#Beerlunch

Sometimes you just have to mash the words "beer" and "lunch" together, take a picture, and put a # in front of it. Then you have to post it in various places and drink it.

For young writers, workshops help explore the “How” of their writing

A few years ago I was hedging on whether or not to plan summer writing workshops for young writers. I’d received a few inquiries from parents who’d found DaveJarecki.com and stumbled upon the Workshop page, where information for the previous summer's workshop (2010) was still live. How did that summer’s...

Once Upon a Time (on Phish Tour)

There's this funny moment when Jack Kerouac appears on the Dean Martin show and Martin asks him about writing "On the Road.""So how long were you on the road, Jack?" Martin asks. "Seven years," Kerouac slurs. "And how long did it take you to write about it?" "About three weeks,"...

"The Cosmic Dance"

The following poem is technically a gift from my daughter — I wouldn’t have written it had it not been for her. Maybe that sounds a little too sentimental, but it’s true. It was first published in Rattle #37, summer 2012, and can also be found here. When our daughter...

Jump Off

(Originally posted Wednesday, August 27th, 2008)Normally when someone says, “Jump off” in relation to writing, it conveys images of finding a bridge. Portland, as you may know, is a town of bridges. We don’t need anyone yelling jump off, especially not to the approximately 250,000 writers who live here. Jumping...