Read “This is Cyprus” in The Cyprus Files, a new limited newsletter series from The Usonian

I just published the first issue of The Cyprus Files, the new channel of my Substack newsletter dedicated to my Fulbright experiences and observations from the divided island nation in the Mediterranean. The introductory post gives a brief overview of Cypriot history and its present context.

Stay tuned and subscribe as I bring you a little closer to one of the cradles of civilization—and one of the most complex geopolitical situations in the modern world.

Thanks for reading!

Read “Poet Shannon Winston on her new poetry collection ‘The Girl Who Talked to Paintings'” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I interview Shannon K. Winston about her new poetry anthology, “The Girl Who Talked to Paintings,” published by Glass Lyre Press. Winston’s collection focuses on ekphrasis, the poetry which finds inspiration from and reacts to other artworks.

Check it out here and thanks for reading!

Read “The Usonian Interviews, No. 6: Author Tiffany Cates on her novel ‘M-Theory'” in The Usonian

This week in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Usonian, I talk to author Tiffany Cates about her recent literary mystery novel, “M-Theory” from Baobab Press. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy of the novel if you fill out a Google Form embedded in the article by Wednesday, September 8.

Thanks for reading and supporting indie writers and publishers! 

Read “‘Neon in Nevada’ and the virtual preservation of Nevada’s fabulous historic signs” in The Usonian

In this week’s issue of The Usonian, I’m excited to bring you a post about Neon in Nevada, a new initiative of the UNR and UNLV libraries to create a digital database of Nevada’s historic neon signs, which are rapidly disappearing.

This is the first edition of The Usonian’s new series, “Urban Feature,” about architecture and design.

Check out the Neon in Nevada post here. To read back issues of The Usonian, go to the newsletter’s homepage. Don’t forget to subscribe!

(Photo by Chelsea S. Miller, used with permission from Neon in Nevada).

Read “A Conversation with Writer, Editor, and Literary Translator Aaron Robertson” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I’m thrilled to present an interview with writer, editor, and literary translator Aaron Robertson.

We talked about translating Igiaba Scego’s novel “Beyond Babylon” from the Italian, his influences from John McPhee to Spider-Man, and his next book, “The Black Utopians.”

Check out the interview here.

Read “Architectural designer Angeline C. Jacques on designing for animals & climate change” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I’m proud to present an interview of Angeline C. Jacques, an architectural designer who recently won a design competition to generate a concept for the new facility for the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota.

Read the article to to learn more about how Angeline designs for animals and climate change!

(Image courtesy Angeline C. Jacques).

Read “The Black Rock Desert, Empire, NV, and the origins of ‘Nomadland'” in The Usonian

This week in my newsletter, The Usonian, I spotlight Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man) and Empire, Nevada, inspiration for the Oscar-winning film “Nomadland.”

Both areas exist in the shadow of one of the most impressive bodies of water in North American geologic history—Lake Lahontan, which once spanned 8,500 square miles of modern-day Nevada.

Read the piece here. Thanks for reading!

Read “A Conversation with Poet Robin Rosen Chang” in The Usonian

Check out my second interview in The Usonian, with poet Robin Rosen Chang about her debut poetry collection The Curator’s Notes, recently released by Terrapin Books. Read the article here.

I’ll also be giving away one copy of the book in the first-ever “Usonian Raffle”—click on the form within the article to enter to win by Wednesday, April 21, 11:59 PM PT!

Thanks for reading!