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Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Escape to Federal Hill Reading This Sunday

The Book Escape in Federal Hill will be hosting an Author Reading Event on Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. featuring Sid Gold, Kathleen Hellen, and myself. We’ll be reading from our fiction and poetry as well as signing books for some book-loving attendees. All are welcome, and that includes you!

It happens to be Veteran’s Day, and I plan to read from “Freedom,” a story included in Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

Join us on Sunday, 11/11 at 3 p.m. at The Book Escape, 805 Light St. Federal Hill. 

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Lit & Art Invades White Marsh Library This Sunday

The next Lit and Art Reading Series event will take place at White Marsh Library at 8133 Sandpiper Circle, Baltimore, on October 28, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. and features Toby Devens, Jessica Gregg, AJ Kenney, Sherry Audette Morrow, and Frank S. Josephwith original, Rumi-inspired art by Manzar Rassouli and hosted/curated by KJ Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman.

The Lit and Art Reading Series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists for more than a decade. Come for an exciting lineup of fiction, poetry, music, and art, and discover why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon! Learn more at the Lit and Art Facebook Page.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Welcome to Our House for Lit & Art at the Historic York Inn

Our house is in the middle of Beaver Street, at the center of activity for the City of York's First Friday Festivities.

Join us as The Lit and Art Reading Series returns to The Historic York Inn in the Smyser-Bair House for an evening of mansion tours, refreshments, poetry and literary readings, live music, and lively conversation. The event takes place on Friday, October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Featured poetry and fiction readers will include Warren Barrett, CL Bledsoe, Barbara DeCesare, Tracy Diamond, Lucrecia Gurrero, Jerry Holt, and Fernando Quijano III, with live music by Robin Chadderton and original art by Manzar. Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish curate and host. 

Tours will be offered on the hour by Birkshire Hathaway: step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in York’s historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. 

It's all part of the City of York's First Friday festivities.

See you on October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA. On South Beaver Street, once you pass Mason going toward Market, it's the first 1800s mansion on the left.

Learn more about Lit and Art at  www.Writeful.blogspot.com or

Take a tour of the Smyser-Bair House at www.facebook.com/SmyserBairHouse.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Lit & Art at the Baltimore Book Fest Inner Harbor Stage

Once again, the Lit & Art Reading Series is being featured at the Baltimore Book Festival's Inner Harbor Stage, located in the Visitors Center. The event takes place on Sunday, September 30 at high noon.

Featured at this Book Festival edition of Lit & Are are Rafael Alvarez (The Wire), Shirley Brewer (Bistro in Another Realm), Katherine Cottle (I Remain Yours), and Dave Eberhardt (For All the Saints) with live music by Red Sammy and original art by Manzar Rassouli, the event is curated and hosted by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish.

The Lit and Art Reading Series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists for more than a decade.

Come to Lit and Art at the Baltimore Book Festival Inner Harbor Stage hosted by Towson University for an exciting lineup of fiction, poetry, music, and art, and discover why Lit & Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon!  


Friday, September 07, 2018

Goodman's Little Fetal Hippie Brat

Loch Raven Review published a new review of Womb: a novel in utero. 

At first, the reviewer “found Goodman’s little fetal hippie brat to be insufferable.” 

Then he admits, “Goodman’s all-knowing fetus, is, of course, a metaphor as well. It is used by Goodman as a literary device to help convey an important message to adults: stop stressing over nonsense and return to what is essential, the power of wisdom and love. When Li Po wrote, “We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains,” he meant that, once ego is transcended, one becomes one, as it were, with the whole world. He was not advising seekers to become a pile of dirt! We should not take the great Chinese poet’s metaphor literally; similarly, we must not take the wisdom of an unborn tyke literally as well.”

Of the story beyond the premise, the reviewer wrote, “Here is where Mr. Goodman’s talent lies; he knows how to pace a story. Both Mom and Dad are Beautiful People who are in the process of learning what every fetus supposedly already knows. Yet Mom succumbs to the advances of a cad. How can a Beautiful Person ever sink so low? We find out why much later. This is but one example of the author’s ability to resolve situations gradually, and to provide the reader with just enough information to keep her turning pages with unchilled anticipation. The author certainly knows how to tell a story.”

Read Thomas Dorsett's review of Womb in the latest issue of Loch Raven Review.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Do you Wri Mo?

No, that's not me asking whether you "write more" with a bad accent. WriMo is short for NaNoWriMo, which, in turn, is short for National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November, is a time when thousands of writers attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. It may sound crazy, but if you're a diciplined writer anyway, NaNoWriMo can be a good tool to motivate you to apply pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

I should know: I participated in NaNoWriMo five years in a row, from 2003 to 2007. And I was declared a winner each of those five years for completing my 50,000+ word novels. In fact, if you do a search of "NaNoWriMo" in this blog, you'll find several past references to the days (more than 10 years ago) when I participated.

By 2008, I realized I had too many rough drafts (dating to well before NaNoWriMo) and not enough polished manuscripts. I decided to focus more time on revising.

NaNoWriMo is a good exercise to get a rough draft on paper. But after NaNoWriMo ends, the real work begins: rewriting, revising, and turning your slung clay into a fine sculpture.

Tracks: A Novel in Stories and Womb: a novel in utero found their origins during those NaNoWriMo days. 

It's amazing what you can accomplish if you unplug and cast away the things that usual keep you busy for a short period of time. I discovered that to a greater degree during my residencies at The Art Institute of Chicago's Ox-Bow. During one of those 2-week stints as Ox-Bow's Writer-in Residence, I did a rewrite of Womb. During another, I wrote a 350 page rough draft of an as-of-yet unpublished novel: Setting the Family Free.

So will I be doing NaNoWriMo this year? Probably not. Because I'm going to do something that even I consider crazy. Ever heard of the Anvil 3-Day Novel contest?



Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Crickets and Dragons in Baltimore Style

While I was exploring the Baltic States, Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story on Beijing, China. “Crickets and Dragons” is available in the print and online versions of the latest issue.

In the article, my daughter, Nicole, and I venture through modern and historic Beijing, rickshawing through the Hutong, touring Tiananmen Square, strolling through the Forbidden City, and dancing with locals in the gardens of the Summer Palace.

Music wafted down a hillside path; we climbed it and arrived at the Garden of Virtue and Harmony. A full band sounded, as dozens of seniors sang from songbooks and others danced in circles. We were pulled in and danced, hand-in-hand, in their cozy circle. Their smiles brightened our morning in a way that the smog-veiled sun did not.

Tourists and locals, in perfect harmony.

Join us and read “Crickets and Dragons” now in Baltimore Style.