Thursday, April 11, 2013

Interviews and Inner sanctums...

....are a few of the items of Rose Metal Press news that have cropped up on the Internet in the past week or so. First, here is an interview with Dinty W. Moore, editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction at Stated Magazine by Danielle Shine. In it, you can see him answer such insightful questions as "In terms of the controversy that you describe in the introduction of this book— subjectivity clashing with the genre of nonfiction, has there ever been a work of flash nonfiction submitted to you that was not believable?" Thanks, Danielle! 

You can also read a review of the Field Guide itself by Alizabeth Rasmussen at Literary Mama here. "The Field Guide is remarkable on many levels. The essays at the end of each chapter could stand alone as a collection worth reading—even if you have no desire to explore writing in this genre. Brian Doyle's "Leap" is haunting, beautiful, and thoroughly unforgettable. In fewer than 300 words, Brenda Miller's "Swerve" not only communicates the essence of a relationship gone bad, but takes the reader inside it. And "Off the Top of My Head," by Patrick Madden, is a sweet story and a perfect example of how kids so often give us our best writing material," she says. Thanks, Alizabeth!

And another review of the Field Guide is here on the New Orleans Review site, in which they write "With the rise in popularity of flash nonfiction, this Field Guide demonstrates how and why the genre is so inviting to both writers and readers: this is a form well-suited for experimentation and hybridization.Thanks, New Orleans Review!

As for inner sanctums, here is the one belonging to B.J. Best as profiled by The Next Best Book Club. He evidently writes in a room filled with beautiful vintage typewriters and other ephemera. Thanks to Lori of TNBCC for including B.J. in the "Where Writers Write" series. 

And speaking of B.J., here is a lovely review of his book But Our Princess Is in Another Castle by Thomas Michael Duncan for Sundog Lit. "To some people these games are a mindless activity, or vintage art at best, but to someone with a stronger, deeper connection to the games, they are the gateway to a living, breathing, complex world. Best makes that world accessible to readers through this collection of vivid prose poems. Far more than a nostalgia bender, But Our Princess is a smart collection that can be as fun to pick up as that  8-bit console controller," he says. Thanks, Thomas!


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