The Smoking Poet

A Good Cause
Feature Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Poetry of Bonnie Jo Campbell
Second Annual Short Story Contest Winners' Circle
A Chat with Poet Shaindel Beers
Feature Artist Viestarts Aistars
Novel Excerpt
Non Fiction
Poetry II
Poetry III
Cigar Lounge
Zinta's Reviews
Skye's Reviews
Submission Guidelines
Links and Resources
In The News
The Editors

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A fine cigar and good literaturetwo of life’s most enduring pleasures.”

Gluttony of riches, I’d say. Awash in it. Rolling in literary mud. And if you think about it, mud is good earth with just enough spit, and maybe a bit of blood, perhaps a drop of sweat, added to make it into a clayish goop that you can mold into whatever shape you wish. Yes, even Art. And what do we not have here?

We have mesmerizing Trash, the kind that wins first prize (Dan Skelton). We have Good Luck Charm (Emily Burns Ross) in second, and Mum in Decline (J. Louise Larson) in third. Jorro’s Emancipation (Stephen Joseph) earned Honorable Mention.

We have American Salvage, spanking new story collection by our feature author—and honorary judge of our short story contest—Bonnie Jo Campbell. For added spice: an entire, glorious, raucous page of Bonnie’s poetry. “Fiction is like a marriage; poetry is like a quick, exciting affair.”

We have A Good Cause: The V3 Campaign. It’s about Voice, Value and Votes by Lorena Audra Rutens, newest treasure added to our editorial masthead. Lorena will bring you new good causes every issue. Do your part.

We have the lush colors of summer in the artwork of Viestarts Aistars. Nearly every page.

We have poet Shaindel Beers, chatting it up with us.

We have book reviews, where we slander and praise, pages updated throughout the coming weeks. New assistant editor Skye Leslie will tell you just exactly what she thinks of American Salvage.

We have the Cigar Lounge smoking up the place. Rich, fragrant smoke. Sniff out the stogies and light your own fire.

Glory in it all. As we do. Summer is bounty and this issue certainly is that.

With a good word,

Zinta Aistars


The Smoking Poet


The Smoking Poet—Summer Issue 2009

Issue #11




"First Blush," watercolor by Viestarts Aistars

Book Reviews


American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell


The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Birds of a Feather (A Maisie Dobbs Mystery)  by Jacqueline Winspear


The Coast of Chicago: Stories by Stuart Dybek


Forms of Intercession: Poems by Jayne Pupek


The House on the Shore by Victoria Howard


Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay


Lines of Wisdom: Young Writers, Old Stories, Timeless Encounters by Martin Hughes and Beth Hall Editors


The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian


Maisie Dobbs (A Maisie Dobbs Mystery) by Jacqueline Winspear


Rosies Daughters: The First Woman To Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett


The Understory by Pamela Erens



Cigar Lounge


Camacho Cigar Lounge at Comerica Park


Winston’s, Downtown Kalamazoo


Skye’s Retreat


Por Larrañaga 1834

Illusione Holy Lance

Reposado ’96

Henry Clay



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