The other day I got the chance to share that a piece of mine is going to be included in a new anthology from Hippocampus. Today I want to share a little more about the project, why it’s important to me, and how you can check it out.
Here’s the description from Hippocampus: “Main: An Anthology, part of The Way Things Were Series from Books by Hippocampus, celebrates small town America. The collection features stories about family-owned businesses, such as the stores and specialty shops that used to rule Main Street America. Our contributors share how these businesses define themselves and their family members, how the efforts evolved over time, through the generations.”
I grew up in a multigenerational family business, and it’s still a major part of my professional life. Over the years, it’s taken me all over the fairgrounds and fire halls and farmers markets of a good swath of Pennsylvania. It’s taught me about the precarious nature of supply chains, the tenuous grasp most working families have on anything like stability, the miracles of shared experiences, the social pressures of class and place, the ways we deal with change.
I tried to capture some of that in the piece that’s going to be reprinted in Main. It was first published by Dinty W. Moore at Brevity, an early success at a wonderful venue. I’m so glad that it’s now also finding a home with another wonderful venue alongside work by great creative minds and under the direction of Hippocampus editor Donna Talarico. To Dinty, to Donna, and to everyone involved, a heartfelt thank you doesn’t do justice to what it has meant to me to have this piece out there in the world. With that said, thank you!
If you’d like to pre-order this collection (and support independent voices, writers, and publishers) check it out here!