Category Archives: Book Bogglers

Blessed are the speechmakers…

12… and the writers who share their truth. And at ASA College in both my Communications and Comp 1 classes, these fine New Yorkers from around the world, shared their perspectives on love, life, literature, social issues and the fine artworks they discovered at the MET.

I am so proud to have met and worked with you all, and encourage you to keep writing and keep speaking out on behalf of Life, Community and Boundless Goodwill.

Congratulations J. Carter Merwin on “The Tales of Earden”

La_Hire_-_Art_Collection_of_Prince_Władysław_Vasa_-_Detail_-_Sketchbook_of_Hans_von_AachenInterview with J. Carter Merwin

author of ‘The Tales of Earden’ novels, a romance/fantasy/adventure series available in book form and on Kindle from Amazon

How would you describe yourself as an author?

Absolutely selfish! Although I hide it well, I would rather be writing than doing anything else, especially not doing anything for anyone, chores, commitments, meetings, visits…I’d rather be by myself immersed in the world I’ve created, amongst my friends. In fact, now that I think of it, when I was a small child I had 5 imaginary friends. I was an only child and spent a good deal of my time alone. My friends were ghosts and they lived in the closets of our home in Rochester, N.Y. I only remember the names of two of them, “Skinny and Fatty”. Actually, there are ghosts in my world of Earden, albeit much more sophisticated ghosts.

What compels you to write?

Something drives me to create, some spark, I don’t know. If I weren’t writing, I’d be painting. That’s what I went to school for, but really, when I think about it, I’ve been shifting on and off for years between the brush and the pen.

How do characters occur to you?

They just come around the corner at me as I’m writing about a situation or an event. The name comes first and then the quirks of his or her personality. I like character flaws, obsessions, these are the things that make us human and get us into trouble. Perfect people don’t interest me.

Do you have a favorite character?

At the moment my favorite character is a drunken slut of a princess you get to meet in the third novel, The Guardian and the King which I hope will be available this Christmas season. Jermaine is a piece of work, stubborn, spoiled and addicted to cherry wine. She causes no end of trouble for her parents and the man trapped into marrying her.

Why this genre/ time period?

I have always been a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Walter Scott, Dumas and was fascinated by anything medieval when I was young. In college I was in a group of painters called the “Post Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood”.

How do you do your research?

It depends, mostly on the internet if it’s something I know nothing about, which is an amazing place. For my first book, ‘The Swan and Arrow’ I learned more than I ever wanted to know about knife-fighting and for the second ‘The fledgling’ I spent a lot of time on falconry websites. For the human condition, I rely on my own experiences.

What do you find most challenging?

Getting the action, the fight scenes or the sex scenes described correctly so that the reader can see, and sense everything that is going on. What the characters are experiencing, that’s what’s important to me.

What do you find most rewarding?

Just having someone say they ‘liked’ my book. I’m really immensely grateful to my family and friends, they’ve all been so supportive and encouraging.




Make Time for Poetry!


03Looking forward to Love and Other Strangers with the students and faculty of ASA College in Manhattan. Readings will include Shakespearean sonnets in Russian, a selection from “Viente Poemas de Amor” by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a group recitation of “Giving Tree” and many original poetic passages by both our English Composition and ESL writers.

Today’s event will be between 3-5 in Room 935 at the Herald Square campus. Feel free to listen, read, stay for refreshments or just pop in to share a few literary minutes with us.


Congrats Book Bogglers!

Love & Other Strangers at ASA College


Samboudiang Faye of Senegal

Much thanks to all the readers, writers and listeners who gathered to share an evening of poetry in NYC at Herald Square, I SPEAK MY TRUTH. The evening included Poet of My People, poems read by students in their own mother tongue, as well as original poetic monologues by English Comp students at ASA College.

On Thursday 9/8 from 3 to 5, we will again come together to read both poems and poetic passages based on the theme Love and Other Strangers. (Feel free to stop in just to read as many of you are between classes.)

If you’d like to join us, please be sure to reserve your place by commenting below. Let us know if you will be stopping by to listen or read.  See you there!



I Speak My Truth

La_Hire_-_Art_Collection_of_Prince_Władysław_Vasa_-_Detail_-_Sketchbook_of_Hans_von_AachenJoin us again for Poets’ Night Out 3!

Well, evening out– 4 to 6 pm Thursday May 19 at ASA College in Herald Square.

International students will be presenting Poet of My People, reading the work of a poet in their own language; ASA students will be reading original works–poetic monologues on the theme: I Speak My Truth.

If you’d like to read a poem or poetic passage on the theme, please RSVP below and let us know the title of the work–oh, and your full name to add to the program.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

ASA College 105 33rd St Herald Square/ 2nd fl mezzanine

Welcome ASA College Writers!

Glenn Cox, co-author of Donovan's Charge

Welcome, college writers! This is your opportunity to share your literary analysis of Donovan’s Charge or pose questions for author, Glenn Cox, by commenting below or contacting Your ongoing enthusiasm and insights into the drama have made for an exciting semester–thanks for sharing your work so future students can benefit from your creative analysis of the play.


Poets’ Night Out 2

PNO 2 imageJoin us again at Symposia Community Book Shop on Sunday April 3 from 6-8 pm for Poets’ Night Out 2. Share a poem or poetic passage from your prose–or the work of an admired writer on the theme of Love & Other Strangers. Hosted by Louis Augustine Herrera, the event welcomes back writers of the MFA program at the New School along with other friends of Book Bogglers for an evening to celebrate literature, life and community beyond the 2-D confines of the screen…

Please RSVP via–and let us know if you’d like to read or sit back and enjoy this literary event.

For info contact Carmen Rusu, Director Symposia Community Bookshop 201-805-1739 510 Washington Street/ Hoboken NJ–a poetic little city only one stop from Manhattan via Path.



Poets’ Night Out!

Be sure to join us at Symposia Community Bookshop* on Sunday 12/13 from 6-8 Poets’ Night Out for an evening of literary readings.

headstLouis Augustine Herrera, our Book Bogglers Host has invited fellow writers from the MFA program at the New School to read from their recent works. There are still 2 slots open, so if you’d like to share a poem, a poetic passage from you prose or the work of an admired writer, contact us to reserve your place.

*SYMPOSIA COMMUNITY BOOKSHOP: a goodnatured non-profit bookstore offering a vast selection of experienced books that need a new shelf to call home and community-minded workshops and events!
Address: 510 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
As always donations welcome!

Upcoming Book Bogglers Writing Workshop

Marv 8In your life you have seen unforgettable beauty, witnessed historic changes and experienced events this generation can only Google. Isn’t it time to get it down on paper?

Living in an age that worships the celebrity– we defer to the stars: singers, artists, writers are those that gain the most media attention. When in fact all the arts are our birthright.

We can and must  write to be healthy and whole.

Join me at Symposia Book Shop beginning on Monday November 1st from 2-3pm to recall and record on paper the stories of your life. We will write, share, critique, revise and over time develop your memoir into a document to share with family, friends and our literary community at Symposia Bookshop: 510 Washington Street/Hoboken NJ  201-963-0909

Contact E. Merwin at for more information.

$8.00 donation per session


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