Subscriber News: August 2020
Congratulations to Harry Bauld. His poetry chapbook How to Paint a Dead Man will be published by Finishing Line Press this November and is available for pre-order. He kindly shares a sample poem here. Painter and poet Desirée Alvarez says, "Harry Bauld is looking so hard at art that he is deliriously incantatory. He demands it take him not only to an elsewhere but to that place where a new world is constructed from the debris of the old...How to Paint a Dead Man speaks glorious lyric to our troubled time."
Congratulations to Ellen Birkett Morris. Her debut short story collection, Lost Girls, was published by TouchPoint Press in June. Novelist and editor Jenny Offill calls this book "a dazzling collection of stories that showcases Morris' impressive ability to hide devastating truths within seemingly small moments."
Congratulations to Claire L. Frankel. Her debut poetry chapbook, Working Woman Poetry, will be released by Finishing Line Press in October and is now available for pre-order. She describes the book's inspiration thus: "I have been writing poetry, since I learned what a poem was—60 years ago—and have just begun to publish them. My first poem was just published in Oberon Magazine (2019). For the last 40 years, I have worked every day (all day, all night, sigh) designing databases for computer systems. During boring corporate meetings, coffee breaks, lunchtime and downtime, I wrote poetry. I hope you enjoy this collection and find something interesting to think about." She kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Kate Szegda. Her middle-grade historical novel, Pharmacy Girl, was the 2019 silver medal winner of a Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Pre-teen Historical/Cultural Fiction, the winner of the Children's Book - Fiction category in the 2020 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest, and the second place winner of the 2020 National Federation of Press Women's Award for Children's Fiction. Pharmacy Girl is a story of Spanish influenza in New Jersey in 1918. Visit her website to learn more.
Congratulations to C.L. Nehmer. Her debut poetry collection, The Alchemy of Planes: Amelia Earhart's Life in Verse, will be published in October by Finishing Line Press and is now available for pre-order. She kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Carol Coven Grannick. Her middle-grade novel Reeni's Turn will be released on September 13 by Regal House Publishing/Fitzroy Books and is available for pre-order. Reeni's Turn is the story of an eleven-year-old girl who is finding herself as a ballet dancer while facing pressure to diet excessively. Sign up on the website of The Bookstall in Winnetka, IL to watch the virtual book launch from 2-3 PM (Central time) on September 13.
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. The opening of her unpublished novel Standing Beside Love won the inaugural Page One Prize from the Gutsy Great Novelist Writers Studio. Read the winners here. She received $200, a free year of Masterclass, and free tuition to site founder Joan Dempsey's online course Writing Great Dialogue.
Congratulations to Lu Stone. Her local history book North to Market: Two Streets/Two Centuries—A Sheaf of Northampton Stories was published by Levellers Press. North to Market unfolds a forgotten counterpane of Northampton history, to tell the story of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods (which also happens to be the home of Winning Writers HQ) through the lives and landmark times of the people—farmers, preachers, merchants, trainmen, immigrants, among them—who called their well-trod streets home, from the early 1700s to the turn of the twentieth century.
Congratulations to John Backman. Her flash essay "Looking for Bloom, I End Up With Billy" was named one of the ten creative nonfiction finalists for the inaugural Wild Atlantic Writing Awards sponsored by the Ireland Writing Retreat. Visit John's website to learn more about her work. The most recent deadline for this competition, with prizes of 500 euros and tuition to a future European writing retreat, was May 31.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's poem "Should I Send You a Picture of My Butthole?" was published in Wicked Gay Ways, Summer 2020 issue. Their poem "Made Man" will be published in ArLiJo, the online literary journal of Gival Press. "A Tarantella" was accepted by Oberon Poetry Magazine. Read a recent interview with Jendi at RoundPier, a writing community for high school students.
Geri Spieler's new book of political nonfiction, co-authored with Rick Kantrowitz, is now available on Amazon. San Francisco Values: Common Ground for Getting America Back on Track is a conversation by two Bay Area residents, one liberal and one conservative, about what this complex city can teach us about healthy political decision-making. The co-authors draw on research, facts, and laws to show how San Francisco values and political voices have shaped national opinion and policy on major issues from immigration to scientific innovation.
Deborah LeFalle's poem "Auntie Sisterhood" was published in Poetry Leaves: 2020 Anthology, edited by Emily Kazmierczak. Poetry Leaves is a project of the Waterford Township Public Library in Waterford, MI.
Karin Aurino's flash fiction "Uncle Jab" was published in Bright Flash Literary Review in June.
Judy Juanita's poem "Note to my younger self" was published in Konch Magazine (Summer 2020), edited by Ishmael and Tennessee Reed. Her poem "Before and After" was published on August 9 at The New Verse News, a site for politically progressive poetry about current events.
Ellaraine Lockie's poem "History Talks in a Boneyard" was featured on the Silver Birch Press blog in their "Landmarks" series.
Published: August 9, 2020