Huge apologies for the mistake, Nancy. We'll get that date updated online. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Kirsten Akens, associate editor
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the book signing! It is on SUNDAY, January 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Another great GLBTIQ book that recently came out is "The Cross in the Closet" by Timothy Kurek about a southern baptist young adult who came out as gay for a year to see how his family, friends and church/ community would treat him. Great book- amazing courage and meekness to do such a thing and see for himself that God loves and accepts GLBTIQ people too. I want to bring Timothy to CS during Pride to speak to our Youth group and community. I think this could open up dialog between the GLBTIQ and church community to promote tollerance, acceptance and peace among all people who live in Colorado.
I think you're wrong about A Land More Kind Than Home. That's been on my to-read list for seems like a year. I saw reviews of that book all over the Internet. So it hasn't been "under the radar" in my opinion. Wilderness, however, has been, although that, too, has been on my too-read list. I just by chance found a review of that book and now really want it.
I just now saw that the poems are here. At first they didn't show. I believe there are two versions of the ending, with the thought's being the same. I may be recalling the version online......
"Red Alert" is among the favorites of mine. If you recall, the ending is something like "for years, I thought it was wolves I had to beware." In other words, it was never wolves, but the mother. Nothing can prepare one for mothers of any kind. I have heard audiences nervously, slightly giggle at the end of this one when Lois has performed it, and I have heard them outright gasp. It is a very powerful piece.
Wow. Really enjoyed Red Alert. "dressed me in the color of raw meat ..." powerful. So much our parents can't -- or won't -- prepare us for.
Bill was an inspiration and a wonderful person! I feel lucky to have known him and am glad his story is being told!
It was partly Bill Hyer who inspired me to become a foster parent. RIP Bill
I'm not buying it. Been a Nazarene my entire life, and the church never kept me from doing anything (appropriate or inappropriate) I wanted to do (and I'm from the Southern wing of the denomination). Sanity and common sense did.
Sounds like someone is trying to make C/Naz or Christianity in general a scapegoat for her own hangups.
NOW, to fix my errors! POETRY Magazine's startup was 1912! Lois' emergence into the world was 1913. So sorry! J. (aka Billy Pilgrim)
Thank you SO MUCH to The Independent for advertising this event! A small clarification - POETRY Magazine's start-up was in 2012, and Poetry West organized as such in 1982; thus the 2012 celebrations. Lois did "emerge" in 2013, however! Again, thank you - and the readings will be from several of her books, including, hopefully, the one in progress/compiled/not yet published. She will also deliver some autobiography and there will be time for questions. "I know of nothing so powerful as a word." - Emily Dickinson (if possibly a slight paraphrase) Julianza
Kirsten Akens, THANK YOU for telling us about Mark Stevens' Buried by the Roan that delves into gas & oil industry fracking in Colorado wilderness. Questioning, even of the status quo, is always good, whatever the results may be. Glad Stevens knows about the EPA pursing more analysis -- as they should have done per their own 1987 report on fracking that was only recently brought to light! Yep, it just takes mild attentiveness to realize fracking's effect on landscape and animals, which in Colorado is ruining tourism as well. I agree with your quote of Stevens regarding people's ill health: "... it seems to me that this is something that's happening wherever there's fracking." Please check out www.frackingcolorado.wordpress.com by What the Frack? Commission (Arapahoe County, Colorado). Thanks again, Randee Webb (facebook: Fracking Colorado)
What is with all these guys? here is another, worse than Tucker Max.... http://memoirsofamanwhore.ca/
I've followed Barbara's career for more years than either of us wants to admit, and every book she's written is a keeper. I particularly enjoy her characters in these "foodie" novels, because they're so real and earthy. Coincidentally, that's an apt description of the author, too. :) Of course, these books tend to make me hungry, but visiting Ms. O'Neal's blog almost always nets a recipe or two. Thank you for the article, Kirsten. And than you, Barbara, for another keeper to treasure on a cold winter day.
It must take a lot of talent to write murder mystery games. There's so many things someone would have to consider for the game play aspect of it, not to mention the story itself has to be interesting! Quite the challenge indeed.
Thanks so much for writing, Beth. Perhaps another interview subject would have given me a different impression of Author Fest. I assumed, not unreasonably, I think, that the keynote speaker interviewed for this article represented the best and brightest at Author Fest. That gave me a negative impression of the event. She seems to have muscled her way into a book deal rather than writing her way into one. In this piece she evidences the small-town pretension of needing to reassure everyone she's not pretentious, even though she's published a book. Had I known Author Fest featured presenters who care about the craft of writing and are taken seriously in the literary community, I might have gone.
I'm not sure what led ManitouMike to this impression from the article, but cheerleading writers in a certain clique was certainly not the intent of Author Fest, nor did I see any evidence of such when I attended. The sessions I attended, and the one I presented with Laura DiSilverio on "Getting Serious about Series Writing" were focused on educating aspiring authors on the craft and business of writing, all with the aim of helping those who are new to the process learn what they need to break into that "clique" of published authors that Mike perceives.
At both the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, offered in the spring, and at this conference, I saw published authors reaching out to unpublished writers to answer questions and share what they've learned along the way to help others avoid some of the pitfalls in publishing. I see the Pikes Peak Writers Conference as a more serious one for those who may have a finished manuscript and are ready to enter a writing contest and/or pitch to agents or editors, while Author Fest may be for those who are newer to the process and are wondering what it takes to become a published author. Both are useful to the local writing community.
I'm one of those Colorado authors who is traditionally published in hardcover and reviewed in respected print and online publications, and there were many others like me presenting at Author Fest. Yes, the element of self-publishing was there as well as traditional-publishing, and while I never suggest that someone go into self-publishing with their eyes closed, attending a conference such as this and finding out what the pluses and minuses are is the best way to make an informed decision.
I was planning to attend Author Fest until I read this article. Colorado is home to dozens of accomplished writers. Writers who publish books in hardcover. Writers who are taken seriously enough to have their books reviewed in respected print and online publications. Writers who can discuss their practice of a finely tuned craft.
This article suggests Author Fest is focused on cheerleading, and on featuring writers within a certain clique. Many aspiring writers want to know how to write and publish with excellence, not just how to bulldoze one's way into the publishing world.
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