How to Pre-Order “Main: An Anthology” from Hippocampus

Hello!

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!

Three Good Things That Happened In the Last Week

Three good things from the past seven days or so:

I found out I’ll be included in the Haiku in Action Anthology published by the Nick Virgilio Writers House. From the publisher:

This collection of contemporary poems from around the world includes hundreds of haiku in its various forms, from the traditional style to senryu, monoku, and more. The anthology is perfect for lovers of haiku who want to read poems focusing on the events of 2020 from an international and diverse range of both established and emerging poets. More than just a collection of poems, this book also features haiku categories, writing prompts, essays from the NVHA staff, and an extensive lesson on haiku writing from renowned teacher, Tom Painting. Pre-order now so that you can be one of the first to receive this important anthology!

I found out that a short creative non-fiction piece of mine will be include in the new Main anthology by 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.

My poem, “The Effects of Ground-Level Ozone on the Ecology of Pennsylvania Highways” was nominated by The Shore for a Pushcart Prize.

I am so grateful and thankful for each of these developments and for everyone at NVWH/NVHA, Hippocampus and The Shore for making things like this happen and everyone who has read these pieces and supported these and other small presses.

Thank you all!