Dec. 28, 2010: The end of the year is nearly here, and I have several items of good news to catch up on from the past three months:
Most recently—on the solstice, in fact—my sonnet “Meditation” was accepted by Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, to appear in their next issue, due to be posted in January 2011. Check it out; it’s a soul-nourishing journal.
In November, my chapbook of 10 poems, Lake: And Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land, won the Standing Rock Cultural Arts 2010 Open Poetry Chapbook Competition! I’ve been working with editor Tina Puckett on final production details, and her professionalism and enthusiasm have been outstanding. This should be a classy product from what seems to be a classy organization. The chapbook is scheduled for release in February 2011.
In October, the title story of my short-story manuscript was accepted by The Pinch, an attractive and long-running journal based out of the University of Memphis. The galleys have been proofed, and everything looks great! This is due in their Spring 2011 print issue.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN the page to read my news updates for this year. To access updates for each year going back to 2006, when I first created this webpage, click on the links to the right.
Finally, in September, the longest (50 manuscript pages) and most in-depth essay I’ve yet written, “Ships in the Desert,” was accepted by New Madrid for a special theme issue on water. This is another attractive journal, run by Murray State University’s low-residency MFA Program. My work with their managing editor Jacque Day has also been superlative, and my essay will be accompanied by five striking black-and-white photographs by German photographer Kristian Walter. The galleys have been proofed; this is due in their upcoming Winter 2011 print issue.
May 13, 2010: I’m catching up on some older news here, but it’s very good news indeed: my short-story manuscript Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air was named a finalist [Top 7] in the New Rivers Press MVP Competition! This is a long-running (since 1981) and distinguished competition from a terrific university press, and obviously I’m thrilled with this honor.
April 14, 2010: My short story “Maps and Compasses” was recently named a finalist in the Summer Literary Seminars 2010 Unified Literary Contest in Fiction! The honor includes a partial scholarship to attend one of their highly regarded writing workshops, either in the beautiful city of Montreal, Canada, or the exotic country of Kenya in Africa. (Oooh, I would LOVE to attend one of these! Let’s see if we can make it happen…)
Jan. 16, 2010: I’m highly pleased to announce that my work has been recognized twice in the 2009 Soul-Making Literary Competition sponsored by National League of American Pen Women, Nob Hill, San Francisco Bay Area Branch.
My short story “A Husband and Wife Are One Satan” won the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize, while my essay “Itam” was an Honorable Mention for the Tara L. Masih Intercultural Essay Prize.
Writers from 25 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and British Columbia, Canada, placed (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) or were named honorable mention in the 12 categories of this national/international contest.
As a winner, I’ve been invited to read Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, Civic Center.