Miranda July’s recent novel, The First Bad Man, is the story of Cheryl: a slightly lost, often mistaken, out of touch, middle aged, single woman with a shifting relationship with reality. As she slips in and out between what’s reliably happening and her own fantasies, she enters a space where anything goes. And it’s her laissez faire attitude toward life that makes this book fun to read.
Since 2012, Emily and I have worked to provide LitWrap subscribers with useful, inspiring content about the art, the craft, the craziness of creative writing.
And we’ve had some hugs successes, including:
- hosting awesome works-in-progress readings at 61 Local in Brooklyn;
- partnering with the Slice Literary Conference in Brooklyn to send 5 LitWrap subscribers to the conference as volunteers;
- earning a grant for one emerging novelist and LitWrap member (Kris Waldherr);
- interviewing over thirty published writers about their books, their process, and their advice for emerging writers
We’ve also amassed a group of passionate, creative followers: You. You may have noticed that LitWrap newsletters are coming less often. You’re right. But we haven’t gone away. We’re working behind the scenes to cohere our content to better serve you, our brilliant writer members, friends, mentors.
Thank you for staying with us. We hope you like it.
LitWrap volunteers are gearing up to help with the Slice Literary Conference this weekend, in our first partnership with Slice Magazine. Thanks and congrats to the following members of the LitWrap community!
Mary Lannon. Mary is an assistant professor of English at Nassau Community College where she teaches composition and creative writing. Currently finishing a sabbatical, she is at work on a second novel and seeking publication for her first novel, a coming-of-age story is called An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory aka How I Became A Scientist and Discovered the Truth About Getting Stuck in the Wrong Universe by Miranda J. McCleod.
Melissa McDaniel. Melissa is a Brooklyn-based writer originally from Atlanta and an editor at theNewerYork Press. Her writing tends to be character-driven with a touch of speculative fiction (her biggest influences are Karen Russell and Margaret Atwood). At the Slice Literary Conference, she looks forward to connecting with other literary folk and learning more about how to revise and publish her novel length manuscript. You can find her writing at PendulumProject.net. She will be tweeting events @melissamcd29.
Liz Rigg. Liz Rigg is a writer based in Brooklyn. Her debut novel Casey Barnes Eponymous was published in 2013. Her short story “Rachel’s List” won first prize in the 2007 Paul Gillette writing contest and was adapted for radio. Her short story “One Hundred Santas” was honored in the 2007 Carve Contest as well as nominated for a Million Writers Award, and her screenplay Zoey’s Listwas a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition as well as a Semi-Finalist in the Visionfest 12 Feature Screenplay Competition. She is currently working on her second novel and is excited to be volunteering at Slice.
Amelia Harnish. Writer/Editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her current project is a present-day novel following a young woman from Norman, Oklahoma (a.k.a The Tornado Capital of the World) who is trying to outrun her tragic past.
Jean Whatley. Jean Ellen Whatley, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist cum author of the breakthrough memoir, Off the Leash, published by Blank Slate Press. Whatley has been featured in Huffington Post, Salon.com, More.com, SheWrites.com and has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Albuquerque Tribune. She publishes a weekly self-syndicated column called “Off the Leash,” and is very excited to be attending the Slice Literary Conference for the camaraderie and to gain some insight into next steps on her new book.
I had the opportunity to interview Laura van den Berg, author of the collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth, about her inspirations and how she conceived of the haunting and magical stories in this collection. The Isle of Youth has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Letters. One of the stories in the collection, “Opa Locka”, has also been awarded the O. Henry Prize for 2014.
van den Berg’s debut novel Find Me is expected out by FSG in 2015.
Has that novel deadline started to feel further and further afield? If so, we invite you to the third installment of our works-in-progress series to read aloud. There’s something about those words hitting the air that will tell you all you need to know about your current draft.
Interested readers: email email@example.com with 1200 words to save your spot for our July 29th reading at 61Local from 7-9pm. Works-In-Progress only!
Launch Party for Rich With Pizza, by Patrick Morris
When: May 13, 2014, 7pm – 10pm
Where: 61 Local
LitWrap helped inspire a book! Many of you probably remember Patrick Morris, the hilarious ginger who read with us at some of our early events. He (over-generously) credits those readings with helping him get rolling on this – his first ever book of essays and short fiction: Rich With Pizza.
I’ve read it and I can’t say enough how funny, sweet, honest, well remembered, and/or deftly imagined it is. If you want proof, check out this excerpt from the introduction.
Come say hi, give your compadre a pat on the back, and celebrate with us at our spot, 61 Local in Brooklyn. So excited to see you there!