Subscriber News: March 2019
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter's prose-poem “Year of the Rat” placed in the top 20 finalists for the 2018 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest from Quarter After Eight. The 2019 contest, with a prize of $1,008.15, will open on November 1. In other news, Jendi's poetry suite “Unnamed: Three Ghazals” was accepted for publication by White Wall Review, the literary journal of Ryerson University.
Congratulations to Joanie Holzer Schirm. Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, recently published her historical memoir My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation. Based on a trove of family letters, journals, and archived interviews that she discovered after her parents' deaths in 2000, My Dear Boy tells the story of her Czechoslovakian father Oswald “Valdik” Holzer as he comes of age as a Jew in interwar Prague, escapes from a Nazi-held army unit, practices medicine in China's war-ravaged interior, and settles in the United States to start a family.
Congratulations to Katie Bickham. Her poem “The Blades” won the Readers' Choice Award in the 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to $10,000, was July 15. The Readers' Choice winner was selected from among the Rattle Poetry Prize finalists by subscriber vote. “The Blades” earned 24% of the votes and the $2,000 award. The winner and finalists will appear on the website in April and be published in a forthcoming print issue.
Congratulations to Anne Sweazy-Kulju. Her young adult novel Grog Wars, an epic story of the Oregon Trail, won a silver medal in the 2015 Literary Classics International Book Awards. The sequel, Grog Wars, Dos, won another silver medal in their 2018 contest.
Congratulations to Richard Eric Johnson. His fourth poetry collection, Watching Angels Dance by Candlelight, was recently released by Loose Moose Publishing. He kindly shares a sample poem here. His previous books are Of Museums, Monsoons and Mausoleums and Schemes of Consciousness, both from Mellen Poetry Press, and Memoir Poetic of a Naked Cop from Telling Our Stories Press.
Karin Aurino's flash fiction piece “The Promotion” was published in Literary Orphans in January.
Jill C. Baker, author of Tory Roof, recently released Silver Line, her second book in The Sutherland Series. These books combine historical fiction with a touch of paranormal in order to interweave past and present plots. Both books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Find out more at her website. She posts in her main character's voice @SeriesSarah on Twitter.
Madeleine McDonald's story “Keeping Account” was published in Fantasia Divinity's 2018 anthology Out of Your Shadow, a collection of tales about minor characters in traditional fairy tales. Fantasia Divinity also reprinted the story this year in Echoes of the Past, their best-of-2018 anthology.
Konstantin Rega's poems “What the River Took”, “Spilt Ashes”, and “Beneath to Me” were published in datableedzine, Issue #11 (2019). His poem “After Breath” was published in The Courtship of Winds. His poems “Fire Nocturne” and “All Our Days Are Gone” were published in The Broadkill Review in October 2018. His review of Cass McCombs' album Tip of the Sphere was published in Treble. For more of his work, visit his website, In the Clouds.
Yvonne Chism-Peace's poem “2672 South Deacon Street, Detroit” was published in Poets Reading the News. In honor of Black History Month, the piece was inspired by efforts to preserve the historic home of the late civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.
Robert Ronnow's e-book Long As You're Living: Collected Poems 1972-2017 is available from his website.
R.T. Castleberry's poems “At the Interval, a Drink”, “The Body Acting Upon the Mind”, and “Vistas” were published in February in Misfit Magazine.
Christina Wilson's breast cancer memoir Chest Confessions is available from her website. A portion of the sale proceeds will be used to build a mentor program for young women in need of support and information for breast cancer. Read an interview with the author at Cancer Fashionista.
Gary Beck's one-act play Art is Long will be broadcast live from New Orleans on the web at www.wamf.org on Wednesday, March 20, from 10-11 p.m. (EST), by the Hercules Radio Players.
Published: March 11, 2019