The Unreal Issue, How Not to Hate Your Friends, and Two Friendly Announcements
It seems fitting that while floating through my post-AWP-cold-induced haze, Poemeleon’s Unreal Issue debuted. I have a couple of poems in there, one about post-apocalypse and one about consulting a medical intuitive, which I believe is one of the signs of apocalypse. It’s a great issue over all. I really like editor Cati Porter’s editorial vision.
And, in case you were in a haze of your own, in a perhaps post-AWP-induced jealousy haze (it happens), check out this excellent article on how not to hate your friends by Courtney Maum. It’s kind of funny, but also kind of true that in the writing world, that you need to you make sure you only make friends not with people you secretly hate, but with people who are good for you and whom you can genuinely encourage and be proud of.
And speaking of those kinds of friends…be sure to tune into ABC tomorrow 8 PM to watch the debut of the show based on Jason Mott’s The Returned, called Resurrection. And if you’re in Seattle, try to make it to Open Books to catch Martha Silano’s reading at 3 PM for her new book, Reckless Lovely. (Two friends I am very proud of, and whom I don’t hate at all.)
It’s International Women’s Day, so remember to tell someone you appreciate them, buy a piece of art by your favorite female artist, sign up for a subscription to a magazine run by and for women, or donate to a local women’s shelter (the closest one to our neighborhood is I think this one) or international aid charity for women (I like Heifer International.)