Subscriber News: October 2019
Winning Writers Editor Jendi Reiter was the featured poet for October 2019 at The Raw Art Review. New poems appearing in this feature were "Liars", "What Little Girls Are", "My Accounting", "Rattlesnake vs. Secretary Bird", and "93 Minutes of Darkness", along with selected reprints from their chapbooks Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and Barbie at 50 (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). The editors said, "We love the innovative use of language and form, the novel and intriguing ideas, the rich interwoven imagery and the surprising and revealing progression and movement throughout the poems." In other news, Jendi will be teaching a writing workshop on making oracle cards to overcome creative blocks at The Haus of Ollom Experience, a two-day multimedia festival sponsored by Ollom Movement Art on Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, at Ripley-Grier Studios, 305 West 38th Street (off 8th Avenue), New York City. Jendi's workshop is scheduled for 4:00-5:45 on November 9. Choreographer and founder John Ollom says, "This one-of-a-kind art event features a series of participatory workshops from a variety of mediums that provides a safe place for attendees to take risks and discover their authentic creative self. Gain insights into the artistic process and receive guidance to your own creative experience."
Congratulations to Mark Scheel. His story collection And Eve Said Yes will be published October 15 by Waldorf Publishing. These stories feature characters wrestling with life challenges against the backdrop of various world religions. In other news, Mark's poem "Rain" appeared in the anthology Universal Oneness edited by Vivekanand Jha. The book showcases 360 poets from 60 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe. Mark tells Winning Writers, "Thanks for all the great work you do with your site to help us aspiring writers out here."
Congratulations to Kathleen Lynch. Her poetry collection Lucky Witness was published in March by Blue Light Press. Poet Lynne Knight says of this book, "Kathleen Lynch has a wild imagination and a gift for language as nuanced as it is musical...Lynch loves life so acutely that the borders between the living and the dead disappear." In other news, her short story "Song for the Penny Man" won the 2019 Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest and was published on the magazine's website. The most recent deadline for this $500 prize was March 1. Her poem "Abracadabra", which was first published in Tule Review, won a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Read about it here.
Congratulations to Carol Smallwood. Her poetry collection Chronicles in Passing is now available from Poetic Matrix Press.
Congratulations to Jeff Walt. His poetry collection Leave Smoke is now available from Gival Press. Poet Patrick Donnelly says of this book, "Jeff Walt's wonderful poems tell unforgettable stories of the exasperating, heartbreaking, tomcat screw-ups among us, whom we're never able to shoo away from the screen door of our heart—mostly because they are us, we are them." Visit Jeff's website to find out more.
Congratulations to David W. Berner. His essay collection Walks With Sam: A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening will be published in 2020 by John Hunt Publishing, a British press. A new edition of his novel Night Radio will be released this fall by Writer Shed Press. From the publisher's website: "Jake Mulholland dreams of becoming the next great rock 'n' roll radio personality. But like his father, his appetite for love conflicts with his thirst for success, leading to an unforgivable mistake...Night Radio is a love letter to music and rock 'n' roll radio of the 1970s, the story of an American boy and an American family, and of dreams just out of our reach."
Winning Writers contest judge Ellen LaFlèche's book launch for her debut full-length poetry collection, Walking into Lightning (Saddle Road Press), will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 1:30-3:30 pm in the community room of Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. See event details here.
The Poet Spiel a/k/a the artist Tom Taylor has licensed his artwork for upscale women's clothing designs at Art-A-Porter. Featured products include leggings, scarves, and shirts.
Emily Rose Cole's poem "What Makes a Pearl", first published in the Minnesota Review in 2018, was featured in September in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry column, #757.
Bracha Nechama Bomze will be a featured reader at 2019 PEN America Women: New Work, the annual members' showcase of PEN's writing workshop for women. The event will take place on Thursday, November 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York City. PEN members of all genders who wish to participate in the open mic portion of the event should email Jan Castro and bring a short (1/2–1 page) original work to share. See Bracha's website for her Jewish lesbian memoir in verse, Love Justice (3Ring Press).
Dean Kostos will be reading from his new memoir The Boy Who Listened to Paintings (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019) on Sunday, October 20, at 5:00 PM, at the Bureau of General Studies–Queer Division bookstore, 208 W. 13th Street, Room 210, New York City. The event, titled "Poetry and Memoir: The Transformative Power of Art", also features Alan Baxter reading from his latest poetry collection, A Second of Eternity (Westwood Books, 2019).
Published: October 7, 2019