I've had a lot of great recommendations lately from writers regarding writerly matters. Now it's time to pass them along to you:
Bette from the San Francisco Bay Area said she recently had the opportunity to hear Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, speak at Google. Bette highly recommends that other writers read Ms. Walker's blog for inspiration. Ms. Walker not only shares the thoughts that move her to write, but also generously shares her poetry along with parts of her many essays.
Carol Hides for No One
Carol Novack, New York City maven of the marvelous, multimedia Madhatters' Review will soon launch a three-city book tour of her fully illustrated poetry collection Giraffes in Hiding: the Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack (Spuyten Duyvil Press).
Carol published one of my wacky pieces and never fails to amaze with the freedom of her imagination, a highly -complimentary opinion reflected in this promotional blurb by Mary Mackey:
In “Giraffes in Hiding” Carol Novack proves once again that she is the all-time champion of wild, wigged out, original prose/ poetry and poetic prose. The first full-length collection of her work, subtitled “The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack,” is a feast of fusions, inventions, myths, dreams, forms, and possibilities. There’s no one like Novack, and here she is at her best as she chases her ontological tail round and round the intelligible, unknown worlds of her subconscious (and ours). Think Alice in Wonderland on acid simultaneously dancing with Tristan Tzara, Rimbaud, Oedipus, Pandora, Gertrude Stein, Proust, Kerouac, and that weird kid next door who ate all of the heads off your Barbie Dolls and you’ll begin to get a feel for what she’s up to.
Our PR Man Shows Us the Way
Our very own GGW member Ara Hagopian of the Boston Area once again shows us the way in how to get our work noticed. He recently sent a press packet to his local paper regarding The Singers on Live Old Radio, an addition to his growing collection of prints, each of which includes an essay about the work. His local paper picked up the piece, which resulted in a very nice article.
A senior marketing communications writer, Ara regularly applies his professional talents to his artistic endeavors by sending out dozens of polished press packets. More importantly, he then follows up to make sure the information has reached the appropriate person.
Mary Magazine Wants You
I recently received an email from Paul Barrett, managing editor of Mary Magazine, the online literary journal sponsored by Saint Mary's College of California's MFA in Creative Writing program. Paul said he's looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction to fill his winter 2010 issue.
Here are the specifics:
There is no fee to submit to Mary. Writers selected for standard publication are awarded $50. Those who are chosen for our Nouveau section, which is dedicated to emerging writers who have not yet been published, are not paid. Please visit www.maryjournal.org for more information and submission guidelines. When you’re ready to submit, send work to email@example.com. The deadline for our Winter issue is December 1, 2010. Thank you for your time. We look forward to reading your work!
New York Journal of Books
Lastly, not long ago I mentioned that writer Geri Spieler, author of Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford, is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. She recently sent an announcement that the publication has just launched its new website.
The writerly angle: The website includes submission guidelines for books you'd like to have reviewed. If you'd rather review, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And that's enough — more than enough — for now.