Solace in So Many Words contributors have been busy. Here’s a look at what they have been up to.
Philip Levine has a poem “The Future” in the January 6 issue of The New Yorker, which begins this way, “The past is no more past / than the future,” and ends “but the day kept going / on and on into the future.”
T. C. Boyle who released his tenth book of short stories (T. C. Boyle Stories II) in 2013 is working on a novel The Harder They Come.
I’m about a half-year late in telling you that you can listen to Joe Meno’s story “People Are Becoming Clouds” as a Selected Shorts on WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station. His story “Animals” is in McSweeney’s (issue 44).
A poem by Ellen Bass “How I Became Miss America” is in Rattle (December 4, 2013), which also features an interview with her. You can read her poem and listen to Ellen read it too.
Patty Somlo has had a number of her stories published recently. Her story “When She Went Back There” is in the latest issue of Emerge Literary Journal. Her story “The Shirt” appeared in Scholars and Rogues. Her story “Cowboys” is in Raven Chronicles.
Kathleen Kirk was commissioned to write poems in the voice of sculptor Camille Claudel for the Columbus Dance Theatre. Two of these poems “Sakuntala” and “Red Umbrella” appeared in Fickle Muses. A chapbook of these Camille Claudel poems “Interior Sculpture: poems in the voice of Camille Claudel” is just out from Kristy Bowen’s dancing girl press. Also Kathleen’s poems “Collage” and “Working Small” appear in the current Arsenic Lobster, which is edited by Susan Yount.
Jan Bottiglieri has two poems (“Whatever You Call It Will Be Its Name” and “Poem to Franz Wright”) in the the latest issue of The Boiler Review.
The fall issue of Olentangy Review features a poem of mine called “Ignominious Bubble and Pop.” The editor Melissa Price asked me to contribute a post to the Review’s feature called “Process.” I really enjoyed seeing how this poem came to be – maybe you will too. I also have a poem “Aaron Render Died of a Heart Attack in the Middle of his Shift” in Work Literary Magazine. I continue to be so happy that my gal Cherry found a place to live and that would be Pithead Chapel, which published my story “Dear Robert James Waller.”