Saturday, February 8, 2014

start-up shout-outs: new lit opportunities & more

I’m so pleased to see some new endeavors by literary pals, I just have to share. Joe Ponepinto and Kelly Davio are working toward the launch of Tahoma Literary Review, and Kim Loomis-Bennett recently launched Collage: Book Reviews. Here’s what you need to know:

Joe Ponepinto recently made this announcement on his blog about the launch of Tahoma Literary Review. Kelly Davio shares info about TLR on her blog, as well. With this powerhouse editorial team, their mission is simple: publish amazing work and pay writers fairly. Pay writers. For creative work. You read that right. Kelly and Joe are on a mission and setting high standards. Be sure to check out those respective blog posts for more info about their plans. If you don’t already know these lovely literary citizens, here’s a brief intro:  

Joe Ponepinto is a former book reviews editor for Los Angeles Review and the author of a short story collection, The Face Maker and other stories of obsession. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and his work has been published in dozens of literary journals.

Kelly Davio, also a graduate of the NILA writing program, is former Managing Editor for The Los Angeles Review and current Associate Poetry Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. She is also a book reviewer for Women’s Review of Books. Her debut collection, Burn This House, is available from Red Hen Press.

The TLR website will launch later this month and submissions will open on March 1, 2014. Like Tahoma Literary Review on Facebook for continued updates.

Kim Loomis-Bennett has just launched Collage: Book Reviews, a new online resource that aims to cover an eclectic mix of new books. Kim’s poems and book reviews have previously appeared in The November 3rd Club, The Copperfield Review, Poet’s Quarterly, and Hippocampus Magazine. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University.

I’m thrilled for Kim and am delighted that her first poetry review for Collage is my new book, Square Feet. Read Kim’s review here.

While I’m at it, I also want to give a shout-out to both Laurie Lowenstein and Barbara J Taylor. Laurie’s book, Unmentionables, is the debut release from Kaylie Jones Books, and Barb’s book, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, will be released as the second KJB title very soon. Kaylie Jones Books is a new imprint of Akashic Books, based in Brooklyn, and I have to give a slight disclaimer for my shout-out; I’m a nonfiction editor with KJB, so of course my pride in these releases is a bit biased, but who cares. I’m proud of these two amazing debut authors—and so proud of Kaylie Jones for embarking on this incredible journey of discovering new voices.

Unmentionables, by Laurie Lowenstein, is available here.
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, by Barbara J Taylor, will soon be available here.

Like Kaylie Jones Books on Facebook for updates and news.

That’s an amazing amount of good news to share. My best wishes for Joe, Kelly, Kim, Laurie, Barb, and Kaylie. Readers and writers, have fun checking them all out…

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