Subscriber News: February 2019
Congratulations to Cindy Kelly Benabderrahman. Her poetry chapbook Where We Let Go is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Novelist and literary podcaster Amy K. Nichols says of this book: “Where We Let Go is a deep, textured word-feast of grief and love. Each poem creates a bridge of memories, leaving me longing for the past and uneasy of the future. A perfect blend of beauty and sadness that I will sit with and think on for a long time.”
Congratulations to Caroline Tuohey. Little Pink Dog Books, an Australian publisher, will release her book The Christmas Garden, a children's rhyming picture book for ages 0-7, in July 2019. Visit her website to see her other books for young readers. Caroline says, “Thank you for your newsletter. I find it very helpful in sourcing competitions and information.”
Congratulations to Fern G. Z. Carr. Her debut poetry collection, Shards of Crystal, was recently released by Silver Bow Publishing. Over the last two months her poetry has been published in Zomba, Malawi, as well as in California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, and Pennsylvania, with more slated for publication in Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and France. One of her poems is currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA'S MAVEN spacecraft. To read excerpts from Shards of Crystal and for other information, visit her website.
Congratulations to R. Bremner. His poem “She wore a raspberry beret” won an honorable mention in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. This prize from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College gives prizes up to $1,000; the 2019 deadline was February 1. In other news, his chapbook Nightmares: Poems of Sheer Terror was published earlier this year by Alien Buddha Press.
Congratulations to Lesléa Newman. Her picture book Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story, illustrated by Amy June Bates, was published this month by Abrams. It is based on the true story of Newman's mother's best friend's mother, who came to America in 1906. Newman will give a reading at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 2, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA.
Congratulations to Carol Smallwood. She received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles. She was honored as a leader in the fields of education and publishing. Smallwood is a freelance writer and editor who has written and edited over five dozen nonfiction books on library management and creative writing, published through the American Library Association, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, McFarland & Company, and others. She has authored several books of poetry and creative writing and has had hundreds of articles accepted by professional and literary magazines. Read the press release here.
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter was interviewed in January at The Bookends Review by poet and novelist Carol Smallwood. The interview covered the history and mission of Winning Writers and the inspiration for Jendi's new story collection, An Incomplete List of My Wishes (Sunshot Press, 2018). Carol's most recent poetry collection is A Matter of Selection (Poetic Matrix Press, 2018).
Tom Taylor a/k/a The Poet Spiel was profiled in the Colorado Independent on January 16. Griffin Swartzell's article “The Poet Spiel on life, love and dementia” surveys Taylor's varied and award-winning career as a writer and visual artist who has long worked to raise awareness of environmental destruction, AIDS, and disability issues.
Connie Lounsbury's novel Fatal Flaws: Based on a True Story is now available on Amazon in print and Kindle formats. From the book blurb: “Set in Minnesota in the early 1920s, this is a poignant tale of a mother's desperate struggle to keep her family together in the face of insurmountable odds.”
Jennie MacDonald's art photograph “The Wake” was published in 3 Elements Literary Review, Issue #21 (2019) (scroll through PDF to back cover), and her photograph “The Skein Unwinding” was published in Typehouse Literary Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 1, Issue 16 (2019). Visit her website for more of her prizewinning writing and photography.
R.T. Castleberry's poem “The Conditions of His Release” was published in January in White Wall Review, the literary journal of Ryerson University.
Published: February 9, 2019