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Joey Brown, professor of English at Missouri Southern State University and author of the poetry collection Oklahomaography, said this about my upcoming book:

“I’ve just finished reading Holidays and Other Disasters, the new essay collection by John G. Rodwan, Jr. At times funny, at others seriously contemplative, this collection prompts us to reflect on why we celebrate what we celebrate—even if we would celebrate were we to know all there is to know of the histories of American holidays. Rodwan smartly ties together the many ways rituals pervade our lives, be it through our listening to gospel music, trimming Christmas trees, marking Opening Day of baseball season, or his own father’s homage to Halloween. Like me, you probably know at least a few people who would be offended by this book; thus I can think of no better recommendation for reading it.”

I love that last sentence!

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One especially nice aspect of the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, for me at least, was the chance to meet not only fellow book lovers but also some with whom I have a publisher in common. Mongrel Empire Press, which brought out my Fighters & Writers, also published Spare Parts by Ken Hada (the event’s organizing force), Oklahomaography by Joey Brown (who read some of her poems immediately after the session in which I read essay excerpts), a biography by Al Turner (who presented parts of an autobiography-in-progress as well as a poem listing boxing among the things he enjoys) and Surface Tension by Patrick Ocampo.

Unfortunately, as inevitably happens at conferences with concurrent panels, I couldn’t take in every reading (I missed both Hada’s and Ocampo’s) or meet every MEP writer (Alan Barecka and Nathan Brown were also in attendance, according to the schedule).

Prior to my stay in Ada and time at East Central University, my association with MEP was my only connection to Oklahoma, where I had not been before. Now I feel like I have stronger ties.

With Ken Hada at the Scissortail Festival, Ada, Oklahoma, April 2, 2011

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