News from Contributors and Staff
SmokeLong Contributors News:
Bezalel Stern’s story, “It’s Happened to Everyone,” was published at Wigleaf on February 1, and his poem, “A Night in Spain,” appeared in Empty Mirror on February 10. His story, “Sparks,” was featured in Issue Forty-Three.
The very first issue of Michael Don’s journal Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature debuted in June (2015). Don co-edits the journal with John Obwavo and Christine Mwai. Born out of the editors’ Nairobi-based writing group, Kikwetu is a semiannual online literary journal that publishes both new and established writers from East Africa and beyond. Don’s story, “Discipline,” appeared in Issue Forty-Seven.
Murray Dunlap’s collection Fires and Other Stories was released on June 7th from Ardent Writer Press. The pub date marked the seven-year anniversary of a car wreck that forced Dunlap to start his life over from scratch. Fires is a collection of short stories framed by non-fiction about Dunlap’s difficult recovery. Dunlap’s story, “In the Attic,” appears in Issue Twenty-Eight.
Kate Wisel has had a busy year so far. She had several poems published in The Blotter and Neon Magazine in March. And we’re excited to share that one of the poems, “God and Me,” was nominated for a Forward Prize. In May Wisel’s story, “Benny’s Bed,” was published in Compose Magazine. In June her story, “Run for your Life,” was published in Bartleby Snopes, and you can vote for her story as your favorite in the June issue here (voting closes July 5!).
SmokeLong Staff News:
Josh Denslow’s story, “Too Late for a Lot of Things,” which originally appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Third Coast, was recently reprinted in Sequestrum. His story, “Taking Chances,” was published in Issue 17 of Literary Orphans. Be on the lookout for a new story from Josh in Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review in August.
Tara Laskowski‘s story, “Lonesome Tonight,” was published at Revolution John in May. She was also interviewed about editing SmokeLong at The Review Review. Her column “Withdrawn: Why I Won’t Submit to Your Journal” was featured at Washington Independent Review of Books in early June.
Megan Giddings’ story, “We Love the Thin White Duke,” was published in Mojo on April 14. “Near and Distant Lights,” was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Sou’wester. “Arcade Seventeen,” was published June 2 in Quarterly West. And “A-K=A+V” was published in The Vestal Review’s Condensed to Flash anthology, which was released on June 1.
Check out this lovely review of Ashley Inguanta‘s collection For the Woman Alone up at American Microreviews. Ashley also has poems in the newest issue of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, and she’ll have new poems featured in the upcoming issue of OCHO. A cluster of her photos are featured in Prick of the Spindle, and her short film “Before it Breaks” was featured at the Iron Horse Literary Review Film Festival. In June, Ashley read at the Queer Poets’ Showcase at the Southern Fried Poetry Festival, sponsored by Sibling Rivalry Press. And her portrait of Jamie Poissant was featured in three French newspapers, Presse Ocean, Le Maine Libre, Le Courrier De L’Ouest.
Be on the lookout for Brandon Wick’s new novel, American Fallout, in spring 2016.
And finally, a resounding wOOt! to Karen Craigo, whose first full-length poetry collection, No More Milk, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2016.
Keep the good news coming, folks!