free web
Wendy C. Ortiz | Word Riot
Blog | August 25, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Popular Books by State, Panels Merger, Literary Podcasts + More

Greetings, Rioters! We’re winding down summer, so soak up the A/C where you can, and let’s dive into some interesting literary links.

Speaking of the the approaching autumn, Wendy C. Ortiz has a new book coming out on Halloween: the appropriately named Bruja (published by Civil Coping Mechanisms), and I’m excited to read it. I’d show you the cover, done by an artist also named Wendy Ortiz, but I’m having trouble with the uploader at the moment. Click on through for the artwork/description.

The comics site Panels is officially folding into Book Riot‘s site, rather than being a standalone sister-site, starting September 6th. So let’s take a look at

Blog | June 21, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Orlando, Pride Reads, Lit Lists + More


Friends, why is there a new tragedy to report upon every time I update here? My heart goes out to Orlando and to every person affected by gun violence. I hope we can soon change the laws in this country so that this doesn’t keep happening.

Here’s Wendy C. Ortiz‘s beautiful post on her grief for Orlando, queer love, and more.

All right, now to jump into my various literary bookmarks I’ve saved recently:

When I read this intro, I knew I would be interested in this interview:

In the midst of a heady world of poetry and liberal

Blog | February 10, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author Updates, Awesome Women + More

Greetings, Rioters! I’ve decided my bookmark folder containing links for you all needs a good clear-out, so let’s have a few days’ worth Note From Elsewhere goodness, shall we? YES! Time to catch up.

First up, we have a shedload of WR Author Updates that I’ve neglected to tell you about:

Logen Cure, whose poem “These Are My Best Gifts” first appeared here, now has a full chapbook out called Still.

Previously seen here reviewing Philip Glass’ Einstein on The Beach, Fred Skolnik has a new novel, Death.

Katie Cortese has a collection of flash fiction out, Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories. Her story “Disappearing Act”

Blog | August 25, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere Returns! Craft Advice + More

Hello everyone! Yes, it’s been at least four months since I’ve had any literary links ’round these parts. Let’s make up for lost time and look at some interesting stories that I’ve saved in my trusty WR bookmarks folder since April.

Couple of good Patricia Highsmith-related links to share: First, this look at her book, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I’ve always meant to read it, even though suspense fiction isn’t my usual neck of the writing-woods, since I figure we can all learn from it.

And here’s an article about what makes her work so adaptable to screen. I’m really looking forward

Blog | February 3, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: The Cost of Writing, Harper Lee + More

Greetings, Rioters. This week is primarily about the struggle and the hustle within our writing lives, but we’ve got some fun stuff too. Let’s get started.

Seems like everyone has thoughts on the Ann Bauer Salon essay about how her husband supports her writing life. Me? Here’s the short version: Chronic illnesses prevent me from holding a “regular” job, so I’m working around my health instead of a 9-5. The mister, who also does various creative things (including writing), is the one who has to work full-time (and then some) to support us and our two kids — for not a lot of

Blog | January 4, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: 2014 Lists, Writer Profiles + More

Greetings all! And Happy New Year. Why don’t we round up a few End of 2014 lists that caught my eye? Besides those, we’ve got a few other odds and ends, so let’s get to it.

At The Butter, Roxane Gay has “An Incomplete List of Interesting Moments From 2014 Reviews, Profiles, Etc.”

I always enjoy reading The Millions’ Year in Reading series, and Garth Risk Hallberg’s contribution this year is not only full of interesting-sounding books, but it’s a lovely tribute to his father.

Carolyn at Autostraddle has a great list of Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2014, including Janet Mock, Daisy Hernández, and Women in

Blog | June 28, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot News and Writing Inspiration

Greetings, Rioters! Some internal news first:  There are just a few days left to submit to the Word Riot Travel Grant, so look into it if you have a book that needs some assistance getting out into the world.

Also, nominations for the 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award are due by July 15th. Winner receives $1000.

In WR Alum News: Ashley Strosnider, who had two poems appear here in 2010, is the new managing editor for Prairie Schooner . High-five!

Alsox2, I’m going to try a new thing with these Notes From Elsewhere updates wherein I tell you what I’m currently reading, if’n you’re interested. Catch

Blog | June 7, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Summer Submissions, The TBR Pile + More

Jeezy-chreezy, where does the time go? Despite my month-long absence here, I’ve still been saving interesting links to share with you all. So while some of them may be old news, one cannot read everything as it comes out. Hopefully something here strikes your interest.

Recently, The Strand published a rare Tennessee Williams story, “Crazy Night,” which is set on a college campus during the prohibition era.

The Nervous Breakdown has an excerpt from the novel Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman, which is very good.

And now, some essays I’ve enjoyed:

“Girlfriend” by Wendy C. Ortiz, whose memoir Excavations is now available for pre-order

Blog | November 22, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Calls For Writers, Recent English History, National Book Award Excerpts + More

Greetings, all!  It is indeed prize season again, so let’s start off with a mini-roundup of awards:

James McBride has won the National Book Award for Fiction with The Good Lord Bird, and Mary Szybist won the Poetry award for Incarnadine. GalleyCat has the full winner list and excerpts from many of the finalists. Graywolf has 5 poems from Incarnadine for your perusal as well. The lastest Willow Springs Fiction Prize is open for submissions. Deadline is March 15, 2014. Jason Diamond at Flavorwire has made a really fantastic list: 50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature.

In more