Subscriber News: December 2016
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her debut poetry chapbook, Anatomie of the World, will be published by Finishing Line Press in February 2017 and is now available for pre-order. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Willa Award winner Carol Darnell Guerrero-Murphy says of this book: "The combination of literary and political erudition, compassion, and passion in these poems invites readers in as if such complex worlds are always easy to enter...In an age when we too often speak glibly of diversity and inclusion, these ask me to share in experiences of marginalization and loss for Jews, lesbians, gays, AIDS victims and survivors, single women, short people, the loveless, the silent, and those of us sputtering with suffering."
Congratulations to Alan King. His poetry collection Point Blank was recently published by Silver Birch Press. From the press release: "The narrative poems explore the various black male archetypes resulting from racism, classism, and related economic disparities while showing their humanity in a way that invites the reader to reconsider what s/he thought s/he knew." See sample poems and video trailers on his website.
Congratulations to Connie Lounsbury. Her novel A Hobo's Wish was recently released by Mantle Rock Publishing, an independent press specializing in Christian historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. It is the story of a doctor who becomes homeless during the Great Depression. Visit the author's Facebook page to find out about her other books and editing service.
Congratulations to George DeVault. The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute awarded him the Chief Charles A. "Chet" Henry Fire Service Advocacy medal in recognition of the widespread influence of his memoir Fire Call!, his reminiscences of the highs and lows of 30 years' service as a volunteer firefighter. Visit the book's Facebook page for more articles on the topic. The award is named in honor of legendary Harrisburg (PA) Fire Chief Chet Henry, who served as Pennsylvania’s first state fire commissioner from 1977 to his retirement in 1989.
Mingzhao Xu's poem "From a Fortress" was published in Nowhere Poetry & Flash Fiction, Issue VII (October 2016), a literary journal from Hercules Press. This is her first professional poetry publication. Her flash fiction story "Keep On, Keeping On" was published in The Tishman Review (October 2016) and can be read online (page 45 of this PDF).
Anna Scotti's poem "Esposito & Son" was published in the November 28 issue of The New Yorker.
Mary Nelson published her suspense novel Arpeggio in January. It is a murder mystery about a harpist in San Francisco. Mary says, "Just wanted to encourage all writers to ignore their age when it comes to creativity...my ninety-first birthday is coming up."
Tricia McCallum's poem "Funeral Sandwiches" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Poetry Breakfast, the journal that published it in April.
Ellaraine Lockie's poem "Offerings to the Green Gods" was published on the City Creatures Blog, a project of the Center for Humans and Nature. Her poem "How to Know a Prairie Poem" was published in Australia's InDaily Independent News.
Published: December 7, 2016