Just a short post this week to announce that the first issue of Tahoma Literary Review, the literary journal that my friend Kelly Davio and I have been working on since last October, has finally been published.
We have excellent fiction from established writers like Beth Oness and Leslie Pietrzyk, as well from emerging writers like Katie Bickell, Stefen Styrsky, and Austin R. Pick.
And the poetry that Kelly has chosen for this premiere is off-the-charts good. We’ve got work from literary notables such as Valerie Nieman, Terry Wolverton, Shaindel Beers, Carolyne Wright, Tim Kahl, Brandon Courtney, Diane Lockward, and many others.
Many of our authors have recorded audio of their work, and you can listen on our Soundcloud page.
And we’ve got photography by Tacoma’s Wesley Burk, as well.
Perhaps best of all, TLR number 1 is offered in print and digital formats, and some of the e-reader files are free, so you have no excuse not to take a look. We, and our contributors, will appreciate it.
Just go to our Current Issue page for reading options.
A month or so ago, a good friend—one who believes in my writing—was in New York and had an opportunity to approach the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG Books), Jonathan Galassi, and present the query letter for my novel, Mr. Neutron. The next day Mr. Galassi emailed me to request the full manuscript. Me—a writer who doesn’t even have an agent. A million to one shot was instantly reduced to a thousand to one. Read more:
Super book cover designer Chip Kidd talks about his craft and career on TED. It’s funny and very informative for those of you who have books in the publishing cycle. A bad cover can kill a good book. A great cover can mean sales and success. More:
We live in Dickensian times: the collapse of economies throughout the world (especially Europe) has brought new suffering to millions of people. Here in the states we still have massive unemployment, to the point where many people have given up looking for work. As sad as the situation is for these people, it’s a boon for writers, for we love to write about conflict and suffering. Run out of story ideas? Just listen to the news. It’s a bad time to be a member of the working class, but it’s a great time to be a writer. More: