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New On the Bookshelf:
Justice Gone Haywire
By Denise Noe
"Justice Gone Haywire" is a collection of true crime stories in which the system failed. Stories covered include that of Henry VIII's fifth wife Katherine Howard, the "Scottsboro Boys," Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, the murder of Mary Phagan and lynching of Leo Frank, Dr. Sam Sheppard, Alice Crimmins, and Gary Dotson. The author argues that Jean Harris was wrongly convicted and that Jonathan Pollard, while indisputably guilty of spying for Israel, was a victim of injustice due to the length of his sentence. Also included is a mistaken identity case in which a schizophrenic man was wrongly convicted as the "Bike Path Rapist."
Black Lyon Publishing
Covid, Isolation and Hope: Artists Respond to the Pandemic!
Edited by Rafael Alvarado, Consuelo G. Flores and Richard Modiano. Erika Jahneke, contributer
“A bulletin from the volatile waiting room that is 2020 to now, this anthology trembles with anxiety, anger, sorrow, and—at times—the most bitter pleasure. The writers / photographers assembled here jostle elbows and speak unmasked on pages that fold them into each other’s faces, homes, and grief. It’s a terrible grace that these artists cross such vast social distances to cut so close to the bone, that they set down to reckon with a time many can’t wait to forget.”
“From Wang Ping’s moving story of a doctor and a COVID patient in Wuhan, to Kim Dower’s plucky courage in the face of isolation, to the music of Amélie Frank’s pantoum, this anthology is full of candor, grace, insight, and good humor. But mostly it is full of poetry, “the only form of speech we have that meets this need to acknowledge that we are more than unemployment statistics and death tolls” (Victor Infante). What but poetry to help us come to terms with how extraordinary the ordinary things in our lives have become? What but poetry to remind us that though we “shelter in space/like the stars” (Luis CuahtémocBerriozabal), “the baby still needs to be fed” (Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross). Life, for the fortunate of us, has gone on, but this historical moment will be remembered always. I am delighted that this anthology of COVID poems will be there to make sure it is remembered in all its beautiful humanity.”
Finishing Line Press, February 2022, 106 pages
The Last Time You Were Here and Other Stories
By Terry Sanville
Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and two plump cats (his in-house critics). He writes full time, producing short stories, essays, and novels. His short stories have been accepted more than 450 times by journals, magazines, and anthologies including The Potomac Review, The Bryant Literary Review, and Shenandoah. He was nominated twice for Pushcart Prizes and once for inclusion in Best of the Net anthology. Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist – who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.
Main Street Rag, March 2022
Housewife Blues: Dispatches from the Garden of Broken Things
By Dina Stander
Dina Stander's latest book, 'Housewife Blues' (2021) is an assemblage of provocative, irreverent, and encouraging short reads. Her collection of poems, 'Old Bones & True Stories' was published in 2018. Dina is a writer, End-of-life Navigator, burial shroud maker (www.lastdanceshrouds.com), and founder of the Northeast Death Care Collaborative. A seasoned Word Festival emcee and practitioner of radical kinship, her ongoing projects include collaborative installations of the Phone of the Wind, and Dancing with the Bones, a workshop series on creativity & grieving. Dina is the poetry editor of Uniquely Quabbin magazine. Invite her to read for your group, in person or online, you'll be glad you did. To learn more visit Dina's website and blog, Signs of Life, at www.dinstander.com.
Paperback, 115 pages