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James V. Benton James Benton’s (issue 2) first collection of poems, Sailor, was released in January by Winter Goose Publishing. The poems in this collection seek to represent the polysemous trajectories of one person’s effort to create a life of substance. A port call, indeed sea duty in general, is often a singular, formative event, for good or ill.
martin_ott3 Martin Ott (issue 5) has a literary sci-fi novel, Spectrum, now available at C&R Press. Spectrum is a novel about racism and walls, and holds up a mirror to our current political landscape. It’s a novel about the outer spectrum of what we love and hate, and the inner spectrum of the people we love and hate. The novel chronicles the lives of two scientists, once lovers, whose shared invention was used to catastrophic ends, and the war they’ve waged against one another for hundreds of years.
austin_ron Ron A. Austin (issue 7) has a couple of forthcoming publications: his story, “Cauldron,” will be in the next issue of Story Quarterly, and the story, “Muscled Clean Out the Dirt,” will be in the next issue of Black Warrior Review.
laura-kendall Laura Kendall (TLR issue 3) has entered the writing business from another angle. She and her husband, Justin, recently purchased a bookstore in Lafayette IN to keep it from going out of business. Kendall quit her job, and will now work full time at the store. They haven’t come up with a new name yet, but do have an opening scheduled for the first week in November. Here’s the full story.
lackaye-steven Stephen Lackaye’s (TLR issues 1 and 7) debut collection, Self-Portrait in Dystopian Landscape, was named the winner of the 2015 Unicorn Press First Book Contest. The book is due to be released on November 15th. TLR published the collection’s title poem in our first issue.
Chris Arthur’s essay “Glass” (TLR issue 4) has been named a notable essay in Best American Essays of 2016, as selected by Jonathan Franzen. Congratulations, Chris!
Colbert Jaimee Wriston Colbert’s story “Finding the Body” (issue 2) will be included in a linked short story collection called Wild Things, to be released by BkMk Press on October 15, 2016.
pam_schmid Pamela Schmid’s (TLR #5)  essay “Good Measure” will appear in Bellevue Literary Review’s fall issue, on the theme of “Reconstructions: The Art of Memory.”
Alex Poppe’s (“Moxie,” TLR #7) collection of short stories, Girl, World, will be published in November, 2016 by Laughing Fire Press.
John Brantingham John Brantingham’s flash fiction “The California Water War” (TLR issue 3) has been selected for Best Small Fictions 2016, to be published by Queen’s Ferry Press this fall. Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber’s flash fiction “Sleeping Beauty: Markson Fangirl” (TLR issue 5) was among the finalists as well. According to QFP they received thousands of nominations from all over the world.
nomistone Nomi Stone’s poem from TLR issue 2, “Drones: An Exercise in Awe-Terror,” has been selected to appear in The Best American Poetry 2016, due to be published in September. Congratulations, Nomi! Her blog about the genesis of the poem will be published on our blog on January 19.
TLR contributor Edmund Zagorin’s first book, a collection of linked stories titled The Face of Our Town, (under the pseudonym Elizeya Quate) will be published by Kernpunkt Press in April of 2016. Pre-orders are now being accepted at the Kernpunkt web site.
Allison Adair Allison Adair has been awarded the Fall 2015 Orlando Poetry Prize from A Room of Her Own, for “Flight Theory,” which will be published in Issue 19 of The Los Angeles Review. Adair’s poem “Mother of 2 Stabbed to Death in Silverton, Colorado” will be published in Tahoma Literary Review’s fifth issue, to be released December 1.
Tasha Cotter sm Tasha Cotter’s (Issue 4) chapbook Girl in the Cave is forthcoming with Tree Light Books. Also, her debut collection of poetry, Some Churches, was recently reviewed in the Indiana Review.
Huey_amorak_01 Amorak Huey’s debut full-length collection, Ha Ha Ha Thump has been released at Sundress Publications. Just FYI, the closing poem in the book, “Ars Poetica Disguised as a Love Poem Disguised as a Commemoration of the 166th Anniversary of the Rescue of the Donner Party,” appeared in TLR #1.
Kathy Anderson sm Kathy Anderson is the winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Her short story collection, Bull: Stories, will be published by Autumn House Press in early 2016 and will include the story, “GO. STOP.” which was originally published in TLR, Summer 2015.
K Bickell Bio Pic Katie Bickell’s story in TLR #1, “But for the Streetlamps and the Moon and All the Stars” has won the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards Howard O’Hagen Award for Short Story. The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada. Katie is also the 2014 Winner of the Alberta Views Magazine Fiction Contest for “Northside Delacroix.” The contest was judged by Marina Endicott, novelist and Giller Prize finalist for Good to a Fault.
Stefen Styrsky Stefen Styrsky’s story “Men in White” (Issue 1) will be anthologized in Best Gay Stories 2015 due out in June 2016 from Lethe Press.
CatherineMoore Catherine Moore’s “Not About Liz” (Issue 1) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015, due out from Queen’s Ferry Press in October. Guest judge Robert Olen Butler chose 55 winners from hundreds of nominations.
Skurtu new photo Tara Skurtu, a contributor to TLR issues 1 and 3, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Romania for the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations! Tara teaches Creative Writing at Boston University. Visit her web site at http://www.taraskurtu.com/
susan rich_profile_2 Susan Rich’s (“Sunday Afternoon Retrospect” in TLR #1) book of poetry, Cloud Pharmacy, has been nominated for the Julie Suk Prize from Jacar Press. The contest is for chapbook manuscripts between 20-32 pages of poems. Four countries were represented in the entries.
Willis-Paul-2012 Paul J. Willis (“Salvatore” in TLR #1) served as a 2014 autumn artist-in-residence in North Cascades National Park.
july westhale 12 July Westhale (“The Last Five Years” in TLR #1) was awarded two fellowships: one from the Vermont Studio Center, and one from Tomales Bay, in the past year. Westhale is a Fulbright-nominated poet, activist, and journalist.
SchwartzbergEdlowCynthia Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow (“In Which Case I Could Stay / Open” in TLR #1) is the Editor’s Choice Featured Poet in Fjords Review, Spring Issue. She is also the winner of the 2014 Tusculum Review Poetry Prize, judged by Jericho Brown, for “The Timekeeper.” Her chapbook, Old School Superhero Loves a Good Wristwatch, is out from Dancing Girl Press.
Black and White portrait of Leslie Pietrzyk. USAGE RIGHTS: North American, English language rights licensed to Leslie Pietrzyk for use as an author portrait for book jackets and public relations. Use is permitted for an unlimited amount of time Use is not limited to any specific PR use. No third party usage is allowed. All other external and third party usage requires negotiation of additional fees. Photographer retains sole ownership and copyright of this image. Leslie Pietrzyk’s (“Gratitude Journal” in TLR #1) manuscript of short stories has won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.  Her book, This Angel On My Chest, will be published in the fall of 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Read more about the University of Pittsburgh Press here, and see the official announcement.
nieman, valerie Valerie Nieman’s (“Notorious,” TLR #1) new book of poetry, Hotel Worthy will be released by Press53 in March. Her poems have appeared widely and been collected in two chapbooks and her debut collection, Wake Wake Wake A professor of creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University, she teaches at John Campbell Folk School and other venues, and serves as poetry editor for Prime Number Magazine.
lelandcheuk Leland Cheuk’s (“A Letter from Your Dinosaur,” TLR #1) new book, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, will be released by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) Publishing in October 2015.
BethOness Beth Oness (“And Not to Have is the Beginning of Desire,” TLR #1) is the winner of the inaugural Brighthorse Prize for the novel. Her book, Leaving Milan, will be published this spring by Brighthorse Books.
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