Ninoy Aquino Day

August 21 is a National Holiday in the Philippines: “Ninoy Aquino Day.”

And since his widow has just passed, and the nation is still undergoing this quite extraordinary paroxysm of grief, self thought she’d share with dear blog readers an e-mail she received yesterday from a good friend in Manila:

The whole nation is in mourning for Cory. You should be here to see this, the outpouring of grief. Today in the papers they had a story about how so many grand funeral wreaths were pouring in, but the one everyone paid attention to was a small basket of anthuriums from a policeman from the Parañaque Police District.

Isn’t that simply amazing? Stay tuned.

Showcase: ISOTOPE

The recession is being particularly cruel to books and publishing and the arts in general, dear blog readers.  We all have to do our part to keep them alive.  In fact, self has a great idea for a stimulus package:  By now we’ve all heard of Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program. Well, why not have a “Cash for Chronically Cash-Strapped Artists Who Can’t Even Afford Clunkers”???

It occurs to self that more useful than posting pleas for readers to support this or that worthy lit mag would be posts highlighting their strengths. With that in mind, here’s a post on one of those unique literary gems :


Isotope describes itself as “a journal of literary nature and science writing.”  Its editor is Chris Cokinos.  His Wikipedia entry describes him as Read the rest of this entry »

Calyx Vol. 25 No. 2

Is the most beautiful, deepest green. When self pulled it out of the mailing envelope, her breath caught. Yes, year after year, Calyx continues to amaze — not only with their content, but with the beauty of their design.

Long-overdue thanks again, Margarita and Beverly.  Self can’t say this often enough:  you made self a writer.

Thanks, also, again:

  • Stanford Creative Writing Program and John L’Heureux, who called self a writer before she even knew she was one
  • Marilyn Chin, for telling self to submit to the Calyx Asian American women’s anthology, The Forbidden Stitch
  • Penny, the first from self’s Stanford Creative Writing batch to get her book published (with Bantam, yet!):  When self’s first story appeared in Story Quarterly (“Ginseng”), she couldn’t get over the fact that Penny had a story in the same issue!
  • Jessica Hagedorn, for editing the Charlie Chan is Dead anthologies, and for including “Lenox Hill, December 1991” in the first one
  • Threepenny Review and Wendy Lesser, for publishing stories off the transom and nominating self for the O. Henry Literature Prize
  • John Wang of Juked, for having that contest, for getting Frederick Barthelme to judge it, and for nominating “The Hand” for the Pushcart
  • Harold Junker of ZYZZYVA, Read the rest of this entry »

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