Subscriber News: February 2024
Congratulations to D.F. Whibley. His young adult novel One Arctic Night won the Canadian Book Club Award for Best Novel: Children's Early Reader Category. The book also received a Bronze medal in the Global Book Awards: Teen Social and Family Issues Category. It was a finalist for the 2023 Page Turner Awards and the BooksShelf Writing Awards. One Arctic Night is the story of an Inuit teen whose character and survival skills are tested when he works as a tour guide for two bigoted American travelers.
Congratulations to Julie Novak-McSweeney. Her poem "Passeridae" won second prize in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 18th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Contest. She kindly shares it with us here. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to $1,000, was November 1.
Congratulations to B. Lynn Goodwin. Her young adult novel Disrupted was published last month by Olympia Publishers. When an earthquake hits their region, the cast of a high school production of Our Town endeavor to pull the community together and raise funds to rebuild.
Congratulations to Maurya Kerr. Her poem "give" won the 2024 RHINO Editors' Prize, a $500 award for work published in the magazine in the past year.
Congratulations to Gifford MacShane. Her historical novel The Winds of Morning, a prequel to her Donovan Family Saga, was named a Top Pick in the 2024 Author Shout Reader Ready Awards. She has just released the fourth book in the Donovan Family Saga, Without the Thunder, a Western romance between an outcast society belle and a Navajo man. Visit her website to learn more about this series of historical novels featuring a family of Irish immigrants who settle in the Arizona Territory in the late 1800s.
Patricia Olson's new poetry collection, Reflections, is forthcoming from Conflux Press. To purchase it, send a request via the press's contact form. She kindly shares a sample poem here. She will give her launch reading on March 9 at 2:00pm Pacific Time at the Kaufman-Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
J Brooke's interview with Andrés N. Ordorica, author of the novel How We Named the Stars (Tin House, 2024), was published in January in The Massachusetts Review. Ordorica's debut novel is the coming-of-age story of a queer Mexican-American man dealing with issues of identity and grief.
Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is the editor of the recently released creative nonfiction book Manfred: His Story of Survival, the true story of a Yugoslav youth who escaped from the Holocaust in Operation Safe Haven and was resettled in upstate New York.
Bracha Nechama Bomze's poem "No, I'm Not Moving to Florida" was published in West Side Rag, an online newspaper for New York City's Upper West Side.
Koss's poem "Untitled (Earth)" was published in Secrets in the Garden, an online anthology of queer nature writing from Fifth Wheel Press. "The Girl Shopping Store: Fast Connections at 4 Megabits Per Second" appeared in Action, Spectacle (Winter 2023, Part II). "Alternate Thanksgiving" and "Giving Thanks", are forthcoming in Chiron Review. "Three for" was published in San Pedro River Review’s Shapes and Secrets. "Max Carries Mother [No Wonder]," "Dead People Don't Dream Hamburgers," and "Conversions: I Appeared in Your Suicide Dream" were published in Querencia Press's Winter '24 Anthology. "A Modern Highway Death" and "February" appeared in Milk and Cake Press's Dead of Winter III Anthology. Artwork is forthcoming in the print edition of Mom Egg Review. Five poems will be published this month in the inaugural issue of Speakeasy Magazine, a BIPOC, queer-led journal. Several poems and Wuthering Heights erasure art are forthcoming in Anvil Tongue in March. A flash prose piece, “No One Knew,” will be published in Midway Journal in May.
Naila Moreira's collaborative eco-poetry/image project Clearstories, a joint project with photographer Stephen Petegorsky, was exhibited in February at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA. They were interviewed along with gallery manager Paul Gulla on WHMP Radio. Clearstories pairs original poems with photos of museum specimens of animals, to explore the ecological threats we are facing.
Published: February 2, 2024