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James Dorr’s poem “Godzilla vs. King Kong” was named in a three-way tie for third place for short (fewer than 50 lines) poetry in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s 2017 Rhysling Award competition. The Rhysling Awards are named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “The Green Hills of Earth.” Rhysling’s skills were said to rival Rudyard Kipling’s. In real life, Apollo 15 astronauts named a crater near their landing site “Rhysling,” which has since become its official name.

“Godzilla vs. King Kong” was originally published in the journal Dreams and Nightmares #103, in August 2016.

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Award: Indiana Humanities/NEH INcommon Grant

Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde and Patsy Rahn, on behalf of the Writers Guild at Bloomington, submitted an INcommon Grant project proposal titled Deep Dialogue: Readings on Race and Ethnicity that was approved for funding by Indiana Humanities. Dr. Abegunde will serve as the project’s director and Ms. Rahn as the project’s co-director. Together they will organize, facilitate, and lead workshops both on campus and in the city that will explore the meanings and legacy of race and ethnicity in Bloomington and the United States.

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Karol Lagodzki’s short story “Berlin” has been accepted for publication in the Spring issue of The Tishman Review due out in April 2017.

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 Abegunde’s suite of poems from her Juba, South Sudan collection-in-progress was named a finalist in the COG poetry awards. This year’s judge was U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

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Lisa Kwong has been awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Scholarship by the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a SAFTA Fellow, she will receive a one week residency in July 2017 to continue work on her poetry manuscript, An AppalAsian Finds Home.

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Lisa Kwong’s poem “This ABC (Appalachian-Born Chinese) Woman” has been accepted in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Charles Frazier Volume IX, April 2017, published by Shepherd University and the West Virginia Center for the Book.
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Nancy Chen Long was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in poetry.

https://www.arts.gov/literature-fellowships-list/by-year/2017?litfellows_type=1

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Tony Brewer’s poem “Trigger Warning” will appear in Tipton Poetry Journal issue 31 (Summer 2016) sometime in August.
https://issuu.com/tiptonpoetryjournal.

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Patsy Rahn‘s poem “the ten teeth of death” was published in Indiana Voice Journal: June 2016 issue #23, and includes both the text and audio format of the piece. The audio was recorded at a performance and includes audience participation. Thanks to Yael Ksander of WFIU for recording and editing the performance.

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James Dorr has signed a contract with Elder Signs Press for a novel-in-stories, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, to be released in spring, 2017.

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Tony Brewer has 3 poems accepted by Indiana Voice Journal. “Agents,” “¿Donde esta el Bano?” and “Fifth World Problems.” They will appear in the June issue.  http://www.indianavoicejournal.com/

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Annette Oppenlander announces the release of her second book in the trilogy Escape from the Past: “Escape from the Past: The Kid.”   Historical Fiction – Action/Adventure

Time-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881! After a huge fight with his parents, Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game misleading him, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn’t at all the ruthless killer history made him out to be. Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister, Ela, escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid’s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine.

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You’ve heard Shayne Laughter read her “Papaw stories” at Lemonstone, First Sunday Prose and the Spoken Word Stage since 2011. One of those stories, “One Step Further Into Kansas,” has been accepted for publication in SAND, the premier English-language literary journal in Berlin, Germany. Since this is an online journal, Shayne’s tale of a young man and his troubles on the Kansas prairie in 1879 will have an international readership! SAND Journal is found at http://www.sandjournal.com/. Shayne’s Facebook page, which includes excerpts from her 2010 mystery novel, is at https://www.facebook.com/YU-A-Ross-Lamos-Mystery-134465979897439/

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Lisa Kwong’s poems “On the 42nd Anniversary of My Father’s Swim from China” and “Blind Spot” have been accepted for publication in Still: The Journal in their Winter Issue, 2016 coming out in February.

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Andrew Hubbard’s poem “Revelation” has been nominated by Indiana Voice Journal for a Pushcart Prize.

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Andrew Hyubbard’s poem “A Wasp on the Nose” has been accepted for publication by Poetry Quartly.

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Leave the Dogs at Home:   A Memoir
by Claire S. Arbogast

“Arbogast delivers a raw and honest narrative of her life as a lover, a widow, and a woman. . . . The theme of death and life, both literally and figuratively, are navigated with such emotion, it seems natural to empathize with the author in sadness, joy, love, and uncertainty as her longtime companion (later husband) Jim combats cancer. . . . An excellent choice for those touched by grief, ready for a change, or just wanting to read a beautifully written memoir.” —Library Journal

Leave the Dogs at Home, published by IU Press, is a vibrant, witty, and unflinchingly confessional book challenging the norms about love and grief. It’s the kind of real truth you only hear at the kitchen table with a glass of wine.

More information at:
http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/807571    o    www.ClaireArbogast.com.

Listen to a podcast with the author:
http://ipad.io/gFuo
Read an excerpt from the book (includes book club guide):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/264268159

Break Away Books
Available on Amazon or from IU Press

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Annette Oppenlander’s first historical YA novel A Different Truth, set during the Vietnam era at a military boarding school, was published by Grey Wolfe in April 2015. Her second historical YA novel Escape from the Past-The Duke’s Wrath (Book 1) about a nerdy gamer time-traveling to a medieval castle in Germany will be released by Lodestone in July 2015. Both books are available on Amazon.com.

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Tony Brewer has three publication annoucnements:

“In dreams” and “messy blessing” will appear in the 2015 issue of Open 24 Hours, produced by Brescia University (www.brescia.edu/open-24-hours)

“O’Hare” and “thankless” will appear in Flying Island, produced by the Writers Center of Indiana (www.flyingislandjournal.blogspot.com)

“In other news a peace has broken off” was selected by Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras to appear on the Indiana Humanities Council website for National Poetry Month (indianahumanities.org)

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James Dorr has sold a short vampire story called “Dead Lines” to DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, probably to be published sometime this spring.  Also, while the sale itself was over two years ago, White Cat Publications’s feared missing steampunk anthology AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS is now scheduled to be out in March with Dorr’s possibly prophetically titled “Raising the Dead.”

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Colleen Wells has several new publications this year: The Women on Fire Series will publish her short story “Scrabble Life,” in March 2015. Colleen’s memoir, Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery, is available April 11, 2015 from Wordpool Press and Amazon.com. Preorders can be made beginning March 14, 2015 through Wordpool Press. Watch the book trailer here!

www.dinnerwithdoppelgangers.com

Colleen volunteered in an English class for 9th graders in January at The Academy for Science and Entrepreneurship in Bloomington, Indiana, and spoke on the writing life in an English class at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington on February 18, 2015.

www.ColleenWells.com.

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Although not yet a member of the WG, Bloomington High School South student Phiona Raffington,  just represented the school at the Poetry Out Loud state finals in Indianapolis.  She is starting the poetry club at South and has mentioned future collaborations with our group.  Here is Phiona’s story:
http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/page-stage-needed/

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Carol Edge was a finalist for the Gover Prize for very short fiction and creative nonfiction. Her story appears in Best New Writing (Hopewell Publications, 2014).

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Lisa Kwong’s creative non-fiction piece “consolation for my younger self” has been published in Rebelle Society.
http://www.rebellesociety.com/2014/10/21/consolation-for-my-younger-self/.

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James Dorr’s ultra short poem “The Werewolf Explains” has been published in  DWARF STARS, an anthology of nominees for the Science Fiction Poetry Society’s annual “Dwarf Star” award for speculative poetry of 10 lines or less.  If interested, information on the award and the SFPA can be found at http://sfpoetry.com/dwarfstars.html .

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Lisa Kwong’s poem “An AppalAsian Finds Home in Bloomington, Indiana” has been chosen for the annual anthology Best New Poets 2014 produced by Meridian and Samovar Press.

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Tony Brewer’s poem “4bearance” will appear in Issue 78 of the online journal, Right Hand Pointing in September.

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Patsy Rahn’s poem “Sign of the Times” has been accepted for publication in MOTIF volume 4, an anthology series published by MotesBooks. It is scheduled for release in June 2014.

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Alisa Alering‘s story, “The Island of White Houses” was published in Flytrap #11 (Tropism Press, March 2014) http://www.tropismpress.com/?p=104

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Lisa Kwong, a 3rd year MFA candidate in poetry, has been nominated by the IU English Department for a Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, in recognition of her work with coordinating Fountain Square Poetry Series.  The Guy Lemmon Awards recognize students with impressive records in public writing and public involvement.

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The Horror Writers Association announced Sunday (Feb. 23) that James Dorr‘s THE TEARS OF ISIS is a nominee for the Bram, Stoker Award(R) for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

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Patsy Rahn‘s poem “Capitalism” has been accepted for publication in Recession, Depression and Economic Reflection published by Local Gems Poetry  Press.

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Sophia Frazier -Heltonville and Jennifer Bolling-Johnson have been nominated for Bedford’s Lawrence County Walk of Excellence award to women in culture and the arts for publishing their books.

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James Dorr recently published stories in BLEED, an anthology with profits supporting the National Children’s Cancer Society, SPLATTERLANDS, and, just in time for Thanksgiving, MISERIA’S CHORALE.  Also he has stories to come in BIZARRO BIZARRO and DAILY SCIENCE FICTION.

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Patsy Rahn’s poem “In that place” is now available in the collection Sounds of Solace, Meditative Verse, published by Local Gems Press.

“People meditate in a variety of ways, from prayer to yoga stretches, from tai chi to repetitive mindless tasks. Even writing poetry can be an act of meditation; it can help clear the mind and bring about inner balance. While some of the pieces in this anthology are very explicitly about meditation, others are more subtle, while some are meditations themselves.”    ~ From The Foreword

Available on Amazon and from https://www.createspace.com/4117917

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Kalynn Brower’s new YA Sci Fi Dystopian Eco-Adventure novel Green Tara will be released on Nov. 15, 2013.
For more information about GREEN TARA, for ages 10 and up, go to: www.KHBrower.com.

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Nancy Chen Long’s chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone has been published by Red Bird Chapbooks. More info can be found at the publisher’s website: http://www.redbirdchapbooks.com/nancy-chen-long.html . In addition, two of her poems are forthcoming: “Lessons” will be published in the next issue of Cold Mountain Review and “Pretend Tender” will be published in the next issue of Paper Nautilus. And two other poems were recently published: “Happenstance, Moirai” in Stone Highway Review and “How She First Discovered Sex” in Naugatuck River Review.

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Tony Brewer‘s newest poetry publication is now out. Title: Hot Type Cold Read (Chatter House Press, 2013)

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A poem by James Dorr won grand prize this weekend (Oct. 5-6) in the National Space Society of North Texas/Forth Worth Haiku Society poetry contest for short poems on the theme of Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement. The poem, a limerick, is called “Future Plans.” “Quartet,” a haiku sequence by Dorr was also listed as an honorable mention.

https://sites.google.com/site/nssofnorthtexascontests/home

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New releases from Sophia Frazier: “Family Legends From a Lawrence County, Indiana Family”, Amazing Animal Stories”, “Sleepers: World’s End”, and “Generations”.
New releases from Jennifer Johnson: “One Mind’s Words”, “One Mind’s Word’s II”, contributor of “Our Journey”, contributor of “The World As I See It”, and contributor of “Generations”.
New releases from Jericha and Hailey Johnson: “Our Journey” and “The World As I See It”
All titles are Available on createspace.com., amazon.com, and kindle devices.

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Writers Guild member Alisa Alering is a Recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant.

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From Sara Hoskinson Frommer:

Today I’m being featured in three different online spots–and no writer can pass up such kindness.

Jean Henry sent me some questions to answer for her Mysterious Writers blog:  http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/  That’s a quick read, and you can leave comments.
Janet Rudolph, of Mystery Readers Journal, who’s planning a list of wedding mysteries on her blog sometime in June, invited me to write about mine, so I did: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2013/06/sara-hoskinson-frommer-not-all-weddings.html
And because my first book is still a Missing Mystery at Poisoned Pen Press, Jacqui Cooper interviewed me yesterday via Skype.  That’s more like half an hour out loud, and it will be around indefinitely for you to listen to anytime you’re in the mood:  http://whattheysaid.podbean.com/2013/06/14/interview-with-sara-frommer-author-of-her-brothers-keeper/  Jacqui asks questions posed on Facebook by mystery readers (and, I think, some mystery writers).  We tried two other times to record this interview, and so you’ll hear us laughing about this third attempt, which finally worked, thank goodness.
Sara Hoskinson Frommer
Her Brother’s Keeper, Perseverance Press, Spring 2013
www.sff.net/people/SaraHoskinsonFrommer

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The Tears Of Isis, James Dorr’s Third Prose Collection Out; Available from Amazon, B&N

James Dorr‘s third dark fantasy prose (mostly) collection, THE TEARS OF ISIS, is now available from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing as well as from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and electronic form. Seventeen stories and an opening poem on art at the hands of Medusa and Isis, fairytales reformed, vampires both actual and metaphorical, women (and men) who keep pets, UFOs, worlds both ancient and modern . . . tales for all seasons as well as all readers, at least those who don’t mind a taste of the unusual. For information see http://perpetualpublishing.com/the-tears-of-isis/

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Alisa Alering‘s short story, “Everything You Have Seen,” won 1st place in the Writers of the Future contest and will be published in Writers of the Future, Vol.29, edited by David Farland. Galaxy Press (June 2013).

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Article on Lisa Kwong
http://inside.iub.edu/spotlights-profiles/featured/2013-04-18-iniub-featured-lisa-kwong.shtml

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James Dorr’s short story “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” has been selected for inclusion in SO IT GOES, a tribute anthology honoring Indiana writer Kurt Vonnegut.  Expected out at the end of March from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, SO IT GOES is open now for pre-ordering at http://pmmptributes.com/  .

James Dorr wrote the introduction to TELLING TALES OF TERROR:  ESSAYS ON WRITING HORROR AND DARK FICTION, Kim Richards, Editor, published by Damnation Books in December 2012.  More information on TELLING TALES OF TERROR can be found at http://damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615727209  .

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Sequence # 19 of of Eric Rensberger‘s ongoing chronological series Account of My Days is now posted on his website at http://www.ericrensbergerpoetry.net/.

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Joy Shayne Laughter‘s short story “The Valentine,” won 2nd place in the Bacopa Literary Review contest.

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Alisa Alering’s short story “Madeline Usher Usher” will be published in Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries Lost, Suppressed, or Misplaced in Time. ed. L. Timmel Duchamp. Aqueduct Press (May 2013).

Her short story “Keith Crust’s Lucky Numbers” will be published in Flash Fiction online (http://flashfictiononline.com/) in 2013.

Alisa Alering’s short story “The Wanderer King” will be published in Clockwork Phoenix 4. ed. Mike Allen. Mythic Delirium Press (July 2013).

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Lisa Kwong’s poem “Portrait of Appalachian Chinese Girls in Their Grandmother’s Garden” will be published the Spring issue of APPALACHIAN HERITAGE.

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Nancy Long has published the folloiwing in the past 6 months.

“Adulterated” forthcoming in Bourbon for Blood: An anthology of bourbon poetry, Winged City Press / Two of Cups Press, 2013

“but so beautiful, yes?” forthcoming in RHINO, 2013

“Curry” forthcoming in The Louisville Review, Spring 2013

“Dislocated” forthcoming in Elsewhere, 2013

“dream, tiger” The Golden Key, Fall 2012

“Dugong” Penumbra, Winter 2012

“Haibun: Honeymoon on Mackinac Island” forthcoming in Noctua Review, 2013

“Hold on Lightly” Big River Poetry Review, October 2012

“Inflamed” Penumbra, Winter 2012

“Oblivescence” forthcoming in Elsewhere, 2013

“Of Geology and Fruit” forthcoming in Found Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 2013

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Joy Shayne Laughter has two new works up on Rebelle Society.

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/01/16/in-moonlit-bong/

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/01/25/not-the-enemies-youre-looking-for/

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James Dorr’s  science fiction novelette PEDS has been published as an ebook by Untreed Reads.  “In a near-future world where the car is king and the people divided between those who ride on a network of highways connecting the glittering hubs of the city and the lowly ‘Peds,’  a stranded ‘Rider’ discovers both love and danger as well as a band of courageous  rebels willing to barter their lives to make things right.”  For more information, click Untreed Reads’ site at http://store.untreedreads.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_196&products_id=664

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Lisa Kwong’s series of poems titled The ABC (Appalachian-Born Chinese) Sequence” will be published in the next issue of PLUCK!   (#8, Fall 2012).

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Jennifer Johnson, author of One Mind’s Words, publishes a new book, Our Journey, now available on createspace.comOur Journey is a compilation of poetry from Johnson and her two Step daughters, Jericha and Hailey. They describe life through their own points of view.

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James Dorr‘s short story “Moons of Saturn”  will be reprinted in the Romanian anthology
THE BIZARRE AGE. It was originally published July 1993 in TOMORROW.  Another  short-short story titled “Hunks” was accepted for the summer issue of WHITE CAT MAGAZINE to be posted in July,  and the short story, “La Fatale” was accepted for their winter issue.  http://whitecatpublications.com

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Nadine Pinede publishes her first book of poetry

An Invisible Geography, a new book of poetry by Nadine Pinede, will be published by Finishing Line Press. Nadine received her PhD from Indiana University and is a two-time recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project grant. Her poetry has been featured on NPR/WFIU’s The Poets Weave.

To order copies of An Invisible Geography go to:
http://www.finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=946

She has also been awarded a Brown Foundation Fellowship to Dora Maar House in France where she will be working on her fiction book during several months this summer.
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Jennifer Johnson publishes her first book of poetry

 Jennifer Johnson is a 2002 graduate from Mitchell High School and a 2012 graduate from Ivy Tech Community College. Her first book One Mind’s Words is available at createspace.com and Amazon.com. She is currently seeking to present her book to local stores for sales. She was recently featured on WBIW.com for her participation in a writing contest for Reader’s Digest. She is also a  contributor to Stars in our Hearts through a contest with WorldPoetryMovement.com. She is also on Poetry.com. She plans to convert her book to a Kindle version and publish more works in the near future. The works are about the challenges of changing from teen to adult. “Even if my book is not a success I still plan to continue to write and publish. It is my passion.” she says. “If my words only touch one person’s heart then I have succeeded in what I have set out to do. Sales are not my main goal.”

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Shana Ritter publishes a new book of poetry

Stairs of Separation, a new book by Shana Ritter will be published this summer by Finishing Line Press. To order, go to:

http://www.finishinglinepress.com/index.php?cPath=4&sort=2a&filter_id=617

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Sara Hoskinson Frommer’s new Joan Spencer mystery, Her Brother’s Keeper, will be published by Perseverance Press in early 2013.

Joy Shayne Laughter was selected for the Wildacres Writing Residency, earning a week in the woods in Mount Pisgah National Forest, southwest of Asheville, NC, to focus exclusively on writing.  She will be there during the week of July 30-August 5.  Residency weeks are allotted all summer and into the fall; the application is competitive.  The Wildacres web site is www.wildacres.org.

Patricia Coleman, poet and artists,  has opened Patricia’s Wellness Arts Cafe located at 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. Stop by for some of her specialty teas and items by local artists.

The poetry anthology, AND KNOW THIS PLACE: POETRY OF INDIANA, edited by Jenny Kander and Charles Greer and published by the Indiana Historical Society Press is now available. “The book is the first collection of Indiana poetry to appear for more than a hundred years”. Available on Amazon, and in local bookstores.

 

 

 

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