Subscriber News: September 2022
Congratulations to Tony Keith Jr. He recently signed a two-book deal with Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. How the Boogeyman Became a Poet, forthcoming in 2024, will be his memoir-in-verse about his journey from being a closeted teenager battling poverty, racism, and homophobia, to coming out and finding freedom in poetry in college. His poetry collection Knucklehead will be published in 2025. The author describes it as "a tender love letter from an openly gay Black man to Black men and boys everywhere." Visit his website for more of his work as a writer and educational emcee.
Congratulations to Katrina Roberts. Her full-color illustrated poetry collection, LIKENESS, is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. Terrance Hayes says of this collection, "I want to use these wonderful meta-fables and homemade fairy tales as poetry prompts." Lia Purpura praises these "glorious and magical...drawing/word conversations". Visit the author's website for her other books and news.
Congratulations to Annie Dawid. Her essay collection Put Off My Sackcloth (The Humble Essayist Press, 2021) was a finalist for the 2022 International Rubery Book Awards and the Book Excellence Awards. In other news, her story "Acts of Nature, Acts of God" was published in Shooter Literary Magazine, Issue #15. This issue's theme was "Out West".
Congratulations to Robbie Gamble. His poetry collection A Can of Pinto Beans (Lily Poetry Review Press, 2022) was a finalist for the New England Poetry Club's 2022 Jean Pedick Chapbook Prize. NEPC's award series gives prizes of $250 for books and poems in various categories by authors with strong ties to New England; the most recent submission period was April 1-May 31. Contest judge Shanta Lee Gander observed, "Within a moment of very real dislocation of many as it relates to the current realities of immigration, A Can Of Pinto Beans is timely and visceral that continues from the first poem we meet through to the end. With a combination of verse and forms that are prosaic, the reader is pulled in and forced to reckon with how we consider the conundrum of dislocation, survival, and what is forcibly taken or left behind as a result."
Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter will be reading at the Brattleboro Literary Festival with poet Quintin Collins on Saturday, October 15, at 2:30 pm at Epsilon Spires, 190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT.
Garret Keizer's short story "Raymond's Bar" was published in Baltimore Review (Summer 2022).
J Brooke's poem "The Day After Wikipedia Still Lists Her in Present Tense" was accepted by The Southampton Review. The poem is a tribute to fiction writer Melissa Bank, author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot, who passed away in August. Read an article about her literary legacy at Gawker.
Judy Juanita's book launch reading for her story collection The High Price of Freeways (Livingston Press, 2022) was profiled in July by Bay City News. Reporter Olivia Green wrote, "Juanita notes the community and culture that a diverse group of people contribute to in cities like Oakland. Despite that, residents can have a complicated relationship with the Bay, Juanita noted. Living here is not perfect. The realities of gentrification have pushed many in the Black community into other cities." The collection chronicles changes in the Black experience in Oakland from the Great Migration to today. Kirkus Reviews calls this book "a compelling and challenging collection of tales that will entice readers." Barbara Riddle at Atticus Review says, "Now is the time in our overheated, fraught culture for a calm, wise voice like hers to be more widely heard."
Duane L. Herrmann has several publications to report. His poem "Curious Task" appeared in Spillwords in July. His article "Barbara Ehrsam and the Bahá'î Faith in Kansas: 1868-1924" was published in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains (Summer 2022). His essay "How a Special Doll Affected Our Family" appeared at BahaiTeachings.org. "To Be a Writer" was posted at StoryCommons. Adirondack Center for Writing and Carrot Ranch blog both posted three of his responses to their weekly prompts.
Rick Lupert's 26th book, the travel-themed poetry collection I Am Not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii, was released in August by Ain't Got No Press. Read two poems from this book at Dashboard Horus.
R.T. Castleberry's poems "We Measure Afternoons in Smoke", "Waiting Blind", and "'All I Had Was Gone'" were published in Literary Yard.
Carol D. Marsh's essay "I'm Sorry, Monica: #MeToo, Monica and Me" will be broadcast on PenDust Radio online starting on September 22. Visit her website to learn more about her pro-democracy newsletter and her memoir about working with AIDS patients.
Published: September 6, 2022