Travis Meadows: Riser

Travis Meadows: Riser

By Brian Panowich In April of 2016, I was in a hotel room in Los Angeles. I’d been nominated for The LA Times Book Prize. My first novel had been released the year before to a wealth of accolades and my career as a successful writer seemed to be taking off at a rate...
For Isaac

For Isaac

By Brian Panowich Two of the most popular questions I get asked at events and lectures, which are mostly virtual these days, is “Who are some of my biggest influences?” and “When did writing become something I knew I wanted to do for a living?” There are many ways to...
‘It Ain’t About the Diamonds’

‘It Ain’t About the Diamonds’

By Brian Panowich I’m no Shakespeare. Not even close. I’m no Pablo Neruda or Emily Brontë, or even Nicholas Sparks for that matter. I’m not even Andrew Lincoln’s beloved character, Mark, from the iconic film Love Actually, with his scene-stealing posterboard signs...
We Need Art More Than Ever

We Need Art More Than Ever

By Brian Panowich I worry about the artist. Maybe because I am one, but mainly because art in all its forms has taken a back seat lately to pain, politics and world-wide strife. The painters who have been reduced to showing their work online as opposed to gallery...