Well, it’s been a rough year for the planet, democracy, and civility for sure. That is why I am oh so grateful that I can end my year on a high note. As announced on my publisher’s blog today, my poem “Quarry Song” from The Magic Rectangle has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, along with some fine pieces from other Folded Word authors! I am honored just to be nominated with so many great writers. Congratulations to all the nominees! I hope you, dear reader, will take some time to check out all these fabulous pieces from Folded Word announced on their blog.
My book is also one of three that Folded Word’s editor in chief has submitted to the New England Book Show. JS Graustein designs beautiful books–she is truly an artist–and I am so pleased and honored with the book she designed for my manuscript. The other books are simply stunning: Water Ways by William O’Daly and JS Graustein, and After Rain by Gary Schroeder. I will be reading with Gary at various venues this winter, including at BookBar in Denver on Fed. 3, 2018 at 5:30, so I hope you’ll come listen–I’ll post info here.
And while you’re reading around, please make some time to read this profound memoir piece by my friend Nicole Piasecki, published in Hippocampus. Nicole’s piece was also nominated for a Pushcart. Nicole’s story is heartbreaking and beautifully wrought and I wish she never ever had to write it. Read it. You will be moved and I think it is so important to bear witness to stories like hers.
As always, I am grateful for your support and hope to see you at a reading in 2018. I wish you a Happy New Year–may you be richly blessed in this new season of hope!