Break out the confetti and bubbly because we’re having a party on the internet to pre-announce the pre-launch preview of Mojave River Press and Review! Early 2014 MRP&R explodes into colors!
We’ve got so much stuff up our literary sleeves, don’t know quite where to begin, so we might as well admit we’re over the big desert moon to be immediately releasing two, count ‘em two brilliant books when first we launch in the new year. What might these brilliant books be, you ask? Great question, you savvy reader, you—
- The short fiction man-are-you-gonna-dig-this debut collection from Raymond Carver Short Story Contest winner and Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award finalist, Leesa Cross-Smith, provocatively entitled Every Kiss A War. These stories crackle with their characters’ energy, and Leesa’s storytelling genius captivates both heart and mind; the combined effect is nothing short of addiction. Try reading just one story— I dare you! You’re gonna want more when you’re done. Watch for a feature in the January Mojave River Review, which will include an excerpt.
- The masterful, innovative, revised and expanded second edition of Daniel Romo’s prose poetry collection When Kerosene’s Involved. Daniel’s ever-evolving skill and vision push this volume into fresh territory. He explores language and wields his wry point of view in a unique, unforgettable style that simply fascinates. Daniel is a talented, attentive observer of our world, and this collection validates his status as a rising star among contemporary poets. Watch for a feature in the January Mojave River Review, which will include an excerpt.
Keep your eyes peeled and noise-makers at the ready for official release dates, ordering details, and book tour schedules. We already have more insanely wicked cool books in the works, too.
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As if that ain’t enough—
The first full web edition of Mojave River Review will also be debuting in early 2014, and we’re now open for submissions. We’re eclectic: traditional, experimental, speculative, just plain strange… Send us your best and we’ll soak it up like the roots of a late summer Joshua Tree. Note that we’ll be releasing separate print issues later in 2014, as well.
We’ve got to duck out and get back to work over here, but please enjoy the festivities, and while you’re at it, drop in on our good friends over at burntdistrict and pick up a copy of their summer issue featuring, by yours truly, a 655 word speculative/cyberpunkish prose poem— plus a little message from us to you (hint: see our full-page ad).
See you soon! Please do join us via our MRP&R Newsletter.
Michael Dwayne Smith
Publisher & Editor in Chief