I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used . . . 

The Siskiyou Prize

Here’s an opportunity for all eco-conscious writers! The Siskiyou Prize for new environmental literature has just opened for submissions. Karen Joy Fowler will judge and the winner will earn a $1,000 prize and publication of their manuscript. Submit your environmental novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections between now and September 30, 2014.  

Quinoa Salad

It’s been a little over a year since I started my vegetarian journey and, from what I hear, my path has taken a sadly typical trajectory. I started out completely unaware of what nutrients my body needed and thought by removing meat from my plate I could call it done. Uh, nope. That mistake, coupled . . . 

Best of the Bookfair

I wanted to share two of my top finds at AWP’s book fair this year, because you shouldn’t have to go to Seattle to get some great literary goodies. Prompt & Circumstance  This gem of a website bills itself as “A resource dedicated to lighting creative fires.” Now what could be better than that? Every . . . 

The Greening of Literature

AWP 2014 was fantastic, and I’m not just talking about the weather. More than 12,000 writers took over downtown Seattle a few weeks ago and I was honored to be one of them. From the book fair to the panels, readings, and after-parties, bibliophiles ruled the weekend—in our self-conscious, frumpy way. John Yunker posted a . . .