Herb Guggenheim

Herb Guggenheim

Hello, 4AM web surfers and everyone else. My name is Herb Guggenheim. I'm a novelist and poet. My new novel THE NOTHINGNESS IMPERATIVE (Ecclesiastes Press, 2019) is a hybrid: half academic satire, half sci-fi thriller. It's available NOW as a trade paperback and a Kindle e-book. The audiobook will be available soon.

When I'm not at home staring at my iMac, I spend my time at coffee shops, pizza joints, and 24-hour diners. One of my favorite activities is kicking back at Starbuck's with a grande iced skinny mocha and staring into space. Often at Starbucks, I'll listen to a recorded book. Currently, I'm listening to THE POWERBROKER by Robert A. Caro.

I was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. After high school, I attended New College of Florida where my academic accomplishments were unspectacular. From there, I moved back to D.C. where I studied literature with an emphasis in creative writing at American University. My principal mentor was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor. I then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi where I studied with novelist and short story writer Frederick Barthelme. After that troubled chapter of my life, I returned to D.C. and studied writing (in Baltimore) with novelist and National Book Award winner John Barth.

I've hung around the poetry world here in the D.C. area for the last fifteen or so years. It's a twilight world with all sorts of monsters looking for their Big Break. You move up in the poetry world by publishing, schmoozing, and participating in open mike readings. In 2017, my poetry book "Strange Encounter at the Shakespeare Motel" was published by Finishing Line Press. Having an actual book out makes people notice you more. Over the past few years, I've been invited to read at a number of venues in and around Washington, D.C. though presently I'm taking a bit of a hiatus from the reading circuit.

Well, that's enough for now. I know I'll come back to this and edit it about a dozen times. That's one of the pitfalls of being a writer: nothing ever satisfies you.

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