Stephanie Deal grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s. "My father was full blooded Native-American: Tohono O'odham, and I have never laid eyes upon him. My mother is a gentle woman who never deserved to be treated as the world saw fit. I learned to read for the first time when I was ten years old; I took to it like a fish to water. Books are one of my greatest joys, followed only by my husband and my children. I have made many mistakes in my life, and for it I have suffered. But I have survived and persevered, and am better for that suffering. I write about a number of topics, but closest to my heart is the topic of surviving domestic violence." Stephanie is currently attending college to become a teacher. This is her first publication.
Caroline Malone was born and lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Her forthcoming poetry collection Dark Roots explores the meaning of family, heritage, and identity.
Frannie McMillan’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Coachella Review, Broken Bridge Review, Front Range, and others. She is currently at work on her first chapbook, A Map of Beautiful Things.
John Berry is a native Virginia poet writing from his home in the Shenandoah Valley. John has published two books of poetry, Wobbly Man (Red Dashboard Press, 2016) and Medicine (Foothills Publishing, 2017). John hosts The Sock Drawer Poetry Series on WinLife TV, and is working on his next book, The Lawnmower Poems to be released in late 2018.
oral lore was decanted,
the sediment disturbed, distributed,
by hasty men.
Until, women, who were uninvited,
came anyway, respirate,
aerating the narrative....
Georgia Dennison was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and now resides in Montana where she is an MFA candidate and writing instructor at the University of Montana. She hosts the Second Wind Reading Series and is a poetry editor for Cutbank Literary magazine. Her work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review.
Lauren McKenzie Reed received her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, where she taught for six years. She also has an MA in TESOL and, in addition to teaching and publishing, she has studied and worked in several countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, Mali, and Germany.
"As Gertrude gazed at Clay in his dress uniform on the dresser, grainy and dead, she thought of war. Vague armies clashed in her mind. She remembered a painting she’d seen once at the museum; Napoleon’s horse reared, his red cape flowing like blood as he cried the charge. Trumpets sounded from the far reaches of her dreams, and Jericho fell, somewhere far away. She didn’t look at the photograph often, though it was always there, beside the gold pocket watch hanging under a glass dome with a grooved wooden base. As soon as she’d opened her eyes some moments earlier, she’d known the date. It was June 1st, a Sunday, the same date and day of the week it had been sixty-seven years earlier when she married Clay Strickland, a year home from the war...."
C.M. Chapman has appeared in Cheat River Review, Limestone, Dark Mountain in the U.K., and the anthology, So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut. He is the author of the chapbook, Music and Blood, from Latham House Press, and his novel-in-stories, Suicidal Gods, is tentatively scheduled for release by Unsolicited Press in October of 2019. He is a graduate of the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of English.
Stipe Odak was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and currently lives in Bruxelles. Art, theology, social sciences, divided in equal parts of profession and fun, beat the rhythm of his everyday life. He graduated Comparative Literature, Sociology, Theology in Croatia and Belgium, and published two books of poems.
Congratulations to Erica Plouffe Lazure!
Two of Erica's flash stories made the long and short lists for the London Independent Story Prize!
Check out the winners of The London Independent Story Prize 2nd Q. and read their wonderful stories!
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet and novelist. She’s the author of seven collections of poetry including the forthcoming Savagery, the forthcoming Constellations of My Body, the forthcoming Drag Me Through the Mess, as well as Secret-Telling Bones, Orygun, What Makes an Always, and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. She’s been awarded numerous poet-in-residencies posts, including positions at Hosking Houses Trust and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Paris Lit Up in France, and the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, NM. Jessica is the recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund in Poetry. She is the owner of a multi-award winning writing services business, MehtaFor, and is the founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement. Visit Jessica’s author site at www.jessicatynermehta.com.
"My mother tells me that my emotions are fast and fleeting, altering the constants of calm and content that she understands to be me. I slam doors and I cry, I harm with intention, and I fragment myself to stay intact.
In South Carolina, the South, my home, humid summer days meander endlessly on, and thunderstorms fragment time. Tablespoon raindrops wash away all memories of the day’s existence before the rain, and a cool calm settles as the storm passes...."
Since writing this piece, Cumi Ikeda has moved from the Pacific Northwest to Pittsburgh, where she feels a bit more at home with the rain. There, she teaches nonfiction and wonders about poetry. "
Must Read K'in Poetry!
Monty Campbell, Jr. is a citizen of the Cayuga Tribe of the Iroquois Six Nations. He lives in Seneca Falls, NY, where he write’s recipes, poems and works for his tribe. Monty has worked as a chef for many years in NY, Montana and Utah, but now lives the quiet life on Cayuga Lake and his ancestral homelands. He was raised on and around the Cattaraugus reservation and in Rochester, NY’s inner city. Monty’s poetry appears in literary journals such as paces Lit Mag; Amerinda’s Talking Stick; Yellow Medicine Review; and in both volumes of Native anthology Was Indian (Before Being Indian Was Cool). His book Large Dent in the Moon, is a part of Foothills Publishing’s Re-Matriation Chapbook Series of Indigenous Poetry.
"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique.
With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:...."
Read Vonnegut's Excellent Advice Here on Gotham Writers
"May Sarton liked to listen to music when she worked, but only eighteenth-century music. "I find that the romantics don't work for me," she said. "I love them to listen to, but not to work with" (quoted in Saum 1986, 97). Other writers come alive at particular times of the day or night. Katherine Anne Porter said she preferred "to get up very early in the morning and work. I don't want to speak to anybody or see anybody. Perfect silence" (quoted in Murray 1983, 29)...."
"The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication, and reading to an audience can all be triggers. Fear is neither good nor bad—it’s simply an emotional weather vane that lets us know where we are meeting or anticipating challenge.
Fear becomes a problem when we do (or don’t do) something to try to avoid feeling it. And this is what too many of us are in the habit of doing. For example, if we let the fear of rejection prevent us from pitching or querying or submitting, we are ensuring that we’ll never realize our aspirations. Even worse, we’re reinforcing fear’s position as captain of our craft. But when we consciously work with fear, we can actually harness this energy source in ways that support our writing goals and enhance our writing experience. Here are 10 ways to do it....."
From The Balance:
"...three editors and former editors, from HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin's Press, reflect on how those decisions get made, the state of the industry, and what they're are looking for. ..."
Good morning from K'in!
From The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
One must have a mind of winter....
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.