One of the beautiful things about writing colonies, besides the nature that often surrounds, the artwork being created, and the solitude, is the amazing people you meet, some of whom become life-long friends. Such is the case with Elizabeth Evans, whom I met at MacDowell one summer probably more decades ago than either of us [...]
Marivi Soliven's beautiful novel The Mango Bride won the 2011 Grand Prize for the Novel in English in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize, and also won the 2013 San Diego Book Awards Prize in Best Contemporary Fiction. The tale is full of wonderful sensory images in [...]
Those of us who have the pleasure of knowing and reading Rusty Barnes are completely aware of what a talented writer he is, and I better just say it right off—I'm a long-time fan. His fiction is gritty and human, his setting as real as it comes. Especially in this high-stakes novel Reckoning, set in [...]
Len Joy and I have been writing buddies for over a decade. We were both involved in Zoetrope Virtual Studio, a big online writing community where we shared news, discussed writing, and critiqued each other's work. I've always loved his flash fiction and stories and was honored to get to read some excerpts of his [...]
After years of knowing Bud Smith casually on Facebook, I finally had the pleasure of meeting him in person at last year's AWP, where we participated in a private Hot Pillow AWP reading in someone's hotel room. I was so impressed with what he read from his book Tollbooth that I couldn't wait to get [...]
From Gently Read Literature Spring 2014 Sometimes in the process of getting engrossed in a truly mesmerizing book, you can’t help but take a sly glance at the author’s photo—even though you’re not supposed to—and wonder if perhaps she's really writing this riveting tale about herself in spite of the fact that it says "novel" on the [...]
By Bonnie ZoBell Tara Laskowski is interviewed by, ahem, James Bond for The Next Big Thing about her brilliant new book Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons. See interview here. See what James Bond is looking like these days here.