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Would a Character by Any Other Name Sound as Sweet?

How do you name your characters? I hate it when I see banal, run of the mill character names that read like they’ve been lifted from 1950s conformist literature. When I read an opening that starts like this: “Bill Edwards stopped before he entered the room,” my literary hackles rise instantly. I don’t like him. … Continue reading

Why It’s Harder for Older Writers to be Creative

I envy the younger writer. True, I’ve been writing in one genre or another for more than 30 years[1], and all that experience helps, at least in terms of confidence, but when I read published work by younger writers I’m often impressed by their unbridled imaginations, and the creative freedom they exhibit. I mention this … Continue reading

Fun With Book Covers, Courtesy of Chip Kidd and TED

I’ve been sick all week–like really sick. The doc says the first virus weakened my defenses enough to let in a second virus. I’m starting to recover, but not enough to focus on writing one of my usual dark, deep diatribes about writing. So this week, a stand in of sorts. A friend sent me … Continue reading

Oh, When the Self-Published Come Marching In

The Los Angeles Review has been accepting queries and samples of self-pub books for review for a couple of weeks now, and here are some first impressions, drawn from the submissions. Continue reading

“Curtain Calls,” Available Now

Curtain Calls: A Novel of The Great War is my new book released through Woodward Press. The novel follows three American performers who travel to Paris in the summer of 1914, where they become caught in the passions and politics of a nation on the brink of war. Separated by events, they fall in with factions for and against the conflict, and move ever deeper into a mysterious underground world of political intrigues.

The Face Maker and other stories of obsession is my collection of short stories out now from Woodward Press. Kelly Davio, author of Burn This House, says. "In stories that range effortlessly across time period and place, Joe Ponepinto delivers the kind of masculine character we crave in literary fiction; these characters wrestle with the most essential questions of morality, and they bare-knuckle box with their human frailties." Find it on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Want a signed copy? Email me at jpon (at) thirdreader (dot) com.

For the editing and tutoring services I offer, please see my companion site at Third Reader.

I am the co-Publisher and Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a literary journal.

For links to some published stories, go to my Publications page.

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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