I’m delighted that my short story, “The Messenger,” originally published in Kestrel, is now available in SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm, an anthology published by Wising up Press, edited by Heather Tosteson, Charles D. Brockett, Kathleen L. Housley, Kerry Langan, and Michele Markarian.
“Our families, especially our siblings, provide our first macrocosm. How much of that experience do we carry out into the world as part of our deepest, inchoate expectations of the world or of ourselves? Is birth order destiny? How are we shaped by the constellation we’re born into, whether dyad or nebula? What is the appropriate sentiment to have towards those with whom we may share only a preponderance of genes and, before we have any choices in the matter, propinquity? Towards those who knew us before we had a sense of self? Towards those who helped us define what we are not as much as what we are? What happens to us as adults when we return to these first numinous macrocosms trying to understand how they still shape our ways of being? Fifty-three talented contemporary writers share poetry, memoir, and story that help us explore these questions and invite us to deeper understanding, unexpected insights, release of old grievances and grief, and celebration of the mystery of the present moment which is so core to our early relations, that graced sense of community that often precedes language, insight, all the mechanisms of adult intimacy.”
You can purchase the anthology through Amazon, here, or directly from Wising up Press, here. Enjoy!
I just got back from the Kestrel Celebration in Fairmont, West Virginia, where my fellow authors and I participated in readings, writing consultations, a panel discussion and podcast, as well as sharing great fellowship and delish food! A huge thank you to all who helped to make the event spectacular-Donna J. Long, Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Savage, Poetry Editor, Suzanne Heagy, Fiction Editor, Kestrel’s wonderful interns, as well as my talented fellow writers.
Highlights of the event included the stuffed mushrooms prepared by Fairmont State’s culinary students – I had to pry myself away, but luckily the readings by Daniel McTaggart, Alyse Knorr, Linda Heuring, Maureen Alsop and Nancy Tacaks were riveting, a fine foil for the delectable buffet.
The reading the second day took place at the lovely Heston Farms, where I read “The Messenger,” published in Kestrel 29 . Juditha Dowd, Alison Ruth, Sally Rosen-Kindred and Mike Wright also presented captivating samples of their work. Oh, and did I mention the peanut butter cookies? To die for!
I’d never been to West Virginia, and yes, the hills are rolling, and the newly restored “million dollar bridge” over the Monongahela River into downtown Fairmont is both a testament to the past and a proud gateway to the future.
I will post a link to the podcast discussion about writing workshops as soon as it’s up. In the meantime, you can order your copy of Kestrel 29 here, or directly from me.