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Book Release Announcement from member Alisa Alering:

Dear Friends,

I have some news: I wrote a book! And it’s publishing this summer!

My debut novel, Smothermoss (Tin House), will be out on July 16. It’s already gotten some attention: Karen Joy Fowler called it “beautifully written, tense, and absorbing” and Barnes & Noble have named it a Most Anticipated Debut of 2024.

That’s great, you might be thinking, but what’s it about?

The short version: Haunted Appalachia 🌳👻

In Smothermoss, you’ll meet sisters Sheila and Angie: two very different young women whose lives get twisted up in small-town Appalachian darkness. As a first novel ought to do, it includes many of my most favorite things: uncanny forests, ancient mountains, family secrets, magic, yearning, murder, and a whole lot of rabbits.

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania, I spent a lot of time by myself in the woods. Which turns out to be great training for a writer. As I wandered among the trees, there were no other people around, and yet I felt I wasn’t alone. This novel is my attempt to capture the strange magic I felt humming beside me in those dense green Pennsylvania woods.

If you have ever felt a deep attachment to a natural place–a meadow, a mountain, a river, a lake, somewhere you felt comforted, inspired, protected, connected, alive…then this book is for you.

If you’ve already pre-ordered a copy of Smothermoss, thank you! And if you haven’t had the chance yet, I’d be grateful if you would consider pre-ordering my novel today from your favorite place to buy books and audiobooks (see links below). Your support means the world to me. Pre-orders are vital proof to retailers that this book has an audience eagerly awaiting its arrival. Each one makes a huge difference in helping Smothermoss stand out among the crowd. (You can also request the title at your local library, which is a fantastic choice if you want to do just one thing to support the book.)

This summer and fall, I’ll be promoting Smothermoss at a few in-person events. If you live in Columbus, OH; Bloomington, IN; Chicago, or Seattle, I hope you’ll mark your calendars. For event updates you can follow me on Instagram (@alisa.alering) or check my website. If I’m in your area, it would be wonderful to see you!

I’ve been dreaming of sharing this story with you for ages now. The mountain is calling…will you answer?



Praise for Smothermoss

“A gothic and propulsive read that will dazzle you from start to finish.”
—Barnes & Noble, A Most Anticipated Debut of 2024

“This beautifully strange book of the mountains is alarming and inspiring.”
—Samantha Hunt

“Tense and absorbing, Smothermoss is an original story from a truly gifted storyteller.”
—Karen Joy Fowler

Smothermoss is rich, strange, and beautiful, simultaneously eerie and so very honest.”
—Kij Johnson


Tonia Matthew has two videos with Lee Chapman:

For those who remember Lee Chapman (who is now living  outside Washington DC) poet, singer, and composer extraordinaire and the Five Women Poets performing “Walk like a Penguin” by Antonia Matthew might be interested in this video of Tonia reading the poem to Lee’s music:


and also of Tonia reading a poem about wars and her family to Lee’s music:


John Cardwell has a new book, Chicory, that is being published by Filibuster Press in June this year.

This is a book about challenges and persistence. A book about the toughness of life on our planet beginning with the chicory flower. In its pages plants, people and animals form a field for exploring the Midwest, the nation, farming, fantasies, running, and science. The poems reach into the universe, and make a side trip to Chicago and its thereabouts. In addition to people, the usual cast of characters include a snooty vulture, a wise cracking groundhog and Tennessee leaves that travel to Mars.


James Dorr had a new collection, AVOID SEEING A MOUSE AND OTHER TALES OF THE REAL AND SURREAL, published in January 2024 by Alien Buddha Press.

“At a bit less than 40,000 words, Avoid Seeing a Mouse and Other Tales of the Real and Surreal offers twelve stories set in times that range from the mid-part of the previous century to a heat- and pollution-baked far-future Earth, but all in worlds a bit askew from what we might be used to. These range from a city-wide celebration-to-come where only the dead may be asked to attend, to the title tale of a 1999 pre-New Year’s Eve Memphis, Tennessee, where contemporary fears that the changing of dates to the 21st century could bring about worldwide computer failures combine with an ancient Egyptian curse to engender a horrific alternate history. Also included: an anti-Communist who collects bottles, an eater of corpses learns sophistication, news coverage of the 1980s Voyager space probes’ approach to Saturn with strange implications, a high school science fair gone berserk, and six more visions – two  published here for the first time – of the (hopefully) unexpected, but all mind-bending.

More information can be found on Goodreads at Avoid Seeing A Mouse — Goodreads


Our high school recipient of the 2022 Writers Guild Ryser Scholarship is Anna Petro, a student in her first year at Bloomington High School North. Anna has chosen to attend the IU Writers Conference.

She was one of the guest poets at the Writers Guild’s Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic in 2021. Since this was during the pandemic, it was recorded via zoom. You can see her reading here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCW5vqQ5B58&t=0s

You can see the video she sent to the Writers Guild at Bloomington in gratitude of the award here: Anna_Petro_Thank_You

Joseph Kerschbaum has a new collection being published in the spring, Midnight Sunrise, published by Main Street Rag Press.

You can find more information here:  https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/midnight-sunrise-joseph-kerschbaum/

For Writer’s Guild Members who purchase Midnight Sunrise, they can also get two of Joseph’s other books for free by forwarding their receipt from Main Street Rag Press to joseph.kerschbaum@gmail.com, and two free books will appear magically in their mailbox shortly thereafter!
Wendy Cartwright  has independently published a compilation of articles from her newspaper column called Midwest Wonders: Musings of a Lifelong Hoosier. Available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.          https://a.co/d/8HgnJMk
Merle Bachman has published a new book Thank You for Beinghttps://www.wetcementpress.com
Lisa Kwong in June 2022, will officially become a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective.
Wendy Teller‘s novel, Hungarian Elegy, has just been released, May 2022.
Karen Wyle– recently released a picture book, Wind, Ocean, Grass, illustrated by Tomasz Mikutel.
Hiromi Yoshida- the second edition of my Joyce & Jung book has been recently published. (Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers, March 2022, hardcover and ebook).
Carolyn Geduld’s new novel The Struggle is being published by Black Rose Writing on June 30th, 2022, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.


Ray Zdonek’s latest Lee Kosak book is now available.


James Dorr’s “Casket Suite,” a grouping of five ultra-short stories inspired by the New Orleanian urban legend of the “Casket Girls,” was grand winner of Defenestrationism.net’s Flash Suite Contest 2022. It can be read at https://defenestrationism.net/casket-suite/
Carol Edge has a new mystery novel, “Blood Terminal: Murder in the Magic City”. For more information, visit https://caroledge.com/
Patsy Rahn received the People’s Choice Award from the 5th Open Eurasian Literary Festival of Festivals “LIFT”, 2021.
Colleen Wells poetry chapbook Animal Magnetism is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, May 2022.  It is available for pre-sales.
Animal Magnetism by Colleen Wells – Finishing Line Press (https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/animal-magnetism-by-colleen-wells/)
Tony Brewer has a new book published titled Pity For Sale, Gasconade Press, Feb 2022.
Available now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1952411920
Coming soon to Morgenstern Books: https://www.morgensternbooks.com/
and direct sales are always the way to go: https://tonybrewer71.blogspot.com/

– Hiromi Yoshida’s full-length poetry book manuscript, “Green Roses Bloom for Icarus,” is a semifinalist selection for the 2020 Gerald Cable Book Award, sponsored by Silverfish Review Press.



– Hiromi Yoshida’s “COVID America” in Icarus Redux (Alien Buddha Press, 2021) has been nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize.

Patsy Rahn was accepted as a poet in the 5th Open Eurasian Literary Festival of Festivals “LIFT”.  The finalists of the festival will be 200 writers from around the world. Their works will be included in the Living Anthology of the World’s Writers.   We meet. Poet of the world. Patsy Rahn, USA. Встречаем поэта мира Patsy Rahn из США – YouTube


Hiromi Yoshida has a new chapbook out: Icarus Redux (Alien Buddha Press, 26 August 2021) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09DN19179/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0.


Tony Brewer and Tim Heerdink have a new chapbook TABLETOP ANXIETIES & SWEET DECAY. (Roaring Junior Press., Oct 2 2021)

Joe Walker’s story, “Give or Take a Quarter Inch” is currently up at Tough.  http://www.toughcrime.com/2021/07/give-or-take-quarter-inch-fiction-by.html?fbclid=IwAR2_RYAZ3Qhk4jzgwl79TuNktU3yrNvJkeo2yUP8qXvdat7itZgTAZ4mlbI


Lisa Kwong’s chapbook, “Becoming AppalAsian,” has been accepted by Glass Lyre press.


Tony Brewer also has a new chapbook coming out . “The History of Projectiles”


Hiromi Yoshida has been invited to judge the Indiana Writers Center poetry contest


Nancy Chen Long has two poems in the Spring 2021 issue of Ploughshares


James Dorr’s story “Death and The Vampire” is appearing in Weirdbook


HIromi Yoshida won a Kundiman scholarship to enroll in Diana Khoi Nguyen’s online poetry craft class, “Resistance: Writing About or Against Aggressions.”


Tony Brewer has published three new pieces


Congratulations to Erik Fuhrer for a fantastic review of his book Not Human Enough for the Census. 
The review is at Eco Theo https://www.ecotheo.org/volatile-voices-a-review-of-erik-fuhrers-not-human-enough-for-the-census/.  For a copy direct message Erik through Twitter Erik Fuhrer


Congratulations to Lucia Walker, a Bloomington South Student who will be representing Indiana at Poetry Out Loud https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INARTS/bulletins/2c62f5a?fbclid=IwAR3M1V4BSolDGxSEOmlq6PxZrkVbJEHy1BlQ_4GK3wPhgdSUZB7c1Q3wldUhttps://content.

Carolyn Geduld‘s novel has been published and is available at Amazon.com“Take Me Out the Back”  Published by Black Rose. ps://www.amazon.com/dp/1684335094/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_lG4rFbRSZK47


From Bronia Volkova
here is the link to my poetry reading in three languages at the International Poetry Festival of Medellin on 9/3 2020 at 6 PM CET. This festival is thirty years old this year and due to Covid 19 has to be carried out only virtually.


James Dorr— “Country Doctor, Fake News.” “Eudora,” “Moons of Saturn” all in various stages of publication.


Nancy Chen Longdiscussion with Diode Press, the publishers of her latest chapbook https://www.diodeeditions.com/post/on-work-writing-poetry?fbclid=IwAR3cH5mObWGKuL8k1t7GoK-uXA05km-O-S8DQ5hr-HZ2rAG1POKRjqQtc50

Nancy Chen Long‘s manuscript Wider than Sky was selected as a prizewinning book ms by Diode Editions, in their annual contest.
James Dorr just signed a contract for his story “ghost Ship,” forthcoming in a special “Derelicts” edition of BLACK INFINITY.
Prof. Dr. Bronislava Volková has new publications coming out:

Vítr na kolenou – Viter na kolenix (Wind on its Knees) is a bilingual Czech-Ukrainian book of selected poems from various collections, which is coming out next week in Luck, Ukraine by Tverdynja Publishing house, 2019, 120 pp. Translated by Mikola Martynjuk. This is my second book in Ukrainian. The first was Neprinaležnist (Nonconformity, 2014, translated by Viktor Mel’nik).

I will be also participating there in a a poetry festival of Lesa Ukrainka (5-8 September).
Návrat – Heimkehr (Return) is a bilingual Czech-German book of selected poems from eleven collections, coming out by Pavel Mervart Publishing in Červený Kostelec, Czech Republic, 2019, 260pp. Translated by Ota Filip, Petr Jankovský, Kristina Kallert, Ines Spieker and Vladimír Vlasatý.
Mirando las Aguas (Looking into the Waters) is a book of selected poems in Spanish from eleven collections of my poetry and with four of my color collages coming out in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Argenta Publishing House 2019, 120pp. Translated by Věra Hoffmannová.


David O’Nanhas a new book Fevers of the Mind available at Amazon.

Steve Schatz has published his first book: Any Summer Sunday at Nacho Mama’s Patio Cafe : Drag, Songs, Friends, Laughs, Lies, Tears & Redemption


Shana Ritter has published a novel titled In the Time of Leaving.   It is available from Amazon.


Rachel Ronquillo Gray‘s poem “Girl Gone Rogue” has been published in the journal Tahoma Literary Review, Spring 2019, Issue 14.


Writers Guild at Bloomington member and former Secretary Shayne Laughter will see her 2010 novel, “YU: A Ross Lamos Mystery,” archived in the  Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation’s digital library. Shayne’s novel was a winner in the Foundation’s 2006 national fiction competition. The competition is for historical novels based on real events, that present a LGBTQ protagonist in a positive light. 

Open Books Press published “YU: A Ross Lamos Mystery” in 2010. It is still in print and available at  http://openbookspress.com/books/yu.php and Amazon.


Nancy Chen Long‘s poem was selected by Patricia Spears Jones as the winner of the PSA’s Robert Winner Award: http://bit.ly/2HjjKfb


Lisa Kwong‘s poem “Wonton Soup” has won Sundress Publications 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest. The  poem will be letterpress-printed and made available for purchase in SP’s online store



Patsy Rahn has published a book of poetry, The Grainy Wet Soul.

For more information go to www.patsyrahn.com

The Grainy Wet Soul is available at Amazon and other retail outlets.


Tony Brewer‘s poem “Trigger Warning,” published in Tipton Poetry Journal Summer 2016, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2016

His poems “Cross” and “Hearts and Minds” are in Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite from Chatter House Press.

“harbingers,” and ekphrastic collaboration, is in Bobo Books: 1.1.1., Vol. 2 (all proceeds go toward purchasing bus passes for homeless children)


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.

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.


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


 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.


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.


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.

Nancy Chen Long was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in poetry.



Tony Brewer‘s poem “Trigger Warning” will appear in Tipton Poetry Journal issue 31 (Summer 2016) sometime in August.


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.


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.


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/


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.


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/


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.


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


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


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:
Read an excerpt from the book (includes book club guide):

Break Away Books
Available on Amazon or from IU Press


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.


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)


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.”


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!


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.



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:


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


Lisa Kwong’s creative non-fiction piece “consolation for my younger self” has been published in Rebelle Society.


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 .


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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


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


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/


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).


Article on Lisa Kwong


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  .


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/.


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


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).


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


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


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




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 athttp://store.untreedreads.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_196&products_id=664


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).


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.


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


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:

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.

Jennifer Johnsonpublishes 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.”


Shana Ritterpublishes 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:



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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