Subscriber News: September 2018
Congratulations to Sarah Kornfeld. Her debut novel, What Stella Sees, was published in August by Cove International Publishers. This literary novel follows an brilliant, epileptic young woman as she struggles with her artistic parents' expectations, tests a virtual reality cure based on her visions of the ocean, and falls in love with another disabled man.
Congratulations to Charlie Bondhus. His third full-length poetry collection, Divining Bones, is now available from Sundress Publications, with original cover art by fine art photographer Kevin Hinkle. The guardian spirit of this collection is Baba Yaga, the forest witch of Eastern European legend. He kindly shares a sample poem here.
Congratulations to Barbara de la Cuesta. Her novella Rosa (Brain Mill Press, 2017) was the Gold Winner in the Multicultural Realistic Fiction category of the 2018 Human Relations Indie Book Awards. This contest was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding indie authors who write on human relations topics ranging from relationship issues, personal journeys and self-reflection to professional human relations topics. From the book blurb: “Darkly witty and compulsively readable, Barbara de la Cuesta's novella lets us into the private life and secret thoughts of Rosa, an undocumented home health aide grappling with menopause and her unruly body, unexpected romance, grown children who alternately worry her and fill her with pride, and how life is confronting her with everything she has ever denied herself or hidden away from.”
Congratulations to Ken Allan Dronsfield. His poem “With Charcoal Black, Version III” won the 2018 Nature Poetry Contest from Realistic Poetry International. He received $300, a certificate, and a Gold Freedom Medal. Their current poetry contest, Perspectives of Love, is open through October 15 with a $500 prize. In other news, Ken's new poetry collection, Zephyr's Whisper: Poems and Parables of a Seasonal Pretense, and Warriors with Wings, an anthology he co-edited with Michael Lee Johnson, are now available from Amazon.
Congratulations to Geoffrey Heptonstall. His novel Heaven's Invention was published in 2017 by Black Wolf Edition & Publishing, a small press in Scotland. Two of his essays on writing were also published this year: “A Scattering of Influences” appeared in Fiction Southeast (May 2018) and “What Is Hidden Cannot Be Loved” appeared in The Montréal Review (February 2018).
Congratulations to Gary Beck. His military thriller Crumbling Ramparts was published in August by Gnome on Pig Productions. The sequel to his novel Call to Valor, this book sends Marine Major Sam Hanson on a mission to free US soldiers held captive by ISIS in Iraq. His short story collection Dogs Don't Send Flowers was published in September by Wordcatcher Publishing.
Congratulations to William Luvaas. The short film “Welcome to Saint Angel”, based on his recently released novel of the same name, won the Best Adapted Screenplay category of the 2018 Golden State Film Festival. The film was written by William and produced by Lucinda Luvaas. From the blurb: “Welcome to Saint Angel is a dead-serious comedy about development gone mad and a rural community's battle to stop unscrupulous developers and drought deniers from turning their beloved high-desert home into a suburban nightmare. A David versus Goliath story for the 21st Century.”
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her story “The Locked Box in My Closet” won second prize in the Summer 2018 London Independent Story Prize. Read an interview with her on the sponsor's blog. The next deadline for this quarterly contest for flash fiction, with a top prize of 200 pounds, will be November 16. In other news, her poems “The Art of Blacking Out”, “Pornography of the Mute”, and “Familial Dysautonomia” will appear in the first issue of Ache, a UK-based literary journal.
Donna Baier Stein will be reading with Dawn Raffel and Rebecca Entel at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 17, at KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, New York City, as a “Bookend” event during the week of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Visit the websites of The Writers Circle and American Writers and Artists Institute to find the workshops she is teaching this fall.
Gail Thomas and Kathleen Shewman will be reading their poetry in the Gallery of Readers series at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, at Seelye Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Gail will also be teaching a workshop on “Publishing Your Poems” from 1:00-4:00 pm at Commons Coworking, 16 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA, through the Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop.
Tom Knemeyer's flash fiction “Squish” was posted at HubPages.
R.T. Castleberry's poems “Pleasures of the Street”, “A New Routine”, and “The Winter Alliance” were published in the 20th anniversary issue of Unlikely Stories. His poem “To Perish” appeared in The Rye Whiskey Review.
Fred “Mickey” Finn's memoir Slip Yourself a Mickey Finn is available as a Kindle e-book or from eBay as a limited-edition hardcover bundle with 15 CDs and two DVDs of his Dixieland jazz and nightclub performances.
Mary Lou Taylor's poem “Lot's Wife”, a poem from her Genesis suite, will be published this fall in the 2018 annual print issue of Caesura, the journal of the Poetry Center San Jose.
Published: September 7, 2018