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Congratulations to Gladys! The current (April) issue of Manhattan Magazine, the popular general magazine, features the poetry of Gladys Justin Carr in its Arts Section. Carr's work was solicited by the magazine's Literary Editor, Taylor Plimpton (son of George), and is on newsstands now.

Joan Gelfand writes about what matters: environment, the economic crisis, meditation practice, family and love, but not necessarily in that order. Gelfand is a San Francisco Bay Area poet whose work inhabits that space between dreams and realizes the world of activism through art. Her latest collection, THE LONG BLUE ROOM, includes the award-winning "Ferlinghetti School of Poetics," "Paris Kisses," "5AM," and "I Know Why Sylvia Plath Put Her Head In The Oven." With poetry drawn from the canvas of an imaginative, quirky and curious mind, Gelfand paints a picture of a global community that while in the throes of economic and environmental crises, still yearns for love and deep connections.
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Check out Peter Obourn on CRACK THE SPINE's Weekly Wordsmith.
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Check out FORGE's review of Mark Belair's poetry book NIGHT WATCH.
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Melissa Pheterson's collection of seven short stories intertwines comic tension verging on the absurd with honest, raw pathos. From the swallowed hurt of early marriage ("Under His Nose," "Sweetbreads") to the searing yet poignant ironies of parenthood ("Go, Fight, Win, Attack," "Choking Up"), these slice-of-life stories explore the shifting, often clashing roles of mothers, daughters and wives who struggle to do right by their family even as their sense of certainty, and sanity, collapses into chaos. "These are stories driven by vivid characters evoked with vibrant narrative voices, pithy dialogue, and rich description. Update Philip Roth's characters by 50 years and with a female perspective, and you have 'Under His Nose,' which is just as entertaining as 'Goodbye, Columbus,'" says Mark Spencer, author of A HAUNTED LOVE STORY.
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"Julia Wendell's TAKE THIS SPOON is an absolutely ingenious collection, melding recipes for the kitchen with poems reflecting upon family life--and it's nothing less than delicious. The shifting constellations of parents and children, the insistent place of food in our domestic dynamics, all of the fruits of the earth and the fruits of our families, these are the currency of Julia Wendell's exciting and moving new book. The conversational ease of these poems allows us a truly remarkable intimacy with the poet. Trust me; this is a book to read slowly, savoring every page." – David St. John
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Congratulations to Nancy Dugan! Her short story "Flowers Scarcely Withered" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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Congratulations to Cecile Barlier! Her short story "A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Rebound Books
1611 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Donna and Zara Raab will read from their new collections.
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Congratulations to Jed Myers for his Pushcart Prize nomination for "Crossing Bone River" from Cascadia Review.
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Congratulations to Jon Pearson for his Pushcart Prize nomination for his piece "Invisible as God" by The Citron Review.
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2013 Peter K. Hixson Honorable Mention Rachel Landrum Crumble has two poems forthcoming in Stickman Review.

Mark Belair's new chapbook, NIGHT WATCH, has just been published by Finishing Line Press. Its 19 linked poems chronicle, in diary form, the loss of a loved one. While the subject is grim, the poems are not; rather, they are even-tempered, plainspoken, affectionate, accepting. Each poem serves the single narrative as it details one of the emotional steps along this commonplace yet ever difficult passage.
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A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of Dee’s father. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is Dee’s own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? Sydney Avey's THE SHEEP WALKER’S DAUGHTER pairs a colorful immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for spiritual identity and personal fulfillment.


Release date: December 3, 2013
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Check out writer (and client) Lynne Huffer’s collaboration with artist Jennifer Yorke. You can see the mockups of Huffer’s “Wading Pool” and “Sleeping Sickness” on the portfolio page below. A hand screen print on fine paper will be finished in summer 2013.
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MARK BELAIR is a drummer and percussionist based in New York City. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Fulcrum, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The South Carolina Review, and The Sun. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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Congratulations to Mark Belair on the release of his poetry collection, WHILE WE'RE WAITING. Order your copy from Amazon today!
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Hurrah! Carl Auerbach's poem, "The Goddess of Remarriage," was nominated by Brink for the Pushcart Prize.
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Let's give a standing ovation to Paula Bernett! Her poem, "Piano Lesson," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Three cheers for Mary Bess Dunn! Her story, "Under A Different Sun," has been nominated by Gertrude Press for the Pushcart Prize!
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Tara Hall announces the release of her e-book SURRENDER TO ME, a novel about a former aristocrat turned lowly vampire who encounters another potential victim—the difference this time is he falls in love. Buy Now!

She’s also happy that “The Origin of Fear,” a story about four college friends who mount an expedition to an abandoned island estate infamous for mysterious deaths, can be found in SPELLBOUND 2011. Check It Out!
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Andrey Gritsman co-hosts the Intercultural Poetry Series at Cornelia Street Cafe.
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Robert C. Hargreaves’ e-book, Mr. Bob the Chicken Engineer, is now available on Kindle. Few Americans have ever worked and lived at the village level in Viet Nam. Bob's ticket into the villages was chickens.
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Dennis Must's story QUEEN ESTHER appears in Michigan State University's recent Red Cedar Review, a retrospective that celebrates 45 years of literary and artistic contributions selected from over 244 issues, commencing with Volume 1, 1963. The piece originally ran in Volume 35 Issue 2, 2000.
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Tropical Depression, by Rosary Hartel O'Neill, is a romantic woman's novel that tells the story of a wealthy student/housewife who runs off with a college professor only to be caught by a hurricane in a Louisiana swamp. The book is only $2.99!
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Alan Meyrowitz participated in a poetry reading at the Manayunk Arts Center in Pennsylvania. The event was held to mark the publication of the Spring 2011 issue of the SCHUYLKILL VALLEY JOURNAL, which included Alan's poem, "You Are No Sentimentalist."

WILD MERCY, a poetry collection by Donna Emerson (Finishing Line Press, 2011). 'WILD MERCY is nature and family' a dovetail of relationships that merge and separate: girlhood to parenthood, to the frailties of age, and hospital rooms. Emerson's poetry awakens our memories of family, experience, loss. The first horse ride, a late pregnancy, an old barn, a river and dance with I.V. in tow. Liberally sprinkled with unexpected images, these are lovely poems to savor and then read again? - CB Follett (author of And Freddie Was My Darling). Order now and reserve a copy!
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Robert Guard's poem,”Ghostwriter,” recently appeared in Amoskeag. Robert writes: “So here I am paging through my comp copy of Amoskeag, checking out the work, and I come across a small poem by Donald Hall. And I start to notice that there are a lot of really good poets in the book. I look in back at the contributors list and there are bios with Pushcart Prizes and National Endowments for the Arts grants. And I am truly humbled. Really. Do I belong in here with these poets? Well, I am here. And my friends at Writer's Relief keep telling me I'm good, so hey, who am I to argue?”

Let's hear it for Rosalia Scalia whose poem "You'll Do Fine" has been selected by Willow Review as one of the Willow Review Award recipients for the Spring 2011 issue!

The editors at Willow Review have chosen Sr. Elizabeth Wagner's poem "Goldenrod Days" as one of the Willow Review Award recipients for the Spring 2011 issue! Congratulations, Sr. Elizabeth!

Tracy DeBrincat's novel Hollywood Buckaroo recently received the 2011 Big Moose Fiction Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press. Her story Badass was awarded the 2011 Tusculum Review Prize. Her debut story collection, Moon Is Cotton & She Laugh All Night (Subito Press) was a finalist for a 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award.
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Alice Pero founded and hosts the prestigious reading, "Moonday" in Village Books, Pacific Palisades, CA, with readings on the second Monday of every month. Check out monthly features at the "Moonday" website.
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Andrey Gritsman has been nominated by Cervená Barva Press for the William Carlos Williams Award sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. Andre is also a featured poet in Connotation Press's Issue IV, Volume II.
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Anthony J. Mohr has co-authored California Paralegal Manual: Civil Trials and Evidence, which was just published by Thomson Reuters.
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Christy Ferrato has been nominated by Minnetonka Review for the Best New Poets (2010) anthology and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Don't Let Go [by Gay Baines] is a collection of poems that has a little bit of everything: the countryside, the village, and the city, particularly Buffalo, NY. Buffalo is in part urban, part pastoral, a place where one never forgets that nature invades everywhere, sometimes in glory, sometimes in turmoil. In this wonderful collection, the author questions the existence of "Peace" after four wars. Meanwhile, inhibitions run wild in "The Rapturous Grass." One day in "November 1944," tragedy strikes when least expected. Readers can find other memorable poetic pieces as they immerse in Don't Let Go.
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Read a new profile of writer Joanne Weck in the NEA's This Active Life magazine. Also, her story "Hitchhiker" won first prize in the Literary Magic Online Journal Conest! Go Joanne!
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Loren Stephens has been selected to be a member of the Advisory Board of “Memoir and,” a northern California based literary journal.

Pamela Davis was a semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award (Nimrod) for "Wallow Variations and others," a finalist for the Arts & Letters Prize ("Les Vieilles" and others), and an International Publication Prize Winner for "Nobody's Business But Ours” from the Atlanta Review. Go Pamela!

Kathleen Glassburn, the managing editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review, announces the latest issue of WWR, which features work by Annie Proulx, Robin Curtiss, and more.
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Patricia Faith Polak’s poem "Some Irreparable Loss" (published by Southern Humanities Review in 2009) has been chosen as the opening poem for the SHR’s new podcast series. Visit the site to hear Patricia’s poem!
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A feature about writer Donnelle McGee appears in the Santa Clara Weekly. Go Donnelle!
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PRAIRIE DOG BLUES, a novel by Mark Conkling (Sunstone Press, February 2011). PRAIRIE DOG BLUES burrows into the human condition and into that misty spiritual place between animals and people, a story revealing tragedy, comedy, and drama, lighting up the struggle of living with others. Buffeted by an unseen spirit of nature, an Albuquerque family fights, suffers, grows, and transforms, as prairie dogs scamper up out of their holes and affect each one.
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Writer's Relief thanks George Scott for the wonderful write-up about Writer's Relief on his Web site! He writes: "Don’t despair, for help is available. Quite capable help in the form of www.WritersRelief.com. They have excellent and affordable services. They helped me to publish the two literary short stories...that are excerpted on this blog, and I’m sure they’ll help me with my future work."
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