Catcher in the Rye

This is a page from Chapter 19 of JD Salinger’s classic novel, Catcher in the Rye.

The book has been required reading for many high school students since it was released in 1951. It is often referred to as one of the best books of the twentieth century.

This is where I got the title of my book of gay poetry, Flit. Of course, we’ve come a long way since Salinger wrote the book. But there is still some work to do.

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Queen Mob’s Tea House

http://queenmobs.com/2015/06/three-stories/

Three of my flash fiction short stories appear in a very cool publication today. Check out Patsy Cline Airline, The Truck, and The Kiddie Pool at Queen Mob’s Tea House.

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Collages of Seven Poems From FLIT

I have always loved collage. My 40 poems in FLIT: A POETRY MASHUP OF CLASSIC LITERATURE are “mashups”: a poetry technique taking words and phrases from a book (or play) and cutting and pasting them into a new poem. It seemed only fitting to do some visual art to support a few of the poems.

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Book Launch for FLIT

I just booked the book launch for FLIT: A POETRY MASHUP OF CLASSIC LITERATURE.

The event will be at:

University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

October 5, 2015 at 7pm.

University Bookstore did the launch of my last book ONE GAY AMERICAN and I’m thrilled to work with them again.

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Featured in THE FEM

My short story ARKANSAS I-40 was published today –a flash fiction piece I wrote last summer about the lengths parents will go to help their trans child.

https://thefemlitmagazine.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/arkansas-i-40-dennis-milam-bensie/

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In The Mail…

Got my advance reading copies of FLIT in the mail today! I love how it turned out. I also noticed it is listed for pre-order on Amazon.com. The book comes out for real on October 1, 2015.

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Glitterwolf 8: Identity

Four of my poems from Flit: A Poetry Mashup of Classic Literature
are in Glitterwolf 8: Identity.

So Much To Say To A Younger Generation, The Harvey Milk Doll, Inkpot and Out For Ice Cream can be enjoyed in the magazine on Kindle and paperback.

How cool is that!

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I’m on a Roll

Last summer I wrote like crazy and produced a lot of new work. I have been submitting all that work and it is just now starting to get attention. This week I happened to have three short stories published in three different online magazines.

EIGHTY FIVE DAYS is one of my favorites.

http://rpdsociety.com/latestissue/4/16/2015

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Talking Soup

A cool publication called Talking Soup just published my short story A THOUSAND SIGNATURES.

http://talkingsoup.com/soup-bowl/a-thousand-signatures

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Have a Cookie

My short story HAVE A COOKIE, about a kid and his Mammy cookie jar, was published today at Mad Swirl. I had no idea it was even under consideration. They just published it!

http://www.madswirl.com/content/stories/Have_a_Cookie.html

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