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Updated September 14, 2012 - The Buzz Master a appreciates all of the exciting news sent his way. F'rinstance, this biggie - Mary Jo Firth Gillett has been awarded a Kresge Artist Fellowship for 2012. She also also has a couple of poems coming out in the fall issue of The Southern Review, as well as one in Salamander's December issue. Students from MJ's Advanced Poetry Workshops will participate ina "Tribute to Mary Jo", each poet reading one poem, on Friday, September 14 at 7 pm at the Lido Gallery in Birmingham. Yikes! That's tonight! Don't miss it ♦ ♦ ♦  Linda Nemec Foster's her first play The Waiting Room was premiered at the Soo Theatre Project in Sault Ste this past June. On September 26 she will be the keynote speaker for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation annual luncheon. New poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in America, Connecticut Review, Cleveland Review, Artful Dodge, Passages North, and basalt ♦ ♦ ♦  In July, Robert Fanning,was interviewed by Grace Cavalieri at the Library of Congress for the show "The Poet and the Poem." The interview is online at the Library of Congress website, and will air on NPR in January. He has completed two manuscripts: Our Sudden Museum and Severance, which he'll be sending to publishers this fall. New poems will be forthcoming in Rattle and The Cortland Review. Two of his poems were recently solicited for a Spinner Press anthology called Ocean Voices, a collection of poems about the sea. Three of his poems will be featured in My Vision, Your Voice, a collaborative exhibition in which poets responded to photographs taken by developmentally challenged adults. The opening exhibition is on October 5 at the Scarab Club in Detroit ♦ ♦ ♦ Shutta Crum will be teaching one of the Lifelong Learning sessions (one night only) at Washtenaw Community College this fall. Writers on Writing: Inspiration and Insight. The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Silly: Traditional Publishing and Authors. (winner of the Buzz Update's longest class title contest) Check out the catalog to register. It's at; learning/browse/view/category/writing-literature/ . (There is a small fee for this class.) Ann Arbor, MI. Then Shutta heads to San Antonio to keynote and teach a breakout workshop for the Kindergarten Teachers of Texas annual conference from Oct. 12th through the 13th ♦ ♦ ♦ Marcia Aldrich's essay, Of Pumps and Death was selected as a Notable Essay in this year’s Best American Essays. It was originally published in The Normal School. She's just uploaded her trailer for Companion to an Untold Story on You Tube. The link is: A book release event is planned at Schuler’s Books in Okemos on September 25th, at 7. All things Marcia can be found at ♦ ♦ ♦Casey Hill at NewPages Webstore is now selling over 50 great literary magazines. For those writers living in cities without access to a good indie bookstore, this is a great place to find and order lit mags online. NewPages, located in Bay City, MI, continues to review lit mags and small press books. A new feature is a weekly review of online lit mags. ♦ ♦ ♦ Hillary Harper will be reading an excerpt from my memoir, Unknown, at the Lido Gallery in Birmingham on Thursday October 4th at 7:00 pm ♦ ♦ ♦ Bonnie Jo Campbell, the soft cover version of Once Upon a River out and available, will be reading in the Aquinas College reading series Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm at the Wege Ballroom. Will there be dancing? ♦ ♦ ♦ Old pal of your humble Buzzmaster, Fred Leebron (no, he's not a Michigander, but you should know this anyway) is launching a new indie press with a $5000 fiction contest (see, I told you you'd want to know). Details here. Yes, this is the same Fred Leebron who written a bunch of novels and stuff, and also happens to be the founder/director of the Queens University MFA program. So check this out, too - Queens' One Book program. Go here then click on the One Book link ♦ ♦ ♦ Your humble Bussmaster's publisher, Judy Kerman, reports that Mary Winegarden's book of poems, The Translator's Sister, published by Mayapple Press in 2011, has won an American Book Award for 2012. Other winners from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Harvard University, Greywolf, Milkweed, and other major houses. Three cheers for Judy and Mary! ♦ ♦ ♦ Anita Skeen's poetry and Laura DeLind's prints make up the fascinating new exhibit at the MSU Museum called The Unauthorized Audubon: A conversation in prints and poetry. Up til January 31♦ ♦ ♦ Mitch Grabois' novel Two-Headed Dog is now available on Nook as well as Kindle. Nookers, buy it here   Mitch was back in Michigan for too brief a time, with readings in Ypsilanti and Ludington, and a very cool Open Mic at Mitch and Connie's old school house in Riverton Township ♦ ♦ ♦ Phillip Sterling's story collection, In Which Brief Stories are Told, will be the book under discussion at the Cascade Branch of the Kent County District Library on Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. (the launch of this year's book club). I will be in attendance. Then on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., I will be reading at the Fremont Area Library, as part of their visiting writers series. Should we report that this is Phillip's final semester at Ferris? ♦ ♦ ♦ Sue Silverman wins this Update's prize for being included in the book with the longest title - her essay and exercise will appear in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers, edited by Dinty Moore (the man, not the sandwich). Find it here ♦ ♦ ♦ Lev Raphael 24th book (not a typo) has just been released. Called Writer's Block is Bunk, it's drawn from Lev's two years of blogging on books, writing, and publishing at The Huffington Post. But does he know Ariana Huffington?? ♦ ♦ ♦ There's so much going on a Springfed Arts in greater-Detroit that we can't report it all - writing classes, readings, performances, and conferences and more for writers and musicians. So puh-leeze - go to their website, check it all out, and get on the email list for their newsletter - ♦ ♦ ♦ And while we're in the Springfed neighborhood, know that Chris Rhein's poem "The Two" was awarded first place in this year's Springfed Arts contest. Christine will be leading a poetry session at the Rochester Writers' Conference on Saturday, October 20, ♦ ♦ ♦  Can't wait to see what Josie Kearns produced at her recent Ragdale residency. I think it's (gulp) FICTION. Fess up, Josie ♦ ♦ ♦ Do we have space for all of Jack Ridl's updates? Sure. Workshops Saturday, September 22, 9am-3pm "Everything You Wanted to Know about Poetry But Were Afraid to Ask", and Saturday, October 6, 9am-3pm - "Learning from Some Masters". For information and registration for both, email Colette DeNooyer at Recently published: Third edition of Literature: A Portable Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin's) of which Jack was Co-editor. Essay on John Clare in latest issue of Poetry East. And, recent poems accepted or published in Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, Toad, Scintilla, Michigan Quarterly Review, Caliban . . . Rebecca Thaddeus will be reading from her novel, One Amber Bead, at the Highland House in Canadian Lakes, MI, at 9:30 a.m. on September 26. Visit Rebecca on Facebook or on ♦ ♦ ♦ John Smolens will be coming down from the north country for readings at Schuler Books, Okemos, Wednesday, Oct 3, 7 pm, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, Thursday, Oct 4, 7 pm, and Horizons Books, Traverse City, Saturday, Oct 6, 1 pm. Then it's back to Marquette, just in time for winter! Brrrr. John's new novel Quarantine was released last month, and the very same day that his last novel, The Schoolmaster's Daughter, was released in soft cover. Good planning by the publisher of both, Pegasus Books ♦ ♦ ♦ Lonnie Hull DuPont wants us to know that she'll be performing her poetry along with poets Nancy Owen Nelson, Ama Cary Barr, and special guest pianist Doug Howell at the Jazz Cafe of the Detroit Music Hall, Thursday, September 27, 7-9pm. Sounds like a fantastic night! ♦ ♦ ♦ Diane Seuss reports "My piece I emptied my little wishing well of its emptiness won Mid-American Review's Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts, and Anything In Between. The judge was Amelia Gray, who writes that she selected it 'For its use of original and evocative language ("twaddle" my favorite at the moment), its freewheeling turns of phrase (spent the morning saying aloud "who spread their green-gold wings for a day and then die" to enjoy its music) and its rock of a theme (the rot and absence of desire), which is never lost in aforementioned turns of phrase and language. Add to this a compelling character across a handful of sketched scenes. This rare piece offers the richness of a world without forcing the reader to wish for more. Scratch that, I do wish for more; as in, more work from this writer in the future.' " Thanks, Diane. Loved reading that ♦ ♦ ♦ Anne-Marie Oomen will be presenting a class on Harvesting Your Life Stories on September 21, 9:30 to 12:00 at the Oleson Center at NMC in Traverse City. For more information go to: ♦ ♦ ♦ Carol Was, poetry editor of The MacGuffin, announces that Dorianne Laux has chosen The MacGuffin's 17th National Poet Hunt winner, and two Honorable Mentions. Sharron Singleton's takes 1st Place for her poem, "Like a Scrap of Michigan Sky." First Honorable Mention goes to Sophia Rivkin for her poem, "Lido Island," and Second Honorable Mention goes to Kevin Griffin for his poem "Melt." All three will be published with Laux's commentary in our Winter 2013 issue. Next year's judge will be Philip Levine. Ask your humble Buzzmaster about his brief encounter with Mr. Levine at AWP in Chicago ♦ ♦ ♦ Finally, your humble Buzzmaster reports that his essay about shooting pistols and infamous pistol incidents appears in the current issue of Palooka. The original title was "Bang Bang: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the gun". The editor didn't like it. We finally agreed on "One Miss, Two Torso, One Head, One Heart", which was the result of my first experience with Smith and Wesson 642 Airweight .38 Special, a handsome little handful. Title refers to the paper target, of course. If you feel compelled to read the piece, you can purchase the e-pub version cheaper than the paper and ink version, both available at ♦ ♦ ♦

Whew! That was a long update. Sorry if I missed anyone. Buzz on (not off).

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Updated July 2, 2012 - The Buzz Master apologizes for the update delay, due to website hosting changes, domain transfers, and other irritations. This delay means we missed several great readings and lit events. So sorry to those who supplied the info Hats and horns for Joy Gaines-Friedler, whose new chapbook, In The Sling of Dappled Light has been picked-up for publication by March Street Press ♦ ♦ ♦ Sadly, the wonderful Grand Rapids book store Literary Life, has closed. Lit Life was a great friend of Michigan, carrying our books and providing a supportive venue for readings and panels. Lit Life will be missed   Linda Leedy Schneider's poem I Reclaim received the 2012 Contemporary American Poetry Prize judged by Charles Rossiter and awarded by The Chicago Poetry Review. The poem was first published in Rattle and then in Linda's latest book from Plain View Press, Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist  ♦ ♦ ♦ Read Mitch Grabois' short story Shade Tree Mechanic in Issue 27 of Crack the Spine, here     Read M. L. Liebler's amazing report from Afghanistan in the Metro Times, a story about this amazing writer's recent trip to the war zone - ♦ ♦ ♦ Read a review of Terry Blackhawk's new poetry collection, The light Between, in the Los Angeles Review - ♦ ♦ ♦ You can buy Ludington-area mystery writer Joan Young's new Anastasia Raven e-book mystery, Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp at Smashwords and Amazon - ♦ ♦ ♦ Elizabeth McBride had three poems published in Poetry Breakfast in May. Read 'em here - - Your humble Buzz Master had the pleasure of being with Beth in Jack Ridl's poetry seminars, and can attest that's she's wonderful ♦ ♦ ♦ Your humble Buzz Master's Detroit buddy Dawn McDuffie wants all of you to put this date on you calendar - July 18 - that's the night that she and a whole bevy of great area writers, including Olga Klekner, reads at the Lido Gallery in Birmingham. Dawn will be reading from her new collection, Flag Day in Detroit, which is true pleasure on the page. Keep up with all the Lido readings at the Springfed Arts website, the whole shebang ably directed by John Lamb - ♦ ♦ ♦ Yet another fine poet after some of that fiction glory - Josie Kearns accepted for another residency at Ragdale, where she'll work on a novel filled with suicides, ghosts and other tasty stuff, working title - That Certain Time of Earth ♦ ♦ ♦ No, he's not a Michigander, but William Heyen and your humble Buzz Master share a publisher, so this from the noted poet, editor, and critic - "from H_ANGM_N Press, the first volume of my journal, called The Cabin: Journal 1964-1984, uncensored, about my beginnings. I began keeping it when I was 24, and I'm 71 now. At first I had a hard time keeping it going, but now, may I say--and I know what I'm saying here--I think my journal might have become be the most extensive in American literature (I didn't say the best), and this is the first of several volumes that will come out these next several years." ♦ ♦ ♦ Finally, George Dila reports that his personal essay about shooting pistols and such, called One Miss, Two Torso, One Head, One Heart, has been picked up by Palooka Journal for their next issue, and that this proud, unrepentant fiction writer has had two poems accepted for publication for an anthology forthcoming from the Cincinnati Writers Project, actually two poems about poets - I Heard Garrison Keillor Read one of Your Poems on the Radio Today: for Jack Ridl, and Phillip Levine Buys a Sofa. Take that, Ms Kearns.

If you haven't read The Buzz update below, you should. It's full of interesting stuff. And if you didn't see your name here, it's because you didn't send anything to The Buzz. So don't complain.

Ciao, baby, GD

Updated May 18, 2012 - Have you read Caitlin Horrocks' story collection This is Not Your City yet? If not, why not? It's terrific, and among its honors is that it just made the short list for the Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Huzzah! Caitlin's headed back to the Sewanee Writers Conference in July as Fiction Fellow In the same vein (the vena cava?) George Dila is going to the Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers as Fiction Fellow next month. In July, his story collection Nothing More to Tell (Mayapple Press) will be one year old. Does that mean he has to stop referring to "my new book"? What's the protocol on this? Four neat items for The Buzz from Diane Seuss - 1) the Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Prize, including publication in Black Warrior Review, and all expenses paid to a two-week workshop in Kenya - 2) appointed MacLean Distinguished Visiting Writer at Colorado College, teaching there in the fall - 3) leading an Advanced Workshop at the Frost Place, Robert Frost’s homestead in New Hampshire, in August - 4) her poem Either everything is sexual or nothing is. Take this flock of poppies, won a Pushcart Prize and will be in the forthcoming Pushcart anthology. Love the either/or choices. I vote for the either From Terry Blackhawk - "I'll be reading at the Loft Poetry Festival, at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis on May 19th. The Light Between got a nice nod from Hour Detroit as one of May's top six book picks and a cool review here" brilliant co-playwrights Arnie Johnston and Debby Percy just received a commission from the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre to write a Christmas piece based on The Night Before Christmas, intended to be an annual event. Needless to say, they have some very special ideas brewing, and hope to make the piece audience-interactive. We were so pleased to have this dynamic duo in Ludington for their third visit as part of Ludington Visiting Writers' quarterly Story on Stage program. Three local actors read their wonderful short play The GPS Play, and Arnie sang several of his amazing Jacques Brel song translations Hats and horns for Hilary Harper, who receives her MFA from Queens College next week One could be called worse things than a hopeless romantic. Rosalie Sanara Petrouske is now an official one, The Buzz asumes, with the inclusion of her new poem, Inside of My House, in the River Poets Journal special issue - The Hopeless Romantic. Find it here - A fictionalized account of the life of the infamous young temptress, Salome, written by Ann Arbor's Rohn Federbush, is now available at Nikloa's Books in Ann Arbor. Called Salome's Conversion, it's a fascinating new take on the life of the much maligned young Salome. Did she really demand John the Baptist's head on a platter? Did she really drop all those veils in her dance? How did she live out the rest of her life? Rohn's book has some answers Elinor Benedict, The Buzz's favorite bi-coastal poet (Lake Superior in summer, Gulf of Mexico in winter) reports that her review of Thomas Lynch's new poetry collection, The Sin Eater, will appear in this summer's issue of Prairie Schooner. "The book is a remarkable one," Elinor reports, "combining poems and photographs, along with a wonderful essay about Lynch's answer to his many callings."  Bonnie Jo Campbell will be speaking/reading at the Maud Preston Library this Saturday, May 19 in St. Joseph from 1-3pm. She'll talk about Once Upon a River and about her experience as a kid on the St. Joe River. Anyone interested can come with her afterward to have a snack at the cottage that inspired the novel. How cool is that? Celebrations for the release of the soft cover edition of Bonnie's novel in June  Fleda Brown has new poems forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, Great River Review, and Catch-Up: a Journal of Comics and Literature. Comics and literature? What's that about, The Buzz wonders. Maybe the answer is at ♦  Laurence W. Thomas, (or just LT to his friends, who are legion) editor of Third Wednesday, a literary arts journal,- - lectured on poetry and conducted workshops at the Lucidity Poets' Retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This marks the 20th year Larry has made the trek to the Ozarks to be a part of the Retreat. The subject of this year's talk was: "What the Poet Leaves Unsaid."

If you haven't read The Buzz update below, you should. Much of it is still current. And if you didn't see your name here, it's because you didn't send anything to The Buzz. So shame on you.

Ciao, baby, GD


Updated April 27, 2012 - Came across this quote from Tom Bissell's book Magic Hours, a collection of essays on the creative process. “What needs to be reinforced is the idea that good writing – solid, honest, entertaining, beautiful good writing – is simultaneously the reward, the challenge, and the goal.” We all know about the challenge and the goal part, right? But what we must keep reminding ourselves is that good writing is also, in itself, the reward. Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, "The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." (By the way, Tom is a good Escanaba boy, altho transplanted to Portlandia.) Magic Hours sounds like a book I must buy, then put in the "to-be-read" queue, which keeps getting longer and longer. I am still, with painful pleasure, trekking my way through 2666 which, at my incredibly slow reading speed, may take the rest of the spring  Received a copy of Jim Tomlinson's chapbook of flash memoir, short stories, and flash fiction, Adopted Behaviors. Jim is a sharp and pointed (like a good switchblade) writer who deserves to be read. Handcrafted by one of the convicted felons Jim teaches for the Michigan Department of Corrections, and published by Motor City Burning Press, this thin but powerful volume is worth a look-see. Order one thru Jim's website - Recommended for your reading pleasure, Lev Raphael's funny and insightful column Authors Gone Wild: The Crazy Business of Selling a Book, at the IndieReader site -  ♦  Marcia Aldrich from MSU way, announces that her second book, Companion to an Untold Story was selected by Susan Orlean for the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction, and will be released September 15, 2012. Now she has to worry about promoting it, and "I tend to be reticent," she says. I've referred her to Lev's column, mentioned above. Damn! It's not enough that we write 'em any more, now we have to be relentless PR pros, too. Touch base with Marcia if you have ideas.   Randy Freisinger reports from the frozen north (well, the snow's gone, he tells me) that his poem "Supply, Demand" was selected by editor Neil Shepard for inclusion in the Green Mountains Review's 25th anniversary retrospective issue. A brief essay about the poem's origins will also be included in the retrospective, which will appear in late May or early June. More info about Randy and his work at his web site - Patricia Clark will be the featured reader at the Roethke Birthday Celebration, Saturday, May 19, reading around 1 pm or so at the Roethke House. Check their website for details - - Patricia's newest poetry collection, Sunday Rising, is forthcoming from Michigan State University Press in early 2013. Also, new poems forthcoming or recent in MQR, Tampa Review, Plume, Superstition and elsewhere. This summer, she'll be traveling to Ireland for a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center, then spending time in the Donegal area "writing, hiking, exploring". I've volunteered to carry her bags. Mystery writer Sally Defreitas, who calls Hart home, sends along this note - "I have a new blog (Michigan Mysteries) and would love to have some new subscribers, especially folks who might give me feedback. Since I am always reading, the blog is a series of book reviews, both fiction and non-fiction." Look here - Former Ludingtonian Sarah Jensen, currently in witness-protection in Boston, reports that the many LVW CNF workshops and readings she attended have led to her "true writing bliss" - biography - of which she has two in the works. One is of the fascinating writer from a fascinating literary family, Ethel Parton (1862-1944), known mainly for her young adult fiction. The other, in its very early research phase, is the authorized biography of a certain rock star and vintner, whose identity shall be revealed once Sarah's further along in the process. Hmmm. Cozy mystery writer Joan Young from Scottville, has e-published two books in her Anastasia Raven series, the novel News From Dead Mule Swamp, and the novella The Hollow Tree at Dead Mule Swamp (free), with a newest novel, Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp due out June 1. All at Smashwords - Although it was published back in 2009, Chris Berggren's book Somewhere in the Sand: In Search of Timbuktu is still worthy of a look. The book is a travel narrative, the tale of Chris trying to get to the remote West African city of Timbuktu to celebrate New Years Eve there. A bit more exotic than Ludington's, or even NYC's, ball drop. Available through Amazon. Tim Bazzett, a prolific writer in his own right, wants us to take a look at a collection of essays he recently discovered, Lessons from the Borderlands, by Oregon writer Bette Lynch Husted. But while we're at it, let's mention some of Tim's books, tasty memoirs all, praised by the likes of Doug Stanton, Elizabeth Buzzelli, and many others - Reed City Boy; Soldier Boy; Pinhead; Love, War and Polio; and his latest, Booklover.  Find all of Tim's books at Author and writing teacher Lynne Golodner is hosting a retreat for writers in Halifax, NS this summer, August 12 - 16, called The Importance of Flow. In addition to daily workshops, there will be meditations and yoga sessions. Go here for more info - My friend Jeanie Mortensen, a darned good poet who is so reticent about her own work that she didn't even tell her pals when she got two poems into The MacGuffin last summer (boy, am I ticked off at her!) proffers this book suggestion - "The Toss of a Lemon", a novel set in India by Padma Viswanathan Mitch Grabois, whose highly praised new ebook, Two Headed Dog, is available from publisher DIRT eBooks - - has launched a new blog, which you can see at Talented poet Elizabeth McBride sends this note - "just bought a copy of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers, by Laura Oliver. She has good solid advice, good organization, a strong and often humorous voice, and a very helpful suggested reading list. What more could we ask for? Oh yeah - publication." ♦ ♦ ♦ Friend of LVW Mary Schoemehl's creation, Monique's Dream, won the prize for "most literary" entry in the Eat This Book contest hosted by the MSU Resident College for Arts and Humanities. MSU Prof Anita Skeen, is also an avid edible book maker. I've learned that there are edible book contests all over the world, now. Gives new meaning to the phrase "devour a book". Congrats, Mary! ♦ ♦ ♦ Also, congratulations to Sara Lamers, whose poem "Miscarriage", was nominated for a Pushcart by DMQ Review, which published the poem in its Fall 2011 issue. Sara teaches creative writing and English Lit at Lawrence Technical University. Her poetry collections are A City Without Trees (March Street Press) and Applause: The Patron Saint Poems (Pudding House Press) More about Sara at ♦ ♦ ♦ What does a poem say? Well, maybe a better thought is what the poem doesn't say. That was the subject Larry Thomas tackled in two workshops and a lecture at the Lucidity Poets' Retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas this month. Our hats off to Larry for continuing to produce the splendid quarterly journal Third Wednesday. He is an editor extraordinaire, and one of Michigan's best people - ♦ ♦ ♦ Want to know how poetry and meditation can save the world? Noted up-north poet Fleda Brown can help. That's the subject of her presentation at TEDx Traverse City, being held at the Dennos Museum Center's Millikan Auditorium, May 16. I'm not sure I understand what TEDx is, but if you're curious, check out the website -  Then Fleda is off to Charlevoix for the Zonta Women's Club on May 19, then to Petoskey on June 21, where she'll be part of the International Hemingway Society’s Convention, then a reading at Dog Ears Books in Northport on June 22, then back to Petoskey on June 27 for a reading at McLean & Eakin’s Bookstore. Hope she has good wheels. Details at Love hearing Fleda's commentary on WIPR newsradio's program Michigan Writers on the Air, hosted by Aaron Stander. ♦ ♦ ♦ Suzy Farbman's second memoir forthcoming in Read the Spirit, a spiritual online magazine under the direction of David Crumm - - former religion editor of the Freep. Godsigns: Health, Hope and Miracles, My Journey to Recovery is the story of the year Suzy spent fighting cancer and the extraordinary coincidences that kept occurring--events she came to see as, and to call, Godsigns. She'll speak about the book at a fundraiser for Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, June 11 ♦ ♦ ♦ And since we started off with Phillip Sterling in our last Buzz Update, we'll end with him this time - his story collection from Wayne State Press, In Which Brief Stories Are Told, has been named a finalist for Book of the Year (short story category) by Foreward Magazine, and is a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in the same category. Jeez! 

If you haven't read the update below, you should. Most of it is still current. And if you didn't see your name here, it's because you didn't send me anything.

Tata for now, GD

Updated April 20, 2012 --   Phillip Sterling's newish collection of short stories from Wayne State Press, In Which Brief Stories are Told, received a rave (and well-deserved) review in the latest issue of Georgia Review. I report this with not the slightest hint of envy, the lucky dog. I actually had to tell him it was in there! The reviewer called Phillip's stories "taut, suspenseful, emotionally powerful renderings of ordinary lives caught in moments of high drama." Bravo!    Bravo also to Terry Blackhawk. Her new poetry collection from Wayne State Press, The Light Between, had what she calls "one brief shining moment" (read, the week of March 4) when the book was a top 10 poetry best seller   While visiting Las Cruces recently, I had lunch with former Michigander Craig Holden, the novelist who abandoned us to take a teaching position in the desert, at New Mexico State University. The Aggies' BBall team has something in common with the Wolverines' team - both squads were knocked out of the NCAA Tourney in the first round last month. But I digress. It was great to see Craig, and he asked me to pass along info about one of his activities called Floating House, which offers editorial services for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Check it out at    Bonnie Jo Campbell wants everyone to know they're invited to share the fun of the Once Upon a River paperback release at two events: A reception Sunday, June 3, 3-6pm at The Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo, and then a reading  Monday, June 4 at 7pm, at Comstock Township Library. But if everyone comes, it's really going to be crowded   Dennis Hinrichsen, who I had the pleasure of reading with recently (or is it - with whom I had the pleasure of reading recently) at Everybody Reads/Going Wired in Lansing, has new poems in print in The Journal and The Portland Review and online at The Portland Review and Solstice. Also, poems forthcoming in The Literary Review (print) and Hunger Mountain and Interrupture (online). Dennis will also be reading at the Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival in May in Saginaw. More about that event to come. Dennis is an amazing and wonderful poet, and I wish there was one place where one could fine all of his books - like a website maybe, Dennis?   In reference to the previous blurb, shall I continue with the more casual style, or stick to the more formal in the parenthesis? Your vote is appreciated  Lynn Eckerle picked up a third newspaper last year for her column The Recipe Exchange, which now appears in the Adrian Telegram, The Hillsdale Daily News and the Coldwater Reporter. She's also self-published a cookbook, Farmhouse Cooking, compiled of recipes from her column    How about a book of recipes from Michigan writers? Somebody?    Kathi McGookey has had two books published so far in 2012. One is We'll See, her translation of French writer Georges L. Godeau's fourteenth book of prose poems. More information at  She also has a new chapbook of her own prose poems, October Again, just out from Burnside Review Press, with a beautiful cover art by Mimi Ridl (gee, that name sounds familiar). Check it out at, click on "purchase" and scroll down. Kathi also had individual poems appear or forthcoming in basalt, Artful Dodge, Faultline, Hotel Amerika, The Prose-Poem Project, and Quiddity. So 2012 has been a good year so far, Kathi says. I guess so    from Arnie Johnston and Debby Percy, many, many items - The Adventures of Goldilocks, their adaptation/re-imagining of the classic fairytale, was recorded last month, before an audience of over three hundred at the First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, for broadcast in August on WMUK-FM's All Ears Theatre series; one of their one-act plays, The GPS Play, will be read by members of Lakeside Civic Players at Ludington Visiting Writers Story on Stage quarterly reading series, Friday, May 4, 7 PM. Between readings, Arnie will perform several of his translations of songs by Jacques Brel and others, to his own guitar accompaniment; at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 8, at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library, Arnie will perform Songs You Thought You Knew, featuring his translations of songs by Brel, Gabriel Fauré, Edith Piaf, Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour, and others. As an extra-special treat, he'll be accompanied by D. Neil Bremer, guitarist extraordinaire and Executive Director for the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Is Arnie too old for American Idol? His sonnet, The Poet Takes a Good Look at Himself, won Second Place in Phi Kappa Phi Forum's Spring 2012 Poetry Competition, and his sonnet The Poet Celebrates His Moon Goddess will appear in Encore Magazine's Spring 2012 issue; Arnie and Debby will be doing a book-signing at Horizon Books in Traverse City on Saturday, May 6, from 12-2 p.m., focusing on Debby's Cool Front story collection and Arnie's The Witching Voice: A Novel from the Life of Robert Burns; wow, that's like ten years of stuff for most of us!    Jack Ridl's new collection, Practicing to Walk like a Heron, will be published in 2113 by Wayne State University Press. Jack was recently informed that he has been awarded The Gary Gildner Prize in Poetry for 2012. For info on workshops with Jack, email Colette DeNooyer at Jack's website can be found at    Dawn McDuffie's new chapbook, Flag Day In Detroit, is just out from Adastra Press. It's the story of a marriage -- so far, she reports. If you don't have a copy of Dawn's last chapbook, Bulky Pick-Up Day, why the heck not not?    Lev Raphael has been invited to read from and speak about his Gilded Age novel Rosedale in Love at the Edith Wharton-in-Florence conference in Italy July 6-8. Rosedale in Love retells and subverts Wharton's novel The House of Mirth. Here's his blog about the book -    Michael Beres, thriller writer hiding out in Free Soil, wants us to know that, in honor of Earth Day, an e-book version of his scary novel, The Chernobyl Murders, is FREE through the end of April. To download your permanent copy, go here, and click on the e-book tab -   Jeanne Sirotkin has won the Stephen F. Austin Prize for Fiction for her short story collection Wrestling the Bear. The collection will be published by the Austin University Press in 2013    Mitch Grabois' novel Two Headed Dog was published by Dirt ebooks April 15. About 2HD, author Curtis Sittenfeld said "Mitch Grabois is a wonderfully talented, funny, and appealing writer. His work is deft and engaging, and his characters and plot are richly imagined." Go here to order your Kindle copy  -   Shirley Hansen has been busy compiling her book Inspirational Poems and Writings for Consideration, and printing them in a book on her own. Still costly for ink, she says, but the included paintings are much clearer.  Hard to imagine that publishers make dizzy copies a lot of the time, she says. She sells hers one at a time to people she knows, and some she doesn't know! Kinda like horse and buggy days, she says  Lori Goff reports that Ridgewriters Anthology 2012, the first publication of the work of the Ridgewriters group which meets in Farmington Hills, has been published by New Alexandria Press. Contributors include Ginny Grush, Jefffrey Caminsky, Margaret Wilke, Wallace Caminsky, Katherine Fruechtenicht, Kimberlee Bohley, Louis Garver, Betty Ruddy, Louise Greenfield, and Lori herself. Purchase through Amazon - and here's their endless link Whew!    Lynne Golodner reminds us that she's giving a twice-monthly writers workshop in Birmingham, open to one and all. Email her for details through her blogsite. Also ask about her writers retreat this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.    Former Ludingtonian, now Chicagoite Jessica Walsh reports that her second chapbook, The Division of Standards, will be released by Finishing Line Press in May. Keep up with Jessica, and order either of her chapbooks, at     The MacGuffin’s 2012 Poet Hunt, judged by Dorianne Laux, is currently going on. Details can be found on their website at, Sadly, with Judy Kerman and Mayapple Press abandoning Michigan for Woodstock, NY, we are losing the annual Rustbelt Roethke writers retreat as well. Judy wants you to know, tho, that the spirit of RR will live on in its new incarnation, Woodstock Mayapple, to be held July 31 to August 5. Go here for details - Woodstock sounds wonderful.   The Ann Arbor Chronicle gave Third Wednesday Journal and editor Larry Thomas a fine review. Larry is one of Michigan's best people, and he's doing a heck of a job with TW. I'm proud to be TW's associate editor/fiction. See the article here - and the find the journal's website here - Matt Bell's new novella-in-stories, Cataclsym Baby, is just out from Mud Luscious Press. Super reviews so far. See Matt's website for links and details -