Self’s dystopian “First Causes” appears in the latest issue of Quarterly West.
Self very much enjoyed the reading for the launch of the issue because: 1) it was in Washington DC, and she got to see some old friends again; 2) she re-connected with a few people she hasn’t seen in years. Such as Letitia. Who was a student at Old Dominion University in Virginia when self read there for a literary festival (2007?) Now, Letitia is an Editor/Linguist/Poet (see business card below).
Self is tempted to ask Letitia if she’d like to help edit a collection of her speculative fiction she is getting ready to send out:
The reading was co-hosted by two other literary magazines: 32 Poems and Smartish Pace.
And oh boy it was packed. To the point where the audience was all standing like a can of sardines.
A man threw copies of his poetry collection at the audience. “That is so cool!” a young man remarked. Since self was reading next, she was hard-pressed to think of something attention-getting.
She moved front, started babbling about how fan fiction got her there. And — received enthusiastic applause from somewhere on the right!
Forever grateful to the listeners, and of course to Quarterly West. Here’s a shot she took that night of the (very crowded) venue:
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.