The Triangle is not just saturated with food truck rodeos, it’s marinating in literary hot sauce. Members of Triangle Writers are publishing new books, getting work accepted in journals, adding their books to local libraries, becoming expert figures in their respective fields, and sending me lots of information about their latest news that you can find below.
Triangle Writers just passed 475 members in June! In May we celebrated 450 members with a cocktail hour in downtown Raleigh. At this rate, stay tuned for another cocktail hour before year’s end to celebrate 500 members.
Over the winter I added a Daytime Critique Group that meets once per month. This group has been a great resource and I will continue hosting it for the rest of the year. I also hosted a Writers Circle in Apex for the first time this month. The Writers Circle is not a critique group, it’s more of an open discussion about writers conferences, publishing, contests, and story ideas. This was also a success and I plan to host another one or two in 2014.
Summer Writing Event in Raleigh
On Tuesday, July 29th writers can attend Author Marketing at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. I’m an education provider for the program, which covers the latest digital marketing tools, publishing trends, and publicity options for traditionally and independently published writers. Read more about registering for Author Marketing here or in Wake County Schools Lifelong Learning catalog. $55, one night only. Advanced registration required.
Chris Abbate had a poem “How To Use A Bible” accepted for forthcoming issue of The Comstock Review.
Tessie Castillo has continued to publish articles on law enforcement, drug overdose prevention, and personal stories of those struggling with addiction. In addition to her regular health and law column for the Huffington Post, she will be joining TheFix.com as an “expert opinion” to answer readers’ questions about drug policy reform.
Kevin Chandler published a story “A Different Kind of Lighthouse to Visit” in the May/June issue of Lighthouse Digest magazine. The piece was a feature on the Frying Pan Shoals Light Station renovation off the coast of Southport, NC.
Owen Choi’s novel Tendrils of Life (a story of love, loss, and survival in the turmoil of the Korean War) was purchased by Wake County Libraries this spring and is currently in circulation.
In May 2014 the staff at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences selected Tara Lynne Groth’s (me!) poem “Climate Change” as part of their Poetry Scope event. Another one of her poems was selected by Winston-Salem Writers for submission to the Associated Artists’ new program, which is currently under consideration.
Apex author and editor Belea T. Keeney had her first novel published by JMS Books. The Tiger Whisperer focuses on a big cat refuge destroyed by a tornado, and the accidental release of Sultan, an adult Siberian tiger. “A man. A tiger. A tornado. The chase is on.” It’s available both in print and ebook formats wherever books are sold. Keeney will be appearing at the Kudzu Cat Club show in Hickory NC in July, at Authors After Dark in Charlotte in August, and is booking events in Florida in late September. Her class with Alice Osborn, “Write Your Short Story Like a Rock Star!” is Saturday, June 21st, in Raleigh. More info is available here.
Brian Lang’s short story “Charley Beredelli” won the “two of the seven deadly sins” short story contest from Durham Writers Group.
Inked Voices launches this month! Former TW member Brooke McIntyre created the tool. Inked Voices is a new web service that helps writers find, form and run small critique groups online. Find other writers who share your interests and exchange work in private, invitation-based groups. Each group has its own shared space for discussions and critique; a built-in submissions process with deadlines, status updates and notifications simplifies group management. Use the code TARALYNNE and get 25% off 1 year. Note: you will be able to start using this coupon June 26th when Inked Voices transitions out of its beta. The coupon is valid through 8/15.
J. Lloyd Morgan’s latest novel Bring Down the Rain was released by Pendr Publishing. Set in 1986, Bring Down The Rain is a story of loss, grief, redemption, hope, and making life-altering choices. Starting at a new high school is hard, especially as a senior. At age 17, Derek moves with his family from North Carolina to Utah. Derek learns about the unwritten laws of dating in Utah, and that his mom and dad have a history at his new school—a history that threatens his future.
Kenn Prebilic, under his pen name K E Conlon, has put out a horror novella eBook based on a screenplay he wrote. You can find Wildcat Branch and his first novel ThunderBird Walking on his Amazon author page. Look for his eBooks on iTunes/iBooks (Available Now) and Nook in the near future.
Theremin book launch at Letters Bookshop | Sunday, June 29 • 2pm
Letters Bookshop, 313 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Montreal’s Sean Michaels (Twitter @stgramophone) visits Durham for an otherworldly evening of words and music. Michaels will be reading from his debut novel, Us Conductors (Tin House Books) – a story of Lev Sergeyvich Termen, inventor of the theremin, and Clara Rockmore, its greatest player. This tale of love and electricity bounds from jazz age New York to the Siberian tundra, filled with longing, dancing, espionage and kung-fu. Kirkus, in their recent starred review, called it, “a novel that somehow manages to feel both classically Russian (with echoes of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn) and very contemporary.” At the heart of Us Conductors sits the theremin, one of the strangest inventions in the history of music. An electric instrument that’s played without touching – simply by moving your hands in the air – the theremin has enchanted everyone from George Gershwin to the Beach Boys to the Pixies. In Durham, Michaels will be joined by local musician Dave Yarwood – that rarest of things, a theremin player. Yarwood will introduce the audience to the wonders of this eerie instrument, and maybe even give you a chance to try it out. Born in Scotland in 1982, Sean Michaels is the founder of the literary music-blog Said the Gramophone. His work has appeared in The Guardian, McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Rolling Stone, The Observer, The Believer and Pitchfork.
Grey Wolfe Publishing, based in Michigan, this publisher is offering complimentary book reviews to select Meetup groups. Contact Grey Wolfe for more information.