Blizzards, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes: Texas Literary Weather

SAN ANGELO, TX: Two Angelo State University professors are calling for submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction about weather in the Lone Star State. The Texas Weather Anthology will be edited by Terry Dalrymple and Laurence Musgrove and published by Lamar University Literary Press.texasweatheranthology

According to the editors, the original submission deadline was October 1, 2015, but the editorial staff of the anthology was so overwhelmed by the superior quality of the early submissions that they extended the deadline into 2016. And that seems fitting in a state where everything is bigger and bolder.

The call for submissions states that writers do not have to reside in Texas, but the submissions should highlight the importance of weather: “we are looking for stories in which Texas weather is more than just a setting or background and a significant influence or major player in the dramatic action.”

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Fond Farewell

Small Press News has recently learned that a fellow publication dedicated to independent literary presses has ceased operation. As of early November, The Mimeograph stopped publishing news, reviews, and interviews. While the news is sad, it does not come as a surprise to those involved in independent publishing where the work is hard, the pay is often nil, and the job is generally thankless outside the small groups dedicated to bringing unheard voices with literary merit to print. Indeed, SPN is sad to see The Mimeograph go, but the staff of SPN is negotiating with the staff of The Mimeograph regarding republishing some of departed magazine’s fine material.

Sequel Proves a Winner

WotCravenCoverTraverse City, Michigan–Forward Reviews has named Jerry Craven’s novel, Women of Thunder (TCU Press 2014), the 2014 Multicultural Fiction Book of the Year Winner. Women of Thunder is Craven’s sequel to The Wild Part, which was named 2013 Book of the Year Finalist.

According to the publisher:
In an attempt to regain a youthful innocence, Vietnam Veteran Tom Seal returns to El Tigrito, Venezuela hoping to find his childhood friend, Rosa Rojas, nearly two decades after Tom’s family returned to the United States. Tom longs to recreate an adventure he and Rosa shared when they were young and to return to the “Eden of their childhood.” But the ensuing eighteen years have changed not only the jungle but the two friends as well. Departing for the jungle in the rainy season, Tom and Rosa try to regain the same joy and happiness they had experienced so many years ago, but instead they are beset by howler monkeys, flesh-eating butterflies, the Jungle People, and perhaps most dangerous of all—the ghosts of their own painful pasts.

Second Writer Selected for New Writer Spotlight

FourPeaceFrontCovSmall Press News is proud to announce the second writer named to the New Writer Spotlight, our ongoing feature that celebrates writers who have published their first book-length creative work with small independent presses. Kevin K. Casey and his novel Four-Peace (Lamar University Press) made the list for May 2015. Kevin has recently been interviewed by The Mimeograph.

Busy Little Press: Dozens In Print and More On the Way

LUPLogoColorBeaumont, TX–Lamar University Press calls itself a small university press, but a check of the books in print and those listed on the coming soon page reveals a more accurate description: busy university press. With the release of its next book, scheduled to be Kevin K. Casey’s novel Four-Peace, Lamar University Press will have published three novels, twenty-four books of poetry, and seven nonfiction books. From January through the end of April 2015, the press released ten books. In addition to the forty-plus books already published, the small press lists six books on its Coming Soon page. And according to press staff, there are another dozen books that have passed the selection process and in various stages of production. With this kind of impressive output for a small press, quality has not been compromised. Among the authors are many prize winners, including multiple past Texas poet laureates and one Canadian poet laureate.

For a look at many fine books crossing several genres, visit Lamar University Press.

New Feature: New Writer Spotlight

Small Press News is proud to add a new feature, the New Writer Spotlight. Spotlight will feature writers that have published their first novel, book of nonfiction, or book-length collection of poetry. Poet John Milkereit and his collection A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, 2015) will kick off the series. John has recently been interviewed by The Mimeograph about his creative process and upcoming performances.