how best to prepare a plank of salmon, or a cut of steak for that matter.  Ridiculously, this happens every day in coffee and many roasters are forced to provide coffees at particular levels, rather than doing the best thing for the individual lot of coffee.

Here is the link: http://www.freshcup.com/issue.php

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Published in the Summer 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas.  (Vol. 55, No. 3 / Summer 2009)

WP&I is one of the best literary magazines in the state, publishing great fiction and poetry from talented writers like Dean Bakopoulos and Jeremiah Chamberlin.  The format is clean and modern and the magazine is moving in a brave new direction under the guidance of Jason Smith, an ultra-cool young editor.  Find information about the magazine here: www.wisconsinacademy.org.

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