Sweet Connections: Joel Long

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

 Name: Joel Long
Title of Piece published in Sweet:  Late Life Winter
Issue:  10.3

Joel LongFind him:


Joel says you can usually find him on the shores of the Great Salt Lake and if it’s with these cute puppies, we would be too!



What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

Aside from getting my daughter married in France, I had some poems and photos appear in Terrain.org.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m constantly working on new poems and essays.  I have a several manuscripts that I am revising and shopping, but now, I want to turn toward a prose manuscript as well.

Who is your favorite author?

Oh, such a difficult question.  In a pinch, I always return to Virginia Woolf or Annie Dillard.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

I love Rilke’s “Ninth Duino Elegy.”

What inspires you to write?

The mystery, terror and beauty of the everyday.

What is your favorite sweet?

Pistachio gelato in Florence, Italy, Gelateria La Carraia.

Joel Long Sweet

Oh my, that looks heavenly!

Thank you, Joel, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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