Lying on his back in the grass, the sky stretched to infinity, fall constellations just now rising as if pinned to some gaudy wheel in slow but infinite spin, moving in silence beyond thought, beyond comprehension.
“Nighttime Awakening” by William Gay
Join the members of Team Gay in celebrating Southern Author, William Gay’s, final work–Stories From The Attic (Dzanc Books). Archival material and artwork of Gay’s will be available to view starting at 4PM. At 6:30 PM, team members will read favorite passages from the new collection and then open the floor for discussion.Books available for purchase.
WHERE: BEAR BOOK MARKET 85 East Main Street Dahlonega, GA 30533
WHEN: 4-8 PM EST. From 4-6, feel free to wander in for casual conversation about William Gay. Readings begin at 6:30 PM, followed by Q&A. Refreshments will be served.
I am happy to announce that I signed a contract to publish my book, The Bystanders, with Moonshine Cove Publishing. The Bystanders is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2023. To say this has been a journey is an understatement. Thanks to all my family and friends–writerly or otherwise–for all the support. You never write a book all by yourself. You need an army of writers to push you through editing, submitting, and rejection after rejection after rejection. Did I mention you’ll get rejected? Once you do get an offer, the work is far from over. In this world, most small publishers have limited funds to market your book, so be prepared to make your book your absolute favorite topic of conversation without coming off as a total narcissist. Anyway…those are steps for the near future. Right now, I feel like I did something right for once with the writing gods. Gotta go light a candle and make some more offerings.
I am so honored to be part of the new team at Southern Literary Review. For years, I’ve admired SLR and their support of Southern authors and literature and their compelling book reviews and author interviews and profiles. When I left my career in the financial world (fifteen years of banking), everyone thought I was a madwoman. “You’re going to do what? Write?” And yes, you do have to be a little mad to be a writer. It was risky leaving the security of the steady paying job, and I was scared. I wondered if I had it in me to switch directions halfway through my life. I wondered if I would I be accepted into the literary and writing world.
So, I got my MFA in creative writing, and I was off to the races, right? Not so much. I learned that my MFA was only a key; it was up to me how I used that key. I used it by opening doors that were challenging. I said “yes” to opportunities when “no” would have been so much easier. I deliberately made myself uncomfortable. Everyone at the literary conferences seemed so much smarter than me. It was intimidating. But “uncomfortable” is a good thing and it fades. At the end of the day all those writers at conferences are thinking the same thing. What matters is that you have a common love for literature that you want to share with others. And now I get to share that common love at Southern Literary Review as one of the new associate editors. I feel so validated for making a leap of faith and thrilled to be working with such talented women–Donna Meredith and Clare Matturro.
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