Twice in one week this wisdom has come to my attention, though it may be fairly obvious to some of you, for me, at this particular time, it was like receiving permission from the universe.
From Poets & Writers Magazine's interview with Joshua Mohr:
Any advice about navigating publishing?
"I think it's vital to remember that no one knows what will succeed and what will flounder in the marketplace, and therefore, writers should take that intimidating unknown as license to write the craziest books they can imagine. If there are no guarantees for success, why not shove the boundaries so far away that they're invisible?"
and after watching the powerful,sexy, and haunting movie "Little Ashes" last night, which, by the way, was critically chastised, but I loved it, I was reminded Dali lived by his belief it was important to push the limits in art and in life if one wanted to be recognized as an important artist.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.