Katherine C. Mead-Brewer

Fresh Writers Series

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Dear Readers, as you know (or are about to know), I’m a working writer and editor with a BIG love for magazines and journals of all kinds, both print and online. Recently, I was combing through Used Gravitrons’ latest issue (they’re a terrific indie weird fiction magazine, if you’ve never checked them out before), and found myself both tickled and intrigued by an email they included in this issue’s introductory EditorialIt’s an email from writer Sean Pravica wherein he makes a case as to why he’d like his short story to still be considered by Used Gravitrons even though it exceeds their stated word limit. As I read through the email, I found myself wishing and hoping that they’d made an exception for him — the story sounded too good to pass up, and his writing style even only in email-form was compelling, tight, and entertaining (everything a great cover letter ought to be). And while Used Gravitrons did not bend their word limit for Pravica, they made certain to assure me and all their other readers that:

“When the story Sean submitted to UG is published elsewhere, curious readers will be promptly notified and we will provide updated links via our electronic content.”

And while I am extremely grateful for this and excited to see where Pravica’s story lands, I knew I needed to go digging for other of Pravica’s stories right away. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve found yet another fresh writer’s work to read, enjoy, and learn from.

But Pravica’s work and email exchange with Used Gravitrons inspired me to take things a small step further, and so I’m pleased to say that this post is now the first in a series of posts I plan to write, each of which will spotlight a new “Fresh Writer” — judged by me and discovered by my own meandering-readerly means.

So, dear readers, it’s now time to go check out Sean Pravica for yourselves! Here are just a few pieces of his work (I hope it’s all by the same Sean Pravica :-p) that I’ve found and have particularly enjoyed thus far:

“Rung” by Sean PravicaFirst Stop Fiction

“Love at 27A” by Sean PravicaBartleby Snopes

“To Have the Ass” by Sean PravicaRed Fez

My favorite line so far? From “To Have the Ass”, a cowboy speaks:

“‘Big deal. These chaps were hand made by a Montana rancher. Lives underground. Had to travel by match light and intuition to find him.’”

Love it!

P.S. A big Thank You to Used Gravitrons for sharing that email!

Toni Morrison & Angela Davis: Rebels, Writers, & Heroes

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

“Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on friendship and creativity”

By Dan White

I knew as soon as I came across this interview that I wanted to share it here! Definitely check out this terrific conversation about writing, reading, activism, friendship, and creativity.

UC Santa Cruz Review writer Dan White had separate in-depth conversations this summer with Toni Morrison and Angela Davis about their past collaboration, their longstanding friendship, and their bedrock belief in the power of literature. Davis introduced Morrison while she was in Santa Cruz to deliver the Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture at the Rio Theater on October 25. The subject: “Literature and the Silence of Goodness.” Angela Davis was interviewed by phone from Massachusetts, and Toni Morrison from upstate New York.

Writers Retreats to Check Out

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

I’ve gotta say, though it may seem obvious, I love Writers Retreats. I love the excitement of them, the thrill of exploring a new landscape, the energy created by art-rich environments, and the experience of being surrounded by people who share many of my career goals (and concerns!). But what I truly love about Writers Retreats are the time and inherent support that tends to be built into them. Writers Retreats are places where authors can go and feel safe, knowing that their art is respected and considered worthwhile by all those around them.

So, with Writers Retreats fresh on the brain, I’d like to share a few upcoming opportunities and programs for all my artists out there to consider:

hedgebrook logoHedgebrook is a magnificent place! If you’re a woman writer who hasn’t heard of Hedgebrook and all it has to offer, then you are in for a terrific surprise. The application deadline for their 2015 residency program has already passed us by, but they have other programs and possibilities still open that are definitely worth checking out!

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our 25-year-old retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs around the country that connect writers with readers and audiences.


Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices 

Announces Summer 2015 Workshop Faculty     

Applications Open Through January 5, 2015

Lambda Literary is proud to announce details of the 2015 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writers workshop and residency. The Retreat will be held June 22-29, 2015 on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.


The 2015 RMFW Writers Retreat

March 11-15, 2015
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

RMFW is thrilled to announce our third annual writers retreat! Our 2015 location, one of the brand-new eight-bedroom retreat cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, is nestled in the heart of some of the world’s most majestic mountains. You’re sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you. Come write with us! Registration will open November 2014.


*Develop your writing

*Explore wild and wonderful Iceland, the land of the sagas

*Find inspiration and time to write in an unforgettable setting

*Meet and mingle with famous authors and like-minded writers

Join us April 8-12, 2015 in Reykjavik for the Iceland Writers Retreat.

You’re invited to participate in a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. 

Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

July 28, 2014: Registration Opens. Spaces are limited.

February 20, 2015: Registration closes for overseas delegates.*

April 1, 2015: Registration closes for local delegates.*

April 8 – 12, 2015: Iceland Writers Retreat

The Haunted Mansion

Writer’s Retreat

Sept 24-27, 2015

In the fall of 2015, 20-30 writers and creatives, will come together with professional paranormal investigators to spend a long weekend in Northern California, in a very haunted mansion, hosted by Rain Graves. They will be real-time blogging and creating based on their experiences as soon as they arrive. Some evidence from September 2010 and 2012 is available in our archives, and books.



      Happy Writing & Happy Reading!

***Disclaimer: I myself have only participated in a Writers Retreat through Hedgebrook thus far. These other retreats are ones I highlight for your consideration, rather than out of personal experience.

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