Sleeping Dogs

This just in...Sleeping Dogs from Mike Foldes
80 years ago, on March 1, 1932 ...
On the night of March 1, 1932, the infant son of famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow, the daughter of a diplomat, was kidnapped from the family's hilltop estate in Hopewell, NJ. The ensuing investigation involved not only crime fighters at the highest levels, but also members of organized crime, small-time crooks and swindlers, politicians and hangers-on who surfaced from every quarter seeking their own measures of fame and fortune in the mournful glow of the flyer and his wife. A $50,000 ransom in "marked" gold notes was paid, but the boy was not returned. Then, on May 12, 1932, the decomposed corpse of a child was found and identified as Charles Lindbergh, Jr. The search for the kidnapper or kidnappers continued until September19, 1934, when Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German ex-convict living in the Bronx with his wife and son, was arrested after passing a gold note traced to the ransom. What was known as the Crime of the Century was followed by the Trial of the Century. Hauptmann was convicted and after several appeals, died in New Jersey's electric chair as the sole perpetrator of the crime.
Nearly 50 years later, the deathbed confession of an old woman living in the Hudson Valley, and the subsequent discovery of a gun buried in the concrete floor of the chicken coop behind her house, led to a plausible explanation not of who committed the crime -- but of who didn't.
Now available online at Smashwords.Com:
In epub formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple and more.
Download and read the free preview ...
Print edition available in March from Split Oak Press, Ithaca, NY,

The Spices of Life

This just in...from Kim Wilson
 My first novel, The Spices In Life, has now been published through Kindle Publishing.
I appreciate your support in paying it forward; tell everybody please. Much literary love.
Check out my website for more information.

Jumping Blue Gods

This just in...from Zach Fishel
Jumping Blue Gods is Open for Business,  The editors say: We just like you and your fascinating literary treasures and we are jumping blue to receive and publish them.

Asbestos Boots on Beatnik Feet

This just in...from A.J. Kaufmann
Asbestos Boots on Beatnik Feet is a new online initiative I started. The blog is located at It is my aim to build an online "home" for a new generation of writers. Your work doesn't have to be strictly cut-up - true, cut-up philosophy is currently the focus of this site, but I'm not stopping there or looking exclusively for poetry in that technique (a very old technique, by the way, and well exploited). I'm looking for all that's FRESH, nonlinear or, plainly put, "exciting": poetry/prose/art/photography and music - reviews are fine too, especially of small and micro-press publications or indie records.

What the Camel is Reading Today

A number of very fine poetry books have recently come the Camel's way.  His new favorites are:

The Dogs of Paris by Steven Gulvezan

Favorite line:  Trying to be someone I was hit by a train. 

A beautifully produced volume from March Street Press:

The Book of Women by Dorianne Laux

Favorite line:  all we know is this ordinary day. 

Also a beuatifully-produced volume, this one's from Red Dragonfly Press:

Portrait of A Bad Sailor Girl by Melanie Browne

Favorite line:  It's always/day of dead/in my head.

Hold on tight, the story goes, because this collection takes you on a magical Sea Cruise from Mojitos, 24 hour speed binges, and baking erotic chocolate chip cookies. 

In the Melanie aisle at Lulu:

All Beautiful Things Travel Alone by Mike Meraz

Favorite line:  When Camels become gold. 

OK, real favorite line:  there is the devil/playing the guitar/on the corner. 

In the French Quarter at Lulu:

The Emperor is Afraid of Zhu Yufu

gathered by The Camel Saloon

Media sources report that Zhu Yufu, 58, a Chinese writer and democracy advocate, was charged with subversion in Hangzhou earlier this week for writing a poem urging citizens to gather in public squares and create a Jasmine Revolution.
The poem, titled “It’s Time” appears here and in translation by A. E. Clark:



It’s time, people of China! It’s time.
The Square belongs to everyone.
With your own two feet
It’s time to head to the Square and make your choice.

It’s time, people of China! It’s time.
A song belongs to everyone.
From your own throat
It’s time to voice the song in your heart.

It’s time, people of China! It’s time.
China belongs to everyone.
Of your own will
It’s time to choose what China shall be.

The Camel urges all of its readers to learn more on the repression of Chinese poets. For starters, see:

Sources for literature and news of dissident China include Ragged Banner Press at and the Transparent Chinese Translator at

Poem and translation used by the generous permission Andrew E. Clark.

New from Horror Sleaze Trash

With the holidays now upon us, the good folks at Horror Sleaze Trash bring us "Money Holes, Corn Holes, and Man Holes with Heavy Covers" by Ryan Quinn Flanagan. Something to enjoy with the good tidings and spiked egg nog. Drink up:

Our Day's Encounter

Lennie Cox sends us word of a new enterprise, Our Day's Encounter, a site that encourages the submission of photos, drawings, poems, creative writings, thoughts, journal entries and the like. The Camel has taken a drink at that oasis and pronounces the water in fine tang. Wanderers will it worth the trip to visit at:

A Bank Robber's Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend

The ever erudite KJ Hannah Greenberg is celebrating the arrival of her new volume of poems, A Bank Robber's Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfreind. Here, KJ takes on the topic of love with full poetic abandon. Tangling with fairy tales, disillusionment, regret, break-ups, hardships, and longevity, Greenberg doesn't shy away from the sticky side of sweet. Her poetry, didactic at times, representational at others, employs devices of style and unconventional usage to delve deeper meaning in narrative. A collection for those who know the course of love is as often fraught with adversity as it is suffused with light. Or, in short, crime pays. Available at

The Trees Are Getting Naked by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

With summer a distant memory, and the winter layers coming out in earnest, the Saloon's good friend Ryan Quinn Flanagan brings us "The Trees Are Getting Naked" which is now available at erbacce press. Words to warm the bones during the chilly months ahead.

And here's the link to the sales page on the erbacce site as well:

Bad Poems by Ross Vassilev: A review by Chris Butler

The belligerent genius of the Bulgarian poet, editor and pissy pessimist Ross Vassilev is in full bloom with his new collection of poems, inaptly entitled Bad Poems. The collection opens with the title piece, and with the common comment from nearly every poet who has ever struck the pen to the page, he questions the editors who have chosen the poems he regarded as purely recycle bin material. Like any self-critical writer with some semblance of an ego, he writes “most of ‘em are pretty good but there’s some that are real shit”. Of course, the writing of these bad poems can’t compare to the social and political issues presented throughout the collection, with the final line that his poems are “certainly not as bad as poverty and endless wars”.

The recurring theme of poverty emerges numerous times, including the poem “Learned a Few Things”, in which the speaker evokes his youthful aspirations of pursuing admirable careers, such as police work or firefighting, but instead settles on the notion of distributing heroin as his dream job. In “Long Ago and Not So Far Away”, the speaker recalls his time as a temporary employee performing light assembly for minimum wage with no unionized benefits, a task so tedious he describes it as “death by boredom”. In “Eggs”, the favorite food of the less fortunate is explored, along with the penniless consumerism of coupon cutting and food stamp collecting that is exemplified by the title embryo, while a woman strolls through the supermarket with a shopping cart packed with egg cartons. But, some hope is expressed in the final lines as the “lazy and stupid” multiply through uneducated, unprotected sexual relations and multiply to the point that the poorest class outnumbers the digits in the richest bank accounts. The blue collar poem, “Tax Cuts for Millionaires” once again features the speaker working for unions in such venues as supermarkets and warehouses, but this time with the lack of benefits of his previous non-union assembly job. In this piece, he looks on in disgust towards his fellow “sheeple” as they spend their lunch breaks, designated for chain smoking and stress-induced shitting, by playing card games.

Bad Poems is laden with remarkably memorable lines that grip the imagination with unrelentingly original descriptions. Most notably, “Family Heirloom”, is overflowing with visuals that entice the reader to claw over every word just to see what the next will be. Particularly, “the starry night sang an ode to my cage of the mind” traps the reader in a Vincent Van Gogh afterworld. The natural imagery in the line “lonely as a cricket on a cold night” taps against the ear drums with howling Northeastern winds during the frosty seasons. And “I was circling the electric night in a Ferris wheel of schizophrenia” enlightens the eyes with controlled lightning bolts shot towards the reader’s rounded irises. The most noteworthy description of the collection arrives early, in the poem “Long Ago and Not So Far Away”, as the speaker reflects upon his self with the line “if I had a soul I would say it was like an opium poppy turned to stone”. This visual of a living entity (similar to the public’s perception of the human soul) becoming a cold, solid mass of nothingness relays an overshadowing darkness in the speaker that seems to build throughout the collection. This internal darkness then reflects upon the state of his exteriors, as he faces legal troubles in the last poem, “X”. But in harsh contrast to the night skies of previous pieces, the finale shows the speaker’s troubles spotlighted below a sunny day, as he wanders from the courthouse, across the street to his first visitation with his probation officer, signifying that this instance will be a recurring theme in his life, as his sentence of a probationary period for one year progresses beyond the pages.Ross Vassilev strikes with a vengeance yet again with another unrelenting display of anti-Americana with Bad Poems, and hopefully his next collection will meet this standard of excellence.

Just Ignore the Beer Stains

PigeonBike Press has now released Lawrence Gladeview's full-length poetry collection, Just Ignore The Beer Stains.  The collection is beautifully constructed and features 54 poems over 72 pages.  PigeonBike is a fine place to visit, says Jamal, and the poems a good read.  Free drinks at the tavern to celebrate.

The volume:

PigeonBike Press:

Writers for a Cause

Friend of the Camel Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt sends us an invitation to Writers for a Cause today:

The concept is simple: a group of writers already donating to charities coming together to create good reads and goodwill.  That’s what Writers for a Cause does.

By crafting and marketing books spanning a variety of genres, our professional authors improve quality of life through financially supporting a myriad of non-profit, non-political organizations serving communities.  These non-profits make a tremendous difference by aiding the hungry and homeless, providing health services, fostering the arts, educating adults and children, conserving the environment, assisting the disabled and preserving historic treasures.  Authors benefit in that, working under a single banner, they have the ability to attract readers who may not otherwise have incentive to attend book signings or other events. 

Participation in Writers for a Cause is free.  Participants have the opportunity to purchase marketing materials such as business cards and banners. 

Visit for more information.

The Camel has visited the place, and says Four Hooves Up.

Bloodletting in the Twenty-First Century

A timely title for the continuing madness in the world, Bloodletting in the Twenty-First Century by the Saloon's good friend Ryan Quinn Flanagan is now available from the fine folks at Interior Noise Press.  Wash the blood off your hands and click here:

The Montucky Review

Word comes from Bozeman, Montana that A.g. Synclair has opened a new prose and poetry site, The Montucky Review.  Montucky, Synclair says, is a rather affectionate nickname given to the state of Montana by its residents to illustrate the dichotomy between the cosmopolitan atmosphere of cities like Bozeman, and the overall rural feeling of Montana in general.  The Camel has often been in Montana, and knows what that means.  A.g. is posting some good stuff up there in the Big Sky, and wanderers will find it worth the trip to visit at


June 19, 2011  The world’s original online poetry bar, The Camel Saloon, opens its doors today to the creation of digital poetry chapbooks with the publication of its first two Books on Blog™, First Poems from Viet Nam, edited by Michael H. Brownstein, and Safety First, by Darryl Price.  Operated by Russell Streur of Johns Creek, GA, the tavern is ranked as a top-ten publisher of poetry on the web.

First Poems from Viet Nam features poems written by 18 students enrolled in a first-year English class taught by Michael H. Brownstein at the University of Agriculture in Ha Noi.  The selections are the first poems ever written by the students in any language.  Themes range from the happiness of drinking tea with friends on sunny mornings to the imagination of life as birds and lizards among lotus blossoms and cay buoi trees. 

First Poems from Viet Nam is located at:

Safety First is a new collection of poems by Darryl Price.  Laced with images of blue snow, ancient hunger and eternal mystery, Price’s work celebrates love and loss along the highways of modern civilization.  The road is dangerous but the destination is worth the risk. 

Safety First is located at:

Upcoming Books on Blog™ will include more volumes created by the tavern’s Saloonatic and Camelholic patrons.  

About Michael H. Brownstein
Michael H. Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city for years before retiring.  In addition to teaching English in Ha Noi, he studies African instruments and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation other cultural organizations.  Brownstein is widely published throughout the small and literary presses.

About Darryl Price
Darryl Price was born in Kentucky and educated at Thomas More College. A founding member of L. Jack Roth's Yellow Pages Poets, he has published dozens of chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in many journals, including Pudding, The Bitter Oleander, Cornfield Review, Allegany Poetry, Out of Sight, Fireweed, Paper Radio, The West Conscious Review, Four Paper Letters, LITSNACK, Ramshackle Review, Metazen, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Five Notebook, Istanbul Literary Review, THIS Literary Magazine and The Camel Saloon.

About The Camel Saloon
The Camel Saloon welcomes submissions of poetry, short fiction, photography and works of art from dromedaries, malcontents and jewels in the world.  It is operated by Russell Streur, an internationally published poet and born-again dissident residing in Johns Creek, Georgia.  Streur, the story goes, was hit over the head by a baseball bat swung by an insistent muse from Crete in 2004 and has been just fine ever since.  Duotrope Digest ranks the speakeasy as a top-ten publisher of poetry on the web. The bar is located at

The Right to Drive is The Right to Speak

June 16, 2011  The Camel’s good friend Claudia Rey writes today to remind us that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.

Claudia also brings the news that tomorrow, June 17, Saudi women are defying this stupid, discriminating, medieval and absurd law which prevents them from taking the wheel by taking their cars and driving throughout the country.  The protest courts the risk of imprisonment and civic punishment for those brave enough to participate. 

Claudia asked the Camel to spread news of this event.  While the Camel has never before spoken in support of any particular cause, and disapproves of cars in general, Claudia’s request is happily granted.
A petition to support the Women2Drive campaign can be found here:

Please join The Camel in supporting this effort.

The imprisonment of poets who have spoken in support of The Arab Spring has also drawn The Camel's recent attention, notably the cases of the poetess Ayat Al-Gormezi, who has been sentenced for reciting the words:

We do not like to live in a palace
And we are not after power
We are the people who
Break down humiliation
And discard oppression
With peace as our tool
We are people who
Do not want others to be living in the Dark Ages


and of the Sunni poet Mohamed Al-Buflasa who remains illegally detained for speaking in Pearl Square support of The Spring.  See:

Please also join The Camel to support the release of these voices.

Stopped Dead: The End of Poetry

Mike Foldes, founder/editor of Ragazine.CC (, is giving away 10 copies of “Stopped Dead: The End of Poetry.” Published in 1972, this chapbook anthology includes poems by  Diane Di Prima, Ellen Epstein, Edward Lense, Robert Mustard, Richard Latta, Norman Russell, John Wyatt, Dave Adams, John Perlman and Michael Patrick O’Connor. One per customer, additional copies for just $5.00 each (PayPal). Send request to with your mailing address. Copies will be sent snail mail.

Bleed Me A River: A Domestic Violence Anthology

David S. Pointer writes to inform the Camel that he has recently mailed in the final drafts for an upcoming anti-domestic violence anthology entitled "Bleed Me A River: A Domestic Violence Anthology" fundraiser to be released soon by "Published By Westview, Inc." in Nashville, TN as a charity raising/awareness raising book.

David served as the editor on this project.  The volume will raise funds for a shelters around middle Tennessee.   The book includes an interview with a lady surgeon who does volunteer facial reconstruction surgery with domestic violence victims. This surgeon previously appeared on the Oprah TV show. Other items include poetry, art, a short story and an essay.  All proceeds will go the shelters.

A fine effort, the Camel judges.  Look for it soon at the Bookstore.


Jessica Otto's fine chapbook "Wormwood" is in the world and free for the public.  Published by Ten Pages Press, the book is just a click away:

The home of Ten Pages Press website is at

100 Stories for Queensland

Cath Barton's story, Listening to the Muses, was selected for inclusion in 100 Stories for Queensland, released May 17 on as part of an Amazon Chart rush.

100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology of short stories following in the footsteps of 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan. It is edited by Jodi Cleghorn and published by eMergent Publishing in Brisbane, Australia. Proceeds donated to The Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal.
Full details of the book are on

Amaranthine Muses

The Camel is sad to note the closing of Amaranthine Muses.  Like love, beautiful while it lasted.  Thank you Carmen.

Voice of the Bards

The Camel notices tonight the appearance of the Voice of the Bards: Contemporary Verse of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends. 

Hermes' Dream by Saloon siren Christina Murphy is included, to Jamal the Nomad's greatest pleasure. 

The reviewers say:  Exquisite poems that will take you on quite an adventure. ~ Chris Bartholomew, Static Movement

The Voice of the Bards is a wonderful edition to any library. It has a brilliant range, of both whimsical and dark fantasy poetry, that draw the reader right in. They paint a beautiful picture and give great insight into the poets' imagination. A fine example of what good writing is all about. ~ Karl Ekstrom, author Ravencroft, The Artifact War .

Now you know.  Available here:

Black-Listed Thoughts

The Camel hoofed it down to New Orleans a couple weekends ago for the marriage of actress and original jewel in the world Raphaelle O’Neil to her handsome bayou beau Scot Evert.  Vows were taken at City Park by the jazz man Patrick Butler Memorial.

All in all, a beautiful affair, with the post-betrothal festivity held at The Maison on the bride’s favored Frenchman Street, the green and verdant day bringing into the world a composition totaling a proof that love insists on love.

Around the corner on Decatur, a thinly shod and vested Paganini played his songs for tourist dollars, his compositions an equal testament that art insists on art.

New Orleans in this fertile spring also brings forth a fine volume of quotations by Crescent City poet and Saloonatic Mike Meraz.  Published by Propaganda Press in late March, the book contains sayings written over the years by Meraz, the long-time editor of Black-Listed Magazine.

In less than 40 pages, Meraz's collection ranges from the comical ("when all else fails/show some cleavage") to the political ("do not rage against the machine/replace it").

With a wicked wit and the sharpest of tongues, Meraz never misses his mark.  The Camel's personal favorite?

"I have come to realize
the only good thing
about Modern Art
is the free wine and beer."

Now for the links:

Mike Meraz's poetry at The Camel Saloon:
Propaganda Press:
"And now," says the Camel, "time to make tracks, lest we be late for the quatrain."


I Was A Teacher Once by the Camel's friend Michael H. Brownstein was just published by Ten Page Press:  Great words and an interesting press.  Go see.


Orion headless is celebrating its first birthday on April 9. Editor Sara Fitzpatrick Comito would like to commemorate the occasion with a special call for submissions. The theme is "Don't Lose your Head." Write a poem, story or nonfiction piece (or more than one) about anything related to that theme and send it to anytime between now and April 22nd for consideration. Please include the words "Don't Lose your Head" in the subject line. Videos will also be considered. Any other ideas, feel free to query. Accepted works will be posted in a special anniversary section as they are received.

Sara's been overwhelmed at the contributions and attention the journal has received in its short life, and looks forward to many more headless years.

It's springtime and love is in the air, the Camel says, and Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe have created a sexy and luminous love story that takes place sometime during the late 1940’s, in that sandy wonderland at the eastern tip of Long Island known far and wide as The Hamptons.  What May Have Been is a novel in letters exchanged between the artist Jackson Pollock and his fictional lover, an alluring young woman called Dori G.    Yes, that Dori G.

Publisher: Červená Barva PressISBN: 978-0-9844732-8-1
Price: $15.00
Pages: 104

Dancing With The Pen: a collection of today's best youth writing is the debut anthology from Dallas Woodburn's new publishing company Write On! Books. Edited and compiled by Woodburn, Dancing With The Pen features stories, essays and poetry by more than sixty writers in middle school and high school, from all across the U.S. and even abroad -- Canada, Singapore, New Zealand. Write On! Books has a twofold goal: give young writers an outlet for expression, while also publishing exciting, creative work that gets kids excited about reading. Copies are available at and discounted bulk orders can be made through For every copy purchased, a new book will be donated to Write On’s Holiday Book Drive to benefit disadvantaged youth. Woodburn founded Write On! Books in 2010 as an offshoot of her organization Write On! For Literacy that empowers youth through reading and writing. The annual Write On! Holiday Book Drive has donated nearly 12,000 new books to underprivileged kids.  

Dallas Woodburn is an author, speaker, freelance writer, instructor at Purdue University and founder of Write On! For Literacy and Write On! Books.

Pat St. Pierre reports that three of her spring photos have been published by Amarathine Muses.

The Camel is always happy to see Feathered Ones.

Robert Vaughan reports a number of new pieces published in the world:

My Father, Your Mother, Our Breakfast, The Ghost at HOUSEFIRE: HOUSEFIRE

Weekly stories at 52/250:  Robert Vaughan | 52|250 A Year of Flash

A poem, The Girls Without Insurance at  2011 February 09 |

Several pieces at Fictionaut: Your Stories → Fictionaut

Pat St. Pierre was nominated for the 2010 poetry New England-Pen/L.L.Winship award. The award was started in 1975 by the Boston Globe. One selection of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry by New England authors are selected to receive the award.  The Camel is thrilled that Pat was nominated for her poetry book, Theater of Life.  Pat was one of the Saloon's earliest contributors, and the Camel votes yes on her work.   The volume is available on here:

Cath and Oliver Barton have a new book of poems, short stories and photographs published and available at Lulu.  The Camel is in a buying mood:

The Camel is saddened to note the passing of Cherry Blossom Review to the Sands of Time.  A beautiful oasis of the heart, the CBR will be sorely missed.

The Camel finds a welcoming tent for the night at Taufiq bin Abdul Khalid's The Sinners Almanac at  Great work by a singular voice from Malaysia.

Mark Reep drops us a note that Ramshackle Review 3/March 2011 is live at:

RR3 is a strong poetry issue, with work by Norbert Krapf, Sam Rasnake, Heather Abner, Caitlin Roper, Bill Yarrow, Darryl Price, Nicole Koroch, Michelle Elvy, Lori A. May, M.P. Powers, Shannon Peil, Rene Foran, Betsy Sharp, Amy Schreibman Walter, Steve Subrizi, Regina Green, Jim Davis, Sara Fitzpatrick Comito, Robert Klein Engler, J.P. Reese, Amorak Huey, Robert McDonald, A.J. Huffman, Susan Tepper, and John Tustin.

Featured are four new poems by and an interview with Howie Good.  

RR3 also includes:

Fiction by Darryl Price, Barry Basden, Claire Massey, Justis Mills, Sheldon Lee Compton, Stephen Hastings-King.

Nonfiction by Jane Hammons, Marcus Speh, Matthew Zanoni Müller, Nicole Monaghan, Allison McCabe.

Photography by Jennifer Hodgson, Peter Tieryas Liu and Angela Xu; digital painting by Ian McQue; oil painting by Evgeni Gordiets; and etching by James Skvarch.

The Camel says Wow.

The Camel is happy to learn that Ross Vassilev has reopened submissions to Asphodel Madness 2.0,

Submit to this email 


The Saloon's good friend Amit Parmessur from Mauritius has established a new site, The Rainbow Rose at

The Camel is buying a ticket to that island and will not be back for a while.

Amaranthine Muses

Carmen Taggart and friends have created an online space called Amaranthine Muses.  The vision is that Amaranthine Muses will become a  home for creations of timeless beauty and inspiration of all forms ~ photography, paintings, poetry, fiction and anything else that stirs the soul.   In order to make that vision come true the Muses invite you, your friends, your family, your acquaintances and those strangers in town to help spread the word and to begin collecting pieces of art to our site.  Submissions may be sent to

February 4
Short, Fast and Deadly

“Deadlier than Thou”, the 2010 Anthology from Short, Fast, and Deadly, is now available through the S,F and D website at  There is a pdf version free to download, and a print version available for green Somalians.  Good to see Saloonatics on the pages, and recommended by the Camel.

January 28
A.J. Kaufmann

A.J. Kaufmann is on the home stretch in recording his debut album.  The Camel says:  take a listen.  The demos are here:

A.J. Kaufmann at the mix.  Photography by Jarek Majdecki.

January 26
Righteous Rightings

Righteous RIghtings is now open to chapbook and full-length poetry anthology reviews!  All reviews printed will be published exclusively on Righteous Rightings, and have a feature duration of one week.  Furthermore, all reviews published will be considered for possible future inclusion in MediaVirus Magazine.  All rights to all reviews are property of Lawrence Gladeview, however release of rights may be requested by the author for reprinting purposes.  Please submit manuscripts electronically to and please note that a hard copy may be requested if available.  Along with author and publisher promotion, Righteous Rightings will also promote the review through social media outlets and local Denver, Colorado venues!

January 22
Lawrence Gladeview

The Camel invites the crowd to vist Lawrence Gladeview's online magazine, MediaVirus Magazine, located at

A full service a literary arts publication focusing on poetry, fiction, book reviews, and art mediums.  That means a lot of space to play.  Guidelines are:

Poetry3 to 5 poems.
Short Story Fiction1 to 3 short stories.  Submissions up to 5,000 words.
Photography and Artwork3 to 5 photographs or pieces.
Audio3 to 5 compositions or performances.
Non-Fiction1 to 3 reviews, editorials, columns, etc.  Submissions up to 5,000 words.

Go roam.

January 22
Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman was a new ekphrastic collection, Mirrors of Miró: Ekphrastic Reflections of the Art of Joan Miró (Flutter Press, 2011), available at

The Camel says Flutter Press always gets it right.

January 21
Pat St. Pierre

Pat has just received two acceptances for photographs.  Pond Ripples Magazine will publish "The New England Village" and "Autumn Scenery" in February, and Front Porch Review will publish "Welcome" in its April issue.

Pond Ripples Magazine is located at
Front Porch Review is located at

Pat blogs at

January 20
Indigo Rising Magazine

The Camel finds a satisfying hump tonight at Indigo Rising Magazine:
Great stuff by Tannen Dell and his gang.  Four hooves up, plus ten toes.

January 18
Dead Snakes

The Saloon's friend, Stephen Jarrell Williams, has established a new poetry blog, Dead Snakes.

Located at the serpentine magazine is seeking items of poison and sweetness.

Sounds like fun. Rabbits are cautioned that Leporid Stew is on the menu.

January 16
Elvis Lives

Doug Draime announces: A new chapbook of mine, Rock 'n Roll Jizz has just been released from Propaganda Press. For only $6 you will never look at rock 'n roll the same again. Be the first rocker on your block to own one. Help spread the word , Elvis and I are counting on you, And we thank ya' very much for your time.

"Draime never ceases to amaze. Rock 'n Roll Jizz is raunchy, profane, and revolutionary"
- Jake Wilde, Box Top Five

January 10
Ryan Quinn Flanagan and Ben Smith

Breaking story from The Desert News and Telegraph... Something's up Down Under: the Flanagan and Smith chapbook Double Penetration is just released through Horror, Sleaze, and Trash. Follow the link: But buckle up and be careful, Barbie has a chainsaw. Four hoofs up says the Camel.


December 11
April A.

Camel favorite April A. invites all interested Saloonatics to visit her website, A Beautiful Disaster, which contains all of her poems, categorized according to the dates they were written and the themes they refer to, most of her lyrics, a few musical records and a short biography as extra information. Fun place:

She also invites all to join her forum to help make it a worthy resource for creative people:

December 6
Jeffrey Miller

The Camel’s good friend, Jeffrey Miller, has had his novel, War Remains, published by Lulu. In the book, Bobby Washkowiak battles his way through the bitter first winter of the Korean War, longing for home. Fifty years later, his son and grandson come across the wartime letters from the father and grandfather they never knew and learn what happen to him on one of the battlefields of that "forgotten war."

Available here:

Readers can find the stories behind the stories at Jeffrey’s blog for the novel:

December 5
Joan McNerney

If you have eight dollars to spare, Joan will mail you her books, Noah's Daughters and Having Lunch with the Sky. Or you can order each one separately for $4 each. Joan accepts checks.

Noah's Daughters is one long poem Whitethorn Press, CA., 1984.

Having Lunch with the Sky is a collection of poems A.P.D. Press, Albany, NY 2004.

Contact Joan McNerney 1 Louis Drive, #105 Ravena, NY 12143....where it ain't the desert but it sure is frozen tundra.

December 5
Pat St. Pierre

Pat St. Pierre's photo "Waiting for a Family" is on the cover of the 1st issue of Ramshackle Review.

Her nonfiction "Treasures from My Mother" is in the December issue (under nonfiction) of

December 5
Ramshackle Review

Mark Reep has created an online lit and arts quarterly called Ramshackle Review. The first issue is up at

Art, poetry, fiction, interviews, photography, the works! Four hoofs up, says the Camel.

December 5
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt

The Camel Saloon invites all the patrons to visit Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt’s Poems from the Battlefield at

This excellent volume of poetry captures unique aspects of the Civil War in Manassas and Prince William County, Virginia. Using persona, metaphor, photos and quotes, Gotthardt brings readers from contemporary park experiences back to the days of the Civil War, offering multiple perspectives and insight.

December 5
Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson's short story "Dancing With My Shadow" placed in the top 100 in Writer's Digest's 79th Annual short story contest, and will be included in the upcoming international anthology A Long and Winding Road.

Congratulations to Danny! Next round is on the house.

December 5
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal’s new chapbook, Digging A Grave, is now available from Kendra Steiner Editions.

Describing Luis as “the quiet shaman of contemporary poetry” KSE editor Bill Shute calls the Los Angeles poet “a man who speaks clearly and precisely and beautifully on the page, a man whose work radiates beauty and wisdom, but who has no need to raise his voice or to indulge in cheap shock effects and theatrics.”

Good stuff indeed. Find it here:

December 5
Kyle Hemmings

Kyle Hemmings new chapbook, Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs, has been published by the fine folks at Flutter Press,

The volume is available for download or purchase at:

Flutter Press knows how to pick 'em, says the Camel.

December 5
Howie Good

The prolific Howie Good has three new collections:




Good is the author of twenty-three poetry chapbooks, including Police and Questions (2008) from Right Hand Pointing, Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks, The Torturer’s Horse (2009) from Recycled Karma Press and Love Is a UFO (2009) from Pudding House. He has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize and three times for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick, was published last year by The Poetry Press.

November 25
Chris Butler

Chris Butler's fourth collection of poetry, "Down Syndrome", is now available through Scars Publications, For those who want to purchase, go here:

The Camel gives the collection four hoofs up!

November 6
Pat St. Pierre

Pat St. Pierre's book of 26 poems "Theater of Life" was just published by Finishing Line Press. A review by Gary Presley states: “Ravages of War,” “Isolation,” and “Today’s Laundry” are all reminders that a poem can be as affecting as a novel. The collection can be purchased from Pat at or through

November 6
Kyle Hemmings

Kyle Hemmings has two new chapbooks of poetry: Fuzzy Logic, available at Punkin Books,;

and Avenue C, available through Scars Pulbications at

November 4
The Literary Burlesque

The Saloon's good friend, Melanie Browne, has established a new literary website, The Literary Burlesque at

Melanie is looking for items of surrealism, irreverence, sarcasm, satire, and absurdity. The Camel declares the site a fine oasis.

October 31
HoWs of the Rising Sun: Postcards from Below Sea Level

Nine writers from the 6S community meet and cavort in New Orleans, producing a fine Crescent City jambalaya of word and art. Captain Michael Handley guides the banquett stroll joined by a court of Michael D. Brown, Teresa Cortez, Sandra Davies, Joe Gensle, Jared Handley, Shauna McClure, Gita Smith and Saloon ingenue Julia Davies. A fine jaunt with the maids and dukes in the Big Easy, et laissez le bon temp rouler. The volume is available for viewing and dowloading at: