Subscriber News: January 2020
Congratulations to Trish Hopkinson. Her chapbook Almost Famous was published in November by Yavanika Press and is free to download as a PDF from their website. Visit Trish's website for the latest calls for submissions, free contest listings, and articles on publishing.
Congratulations to Alan Perry. His debut poetry chapbook, Clerk of the Dead, was a runner-up in the 2019 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, and will be published in April by Main Street Rag Publishing. He kindly shares a sample poem here. The next submission period for this $1,000 prize will be May 1-June 15. In other news, his poem "A Quiet Occurrence", dedicated to Mary Oliver, was published in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Tahoma Literary Review.
Congratulations to Christine Hemp. Her memoir Wild Ride Home will be published in February by Arcade/Skyhorse. An excerpt will appear in the New York Times "Well" section on January 17. Her book tour begins on February 4 at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend, WA; see their website for details. From the book blurb: "Wild Ride Home invites the reader into the close Hemp family, who believes beauty and humor outshine the most devastating circumstances. Such optimism is challenged when the author suffers a series of blows: a dangerous fiancé, her mother’s dementia, unexpected death and illness. Buddy, a feisty, unforgettable little Arabian horse with his own history to overcome, offers her a chance to look back on her own life and learn to trust again, not only others, but more importantly, herself."
Congratulations to Kathryn Winograd. Her essay collection Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children will be published in March by Saddle Road Press. The book includes her essay "Breviaries of the Ghost", an Honorable Mention winner in our 2016 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. From the press release: "Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children explores in the microcosm of a forty-acre high mountain meadow and its surrounding lands vast worlds of ecological and familial migrations. The announcement by her eighty-five-year-old mother that she would be moving to Colorado to live out her last years sparks Winograd into a journey into what it means to be a steward of a land and its inhabitants she knows little about and steward of a grieving mother sliding irrevocably into the blindness she fears and the dying for which she longs."
Congratulations to Ellaraine Lockie. Her humor piece "How I Became a Sex Writer" won second prize in the 2019 Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. The most recent deadline for this contest, with awards up to $1,000, was August 31. See all their contest deadlines here. Ellaraine's winning entry was one of five pieces that Gemini nominated for the 2020 Best Small Fictions anthology from Sonder Press.
Congratulations to Robert Przybylski. His fantasy novels The Ahava Order and The Ahava Order II: Vampires were published in English translation by Royal Hawaiian Press. Read an interview with him at Writing.ie.
Congratulations to Gary Beck. His poetry collection Desperate Seeker was published in December by Winter Goose Publishing. Indian Periodical says this book "captures the personal loss at the cost of modern life." His collection Mortal Coil is also available from Wordcatcher Publishing. He kindly shares a sample poem here. His novel Raise High the Walls, the third book in the "Stand to Arms, Marines" series, is now available from Gnome on Pig Productions. In addition, his poetry book Too Harsh for Pastels was released this month by Cyberwit.
Congratulations to Wim Coleman. He recently signed with Adelaide Books for his poetry collection I.O.U. to be published in the fall of 2020. During the last year, Wim's poems have appeared in The Opiate, Dissident Voice, Tuck Magazine, Vita Brevis, The Esthetic Apostle, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Dream Noir, Sisyphus, The Pangolin Review, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Visitant, The Concern, and Open Arts Forum. For samples of his work, visit the blog he co-authors with Pat Perrin.
Congratulations to Jennifer Rosner. Her debut novel, The Yellow Bird Sings, will be published in March by Flatiron. From the book blurb: "In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives." Launch readings are scheduled for 7:00 pm on March 3 at Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA, and 7:00 pm on March 26 at Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, MA.
Congratulations to Nancy Shiffrin. Her poetry collection Flight is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. San Diego Poetry Annual publisher Bill Harding says of this book, "Nancy Shiffrin's questioning eye sees the gritty details of what normally goes unseen. In this way, Flight becomes a collection of secrets, even when it deals with well-known images and events: the Holocaust, the homeless, the combat of nature—from insects in a field (or a bathtub) to birds in wind to humans in every circumstance."
Andrew and Lee Fearnside's anthology O! Relentless Death is available from Chimera Projects. This collection of prose and poetry features writers' personal tributes to celebrities who died in 2016, such as David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, and Elie Wiesel, each one illustrated with a linocut relief print by the Fearnsides.
Yvonne (a/k/a Yvonne Chism-Peace) had her poem "4951 Walnut Street" published in the journal Moria. It was inspired by the house where singer and movie star Paul Robeson spent his final years after being blacklisted for his civil rights activism.
Jeannine Hall Gailey's poems "Calamity" and "Spellcaster" were accepted by Poetry magazine.
Published: January 9, 2020