I have been a digital non-fiction writer for as long as I can remember now, and I have recently made the switch into fiction. As a relatively young fiction writer with borderline unrealistic aspirations which my ambition would never allow me to consider unrealistic (crazy delusional thing, ambition), I'm looking to meet other writers in different milestones of their writer journeys and learn as much as I can from their stories and the paths they've treaded on. Apart from being new to the world of fiction I'm also new to this crazy concrete jungle of a city and I would love to socialise with writers from all walks of life in any way, shape or form this pandemic allows us to.
New Media Writer - Write and perform stories with music (usually guitar and original). Authored an interactive web-based multimedia bio of composer Amy Beach. Published hit podcast Light 1.0, episodic story with music, on iTunes for 15 years (currently revamping and will re-upload soon). Currently researching and authoring a series of cnf books on subject of women and technology.
I write, edit, and consult on creative and professional bases. I have an MFA in poetry, and my interests and experience span literary publications to media outlets like magazines and newspapers to serving as the founding faculty advisor for a new undergraduate creative arts journal. I've held readings and workshops, the latter with a specific emphasis on a) helping fellow writers organize and seek out publication opportunities and b) empowering survivors to connect with and find voice and solace through the arts. My poetry chapbook, An Animal I Can't Name, won first place in the 2015 Two of Cups Press' competition, and my full-length collection, Head of a Gorgon, is forthcoming in 2022 through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. I also have a memoir in progress. Since these PW Groups are new, I'm mostly just curious to see the variety of ways I might be able to connect with like-minded writers -- fellow poets, memoirists, feminists.
Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based Pushcart Nominated Award-winning poet, editor, writer and blogger. She earned her Postgraduate Degree in Computer Application (M.C.A)and Bachelors in Computer Sciences (B.Sc.) from India. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick, Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with Literary Journal “Life and Legends”. She is the author of a chapbook (“A Potpourri of Emotions”, Local Gems Press, NY). Chapbook ( “My Body is Not An Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length ( “My Body Lives Like a Threat”, Flower Song Press,2021).She co-edited anthologies (“The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blu(e) Press).
Her 600+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Studios, HUDSON Reporter, LILIPOH, PBS American Portrait, Kissing Dynamite, Adelaide Awards Anthology, American Writers Review, Dime show review, Rainbow Project among others where she received her Pushcart 2020 Nomination.
Her literary partnership “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University has been presented in the Open Education Global Forum 2020 and received mention in Stanford Daily.Her sonnet publication with Poetry Society of New York has been accepted as a Summer Reading curriculum in University High School, Indiana, USA. She also has been featured on the PBS American Portrait. Her works has also been selected in the literary publication of various US universities like (Temple University, Philadelphia), Stanford University, University of Albany, Kent State University, Chicago University and Arkansas University.
Megha is a Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020 winner and National Level Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020 winner. Shortlisted in Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA), Adelaide Literary Award 2019 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020(UK), iWomanGlobalAwards 2020(India), TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020(USA), Poetry Super Highway 2020(USA).Nominated for “Publication of the Month” and “Author of the Year 2020” by Spillwords Press Awards 2021,NYC.
Her works have been selected numerous times by the Jersey City Writers Group and the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”. and “The Box : Reinvention 2021”.
She has been a featured poet in Oceanside Library Poetry reading 2020 , NY alongside Brooklyn Poet Laureate and Fellow of Academy of American Poets Maria Lisella. She was also a featured poet in BrownStone Poetry Reading 2020 along side LA Based Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau.
Anthologies featuring her works have been mentioned in the Huffington Post and showcased in the Poets House, Manhattan as part of the summer reading 2019. Anthology (“SMITTEN” , Indi(e) Blue Press) has been a Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards 2020.
Looking for a local sff or literary fiction critique group with some experience.
I've published 19 books of poetry, biography, memoir, novels, translation and written two librettos that were produced. I've taught at Columbia, Williams, William and Mary, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, the Universities of Miami, Tampa and Hawaii (2x), and held a chair at Davidson. I've also taught for the State Department in Kenya and South America, and for the Summer Literary Seminars in Tblisi, Nairobi, and St. Petersburg.
I'm a poet, short story writer, journalist, and educator originally from Mumbai, India, currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.
After an undergraduate degree in advertising and journalism, I moved to New York City to pursue my MFA in Fiction and have since been based here. I mainly write short fiction and poetry, and take the occasional stab at creative nonfiction though I hesitate to call myself an essayist because the form comes to me sporadically and with great trepidation. I am, however, very quietly working on a novel — saying this out loud ensures I can be accountable to myself.
Red Wheelbarrow (since 2000), formerly Bottomfish, believes that everything that crosses the transom merits deep attention. We believe that beauty and meaning will inhabit wildly varied and unexpected tones and styles. Our journal is well produced, eclectic, tough minded, open, lyrical, passionate-socio-politically engaged-and we value quiet & craft, the gaze into nature, the deft image, the startling leap, meditative consciousness—and great use of language. We honor and crave all of those qualities-in art-and in one another.
Send us your good stuff. E-mail submissions to email@example.com. Then if we publish your work, join us at WORKS/ San Jose in fall to read at our publication celebration. Also, submit to annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize, redwheelbarrow.submittable.com/submit. (2021 Contest Judge: Mark Doty). July 31st deadline.
I write fiction, poems, and the occasional essay, and have published in those forms. I'm interested in a generative group--maybe a Zoom writing session with optional member-created prompts. Currently I'm working on a linked-story collection and exploring the idea of converting the collection to one novel, or more than one.
Julia MacDonnell, an award-winning journalist and novelist, is not now, nor she has ever been, a New York Times bestselling author. She writes much too slowly for that. Like Philip Roth’s infamous doppelganger Nathan Zuckerman in The Ghostwriter, MacDonnell can spend days ‘turning around’ a single sentence; a week or more on a paragraph. So, instead of writing books she hopes will sell a million copies, she writes about the things that matter most to her, driven by the conviction that they might also matter to her readers. She often thinks of Kafka’s declaration that stories should ‘wake us up…affect us like a disaster…grieve us.’ But MacDonnell has no wish to hurt her readers. Rather, with her quirky vision and lyrical prose, she wants them to be enlightened and entertained – and to, perhaps, have something to take with them when the story’s over.
Her most recent book, and her first collection of short stories, is The Topography of Hidden Stories, published by Fomite Press. The characters in these stories grapple with doubt and disquiet in their search for love and connection. Many are trapped in a pious patriarchy that has yet to loosen its control of women’s lives, especially their creative power and fertility. Through prose glistening with imagery and figurative language, these characters confront experience with sharp eyes, ironic wit, and a potent sense - sometimes furious, other times befuddled - of their own historical matrix. Most short stories are about problems, one reviewers said, but MacDonnell’s "are conflicts transformed to majesty, not only by her exquisite word craft but by the depth of her compassion for the human condition, especially within families."
Another said the collection reminds "us of how far women have come in their right to equality. Each of the women faces their own traumas and personal battles as they search for their own voice and opinions to be heard. "
MacDonnell’s second novel, Mimi Malloy, At Last!, published by Picador in 2014, was chosen as an ‘Indie Next’ selection by the ABA. People Magazine called it, “Cathartic, suspenseful and droll…Mimi offers a hopeful take on both old age and bad blood.” Her first, A Year of Favor, was published in 1994 by William Morrow & Co. Kirkus Reviews praised it as “Powerful first fiction…A convincing evocation of life in a Central American country…and a compelling portrait of a gutsy, post-feminist heroine.”