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, who liked “Extinction”
  • Calyx again, for Going Home to a Landscape (2003)
  • Brian Roley for writing American Son and Miami University Press, for rescuing self (again), in 2005
  • For Reine Melvin, whose collection A Normal Life was the last book Ying read before she died, and because, when Dearest Mum started to read it next, she couldn’t stop talking about if for months
  • Isotope, for publishing “The Lost Language” in their latest issue
  • Randi Shapiro of White Whale Review, for being such a gent, and for publishing “Dumaguete”
  • Hotel Amerika, for taking a chance on one of self’s “trans-genre” pieces
  • Cafe Irreal, for showing self that she can write the “irreal”
  • Charles Tan, for telling self that her name was on the cover of the April Rogue (and for mailing her a copy! Still the only copy she has of said issue!) and for the generosity he shows in Bibliophile Stalker
  • Luisa Igloria, for Juan Luna’s Revolver and so many many many beautiful poems
  • Kathleen Bell, for who she is, for being self’s bridge to the past, to her sister
  • Karina Bolasco of Anvil, for taking on The Lost Language (the collection)
  • Zack, for his courage, and for being the best best best friend a writer could ever hope to have
  • Last but not least, Gemma/mnemosyne, for — you know what for, mnemosyne!  Keep writing!


Sorry for blathering on, dear blog readers.  Hubby stomps indoors, very sunburned, after counting the planes flying over the backyard.  He tells self that he’s seen Eva Air, “a whole bunch of” United planes, Southwest Airlines, and a couple of Learjets.

Stay tuned.


  1. KJB said,

    August 3, 2009 at 2:53 am

    And thank you for coming into my life again as a laughing, writing wordmistress. I’m so glad we have reconnected, and its great that our turn to be friends in the present time is now. 🙂 Looking forward to a grand stretch of years…..

  2. Charles said,

    August 3, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks to you too!

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