Taking the plunge on a hot, mid-July day, here are some exciting reads from around the net:
1) I will be leading a short session on Flash Fiction, along with many other facilitators this Sunday, July 15th for Alchemy for Writers 101 at the Alchemist Theater, 2569 South Kinnickinick Street, Milwaukee. It’s 1-5 p.m. And the best news: it’s FREE! Registration recommended, visit the site for more information: http://projectemptyspace.wordpress.com/alchemy-for-writers/
2) Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Short Story Contest (I was the 2012 head judge for fiction):
• 1st –“Eyes in the Back of Her Head,” by Jill Stukenberg, Wausau
• 2nd – “All the Blues in the Night,” Andrea Lochen, Milwaukee
• 3rd – “Plan for Paradise,” by Christine Stocke, Madison
Contest winners receive up to $500, a reading at the 2012 Wisconsin Book Festival, and publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. Look for the 1st-place winning story in the summer issue of the magazine and online at wisconsinacademy.org/magazine on July 15. 2nd- and 3rd place winning stories will appear in subsequent issues.
3) If you so desire, Amber Sparks it taking pre-orders for her new book, May We Shed These Human Bodies, at Curbside Splendor Publishing: http://curbsidesplendor.bigcartel.com/product/may-we-shed-these-human-bodies. Also, Amber and I might be reading together in Milwaukee this September, more information forthcoming!
4) storySouth has voting for its Million Writers Award. (And I’m not biased or anything, but check out xTx’s story, The Mill Pond). WOW! http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters/2012voteform.html
5) The new Gigantic is online with some great content: http://www.thegiganticmag.com/magazine/articleDetail.php?p=articleDetail&id=110
6) She’s here. She’s there. She’s Super-Meg! Another amazing story up at Tampa Online Review: http://www.tampareviewonline.org/fiction/family-extravaganza/
Oh, and he’s also here, and there. On fire, this dude, James Claffey: http://www.tampareviewonline.org/fiction/hard-freeze/
And this fellow, well, can’t say enough superlatives: Len Kuntz at Northville Review: Red Pennies | The Northville Review
7) This looks super-cool and fun and I have to have it. Which is always the case with anything David Tomaloff is associated with: http://pachydermini.tumblr.com/post/26885351349/pack5
8) Speaking of ON FIRE, check this Tumbler update from Jess February. I never feel like a sloth unless I read his newsy latest: http://februaryy.tumblr.com/post/26907404136/writing-update
9) Mary Stone Dockery stops traffic at Melusine with Two Poems: http://www.melusine21cent.com/mag/node/321
10) Teacher, mentor and wonderful poet Ellen Bass has her poem in the new anthology Before There is Nowhere to Stand,” from Lost Horse Press: http://www.losthorsepress.org/catalog/before-there-is-nowhere-to-stand-palestine-israel-poets-respond-to-the-struggle/
And that, my friends, is all for this installment. Get your groove on.
P.S. At lunch with two writer friends yesterday, this came up. One of the most controversial decisions in the writerly community this year: Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year : The New Yorker.
What do you think? Any thoughts about this?