Sunday, February 24, 2008


Workshop for Writers in Milwaukee Area

For writers who live in the Milwaukee area, here is a workshop given by
Marcela Landres:

Pitch Your Book and How Editors Think Workshops


Pitch Your Book

Pitching a book idea is an essential skill most writers lack and need when submitting their work to agents and editors. Topics discussed include: why
pitching is important; how to formulate a winning pitch; and the three most common mistakes writers make when pitching their book ideas.

How Editors Think

Do you think editors spend their days reading manuscripts? Think again! If you want to understand why editors choose to publish certain writers and reject the rest, learn how they think. Topics discussed include: the three most common mistakes writers make when trying to get published; the two most important jobs of an editor (editing isn't one of them!); and the number one quality editors look for in
a writer.

Pitch Your Book - 9:45 am, Saturday 3/8
How Editors Think - 11:00 am, Sunday 3/9

WHERE: UWM School of Continuing Education's Spring
Writers Festival, Milwaukee, WI

WHO: Marcela Landres is an Editorial Consultant who edits manuscripts, critiques proposals, and advises on how to launch and manage a writing career. She was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster and is the creator of Latinidad, one of Writer's Digest magazine's 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. A member of the Women's Media Group, she has acted as a judge for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and speaks frequently for organizations such as The Learning Annex.

For more information, please visit

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Marcela Landres
Editorial Consultant
Helping writers get published.

Writer's Digest 101 Best Web Sites for Writers

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Local DC Area Readings / Events

Here is a list of local DC-Area reading / event courtesy of Kim Roberts:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
Sunday Kind of Love: Reading from Family Pictures Anthology and celebration of African American History Month.
Featured readers from the anthology: Kwame Alexander, Darlene Anita Scott, Shana Yarborough, and Katy Richey, with live music. (I will present a short history of the founding of African American History Month by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and his connection to the U Street neighborhood of DC.) Reading followed by open mic.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.
Hosted by Sarah Browning - Free Admission, but donations gratefully accepted.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, 7:00 pm
A Space Inside Reading Series: Vrzhu Press reading, featuring Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew reading from their new books
Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St. NE, DC. (202) 543-4342.
Hosted by Monica Jacobe - Free Admission

Saturday, March 8, 2008, 2:00 pm
The Big Read Volunteer Party: Be Part of the Story!
Come learn about the over fifty special events taking place in The Big Read 2008, sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington, and sign up to get involved. Our book this year is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Events will include readings, book discussions, films, dance lessons, and guided walking tours.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, DC. (202) 387-8391.

Sunday, March 9, 2008, 6:00 pm
Iota Poetry Series: Kim and Regie Cabico guest-host a Split This Rock Poetry Reading, sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and presented in conjunction with the Split This Rock Poetry Festival special issue of the journal (Vol 9:1, published January 2008).
Featured readers Brian Gilmore, Melissa Tuckey, Heather Davis, and Steve Rogers, followed by open mic.
Iota Bar and Restaurant, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 522-8340.
Series hosted by Miles David Moore - Free Admission.

Sunday, March 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
Sunday Kind of Love Series: Kim and Regie Cabico guest host a Split This Rock Poetry Reading, sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
Featured readers Winona Addison, Teri Ellen Cross, Yael Flusberg, Tanya Snyder, Dan Vera, Rosemary Winslow, and Kathi Wolfe, followed by open mic.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, DC (202) 387-POET.
Series hosted by Sarah Browning - Free Admission, but donations collected.

March 20 through 23, 2008
Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Readings, panels, guided walking tours, films, and more. Featured readers include Jimmy Santiago Baca, Princess of Controversy, Robert Bly, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Joel Dias-Porter, Mark Doty, Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, Brian Gilmore, Galway Kinnell, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Tichy, Belle Waring. Fee: $75, $40 for students; some scholarships available. Co-sponsoring organizations include Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal Announces a Contest

Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal takes great pleasure in announcing its second International Queer Writing Competition.
entries are now being accepted for the Poetry and Short Story Categories, as well as for the Transfabulous Prize (the best short story by a trans writer or exploring trans themes. Prize is £200 for the best story.)

deadline: 1 September 2008

Visit their link:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


ArLiJo Debuts Its Own Website

Gival Press is pleased to announce that ArLiJo (aka the Arlington Literary Journal online) now has its own website which can be reached by clicking on the link below:

ArLiJo currently is featuring a story in Spanish by Leonel Bernal, Spanish poetry by Benito Pastoriza Iyodo, and an English story by Larry Stanfel.

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