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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Bringing Two Worlds Together

by Linda Rodriguez

I live professionally in two worlds as a writer—the world of crime fiction novels and the world of poetry and literary fiction. It's not often that those worlds connect. A few years ago, my then-editor at St. Martin's proposed a panel on women crime writers to AWP, the huge conference of literary writers, editors, and academic writing programs, and I sat on it, bringing together my worlds. But this kind of thing seldom happens, not because of any problems crime fiction has with literary fiction and poetry, but more because of the literary world's ignorance and, occasionally, hostility to all genre fiction.

At Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans, my worlds crossed again when a fellow poet, Patricia Smith, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, showed up to give me a hug and joined Sisters in Crime since she's now working on a crime novel. This was a lovely bit of serendipity.

I've just come back from AWP, which I attend every year, and this time my two worlds connected once more. Friend and acclaimed mystery short story writer and anthology editor, Art Taylor, attended this AWP for his academic day job, and we had the chance to get together and chat about both worlds for a while. This kind of experience is still so rare that it's a lovely treat in the midst of the high-strung literary world and its politics to sit with someone from the warmer community of crime fiction, and Art was a particularly great person to share it with since he's familiar with both circles. I'm only sorry that I didn't think to get a photo of us while there.

At AWP, I spent a lot of time helping my husband in the BkMk Press/New Letters (University of Missouri-Kansas City) booth in the book fair and a lot of time involved in administrative and political issues (around diversity in the lit world) with both the Indigenous Writers Caucus of which I'm past chair and on the leadership council and the Caucus of Caucuses of which I'm co-founder. But I also had time to visit the Library of Congress—such a gorgeous building throughout, so if you get the chance to see it, snatch it—and record an interview with the legendary Grace Cavalieri for the Library of Congress' long-running public radio show, The Poet and the Poem. (If you'd like to hear it, you can listen here.)

Also, AWP was the launch of the very special anthology I recently co-edited, The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, and we had a panel about it at the conference. Over 50 people showed up to surprise us, since were the last program of the last day of the conference and hidden away in a room that was difficult to find. We had several contributors, as well as the co-editors and publisher, on the panel and several others joined us in the audience to add their perspectives to the discussion, which developed into a lively and engaged Q&A session at the end. Many audience members stayed afterward
to talk with the contributors and have their books signed. All in all, a success that pleasantly surprised us, given the scheduling and location of the panel.

AWP also put more panels about genre fiction on its huge schedule, and for a change, trade publishers have joined the many literary publishers and university presses in the book fair. So I anticipate ever more crossovers between my two professional worlds in the future. I think that's an excellent development for the largest writers conference (17,000 attendees) in the United States.


Art Taylor said...

It was great seeing you there—and thanks for the shout-out here! Enjoyed your post and AWP itself as well. And congrats again on the new anthology!

Grace Topping said...

It is always a pleasure when you can bring two of your worlds together. I'm glad that you were able to do that.

That was some conference with 17,000 people. Did you ever pass the same person twice?

Gloria Alden said...

What a wonderful conference that must have been, Linda. I've always been a reader of literary fiction as well as mysteries. Many mysteries are as much literary as mysteries. I also write poetry as well as mysteries, too, and some short stories that are not mysteries. I'm working
slowly on a mixture of memoir and memorial for my eighteen year old son who died of cancer. It will include the poems I've written for him each year since he died in 1980.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Art, it was lovely to have the chance to spend some time together. A welcome respite in the intense atmosphere of AWP.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Grace, as huge as AWP is, I can't walk from one place to another without being stopped by people I know. Art will tell you that I had sat at a table to rest from one of the long walks between events, and first one, then another of my lit friends had come up--the head of a national literary organization and the editor of a prestigious lit journal--before Art made his own presence known behind me. You would think that, with those numbers, I could move about the huge convention center pretty anonymously, but it just doesn't work out that way, for some reason.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Gloria, it is wonderful, primarily because it's often the only time I get to see some people I dearly love, but also because it's so stimulating, offering new ideas and concepts. But it's also become truly overwhelming and difficult to navigate as it's become so huge. It takes a tremendous toll on me physically, and our disability caucus has real problems getting AWP to make it really accessible in any meaningful way. Plus, the politics is much worse than I find in the crime fiction community. I've taken to swearing each one is my last, and then someone puts me on a panel that makes or my caucuses need something from me, and I give in and go.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Glad you survived your trip and meeting with stories to tell.

Warren Bull said...

I've always wondered how literary types explain why established literary writers write mysteries. Are they slumming?

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Margaret!

Warren, I've never quite figured out the convoluted reasoning by which many literary types scorn genre fiction (though they do see mysteries as marginally more literarily respectable than sff, westerns, horror, or (gasp!) romance).

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like a wonderful conference and a great opportunity.

We need more people like you, successful, recognized writers who can see why both literary and genre fiction has merit.

Congratulations on the roll-out of that book of unique poetry.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, KM! AWP is a wonderful conference and great opportunity--and also a big PITA to get around for anyone with a disability, and in fact, for a lot of folks I know without disabilities. It's so big. It has hundreds and hundreds of panels, thousands of participants, and a huge book fair that fills one entire floor of a massive convention center (and sometimes overflows onto part of another floor). Plus hundreds of offsite readings and events sponsored by publishers, writers organizations, and universities. It's like being injected with pure adrenaline or methedrine--something is constantly going on everywhere you look and there's never any silence. Much of that stimulus is inspiring and valuable, but there's still too much of it all the time. So it's always a challenge for trying to achieve any kind of balance. But there's much of it that I would miss terribly if I didn't go.