Women and Girls 1942-2020

Over the past week or so I have been typing into my computer, word-for-word, the manuscript of a novel written in the early 1950s. It is tedious work but worth the effort because it’s a damn fine novel. It is set in 1942, and the narrator and all the characters use language and express commonly … Read more

Why in the world would a white boy from Mississippi presume to write about race

It’s a good question: Why in the world would a white boy from Mississippi presume to write about race. I’ve been pondering it a lot. Especially after the Academy Awards and the many comments swirling around comparisons between Spike Lee’s Black Klansman and Best Picture winner Green Book, which reminded everyone of when Lee’s Do … Read more

Self-doubt

We all have self-doubt, creative people probably more so than anyone. I’ve considered myself an artist of one sort or another since before I was old enough to go to school and my mother set up an easel for me next to hers and I made my first oil painting. I majored in art in … Read more

Interview with Alec Clayton

Mud Flat Press asked friends to contribute questions for an interview with MFP author and co-founder Alec Clayton. Interviewed by Ricker Winsor (author of Tic Toc, The Painting of My Life, and Pakuwon City), Ned Hayes, (author of The Eagle Tree, Sinful Folk, and Coeur D’Alene Waters, and publisher of OLY ARTS), Christian Carvajal (author … Read more

Interview with Jack Butler

Jack Butler’s novel Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His poems, short stories and other writings have been published in The New Yorker, Atlantic, and New York Times Book Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review and other publications. Mud Flat Press is proud to have published his Practicing … Read more

Interview with Ricker Winsor

Ricker Winsor is a painter, writer and world traveler. He has worked as a photojournalist, cabinetmaker, teacher, and as a Delta blues musician, guitar and vocal. Ricker is an expatriate living in Surabaya, Indonesia with his Chinese Indonesian wife, Jovita. His essays and short fiction have been published at “Reflets du Temps” in France and … Read more

What part of speech is that?

To use a comma or an exclamation point or no punctuation at all, that is the question. Less punctuation is a trend that is popular with modern writers. Quotation marks are becoming obsolete. Editors slice superfluous words, including words they think are superfluous but might not be (Microsoft Word’s grammar check is notorious for this). … Read more

Interview with Lynn Savage

  Lynn Savage is the author of Mr. Klein’s Wild Ride. Mud Flat Press sat down with Lynn (via email) to question her about the book. MFP: Gary and Summer Klein’s lives are shaken when Gary is offered the job of publicizing “Panerotic,” the new “Disneyland of Sex.” Beyond that basic description and avoiding spoilers, … Read more