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From today until March 20, you can get the kindle version of Donna Walker-Nixon’s novel Canaan’s Oothoon for free. Sounds like a plan.
Synopsis of Canaan’s Oothoon:
A bad seed blows into Allard’s Crossing, Texas. Canaan Watson is beyond anything the women of this little town have seen. Brash and daring, he believes himself to be the reincarnation of poet William Blake and that he is destined to find his perfect mate – his Oothoon – to create his new world order. Cautious, but strangely attracted, some of the local women fall under his spell: Emma Mae, an elderly woman who wants nothing more than to talk to her deceased daughter through a medium; Lura, the Pentecostal woman who wants to feel the kind of love he offers; and Maria Elena, the vulnerable teenage granddaughter of Bonnie Hobbs. An ‘Oothoon’, according to Canaan, is the kind of woman who can cast off middle class propriety and give into her own sexuality but Bonnie Hobbs knows that’s just a load of manure he uses to cast his spell over the gullible and unwary.
Bonnie is one tough grandma and she’s seen the likes of this good-for-nothing Canaan before. When he shacks up with Lura, it’s proof to Bonnie that he’s worthless and not to be trusted, but Bonnie seems to be alone in her conviction. Soon her cousin Emma May gets sucked into Canaan’s lies when he leads her to believe that for an ongoing sum of money she can really communicate with her deceased daughter. As the women around her are slowly drawn into his web, Bonnie tries to protect her land, her friends and even her own granddaughter from his evil schemes but is it already too late?
A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing!
March 23-25 on the campus of Wake Forest University
I’ll be part of a panel “Writing Poetry” at 9:00-9:50 am March 24
(Eric Ekstrand ‘07, Helen Losse MALS ’00, Robert West ’91) (409 Benson)
part of a reading Writers Reading IV: The Poets: at 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. March 24
Eric Ekstrand ’07, Helen Losse MALS ’00, John York ’77 (401B Benson)
signing Better With Friends and Seriously Dangerous at the Wake Forest University Book Store table
and selling Mansion of Memory at the table for the Winston-Salem Writers
Join us. It’s free! See entire schedule.
We all need to eat and drink to stay alive. But having a meal is more than eating and drinking. It is celebrating the gifts of life we share. A meal together is one of the most intimate and sacred human events. Around the table we become vulnerable, filling one another’s plates and cups and encouraging one another to eat and drink. Much more happens at a meal than satisfying hunger and quenching thirst. Around the table we become family, friends, community, yes, a body.
That is why it is so important to “set” the table. Flowers, candles, colorful napkins all help us to say to one another, “This is a very special time for us, let’s enjoy it!”
Everyday—even on sabbatical—I check my in-box for the Dead Mule. But it isn’t everyday that we get fan mail. In fact, fan mail comes infrequently enough that it is worth writing about.
I will respect the privacy of the young woman who wrote the note to the Mule, but I will include in full—minus her name—my response to her note in hopes that a part of it might serve as a reminder to all writers and potential writers. That sentence is in bold type below.
Thanks for your kind comments about one of our summer chapbooks. We at the Dead Mule are happy you enjoyed the poems by CL Bledsoe and will pass your comment along to him. Writers are always glad to know their work has been meaningful to someone, and publishers and editors are glad that work was presented by their magazine.
Why don’t you try writing about your Dad, and maybe your Mom. too? You never know what you will come up with when you start writing. Every famous poem or story began with a blank sheet of paper.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
All the Best,
Valerie Mac Ewan
The Dead Mule has enough stories, essays, and poems (including four chapbooks) to keep most of us busy all summer long. More stories and essays will be added from time to time, and a full issue of poems will be posted on October 5.
Submissions for short (500word) stories and nonfiction are open. Poetry submissions will open again after the first of the year. Until then, enjoy the many poems from out already-full in-box.
Consideration for the Dead Mule submissions for Best of the Net is underway. We’ll make those announcements in August or September.
My book review of Collin Kelley‘s debut novel Conquering Venus on Vanilla Heart Press has been published at Blogcritics.
“Shortly after Irene and Martin meet, they “sit on the balcony for hours … discussing art and poetry, dancing around their true selves, the strange desire to confess deep secrets.” (p. 45) But why? Away from the confines of home and with alcohol flowing to remove inhibition, the characters become free to ignore convention. Or are they now free to explore it?” Read the entire review
Kelley is also a poet. In fact, he’s been published in the Dead Mule.
Scroll down to find nominated poem.