Who says a literary journal internationally ridiculed for the ridiculousness of its poetry cannot also be as well known for its equally ludicrous prose?
FIRST PRIZE “The Scourge of Unlawful Infants” by Stoney Emshwiller
SECOND PRIZE “A Woman and Her Secrets” by Ed Kornfeld
THIRD PRIZE “Tie Goes to the Dog” by Dustin Michael
The other entries and runners up will be uploaded once a month for the next 10 months.
My aunt Terry was like a second mother to me and a defining personality in my life and very much helped me to become who I am today. She passed away this week. A lot of celebrities passed away recently, in bunches as they usually seem to do. Oddly enough, I like to think of Titi Terry as one of a celebrity too. To me, she was a star, an exotic presence, the archetypal crazy aunt who would visit in a whirlwind of energy, manic laughter, malt liquor, and smoke. Buenas noches, Terry.
I had a great time reading with a couple of my Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery homeboys Carlos Hernandez and Sergio Troncoso for the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, on July 12. We went a-riding up there together. The actual reading was at Que Chula es Puebla, a charming Mexican restaurant with great guac and tacos al carbon. As well as gin and tonic. (Yeah, I wanted to drink margaritas before a reading, but then thought better of it. Maybe next time.) Thanks again to the lovely people at HVW for having us — and to Sergio, for arranging the whole thing, and for driving!
Listen to Episode 56: “Asinine Trek.”