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Last night, I got some miraculous news from Kristi, Editor-in-Chief at Chantwood Magazine.
You see, I had printed some poems for a spoken word event at a local wine-bar-jazz-joint call Riley's on the Square.
One of the poems was titled 'Brave.' It was slightly more revealing than I usually write, and I almost left it at home. Nah, I thought. I'll bring it along and read it if the crowd seems receptive.
Then the miracle happened.
I was sitting at a red light outside the venue, monsoon rain falling like meteors on my sensible Japanese SUV, checking my e-mail. I scrolled past the usual garbage and landed on a response from Chantwood Magazine. Kristi wanted to publish TWO of my poems in July. One of them was 'Brave.'
Thunder crashed like a miracle smacking me in the forehead from a God who knows how dense I am.
You better believe I read 'Brave' at the event. The small crowd liked it. And it stopped raining.
This was scraped off the live feed, sorry for the quality.
"In anything, there has to be that moment of fasting, really, in order to enjoy the feast."
It's feasting time at the luxurious Kulptopia Writer's Retreat (my basement office). After a recent hungry period of almost daily rejections, the seeds have finally delivered a crop.
A few months ago, I was invited to submit a story to Z Publishing's 'America's Emerging Writers' anthology. That alone was noteworthy since I usually send my work unsolicited. Today, I received my pre-release copy that includes one of my favorite short stories. No edits were needed, so I sent it speedily back for publication.
Z Publishing transitioned into book publishing "in response to the major problem currently plaguing the publishing world: For writers, finding new readers can be tremendously difficult, and for readers, finding new talented authors with whom they identify is like searching for a needle in a haystack."
I will provide a link soon, and I hope you'll consider buying a copy. Stay tuned.
The wise and discerning editors (love ya Jessi!) at Folded Word will be publishing one of my poems in their inaugural "Solstice Series Selections."
I am thrilled to be among the nine writers picked to be "the pioneers of what we are now planning to do more intentionally for upcoming winter & summer solstices."
Folded Word is "dedicated to exploring the world, one voice at a time. We publish chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, travel narrative, translation, and literary essay. We also publish single poems, short stories, and essays on this blog."
Stay tuned for a link to "A Tall One" coming on June 21 2018.
Mark Woodard, a cool dude who has proven you can get hired at a library without the obligatory shushing scowl, honored me recently with an invitation to participate in a "Local Author Day" to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Each branch in the Gwinnett county library system will be doing this, and I shall be holding forth at the Snellville Branch. I will ensure that my security team allows you close enough for a look at my gleaming tiara.
The exact times and format are still in the planning stages; it might be a book chat, Q&A, reading, or a mashup of everything - a literary gumbo.