Hello everybody. With the temperatures spiking, the word for the day is: languorous.
But I know even in this heat you can manage to read a story, and if you read any story today, check out Patty Somlo’s “Resistors” in the latest issue Hamilton Stone Review. It is a stunner. And you won’t go to a dinner party again without thinking about it. (BTW, Patty wrote “Starting to Breathe” in Solace in So Many Words.)
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New Pages (which is a website all writers should have bookmarked) reviews publications and lit journals. In a recent review of Jackson Hole Review, the reviewer singled out Patty Somlo’s story “Warriors” and had this to say about it: “I had some trepidation that Patty Somlo’s snapshot narrative of a Native American Vietnam Vet’s return “home” in “Warrior” would fall into stereotypes, but the expressive detail and click-clean dialogue doesn’t allow this. Somlo deftly packs every line with external story as well as internal contemplation of the main character; I could not help but get caught up in the story’s final sweep of emotion. I love it when a story does that.” See? I’m not the only one who thinks Patty is a talented writer.
Press 53 has also recognized the talent of two contributors to Solace in So Many Words. I am speaking of Kathleene Donahoo (who wrote “Stops and Starts”) and Arthur Powers (who wrote “Jardim Zoologic”). Both were finalists in Press 53’s 2011 Open Awards. Kathleene’s story is called “Strands” and Arthurs’s is “Back Country People.” Congrats to both!
Press 53 is another resource for writers and readers, with its frequent calls for submissions and an extensive catalog of unique anthologies and compelling fiction. The editor is Kevin Morgan Watson and he works really hard for the written word.
So my advice for these stifling days? Hole up in the a.c. and get yourself something to read.