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A Curtain Calls Progress Report

First, a progress report on Curtain Calls, my soon-to-be self-published novel about Paris in the week just prior to the start of World War I. Here’s a look at the cover, which was designed by my friend and partner at Woodward Press, Dora Badger:

CurtainCalls_cover_2x3_72dpiSince I’m also a graphic designer by trade, the two of us were able to complete production on the book in about a month. As of this writing I’m awaiting a physical proof of the book, and the release is scheduled for early February.

Lest you think this project has been rushed through, let me add that the book took two years to write and another three to edit and revise. The production aspects have moved faster because, well, they’re production aspects, not writing. Dora and I have both been doing this for a long time, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process.

By the way, the Shameless Marketing Department at Woodward Press reminds me to say that this is what we do for our clients on a regular basis. If you’re seriously considering publishing your book yourself, we can help.

I haven’t forgotten the discount code; I’ll release that when the book comes out.

Morning News

12/31/14: Tahoma Literary Review issue 2 is now available. Great poetry, fiction, and for the first time, nonfiction. You can purchase a copy on Amazon, or download an e-file on our site.

11/2/14: Tahoma Literary Review co-Publisher Kelly Davio and I will present "The Literary Magazine Goes Digital" at the Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, WA on Sunday, Nov. 2. There's still time to attend the conference, which runs Nov. 1-2 and includes two days of intense workshops (and lunch is included). You can register on their web site.

09/23/14: My story "How to Live at a Hotel" received an Honorable Mention in the Stoneslide Corrective Fiction Contest. Publisher Christopher Wachlin said he would also like to run it in an upcoming issue of Stoneslide .

08/19/14: Minneapolis, here we come. My friend Lori A. May's panel proposal for The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference has been accepted, so she and I and three other writers will present "Literary Citizenship: It’s Not About You," in April, 2015.

03/31/14: My story, "Plunge," is live at Stoneslide Corrective. They're a cool new journal and book publisher. I used a pseudonym for this one, for future marketing considerations, as they say.

02/28/14: I'll be moderating a panel titled "Stoking the Fire," about finding the writing life that's best for you, at the annual AWP conference on Feb. 28.

10/03/13: Here come da judge! I've been named final judge for the Adult Fiction category of the Detroit Working Writers 2014 conference. I'm excited, because judging the Poetry category will be US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey! Just being mentioned in the same sentence with her is an honor.

9/24/13: Woodward Press co-publisher Dora Badger and I will present a discussion on Self Publishing Options at the annual Rochester Writers Conference on Saturday, October 5 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Registration is still open for the event, so if you're in the area please join us.

8/1/13: The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) has accepted my panel proposal for the 2014 annual conference in Seattle. "Stoking the Fire: Maintaining the Passion for Writing When Success Eludes" will feature co-presenters Kobbie Alamo, Teri Carter and Q. Lindsey Barrett.

2/8/13: Kestrel, the literary journal of Fairmont State University in West Virginia, wrote today to accept my short story, "Nixon in State." Too bad it was already accepted by Lumina (see below). I did tell them, of course, but sometimes those notes get misplaced. Still, it's nice to know the story was appreciated. The fact that it would have been Nixon's 100th birthday on Jan. 9 may have influenced these selections, but I certainly didn't write the story because of that.

1/18/13: My short story, "Nixon in State," has been accepted by Lumina, the literary magazine of the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College located in Bronxville, NY.


Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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The Face Maker and other stories of obsession is my collection of short stories out now from Woodward Press. Kelly Davio, author of Burn This House, says. "In stories that range effortlessly across time period and place, Joe Ponepinto delivers the kind of masculine character we crave in literary fiction; these characters wrestle with the most essential questions of morality, and they bare-knuckle box with their human frailties." Find it on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Want a signed copy? Email me at jpon (at) thirdreader (dot) com.

For the editing and tutoring services I offer, please see my companion site at Third Reader.

I am the co-Publisher and Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a literary journal.

For links to some published stories, go to my Publications page.

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