30 June 2009

News from the Horizontal Poet

Hi All, it's Woman-Stirred member Jan Steckel posting after a year or so of silence.

My fiction chapbook arrived today! It looks beautiful. Mixing Tracks won the Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award for LGBT writers. Here’s the publisher’s blurb for the 22-page book:

“A darkly comic and oddly touching story of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and a plane crash that crushes human bodies while leaving the mandolins unharmed. In Mixing Tracks, Jan Steckel strikes an unsettling balance between the consolations of memory, the thrilling ephemerality of youthful ambition, and our shared need for connection, even (or especially) when our world seems to have to come to its end.”

If you want to order one for $8, you may have to bounce around http://www.gertrudepress.org a bit, but please be persistent, and keep looking at the shopping cart icon. Sooner or later it will successfully register your order! Don't wait too long, though, because there are fewer than a hundred copies left. Start by going to the Catalog at the top of the site and pulling down the menu; click on Chapbooks.

Please help me by ordering Mixing Tracks from the Gertrude Press website at http://www.gertrudepress.org! If I can sell out this first print run, they may do another. If this fiction chapbook sells well like my poetry chapbook did, it may help me get a publisher for the full-length short story collection I finished recently. I’ll have some copies of Mixing Tracks to sell at my July readings, but I won’t be taking mail orders myself this time.

Upcoming Readings

Monday, July 6, 2009, at 7 PM. I’m featured with Joyce Jenkins (editor of Poetry Flash) and my husband Hew Wolff at the Gallery Cafe Reading Series hosted by Kit Kennedy. Open mic to follow. The Gallery Cafe, 1200 Mason St. at Washington, San Francisco, CA. 414-296-9932. Take the bus: #1 California, #30 Stockton, #45 Union. For more information contact Kit Kennedy, kitkennedy@yahoo.com, 415-305-1831.

Monday, July 20, 2009, at 6:40 PM. I’m featured with Seattle author Cat Ruiz plus open mic at Poetry Express, hosted by Mark States, Nance Wogan and Jim Barnard. Priya Indian Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Ave. (near University Ave.), Berkeley, CA. 510-644-3977. Ask for special seating for poetry reading; 10% off dinner.

You can find details about my terrific co-featured poets at http://www.jansteckel.com/Events.html.


Fiction, poetry and essay publications over the past year and a half include work in Bellevue Literary Review, Sage Trail Poetry Magazine, The November 3rd Club, Outsider Writers, the anthology Getting Bi (2nd Edition), SoMa Literary Review, The Eloquent Atheist, Street Spirit, S.F. Heart, Faithful Fools Anthology: Living in the Land of the Dead, Vol. 3, Redwood Coast Review, and Bi Women. I have work forthcoming in Canary, Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, and the anthology Best Bi Short Stories. My wonderful webmistress and Woman-Stirred colleague Nicki Hastie is gradually adding links to many of these to my website writing resume at http://www.jansteckel.com/Writing.html. Drop by to check out what’s new! You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jan.steckel or on Goodreads.com, where I have an author page and a blog.

4 June 2009

Founders and Breadlines: Ray Raphael and Sasha Abramsky

This week: Ray Raphael at 4:15 and Sasha Abramsky at 5:00.

Founders: The People who brought You a Nation, is Raphael’s closely focused exploration of the ordinary people who participated in the great experiment of American Independence. Raphael's sweeping narrative offers readers the fascinating stories of seven ordinary in a bottom-up study of Timothy Bigelow, Henry Laurens, Joseph Plumb Martin, Robert Morris, Mercy Otis Warren, and Thomas Young, with some delightfully scandalous behavior from George Washington to keep it all simmering along. In the words of noted historian Gary B. Nash, Director of The National Center for History in the Schools, historian Ray Raphael “teaches us more about the multiple dimensions of the American Revolution than one could ever have imagined.”

Ray Raphael has published books on subjects as diverse as male initiation rites, education, regional history (Northwest California), and timber politics. His first book, An Everyday History of Somewhere, won the Commonwealth Club award for the best book of the year about California. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Reed College, he holds masters degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Political Philosophy) and Reed College (Teaching Social Science and History). In addition to teaching at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods, he has taught all subjects except foreign languages at a one-room public high school in his remote community. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with Humboldt State University, working full time as a researcher and writer. He lives in the hills of northern California and kayaks whitewater rivers.

>Breadline USA dives deep into the lives of working-poor Americans who find themselves trapped by the confluence of the housing market collapse, erratic, rising energy costs, and a health care system that mismanages, damages and ruins the lives it is supposed to enhance. Add to this mix their struggle to access nutritious affordable food. In Breadline USA Abramsky brings us the stories of Americans in all types of communities and how they manage at the end of the month when money runs out and the social safety net isn’t there to catch them./a>

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. Born and raised in England, Abramsky is a graduate of Oxford University, and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. In 2000 he was awarded a Soros Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship, and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank. In addition to Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It, (PoliPoint 2009), Abramsky is the author of: American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment, (Beacon 2007), Hard Time Blues (2002) and Conned (2006). /a>

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