Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mid-August Marvels

There's an incredible amount of great writing about at the moment, what with the launch of The Collagist, and new issues from kill author, DecomP, PANK, NOO Journal, DOGZPLOT (Flash), and more. Another excellent online literary magazine to watch is Staccato Fiction. Check out their fine aesthetics and even finer fiction.

There's the usual stellar work in these issues that we've come to expect from such writers as Lauren Becker, Matt Bell, Mel Bosworth, Jimmy Chen, Kim Chinquee, Kathy Fish, Erin Fitzgerald, Heather Fowler, Roxane Gay, Steven J. McDermott, Laura Ellen Scott, Beth Thomas, William Walsh, Kevin Wilson, and Bonnie ZoBell, and many, many more. Wow!

What's more, kill author Issue 2 introduced me to Emma J. Lannie. I so enjoyed her short "Proxy." It reads fresh and inventive and is thoroughly satisfying. Here's snippets: "The corridor is long and full of too many chances to turn back." "I wear all grey, like skin when the heart stops." "He kisses me and it feels like a car crash. Something you know you shouldn't enjoy, but you can't help it." There are so many more lines I could quote, but out of context they lose their power. Congratulations, Emma. I look forward to reading more of your work.

What a line-up of writers and great works! Please read these wonderful magazines, and let their editors know how much you appreciate their extraordinary efforts and the gifted writers they are publishing.

I'm proud to be a part of this terrific community. Thank you.


  1. Thanks for the nod, Ethel. But don't forget to include yourself on this list of mid-august marvels. Quite enjoyed your reading at the Bound Off podcast.

    (Don't you ever lose that accent entirely!)

    Always, Mel

  2. Thanks so much for the mention, Ethel. You are very kind. I'm grinning like a loon. x

  3. You're so welcome, Emma. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Dear Ethel,

    I apologize for the public note.

    I’ve had the pleasure of reading “Fe Fi Fo Fum” in UP THE STAIRCASE and wanted to be in touch to introduce myself. I’m a literary agent at McIntosh and Otis, an agency based in New York. I'd love to take a look at IN THE FAMILY WAY. I think that you have a very interesting voice and would love to read more of your work!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    All best,
    Rebecca Strauss

    Rebecca Strauss
    McIntosh and Otis, Inc.
    353 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1500
    New York, NY 10016
    Email: rebeccastrauss@mcintoshandotis.com