New journal, new book, new organization

It’s been a while so time is long overdue for an update. A few notes:

1. New journal: Earlier this year I started a new literary magazine with fellow souther Oregon writer Michael Spring. We co-edit Cobra Lily: a review of southwest oregon literature and art. Yup, the focus is poetry, stories, art, memoir, etc., all celebrating our region. Plan is an online quarterly with a print annual. You can read our first 2 online issues now at CobraLily.org. Submissions are open for Issue 3, so if your art focuses on this region, check out our guidelines.

2. New book: Okay, it’s actually a new version of an old book, but I’ve redesigned The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn’t. Now that my PhotoShop and InDesign skills have come into their own (what does that mean?), I decided it was time to re-do the book that I originally created in Word (yup, a full color book formatted in Word!?). It’s more for fun than to make any money, so I’ve also cut the price. Previous version was $10.95 and I’m making this one available for $8 (though I see Amazon has already dropped it to $7.60 with free shipping on orders over $35). Check out the Amazon page or the facebook page.

3. New organization: to celebrate the many writers of Oregon’s Illinois Valley, and to help them/us connect to writers, I’ve formed something of a writers collective that I’m calling Read Local-Illinois Valley. Plan is several programs to pool resources and help writers find readers and readers find writers. We had a table at the Takilma Folk Faire last month, but our first event is coming the first week in November. At the IV branch of Josephine Community Libraries, we’re having a Local Author Holiday Book Reading & Sales event. What better or more unique holiday gift than a signed copy of a book from someone in your own community. Expect novels, local history, books of poetry, and maybe even a children’s book for adults–all of which can be dedicated to that special someone. For more information, check the Read Local website.

All for now…

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About Ryan A Forsythe

Ryan Forsythe is a writer, editor, and artist from Cleveland, though he considers the state of Jefferson his home. He received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Writing from Humboldt State University and an MFA in Fiction from San Diego State University, where he also served as Associate Editor with Fiction International. Ryan writes short fiction, novels, travel stories, family history, personal essays, children's books (for adults), and the occasional poem. His writing has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best in Show at the local county fair, a "Great 69-er Award" (for best 69-word fiction), and more. His novel, "Dick Cheney Saves Paris," was released by Love Earth Publications on August 30, 2011, the same day Cheney's own memoir was released.
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