Second Time’s a Charm?

I have been talking to folks about the MFA program and I’m feeling indifferent about applying this year. I’m not completely enrolled in researching, finding recommendations, and writing personal statements. I’m a whole lot lazier about it this time around. Is something wrong with me? I wanted this…right? I know I don’t need an MFA […]

The Lacuna

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Published by: HarperCollins Books (2009)

Harrison W. Shepherd is a half-breed of American (gringo) and Mexican. His mother left his American father in the 1920’s and moved to Mexico where they lived with one of her rich suitors. Soon after they left and lived with “Mr. Produce the Cash” as Harrison called him. Somewhere along the way, he meets Frida Kahlo, works for Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky where he is embroiled in their Communist Revolution involuntarily, working as their secretary and cook. Continue reading “The Lacuna”

Open House at FDAC

Saturday evening, I attended the open house at the Frederick Douglass Arts Center on west 96th street (around the corner from Symphony Space). Because of the World Cup, the crowd was very small and intimate. When I walked into the communal space of Frederick Douglass Arts Center, I was welcomed by Laura Pegram’s warm smile, […]

Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center

Marcela Landres suggested I check out the writing workshops at the Frederick Douglass  Creative Arts Center in Upper Manhattan (96th street). After she told me to “write better” without reading my writing, I collected myself, swallowed the criticism and made the decision to take a workshop. My ego did take a blow but my MFA submission wasn’t amazing; I can’t front. Continue reading “Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center”

Lit Mag Marathon Weekend

This past weekend The Council of Literary Magazines & Presses sponsored the 11th Annual Lit Mag Marathon Weekend in New York City. Part of this weekend’s festivities included an event on Saturday where editors from selected magazines were available to speak to readers, writers, and lovers alike of literature at the New York Public Library’s DeWitt Periodical Room at 5th Avenue.

On Sunday, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe held the 11th Annual Literary Magazine Fair, in which the proceeds benefit the Housing Works, a nonprofit organization serving homeless people living with AIDS, and to The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. Each magazine was $2 (a steal compared to how much the retail cost).

The store was filled with readers, writers, regulars, employees of the magazines, college students, and everyone in between.

As a reader, I’ve never read a literary magazine in my life so the options were daunting. The choices ranged from magazines I would actually read versus purchasing a prestigious magazine to have in my apartment to impress folks. I rejected the second reason to buy a literary magazine and opened myself up to exploring based on what genre I read the most: fiction. I found some magazines with poetry, fiction, memoir, and non-fiction which I’m glad I bought. Additionally, I also stumbled upon many straight up poetry magazines and since I don’t read or write poetry, I declined buying those.

I settled on the following magazines:

Alimentum – The Literature of Food 

Zahir – A Journal of Speculative Fiction – self- explanatory

Glimmer Train – all fiction!

Narrative Magazine – I receive emails from this magazine and wonder why I have not yet subscribed but I’ve been in love since I read an article about Lorrie Moore months ago.

Epiphany – a journal that enticed me because of the cover and I loved the title!

Reading these will take some time since I am part of a book club, have books to read that I own (and borrowed), and other miscellaneous reading materials. However, I see owning these books to  gauge the writing MFA programs produce as well as potential places to submit when I have a piece good and ready.

I look forward to reading actively more and being more productive as a writer. MFA applications are slowly approaching.

For your convenience, I have provided a list of the magazines at the fair. Enjoy.

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I understand the economy is bad, publishing is a very competitive industry, and the unemployment rate is 8.3% (dropped actually and much less than the national rate of 9.3%) but this should in no way be a reason to justify paying an employee $300 a week for four days. Do the math. Who can live […]