Subscriber News: July 2016
Congratulations to Cynthia Leslie-Bole. Her debut poetry collection, The Luminous In-Between, was recently published by Azalea Art Press. She kindly shares a sample poem here. This book invites the reader to experience the radiance of one woman's evolution through marriage, motherhood, spiritual individuation, and kinship with nature. In other news, her creative nonfiction piece "The Stature of Motherhood" will be published in Pure Slush, an online journal of flash prose; the upcoming issue's theme is "Tall...ish". She is a writing coach in Orinda, CA. Read a profile of her in the East Bay Times.
Congratulations to William Luvaas. His third novel, Beneath the Coyote Hills, will be published in September by Spuyten Duyvil Press. From the publisher's website: "Tommy Aristophanos is a luckless man, a homeless freegan, fiction writer, and epileptic, who is haunted by grotesque 'spell visions' and by his abusive father who returns, quite literally, from the dead. When Tommy's fictional creation, wealthy and successful V.C. Hoffstatter, emerges from pages of the novel Tommy is writing to harass him–repossess his home and fire him from his job, leaving him homeless–plucky Tommy fights back. Hoffstatter believes that we author our own destiny, while Tommy’s many reverses and his ailment teach him that we control far less than we imagine." Bill was interviewed by host Cyrus Vance on Conversations Live Radio on June 29 at 6 pm EST/3 pm PDT. The show is broadcast on WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson, MS, and streamed online at BlogTalkRadio.
Congratulations to Judy Juanita. Her essay collection De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland will be published by Equidistance Press in September. Topics include gun violence, entrepreneurship in the black community, and her personal experiences as a Black Panther, civil rights activist, dramatist, and comedian.
Congratulations to Barbara Brockway. An excerpt from her unpublished novel Bentleyville won third prize in the Young Adult Novel Excerpt category of the 2015 Seven Hills Literary Contest from the Tallahassee Writers Association and was published in Seven Hills Review, Vol. 21. The current contest is open through August 31, with prizes up to $100 in various genres. Visit Barbara's website to discover her other published stories and essays.
Congratulations to Warwick Newnham. His satirical short fiction chapbook Merry-Crack-MaSS was published by In Short Publishing. His stories "Gr:Easter" and "El Greco" are available as e-books from Write Out Publishing. 10% of the profits from "El Greco" will be donated to Make Love Not Scars, a support and advocacy organization for survivors of acid attacks.
Congratulations to Andre Le Mont Wilson. The performed version of a story he wrote for the FanStory online critique forum, "How to Get Lost in Italy and Find Your Way Home", won third prize and $50 at the Story Showdown in Oakland, CA on June 23. Andre says, "This marked the most money I have won so far for my storytelling. FanStory works in providing the feedback, polish, and encouragement to submit publishable work." Four poems he workshopped on FanStory were also recently published. "Refraction", "Cracked", and "El Paseo de la Muerte (Death Ride)" appeared in the March 4 issue of Page & Spine: A Weekly Literary Magazine. This is a paying market. His poem "Spoken Word" was selected as the opening poem for the anthology Seeing Beyond the Surface: a Lighthearted and Uplifting Compilation of Short Stories and Poems by and About People with Disabilities, available from CreateSpace. Editor Joanna Swank said, "It makes a very strong statement."
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her novel York Ferry (Cane Hill Press, 1993) was the winner of the Fiction Category in the 2016 International Rubery Book Award, a prize for small press and self-published books. The top award is 1,000 pounds and the most recent deadline was March 31. The 2017 prize will open in September 2016. The judges said of Dawid's novel: "This is an ambitious novel, told with irresistibly smooth prose, that traces a family over twenty years, seeing inside the head of each one with extraordinary insight. The father leaves while the children are young, and his presence hovers over them as they mature, his absence inevitably influencing the development of their personalities. It almost reads like a succession of short stories about the world as it used to be and as it is now. The book is unexpectedly gripping, authentic, immediate—it is reminiscent of Anne Tyler—a world where the action is secondary to the truth of beautifully observed lives. It has to be read slowly to appreciate its true worth."
Gloria Mindock will be reading from her new poetry collection Whiteness of Bone (Glass Lyre Press, 2016) with Tim Suermondt, author of Election Night and the Five Satins (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), at 7:00 p.m. on July 27 at The Center for Arts at the Armory, Room B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA. See the press's website to order their books.
Ellaraine Lockie's poem "A Matter of Degree", from her chapbook Where the Meadowlark Sings (Encircle Publications, 2015), was featured in the Public Poetry Series. This video series was created by John Gosslee, editor of Fjords Review, who intends the project to bring a greater audience to poetry by having the significant others of poets read their poems on YouTube. The poem was read by Ellaraine's husband, Robert John Goligoski, in a video produced by Kirsten Koths' Oak Leaf Studios.
W.R. Rodriguez's e-book The Bronx: Three Memoirs is available from Smashwords. Originally written for the Bronx Historical Society, these essays explore the history of the borough from 1922-2013. His poetry collections The Shoe Shine Parlor Poems and From the Banks of Brook Avenue are also available on the site. As part of Smashwords' Summer Reads promotion, all of his books are free for the month of July.
Trina Porte's poem "tornado/molested" was published in the June 2016 issue of Minnesota Women's Press.
Maggie Koger's poems "Fantastic Voyage" and "Verities" were published on June 12 at Poetry Breakfast.
Thelma T. Reyna's Golden Foothills Press recently released their fourth book and first novel. Military historian Victor Cass's literary war novel Black Widow Bitches is a political thriller about the first all-female combat infantry unit. Reyna is the editor and publisher of this Pasadena-based multicultural press.
Dennis Herrell's poetry collection About Women: Poems of Wonderment and Discovery & Perhaps Surprises and Confusion is available in print and e-book editions from BookLocker.
Published: July 8, 2016