Thank you, and are you interested in taking over ownership of this site?

This site and accompanying Facebook page was fun to do at the time, and thanks for your interest and support back in the day! In the two years since then, life has taken me elsewhere.

The URL (currently redirecting to a wordpress subdomain) is up for renewal soon. Anyone interested in taking over the site as is, or grabbing the BWR domain for your own purposes? Write a comment below or contact me with your ideas or plans for the site.

If you’re interested in keeping the current content on the site, I would be able to transfer ownership to you. But only if I feel good about your plans for the site.

Otherwise, the domain will be available in early January for anyone to grab, and the URL will be deactivated and unavailable for anyone to use either.

Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest deadline is noon April 2, 2013

PloughsharesPloughshares has asked us to announce that its Emerging Writer’s Contest deadline to submit noon EST Monday, April 2, 2013. Submissions open in February 2013.

Ploughshares in 2012 expanded the contest to include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winner in each genre is awarded $1,000. Continue reading

Local author to discuss his book on family and brain injury

Larry C. Kerpelman

Larry C. Kerpelman

Larry C. Kerpelman will be reading from his recently published book “Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury” at the Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA, this Thursday, November 15, at 7pm.

The book is about the traumatic brain injury sustained by his wife, Joanie, and her recovery. Continue reading

‘Chalk Circle’ editor Tara Masih interviewed on Scrybes TV show

The Chalk Circle, winner of the Stepping Stones Award and edited by Tara Masih

The Chalk Circle, winner of the Skipping Stones Award and edited by Tara Masih

Tara Masih, editor of the anthology The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, recently was interviewed by Two Scrybes Media about how her standalone book of intercultural essays came about.

Included in the collection are essays by Boston writers Tilia Klebenov Jacobs and Katrina Grigg-Saito.

Produced by Michael Robert Berry and Lara L. Croft, Scrybes is a public access television show in Plaistow, N.H.

Video of the interview is below, as is another segment where Masih talks about her own short story collection, Where the Dog Star Never Glows.

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Latest updates: Kite Runner on stage, 826 Write-a-Thon, Achilles paperback, Coskie book award, Little Soul in print, and much more

The Kite Runner to be performed by New Repertory Theatre

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

September 9 – 30, 2012
Press Opening:
Monday, September 10 @ 7:30pm

Charles Mosesian Theater
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA

Based on the 2003 best-selling novel, this epic drama follows boyhood friends Amir and Hassan in 1970s Afghanistan. After witnessing terrible brutality and betraying Hassan, Amir immigrates to the U.S. with his father, his regret, and his shame. When Amir is summoned home to Afghanistan thirty years later to help an ailing friend, secrets are uncovered. This beautiful and complicated story shares an inside view of Afghani culture, while exploring the price of loyalty and friendship, the desire for integrity, and hope for redemption.

Spangler’s adaptation is so faithful to the events, characters, and spirit of the novel.

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Join the 826 Boston’s annual Write-a-Thon

The second annual Write-a-Thon is now under way to raise $18,000 in support of 826 Boston’s free youth writing programs. Sign up on our registration form to join its roster of ink slingers.

What is a Write-a-Thon? For one month, from September 6th to October 11th, writers like you will compose plays, novellas, cryptozoological romance novels, pantoums, hypermetrical graveyard poetry and more. Wordsmiths will enlist everyone they know to sponsor them, with all proceeds going to 826 Boston.

All levels of writers are welcome.

Make a donation, or sign up today to write for 826 Boston. For more information, e-mail Sara, the 826 Boston Events Coordinator, to learn more.

Miller at Porter Square Books for Song of Achilles paperback edition

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.” — Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State Of Wonder

Miller won the 2012 Orange Prize for The Song of Achilles. She was born in Boston and attended Brown University whre she studied classics. she also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She now lives in Cambridge.

Coskie wins Indie Excellence book award

Dixie Coskie

Dixie Coskie

Writer Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie, of Upton, Mass., reports that her book, Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, won the 2012 Indie Excellence Finalist book award, general/health category.

“Traumatic brain injury does not just happen in war zones or in sports arenas, but it can happen to anyone, any time, any where,” Coskie says. “Traumatic brain injury has become the number one public issue of our time. May you and your family never need these survival tips written from a mother’s experience—but knowing them will give you hope and a powerful perspective on surviving traumatic brain injury.”

The book is a companion piece to her first book, Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, published in 2010.

A Little Soul now available in print

A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories, by Darren CormierA Little Soul by local writer Darren Cormier is now available in print from Harvard Book Store. Buy it here.

One of the first books of its kind, all the stories or chapters in this collection are 140 characters or less. But don’t mistake brevity for lack of depth. Deceptively complex, ranging from philosophical musings on literature and writing, to the nuanced terrain of anxiety, self-disappointment, and disintegrating relationships, these stories will stay with you for much longer than they take to read.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan on Sisters in Crime and MWA — and how it felt to finish her 1st book

Local author/reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan, while talking about the support of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America for writing her latest book, The Other Woman (which came out Tuesday), briefly mentions the exhilaration she had when finishing her first book.

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