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Jimmy Pappas

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Jimmy Pappas served during the Vietnam War as an English language instructor training South Vietnamese soldiers. He received a BA in English at Bridgewater State University and an MA in English literature from Rivier University. His poems have been published in over 70 journals, including Sheila-Na-Gig, Cha:An Asian Literary Journal, Shot Glass Journal, Off the Coast, and Boston Literary Magazine. The poem "Bobby's Story" was one of ten finalists in the 2017 Rattle Poetry Contest and won the 2018 Readers Choice Award. Other poems about veterans are included in Jimmy's first book Scream Wounds published by A15 Press in 2019. Jimmy lives with his wife Barbara in the small town of Chichester, New Hampshire, where they enjoy the state's vibrant ...more

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Jimmy Pappas What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

1. It's never too late to start. I really didn't start writing until after I had retired. Before that, as a t…more
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

1. It's never too late to start. I really didn't start writing until after I had retired. Before that, as a teacher, I worked seven days a week. I learned quickly that the better prepared I was, the better teacher I was. That didn't leave much time for writing. Once the free time came, I immersed myself in my writing.

2. Read a lot. Look for what's new, especially in poetry. Don't tie yourself to the past. Poetry is always changing.

3. If you are young, set up a schedule of daily writing. Close the door of your room and write for one to three hours. Don't waste time. Do it.

4. Don't overrate yourself. Be humble or you may never improve.

5. Learn what good writing is all about. Good luck. (less)
Jimmy Pappas I have finished up a manuscript for a book of poetry about the Vietnam War and other stories from veterans I have spoken to in my Vietnam veterans gro…moreI have finished up a manuscript for a book of poetry about the Vietnam War and other stories from veterans I have spoken to in my Vietnam veterans group. The book will be called Scream Wounds: How to Kill Your First Man in War and should be published some time in 2018. (less)
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Closing the Book on George Fell

Closing the Book on George Fell

My poem "Closing the Book on George Fell" was published on New Verse News today, May 23, 2020, the 50th anniversary of the death of my friend George Fell in Cambodia. George and I were very close friends. We double dated and hung around together with the same crowd. Unfortunately, George flunked out of college.

The title of the poem refers to a Saturday night when Ge Read more of this blog post »
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Jimmy Poppy wrote: "Jimmy, I just finished reading Donald Hall's most recent book of essays, written as he headed toward his nineties. That happens to be in my very near future, as well, so I enjoyed the book immensel..."

I did read that book and thought it was excellent, Poppy.


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Poppy Jimmy, I just finished reading Donald Hall's most recent book of essays, written as he headed toward his nineties. That happens to be in my very near future, as well, so I enjoyed the book immensely. He has been a favorite of mine since my husband and I lived less than a block from the Brock-Hall Dairy in New Haven. If you haven't read it, DO!!!


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Sarah Russell Got it today! Thanks.


message 8: by Jimmy

Jimmy You have done nothing wrong, Sarah. We just have not had any posts for a few days. I will be active again today and make some new posts.


message 7: by Sarah

Sarah Russell Hi Jimmy,

Oops. Didn’t scroll down enough to see this comments section so I put my note to you in the “Ask the Author” section. If you miss it there, it was about IHOP. I’m not receiving posts anymore from the group, and I wonder if I’ve done something wrong. If I have, let me know what it is. If I haven’t, I’d really like to be reinstated.

Sarah Russell


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Jimmy Poppy wrote: "So, Jimmy, where can I find Bobby's Story?"

As far as "Bobby's Story" goes, that will take some time. As you know, it was nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize. Here is the link for that contest:

https://www.rattle.com/prize/winners/...

The poem will be published in the December issue of Rattle. You can become a subscriber online for $20. Maybe in January it will be posted online. If you subscribe to the print journal, you can vote for the best of the 10 finalists. The winner gets $2,000.

I am afraid that's the best I can do for now.


message 5: by Jimmy

Jimmy Poppy wrote: "Hi Jimmy. While I was looking for your Rattle poem, I came across this list of your favorite authors. When I saw Bart Ehrman's name, I just had to tell you that we have a connection. When my husban..."



I love Bart Ehrman, Poppy. Than you for sharing that connection with me. I never knew that. Your husband must have been a special man.


message 4: by Poppy

Poppy So, Jimmy, where can I find Bobby's Story?


message 3: by Poppy

Poppy Hi Jimmy. While I was looking for your Rattle poem, I came across this list of your favorite authors. When I saw Bart Ehrman's name, I just had to tell you that we have a connection. When my husband was brain-injured in an accident, he had to retire from teaching at the age of 52. Bart was hired to take his place!!!


message 2: by Jimmy (last edited Jun 16, 2012 10:28AM)

Jimmy James wrote: "Thanks for yuor support.

I don't know if you waded through all the comments, but this Jeff guy added a list of people who doubt evolution. Included on the list? Leonardo da Vinci , Isaac Newton, B..."


You have my total support on this issue.


message 1: by James

James Piper Thanks for yuor support.

I don't know if you waded through all the comments, but this Jeff guy added a list of people who doubt evolution. Included on the list? Leonardo da Vinci , Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, Louis Pasteur etc.

It shows you the lengths of deception these folks will go to to protect their religion. I find it disgusting.


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