John Michael Brantingham
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This is kind of a common question, but it's good to revisit it once in a while. The best thing is to steal other people's rituals. So what are your best rituals for writing? How do you get into it?My…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Michael Brantingham Oct 3, 2012.

How Much Promotion Is Too Much
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I am a poet, writer and blogger, and I tend to publish or post three or four times a week. That sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm not. Poetry can publish all the time, and I'm trying to promote a…Continue

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Walnut, California
About Me:
I am a writer and community college professor in California. My first crime novel, Mann of War, is forthcoming from Oak Tree Press. My book of poetry, East of Los Angeles, is available from Anaphora Literary Press (I have some other that are out of print) and my first book of short stories, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods, is forthcoming from World Parade Books.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Rex Stout, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Magnum P.I., Monk, Psych

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The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever

Let me start here: I expect you to disagree with me. I expect you to argue.

I also expect that there are those out there who are rolling their eyes, thinking that I should be talking about books, not television. But the thing is, when television is done well, I love it, and television has done mystery, crime, suspense, and spy thrillers well, especially well in the last ten years.…


Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:46am — 6 Comments

Ten Ducks and a Poet

            My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.

            I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.

            By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of…


Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:00am

Sam Shepard and the Close Talker

I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day.


“So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me.


I turned to find a close…


Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

New Magazines

            Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.

            It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small…


Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:00am

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At 1:33am on July 17, 2012, Gloria Ferris said…

Hi John. I accept your friend request with pleasure.  Look forward to seeing your posts.

At 3:48pm on September 20, 2011, Pam Hamburg said…

Thank you for friending me :)  I hope to learn a lot from this forum!


At 5:07am on September 17, 2011, Sunny Frazier said…


Go over to the Forum and take a look at the conversation thread on literary mysteries. Something you might want to discuss at the Noir conference.


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