Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contempo-rary Style. Random House (paper 2007; Kindle edition, 2009; hard-cover 2005). "A must for every writer's desk"---Billy Collins. "Leaves Strunk & White choking on cyber-dust"---Chip Scanlon. "Addictive reading." ---Booklist. "A buy-a-copy-and-stay-up-all-night-reading-it-kind-of-book." ---The Writer magazine.
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Plotnik's occasional poetry has appeared in a print portfolio (American Artists), Chicago Tribune op-ed page, and recently in Slow Trains, Harpur Palate, Rambunctious Review, Thema, Rosebud. Comstock Review, Brilliant Corners.and other journals. Honors include 1st place, Irish American Heritage Poetry Competition, and runner-up, Dana and Rosebud Awards.