Subscriber News: July 2019
Congratulations to Roberta George. Her novel The Day's Heat (Impress Books, 2018) won the literary fiction category of the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Awards from Kennesaw University. Contest judge Stacia Pelletier said, "This novel quietly stole the day—and this reviewer’s heart. Lee James is a young Lebanese American mother married to a white plumber and eking out a living in a small south Georgia town in the early 1960s. When local Catholic priest Father Palmer loses a tooth in an accident, Lee’s quick thinking saves the tooth and launches a series of events that will turn her life—and the entire town—upside down...The story, while never preachy, challenges us to think hard about motherhood, race, and moral obligation in a time beset by powerful external social forces."
Congratulations to Katherine J. Leisering. Her essay "A Child's View of Heaven" won first prize for nonfiction in the 2019 West Virginia Writers, Inc. Annual Writing Contest. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to $200 in various genres, was March 31. West Virginia Writers, Inc. sponsors the state's largest writing competition and has awarded over $120,000 in prize money since its founding in 1982.
Karin Aurino's micro-fiction piece "Daisy" was published in June at 50-Word Stories.
Alan Lowe's story "Angel on the Highway: A True Story" was accepted for publication in the online journal THE BeZINE. His poem "My Special Angel" was published at The Poet by Day on May 19. Read these and other original works on his blog.
Farai Diza, a poet in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently launched the Afro Poetry Times, a monthly magazine publishing both emerging and established African writers in the diaspora and on the continent. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for subscription and submission information.
J. Weintraub's poem "After Thirty Years of Marriage, One Adjusts" was published in Off the Coast (Summer 2019), Maine's international poetry journal.
Adrie Kusserow's poem "Tulip Fever" was published in Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2019).
Charlie Bondhus's poetry collection Divining Bones (Sundress Publications, 2018) was favorably reviewed by Dean Kostos at Lambda Literary Review. Through the persona of folklore witch Baba Yaga, Kostos writes, "Bondhus is eager to break down patriarchal notions that define and confine" in search of "a personhood that is not limited by the constraints of gender."
R.T. Castleberry's poems "This Trace of Serenity", "At the Interval, a Drink", "Roles of Provocation", and "The Narrative Comes Apart" were published in June at Writing Disorder. His poem "Harvest Path" will be published in San Pedro River Review this fall. His poems "We Watch the Weather Turn", "Playing the Border Bet", and "We Turn Our Eyes to the Favored" appeared in Unlikely Stories in July.
Anna Scotti's poems "So This Is the Afterlife", "DC, 1978", "Gaia", and "Rescue" were published in Sequestrum, Issue #19 (2019).
Published: July 8, 2019