Monday, April 21, 2014

South85 Looking for Submissions

The excellent Converse College Low-Residency MFA online journal, South85 is reading submissions through April 30, so you’ve got just enough time to squeak in. They’re looking for poetry, creative non-fiction essays, short stories, and visual art.

Information about the journal:

And here’s a wonderful story by one of my friends, writer Rachel Hall:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Job Opening for Arts Administrator

I loved my time on residency last spring at the KHN Center, so I know this would be an amazing job for the right person! (Read more about the KHN Center here:

Employment Opportunity

The KHN Center thus has an immediate opening for Program Director position to manage the operations of its artist-in-residence program. The Center's year-round program hosts 60 artists, writers and composers annually and mounts 6 exhibitions throughout the year. It is located in the center of historic Nebraska Cityapproximately 130 miles north of Kansas City and 50 miles south of Omaha.

A successful candidate will be a creative, energetic individual with a passion for supporting artists and promoting art in Nebraska and beyond. Applicants must be dedicated to teamwork with strong organizational skills, excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills as well as marketing experience and a familiarity for design software, computer technology and artwork conservation. Requirements include an advanced degree in visual art or arts administration (MFA, MA) and relocation to Nebraska City. The position will not carry fundraising duties.

The Center is fully funded by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc. This position reports to the Center’s Board of Directors and the Kimmel Foundation’s Board President.

Email a letter of interest and a resume that includes education and work history in electronic file format (PDF or Word document) to Applicants determined to be viable candidates will receive, via email, follow up documents with details about the position. No telephone calls accepted.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Curry Butter Shrimp!

(Oh yes...I'm pretty sure it was a mistake getting this smart phone and now signing up for Instagram! This is just the tip of the iceberg....)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our "Mad Men" Menu

Steve and I are excited about the return of “Mad Men” on Sunday night. Naturally, there has to be special menu for the night, and we’ve been using this cookbook as our planning guide.  Looks like we’ll be having:


Shrimp Curry Butter Canapes (inspired by the Rockefeller Fundraiser episode)

Wedge Salad (inspired by the Palm, perhaps the chophouse where Don and Roger charmed the Madison Square Garden account guys)

Trudy’s Ribeye in the Pan (back when Trudy was worried about making Pete happy)
Sauteed Mushrooms (I'm free-lancing this one)

Faye Miller’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (the bribe Dr. Faye Miller brings to aid her focus group presentation)

Read an excerpt from the book here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Dirty Underbelly of Cyber-Reviews

The Horror Writers of America (HWA) are requesting that Amazon make changes to its book review and commenting policies, primarily requesting an end to anonymous reviews:

[HWA President Rocky] Wood explained that the online retailer’s policy should be reinforced to prevent what HWA describes as inappropriate reviews, or those that --indicate the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample. --include spoilers that, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work. --include negative personal remarks about the author.  --are focused on the work’s price rather than its content. The letter comes after some of the association’s members raised the issue of the impact that commenting abuse can have on authors and publishers selling their work on Amazon.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Read This Poem!

National Poetry Month continues at Redux…I’m so pleased to present “Solstice,” a beautiful poem by Richard Foerster.  (Redux is the online journal of previously published work not available elsewhere on the internet.)  Be sure to read the “story behind the poem” to see how a long-ago job at a dictionary company influenced the writing of this poem 40 years later!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Two New Stories Published!!

Oh, what a rush of excitement, to have two new stories out at once!  I believe I could definitely get used to this….

“I Am the Widow” is published online, for free, right here, in a fabulous journal called r.kv.r.y.  The story is short, but it’s rather relentless (to use one of my favorite words for intense writing), so my feelings won’t be hurt (much) if you decide to skip it. 

The opening:

Just like at any movie or TV funeral, his casket gets put up front, set under specially focused lighting, parenthesized by yardstick-high sprays of white gladiolus. Plump velvet kneeler in front of him, velvet curtains behind. Top half of the box open, so we can see his face. If we want to see him dead, that is, if we want to look right at death. There are plenty ducking their heads, twisting necks around and staring up high into the ceiling or deep down through the carpeted floor. Not me. Right off, I grab hold of his hand, entwine my fingers around his, not because that feels so great but because it unnerves the people circling me. Hell yeah. I’m grabbing a dead man’s hand. I’m grabbing my dead husband’s hand. Maybe I won’t let go. Maybe I’m going crazy.
I’m certain I’m going crazy. I’m certain I am.... 

“r.kv.r.y. comes from the dictionary definition of the word recovery: an act, process, or instance of recovering; a return to normal conditions; something gained or restored in recovering; obtaining usable substances from unusable sources.”

You can read the editor’s note with more information here and the submission guidelines here.


My story with the enticing title of “Slut” just came out in a fantastic print journal, Cimarron Review.  This story, too, might be a tiny little bit relentless, though in a sneakier way.  Here’s the opening:

Nicole chose the restaurant: King Street CafĂ© in Old Town Alexandria, not too far from her house, easy parking. At the very least, she knew she’d get a good meal out of the night. She didn’t ask her friends for advice because she didn’t want them to know she was going on this blind date.
 Ben said he’d seen the restaurant written up by The Washington Post and thought going there would be fun. He used the word “fun” a lot in their phone conversation, which made her nervous. “Sounds fun,” he’d say, or he’d conclude a story with, “Yeah, that was a fun time.” She couldn’t pinpoint what it was, maybe that “fun” wasn’t a very masculine word or that it wasn’t very mature. Either way, she wasn’t anticipating a “fun” dinner. But she had committed, and she was proud of herself for setting up the meeting for Thursday night at six o’clock—even a stealth date was a date....

Here’s the journal and how to order a copy (or subscribe), should you wish to do so.

Here’s more information about the journal:

“One of the oldest quarterlies in the nation, Cimarron Review publishes work by writers at all stages of their careers, including Pulitzer prize winners, writers appearing in the Best AmericanSeries and the Pushcart anthologies, and winners of national book contests. Since 1967,Cimarron has showcased poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with a wide-ranging aesthetic. Our editors seek the bold and the ruminative, the sensitive and the shocking, but above all they seek imagination and truth-telling, the finest stories, poems, and essays from working writers across the country and around the world.”

Submission guidelines can be found here.


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