Posts Tagged ‘Midwestern Gothic’

Fall Break

Will the real October please stand up?  This month started off cold and rainy — so cold, that I gave in and turned up the heat (because of high gas bills, I try to wait it out until November).  But now, this weekend has brought our Indian Summer — colors that make Pennsylvania the landscape of picture calendars.  Plus, it’s wonderfully, wonderfully warm outside.

I’m in the middle of JCC’s Autumn Break, and I’m trying to get some writing done.  I have been drafting almost everyday, but somehow can’t actually get a lot of my poems “done.”  Nevertheless, I did send out three submission packets last week.  Unlike most people — I don’t send out a lot of submissions in the fall, mostly because my schedule is always crazy busy.

In other news, my postal carrier has been very busy this week.  I got my contributor’s copies of Fourth River, the literary journal published by Chatham University’s MFA program.  My work joins poems by some of my favorite people, including Phil Terman, Todd Davis, and Judith Vollmer.  In general, the journal focuses on work that creates a strong sense of place — you may want to check it out!

I also got my regular copy of Cave Wall, one of my favorite literary journals.  Just a reminder:  October is when Cave Wall is open for submissions, so you may want to look at the full guidelines.   I also got the Fall 2011 copy of Midwestern Gothic, which features some great poems by poets Nancy Devine, Christina Olson, and Brandi Homan.  In fact, if you click here, you can read a great interview with Homan!

Finally, I found out that I will be reading my poems at the annual Appalachian Studies Association conference in March.  This year’s conference will be held in Indiana, Pennsylvania — a mere three hours from where I live (That is close — in rural Pennsylvania world).  I don’t know the details yet, but will keep you posted.

Now, it’s time to venture back outside to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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In the Gothic Midwest

I love gothic literature (traditional gothic, Southern Gothic — it doesn’t matter), and I love literature from the Midwest, so when I discovered the new journal, Midwestern Gothic on Mary Biddinger’s blog, I knew that I had to order a subscription.  And I was not disappointed.

The first issue of Midwestern Gothic features both poetry and short stories, and I enjoyed the poetry very much.  Mary Biddinger has three poems published in this issue and I always love her work.  I also liked the poems “Iowa Gothic” by Dan Lewis and “His Wife Called Him Moose” by Paul Scot August.

While I liked the poems found in this issue, I really loved many of the short stories.  “Home Fire” by Geoff Hyatt depicts a relationship between two troubled brothers, while “Splits” by Lindsay Hunter showcases a young girl who watches and learns about sexuality from her mother who remains convinced that “you can’t get pregnant if you do the splits and hold your breath for one whole minute after the boy makes his deposit.”  My favorite piece, however, is a work titled “Cotton Mouth” by Thomas Horan which features a cast of characters that could have stepped out of a short story by Flannery O’Connor.

I know that I have a lot of readers out there who consider themselves Midwestern writers, so I believe this journal is for you! Take a look at the guidelines.  As for me — more good news: I ordered a full subscription which started with issue one.  The next issue is on its way to my doorstep very soon!