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Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.
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Does Memory Really Work That Way?

This blog post originally ran on the Tahoma Literary Review web site. It’s a common technique among short story writers: develop background and depth by triggering a character’s memories. We’ve all seen it—an unusual or profound sensory moment brings on a flood of recollection, often from childhood; scenes from events, vivid colors and emotions that … Continue reading

I Do Some of My Best Writing When I’m Not Writing

Republished from March 23, 2013. Since I no longer blog regularly, I thought it might be a good idea to bring back some of my more popular posts from the past four years. I remember I was reading a book when I thought of the resolution to my latest novel. The ending for one of … Continue reading

The Online Advertising Invasion

There is a theory[1] that claims it is not humans who dominate the earth, but much lower forms of life: the bacteria that we carry within us. We are merely the vessel in which they travel. I am reminded of this whenever I visit the web site of a major content provider these days. The … Continue reading

LeBron James Goes Gonzaga Over Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 — or How the Internet Dumbs Down Creative Writing

The headline for this blog is an amalgam of trending internet search terms (at least they were trending on Sunday). It was prompted by an opinion piece in the New York Times’s Sunday Review, in which staff editor Margaret Sullivan wrote about how internet search results have changed the way journalists craft headlines for their … Continue reading

Kirkus Reviews Gives Thumbs Up To Curtain Calls

The review of Curtain Calls arrived from Kirkus Reviews today. Needless to say I’m very pleased. The review is posted below, but here’s a link if you want to see the actual Kirkus site: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/joseph-ponepinto/curtain-calls/ KIRKUS REVIEW This thoughtful debut novel illustrates the impact of war on three young Americans visiting Paris. Ponepinto (The Face … Continue reading

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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