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Feature Interview in the Long Beach Post by Murray Thomas

I was featured in the Long Beach Post on December 20. Click here to read article! Please share and RT!

Good News!

Kings River Blues (Part One) has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize by the editorial staff of Song of San Joaquin Quarterly Journal! I will be notified by May of 2014 if Kings River Blues is chosen! Thank you Cleo Griffith and editorial staff of SOSJ!

Hanford Library Book Signing!


Come hear me read from Green Grapes Black Hands

and get your book signed!  You can buy your copy here or a limited

amount will be available for purchase on the day of the signing for $15/


When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 2pm-4pm


401 N. Douty St.

Hanford, CA

(559) 582-0261

Barking Dog Grill

Featured reading and book signing


When: June 10, 2014

Where: Barking Dog Girll

940 11th St

Modesto, CA


Barking Dog Grill

Hosted by Gillian Wegener

Call For Submissions


Dear Nana: "Letters To Our Grandmothers."   


Dear Writer,

Some of us were lucky to have two awesome ones. Some of us had three or more. Some of us were raised by our grandmothers; they were the only mothers we ever knew. Still others never knew their Nanas and secretly longed for what other children had.

 Dear Nana: Letters to our Grandmothers is a collection of memorable messages from women writers across the globe, speaking directly to their mothers, once removed. Who was your Nana and what was she to you? A keeper of secrets? A spoiler? Or a distant figure, only known to you through faded pictures and the sadness in your parents' eyes?  Did she have a favorite purse you envied? Does a certain tune remind you of her?  What was her scent?

We are looking for true life stories about specific memories, incidents and lessons learned from your grandmother. What impact did she have on the woman you have become?  You can convey her essence through conversations you had and remembrances you cherish-or cringe about. Unusual, provocative, irreverent, poignant, shocking, sad, or funny are the kinds of letters we are looking for.  Are you and your grandma radically different or two peas in a pod? Was she traditional nana or a forward thinking feminist? Was she kindly? Or best described as a witch?


Begin with "Dear Nana” (or whatever you call her) and tell her and the world in colorful, engaging language what she means to you. Published and unpublished writers are welcome to submit. Make sure your writing is polished and professional. Grammar, spelling and punctuation matter-a lot.

Collection will be published sometime in 2014 or later by a traditional publishing house or as an Amazon ebook. We pay $25 for 500-1000 words upon acceptance. We buy first time rights.  Nothing previously published anywhere (including the internet) will be considered.  No poetry or fiction.  Use 12 point Courier font, and remember to double space and proofread. Deadline is December 1, 2013. You will be notified shortly thereafter if your letter has been accepted.

Collection is edited by Robyn McGee author and editor Questions?  Drop us a line: [email protected].