Perhaps I should write on my blog more often - or perhaps this has just been an eventful month - but LOTS of stuff has been going on lately, and I'm so excited to share all of it.
First off, in celebration of poetry month, the wonderful folks of the Poets' Salon (including me!) will be doing a poetry workshop/reading this upcoming Saturday, April 13th, from 1:30pm to about 4pm at our local Fairfield Library. We'll read a bit of our poetry, have an open mic period, and also chat about what it takes to write and get your own poems published. We will have great snacks and drinks to keep you fueled, too - so be sure to drop in for a nosh and a rhyme. More info can be found HERE. Hope to see you there!
Next, I've had a slew of writing acceptances and publications recently. I had two drabbles (100-word stories) accepted for the Dark Drabbles # 1 Anthology, coming out June 25th. Speaking of coming out, my poem "lemures" was published at Plum Tree Tavern, and I also had my flash story "Ceasefire" published at The Ekphrastic Review. I actually read "Ceasefire" live down at KGB Bar in NYC this past Friday night. (Thanks to everyone who braved the nasty weather to come out and read/listen to our stories!)
My friend and fellow writer Barbara Russell interviewed me and reviewed my novel The Rose Queen on her website - you can find her fabulous post HERE. Another review came out today at Life of a Writer: Turn Another Page, and The Rose Queen got a glowing 4.5 out of 5 stars. I'm so thrilled that my book is getting such rave reviews!
Speaking about feedback on writerly projects, When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology is raking in the awards and nominations. The anthology overall won 1st place in the 2019 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest in the editing category, and Gabi Coatsworth's story "Misconception" took first place in the same contest for the short story category. Leslie Burton-López's story "Baggage" made the Editors' Choice Fourth Quarterly Review at Bewildering Stories, and Elizabeth Chatsworth's story "Ten Minutes Past Teatime" is a finalist for the 2019 New England Readers' Choice Contest.
Whew! Some truly amazing stories and authors in the anthology and I am so happy that their stories are getting such good press. I hope everyone gives the anthology a read - you won't be disappointed, since there's something for every reader.
Speaking of awards, the anthology AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief, containing my poem "Assimilation," is a 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist. Congrats to the amazing publishers, Lantz Arroyo, Nicholas Hurd, and Sarah Lopez, who are getting such wonderful recognition for their debut publishing project! They have a lot more exciting projects that have come out since then or are on the horizon, so be sure to check them out.
More exciting news coming soon!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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