Subscriber News: November 2015
Congratulations to Winning Writers contest judge Ellaraine Lockie. Her chapbook Love Me Tender in Midlife was released in October 2015 as part of the anthology IDES from Silver Birch Press. IDES is a collection of 15-page poetry chapbooks by 15 different authors, illustrated with the paintings of Amedeo Modigliani. In other news, her poem "Censured at Seattle's Best" was featured on the Silver Birch Press website in September.
Congratulations to V. Jane Schneeloch. Her book of nature poetry, Turning Over Leaves, was recently published by Antrim House Books. Read sample poems here. Pat Schneider, founder of the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists workshops, says of this collection: "V. Jane Schneeloch has given us a celebration of trees and their intimate companions—squirrels, hydrangeas, earthworms and human lovers of the green world...In at least one poem Schneeloch takes us into darker places, the cutting of logs as a metaphor for the cutting of the human body in breast cancer surgery. It is just enough of darkness to cause us to hunger for the light, for the dance of leaves."
Congratulations to Akua Lezli Hope, whose poem "Metis Emits" won first prize in the Short Poems category of the 2015 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest, and F.J. Bergmann, who won the Dwarf and Long Poems categories for "Anomaly" and "Transference", respectively. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to $100 in each category, was August 31.
Congratulations to Mi West. His story "Concert Postponed" placed in the top three in the 2015 Writer Advice Flash Prose Contest. The most recent deadline for this contest, with prizes up to $200, was April 21. His story "A Look Over the Hill. The Unbearable Lightness of Skiing" won an honorable mention in the 2015 Tiferet Writing Contest. The most recent deadline was June 1 for this contest from an ecumenical spiritual magazine, with prizes of $500 apiece for poetry, fiction, and essays. His essay "Faraway Encounter" was published in September in the "Our Stories" section of the website The Write Place at the Write Time.
Congratulations to Tricia McCallum. Her poem "How Things Happen" won an honorable mention in the Goodreads monthly poetry contest for September 2015. Goodreads is a free social network for sharing book reviews and recommendations. Members can enter their contest for a chance to be published in their monthly newsletter. Visit Tricia's regular contributors' page at Micropoetry.com, a site for sharing poems that are "short enough for Twitter and SMS".
Congratulations to William Luvaas. His novel Beneath the Coyote Moon will be published in 2016 by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, a literary press in New York City. Visit this prizewinning author's website to learn about his other novels and short story collections.
Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter's flash essay "Why I Write" was posted October 28 at bestselling novelist Warren Adler's new website Writers of the World, an archive of personal stories about the creative process. Her poems "Don't Get Your Penis Stuck in the Bubble Wand" and "Lower East Side Playground, 1974, 2014" were published in the premiere issue of Cog, the online multimedia journal of Cogswell Polytechnical College.
Winning Writers contest judge Arthur Powers's poetry chapbook Edgewater (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was favorably reviewed in October in Indiana Voice Journal. Reviewer Janine Pickett wrote: "Culled from his travels across the Heartland and his memories about the life he knows and loves, he captures a spirit of people and place through the use of wit, imagery, observation, and compression. The poems are not long but they are dynamic. They remind me of little temples containing big revelations."
Robin Coste Lewis was interviewed about her poetry on the PEN American Center website in October for their "PEN Ten" Series. Her collection Voyage of the Sable Venus, a meditation on the black female figure in history, was published this year by Knopf Doubleday.
Judy Juanita's essay "Report from the Front: Berkeley, CA" was published in October at The Weeklings. The essay shows how the famously liberal city is nonetheless not immune from racism in everyday incidents.
J. Paul Cooper's short story "The Poodle and the Golfer" was published in the Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue #20.
James Beach and Robert Dart had a one-act play, "The Poetaster", published in Blue Monday Review, Vol. 2 Issue #2 (May 2015). Blue Monday Review is a quarterly magazine of prose, poetry, and art in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut. James's essay "Star-struck" will be published in Litro Magazine.
Annie Dawid's award-winning essay "All Thy Waves", a memoir of depression during pregnancy, was published in abridged form in the e-book Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness.
Nancy Shiffrin's poetry collection The Vast Unknowing is now available from Infinity Publishing. Read her sample poem "At the Writers' Retreat" on the bookseller's website. Her book of love poems, Game with Variations, is available from Shop My Books. Shiffrin is a prizewinning poet, critic, and essayist who studied under Anaïs Nin. For more sample work and information on her readings and workshops, visit Book That Poet.
Lesléa Newman's essay "Always a Crossword Between Us", about her late mother's passion for the New York Times puzzles, was published in the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith. Her new picture book My Name is Aviva was recently published by Kar-Ben Books. It is the story of a young Jewish girl who is teased for her ethnic name but learns to be proud of her ancestors.
Published: November 10, 2015