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October 5, 2015      

Notes From Elsewhere: Diversity, Nature, Love and Art

Hello, Rioters! Time to round up some interesting literary links that have caught my eye. First up, let’s check in with a past WR contributor:

Shebana Coelho, who has previously published three pieces here, has a new site: Write Out Loud Santa Fe. Contributors include Lisa Bertsch, Belinda Edwards, Ellen Fox, Dawn Hamilton, Amy Kaplan, María Cristina López, and Cati Perez Lacey.

Essays and Fiction of Note:

Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman (cover)I really enjoyed this excerpt from Ellen Litman‘s Mannequin Girl, which went up at The Nervous Breakdown in March.

Also, check out this lovely essay from Melissa Harrison: Caught By An Unknown River.

Every time I read some of the stuff Vincent Van Gogh has written, I am reminded that I want to know more about him. Here are some of his thoughts on love and art.

“St. Andrew’s Hotel” by Sara Majka, published over at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, is great … and not just because she’s a fellow Sara-with-no-H, ha.

Also at Electric Lit, Daniel José Older has an outstanding essay about the intersection of music and writing. (By the way, his latest book, Shadowshaper, is nominated for this year’s Kirkus Prize.)

Jenny Zhang has a wonderful, insightful post about being the “Other” in writing circles, as well as her thoughts on Michael Derrick Hudson, the poet who yellowfaced himself into this year’s Best American Poetry anthology under the pseudonym Yi-Fen Chou.

Business of Writing:

At She WritesBrooke Warner has a very informative post on book distribution. This may be particularly useful to those of you who are involved with small presses or self-publish.

At Beyond The Margins, here’s a post on finding the right fit when it comes to agents.

Jessica Meadows at Lit Reactor lists 5 Applications That Make a Writer’s Life Easier. I think I’ll be looking into the time-management app, Limitless.

Here’s a good interview with Cal Morgansenior vice president and executive editor at Harper and editorial director at Harper Perennial, and the new chairman of the board at The Center for Fiction.

Here’s Roxane Gay at NPR’s Code Switch blog: The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let’s Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing. Also from Roxane, her conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

From Jay Dodd at The Offing: So You’re Ready to Submit Your Writing. Now What?

And finally, Amanda Nelson at Book Riot comes to the defense of the TBR pile.

Until next time.

Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know anything. 

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The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak

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