Let’s congratulate WWW member C.M. Mayo with her upcoming book of poetry due out in a few days!
C.M. Mayo’s book Meteor, which won the Gival Press Poetry prize, will launch at the Associated Writing Programs conference in Portland, Oregon, this March where she will be participating in Gival Press’ 20th anniversary celebration reading and signing copies of Meteor at the Gival Press table in the bookfair. (Details at www.cmmayo.com/events.html)
Meteor has been garnering blurbs and reviews, among them, from Foreword Magazine, which calls Meteor “funny and thoughtful” and from poet Grace Cavalieri who hosts “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress,” who says of Meteor, “I believe this is Mayo’s best work—perfect words without artifice; characters and situations made permanent; a triumph of language as a natural art. She brings flowers to the living.” Mayo also recently gave an interview about Meteor to Leslie Pietryzk for her popular TBR blog at this link: http://www.workinprogressinprogress.com/2019/01/tbr-meteor-by-cm-mayo.html
About C.M. Mayo
C.M. lives and writes in and about Mexico! She has written several books, both fiction and nonfiction, and is an avid translator of Mexican poetry and fiction. She was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017 and is an accomplished host of podcasts and blogs. Learn more at www.cmmayo.com
Attention all WWW authors, a great opportunity:
First Annual Literary Festival, Cortez, Colorado
When: Friday evening (6 – 7:30), June 7th and all day (10 – 5) Saturday, June 8th
Where: Cortez Public Library, Cortez, Colorado
Special guest author: Anne Hillerman
Information: Reserve a table now for book sales – $25
Deadline, March 15
Submit a proposal for a 30 minute workshop
Deadline, March 15
To: Kathy Berg, KBerg@cityofCortez.com
Call for more information or questions: 970-565-8117
Many thanks to WWW member Nancy Bo Flood for the heads up about this new western event!
WWW Member Janet Squires has recently released her latest children’s illustrated book with her publisher, Mindstir Media. Check it out!
Gracie Jane has a heart as big as the Western sky, and she’s always ready to lend a helping hand. So, she doesn’t think twice about rescuing Fifi La Rue and taking the lost pup home. After all, how much trouble could one little dog be on a great big ranch?
It’s nonstop fun and excitement when one good deed goes hilariously wrong!
Janet Squires writes for both children and adults. Her first picture book, THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY, was the Arizona Governor’s 2007 First Grade Book and a special edition was printed and distributed to every first-grade student in the state. To learn more, visit: http://www.janetsquiresbooks.com/home.html
Little did Addie Wright realize what she would face when she came west from Ontario in 1910 to marry her fiancé, Abraham Hanna.
Based on entries in Abraham’s diaries, Our Bull’s Loose In Town! tells the story of the author’s grandparents as they built their farm and raised a family in the Meyronne district of southwestern Saskatchewan. Through trials and triumphs, sorrows and successes, the horrors of the Great War, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties and the dark years of the Dirty Thirties, they found strength and courage in their faith, in their indomitable humor, and in their family and neighbors.
This is also the story of the rise and decline of a prairie village, and of the political and social turmoil of a province and country in the first half of the twentieth century, all as Addie lived it.
Margaret G. Hanna grew up outside the village of Meyronne, SK, on the farm that her paternal grandfather homesteaded in 1910. She was a professional archaeologist and curator of Aboriginal History at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, where her work with the aboriginal community was vast and involved with many tribal elders. She now resides in Airdrie, Alberta. For more, visit margaretghanna.wordpress.com
WWW member Juni Fisher released her debut novel, Girls from Centro, on November 12, 2018, a coming-of-age, contemporary tale with a strong Hispanic backbone that tackles the question of immigration, poverty, family, and sacrifice.
Teresa sells souveniers to tourists and feeds her father’s fighting roosters. Ana, a young single mother, cooks at a convent and orphanage. Both young women are offered the chance at ta better life in the United States, and both decide to walk away from their existence to fight for a new one. For Teresa and Ana, the dangers and the uncertainties are worth paying a price. But will the challenges along the way be worth it to reach the dream of life beyond the border?
Juni Fisher was raised in the San Joaquin Valley on a California farm. Riding horses, playing her guitar and singing have all been central to Juni’s life from little onward. Her first country music song was released in 1999 and with the accolades received, Juni made music her full-time gig, though her first novel adds ‘author’ to her list of achievements. For more, visit: junifisher.com
Kayann Short’s latest essay, “Bones Beneath Bark: The Ecological Kinship of Trees and Humans,” has appeared in Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability
. Paired with Joyce Tennyson’s luminous photography of trees and nature, the essay considers how trees benefit human health and the reciprocity required for both species’ survival. To read the essay, visit: https://hawkandhandsaw.unity.edu/tenneson_short_trees/
Taking a jump from a essay focused on nature, Kayann also provides prompts for writing ecology-based memoirs, or including natural surroundings when writing memoir. These prompts are available via Kaynn’s blog at: http://ecobiography.com/2019/01/navigating-northwest/
or you can read them here:
Writing Exploration: As you move throughout your day and night, notice the navigational systems you use to get where you want to go. Do you use street signs? GPS? Maps? Note which are human-made, like street signs, GPS, and maps, and which derive from nature, like the sun, stars, and the behaviors of creatures and natural phenomenon. Or write about a journey in which you navigate by natural landmarks, symbols, and methods different from those used in your daily life. How do different methods of navigation determine or alter your story? (prompts property of Kayann Short)
Kayann Short, Ph.D., is a writer, farmer, teacher, and activist at Stonebridge Farm, located in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Kayann’s wide and extensive accolades include establishing a feminist press library archive at Colorado State University, and she has a passion for organic food production. When not writing or teaching, Kayann knits, cooks, plays mandolin and gardens with her partner, John. For more, visit https://kayannshort.com/
WWW is filled with writers of all walks, writing all genres, but with two things in common: we are women, and we write the west.
In 2018, many of us have won awards, sat on finalist lists, released and re-released books, promoted and marketed. We have networked and worked hard. We’ve supported one another and we reach for the stars, trying to leave our mark on the world and to leave it a bit better as we go along.
2018 has been a marvelously fun year as the WWW blog coordinator. I’ve been able to “meet” many of you through this channel, and look forward to meeting many more of you in person at the 2019 conference.
As we look back at what we’ve done in 2018, it’s exciting and inspiring to also look forward to 2019. What will each of us do with our lives and, more specifically, our writing, our words, and our western leanings. How will we share our passion? What are our goals? And whatever they are, no matter how big or small, know that you have the companionship, support, and passion of all the rest of the WWW community.
I look forward to 2019 and hope many more of you use and continue to use this forum as a place to share your news, releases, and experiences.
In joy and holiday spirit,