Category Archives: Anthology
Brodi Ashton in Everneath said “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
I’m editing submissions I have received for my new anthology, Choices.
The entries to my poetry contest about choices are with my poet/friend judges. Winners will be announced in early August.
Jennifer D. King is the Director of the Downtown Oakland Senior Center. The book launch for this year’s anthology called WORD MOVERS took place on June 27th. The annual anthologies are a project of the Creative Writing Classes of the Downtown Oakland Senior Center and West Oakland Senior Center with contributions from the Senior Writing Community across the country. Jennifer and Jean Mundy edited WORD MOVERS, the seventh volume in this project. It’s 276 pages has poems, short stories, and memoir essays.
In addition to her work as the center director, Jennifer teaches their Poetry Workshop. She also teaches English and Public Speaking at the College of Alameda and the Allen Temple Leadership Institute in Oakland. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Mills College in Oakland.
In 2007 Jennifer’s published TURNING MY FACE TO THE SUN, a compilation of her poetry and short stories. A second collection of her work was published in 2013 under the title FIRST I CRIED.
I was pleased to accept her request to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for this year’s event. Thirty-four writers read from their published entries to a full house with standing room only available by the start of the program. Attendees were welcomed by Amy Blasenhaim, Vice Chair of the Oakland Senior Center Advisory Council. Other speakers in the program were Dorothy Poston, West Oakland Senior Center Director, Scott Means City of Oakland Services Manager, Gerry Garzon, Oakland Public Library Director, Annalee Allen, a weekly columnist for the Oakland Tribune and an Oakland Historian. Laura Courtney, the Center’s Volunteer Coordinator spoke about the Creative Writing Project.
Gerry Garzon, as Director of Library Services, oversees one of the Bay Area’s largest public library systems. The Oakland Public Library is second in size only to San Francisco and San Jose. He manages 118 branches and a roving bookmobile. Friday he announced that WORD MOVERS will be available to check out at the City of Oakland’s Library.
WORD MOVERS can be purchased on Amazon soon.
I’ve been asked to serve as Mistress of Ceremony at the Oakland Senior Center’s Book Launch and Reception this month. I enjoyed doing it two years ago and I’m honored to do it again. The title of the anthology this year is WORD MOVER. Several writers from my writing classes will have stories in it including me.
“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” Unknown
This quote was on Facebook by my friend, Frances Caballo. I’m posting it because I like it but also as a reminder to those of you who would like to submit to my next anthology with the theme Choices. Short stories and essays maximum word count is 2500. Poems about 20 lines or less. Due by August 1st this year.
On the menu of this blog there is a poetry contest page. I’m taking submissions for the contest until the end of the month, June.
I hope to publish the book by the end of 2014. I need time to put it all together unlike my recently published anthology, WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES which my amazing friend, Linda Todd, and I completed in about 3 months. That short time frame was too stressful. Please enter as soon as you can. The email to submit for the book is julainakatsbcglobaldotnet. I put the at and dot words to protect against spam. Substitute the symbols.
Now that WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES is published and my next anthology with the theme Choices isn’t ready yet, I wondered which novel to finish. HADA’S FOG needs a seventh draft but I need to let it sit a while longer. I want to write something new. I pulled out my paranormal draft that I wrote with NANOWRIMO a few years ago.
It was easy to become enthused about it again. It’s more exciting than HADA’S FOG or LILLI at this point. As my friend, Ann Winfred said, Hada and Lilli will just have to keep each other company this year so I can go off into other worlds. I completed 8 pages yesterday so it’s on its way. Working title for now is NORMAN IN THE PICTURE.
BTW: WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES is now available on Kindle besides in print with Amazon.
In my previous post, I interviewed Shannon Brown who has two novel excerpts in my anthology, WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES. She attends our writers group in Dublin, CA. As the teacher, I give ten minute exercises to practice what we’ve discussed. Here is Shannon’s ideas about writing with some rhetorical devices.
Disneyland is fun in the morning. Disneyland is fun in the afternoon. Disneyland is fun at night. I am one of those people who likes Disneyland and doesn’t think it’s cheesy, however, the repeating stye of writing is coming out extremely cheesy. Not Gouda at all, it’s not better with cheddar, so go tell your Uncle Jack: “Don’t show up at the party unless you brought Havarti.”
The plot of Shannon Brown’s novel, ROCK’n’ROLL in LOCKER SEVENTEEN, involves seventeen-year-old Steven White, the biggest fan of teen idol Ricky Stevenson whose fate Steven is determined to discover. The description on the back cover states that it’s “a hilarious novel about what happens to Steven when he discovers what really happened to the missing star.”
Find it on Amazon.
Thanks to writers George Cramer and Camille Thompson for correcting the locations for this weekend. Without George and Camille, I would have gone to the wrong place on Saturday. For those who plan to attend one or both, here is the right info.
Saturday is the Las Positas College anthology launch.
Sunday is the award ceremony for the high school students who won first, second, and third places in Tri-Valley Writing Club’s writing contest.
Maybe there’s a story hidden in the error. What could happen when a protagonist goes to a wrong setting?