When author Tom Hazuka spoke to us in March on behalf of Central Connecticut State University and said he'd like a book published for June, our first thought was "June 2019? Absolutely." No, June 2018. Manuscript delivery: April 1, 2018. Printing date: end of May. Less than two months. Many publishers would've said "impossible." Average turnaround time for most presses is 12 months from submission to publication. We saw only opportunity to challenge ourselves and deliver excellence under the tightest time constraint. Woodhall Press is proud to present CCSU's A Summer That Can Change Your Life.
Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction. At the moment, I’m so absorbed in things that actually happened that I don’t think I can make anything up right now. Is it harder to write funny or sad? For me, funny is harder. As much as I aspire to write funny stories, most of my work is unspeakably sad. Long form or short form? Short form. I like to get into the story and then get the heck out of there! Poetry or prose? Poetic prose? Boxers or kickboxers? Are we fighting? I’ll take a regular boxer, please. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? William Faulkner’s AS I LAY DYING. Exquisitely funny and sad—my favorite combination. Cloned or frozen? Are we talking about produce? I think I’v
Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction, baby! My life's got enough fodder to fill volumes! Is it harder to write funny or sad? Sad, Dude. Gotta dig deep, face the devil within, and pony up the right words. It hurts until it's over, but then it's the perfect balm. Long form or short form? Short, short, short - I'm a flash kinda girl. These days time is of the essence - get in, get out, get 'er done. Poetry or prose? Love them both. Sometimes a poetic ditty does the trick. I tend to use poetry when I crave thirsty expression. Prose is my goto when I'm looking for a laugh. Boxers or kickboxers? Really? Who can resist a fellow in boxers? Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Ab
Fiction or Nonfiction? Both--no fences. Is it harder to write funny or sad? My answer: Do you think it is harder to read funny or sad? Long form or short form? My dachshund Tootsie has taught me the lowdown wisdom of long and short. Poetry or prose? Poetry was my first love, but I prefer to write prose. Book you read and reread? Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace When writing is going well… I go on frequent walks with my dachshund Tootsie. Desert Island Book? Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace Renée E. D’Aoust’s Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press) was a Foreword
Reviews “Book of the Year” finalist. Seven essays have been named “Notable”
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Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction. I have a new memoir just out, Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss. For reading, both. I love a fat novel! Is it harder to write funny or sad? Funny is much harder than sad. Sad is universal and has its own shorthand. Funny is hugely subjective and idiosyncratic. It’s very had to nail funny. Long form or short form? Both! Depends on what I’m writing. The story usually tells me what length or form it wants to be. Poetry or prose? I write prose 90% of the time. But I’m a dabbling poet. Boxers or kickboxers? I used to have a little crush on Billy Blanks. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? On a bad day: Every. Single
Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction created from non-fiction moments Is it harder to write funny or sad? Funny is a hundred times harder Long form or short form? Short form Poetry or prose? Prose poetry Boxers or kickboxers? Boxers and Schnauzers Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Anything by Leonora Desar Cloned or frozen? Frozen Book you read and reread? Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan When writing is going well… I feel endangered Desert Island Book? Anything by Bobbie Ann Mason Meg Pokrass is the author of four collections of flash fiction, and one award-winning collection of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, which received the Blue Light Book Award in 2016. Her wri
Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction Is it harder to write funny or sad? Humor is almost always harder to write than serious/sad material. Long form or short form? Short form Poetry or prose? Poetry Boxers or kickboxers? Are you talking about underwear? Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? In Seattle right now and don't have book with me Cloned or frozen? Cloned or frozen what? Book you read and reread? Hemingway's In Our Time When writing is going well… When writing is going well, enthusiasm fuels daring. Desert Island Book? Deserted Island book: Winesburg, Ohio Read more in Flash Nonfiction Funny!
Fiction or Nonfiction? Even though I am more of a nonfiction writer, fiction can be a fun way to process break-ups! For example, in most places it is illegal to destroy the soul of a former lover through human sacrifice involving biting flies, jumping spiders and other devilish insects. But in fiction, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Is it harder to write funny or sad? With the current state of the world, it is easy to find 857,000 things to be sad about… Long form or short form? Lately, I like to get pulled in and carried along in long form work. Poetry or prose? I am so impressed with poets! I love being surprised by the way they organize their words into beautiful little universes. Boxers or kickbo
Fiction or Non-fiction Is there a difference? Is it harder to write funny or sad? All writing is hard, that’s why I have no hair! Long form or short form? I’m weak, impatient, have no stamina or will-power. So, short form for me, thank you. Poetry or prose? Prose when it reads like poetry. Boxers or kickboxers? Whoever is the sexist, and wears the tightest shorts. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? A short story called Leakzilla by Tom Rachman. Cloned or frozen? Being a narcissicist, I quite like the idea of lots of me running around, though I think my friends would prefer for me to be frozen. Book you read and reread? Life’s too short, and there’s too many brilliant book