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New and online! The Workplace Anthology, edited by Dennis Kaplan and Sharon Chelton, has just been published (including a story by your humble Cold Iron writer) and is available for readers for free! Hereís what editor Chelton has to say about the book:
I predict that our descendants will look back at our current work schedules with the same horror with which we regard the 12-hour workdays and child labor of the industrial revolution. For now, work is as ubiquitous and fraught a concept for us as is religion or love. It defines the daily reality of almost everyone I know. The stories that follow explore, identify, play with, and probe this reality in disparate ways. I think people will relate to them deeply and find them well worth their precious time.
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Rebirth Redux - In 1975 I published a story that went on (unknown to me) to win a major literary prize. Much later (also unknown to me) the story was read at Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast on National Public Radio. That story has once again been reborn in a comic book (known to me, this time) done by Brendan Herrick of Murphy Beach Studio. Because readers of the comic were interested in what the original story was like, you can see it featured on the Cold Iron page under "Cool Iron" (the archives). Just click on Cold Iron above and join the fun!
Buy the comic! You can buy a copy of the comic for two bucks by ordering directly from the publisher.
It's easier simply to say, "Quilli" in referring to this small town in northern Maine - the product of a too-brief affair I had with Maine (seven years). So many odd things happened in that state while I lived there that I needed a place where I could begin to make sense of it all, where some of the villains could be cut down, and some of the heroes could be given a voice. Thus, Quilli came to be.
Really, Maine is a wonderful state, both wacky and cool and far, far more than its lobsteresque coastline, a truly strange blend of occasionally admirable sophistication, and a goofy, backward, hairy, wilderness ambience.
Many thanks for the website photos to Paul Rozycki of Flint, Michigan, Ardeana Hamlin of Hampden, Maine,and Brian Thomas of Rockford, Illinois.
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Updates -5/1/2013: Cold Iron & Home
A NEW BOOK will be coming out in the coming year! Check here in the coming months for further information.
Some appearances: I'll be appearing at The Writer's Yarn on June 1 at the DeKalb, Illinois, Public Library, and will be a panelist in short fiction at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books in late September.
Here's an excerpt from a review of my most recent book:
Beautiful writing. And there is the book. Full of creative turns, subtle humor, and nourished by a deep, hidden, underground stream: a highly-motivated woman trying to make (or find) sense in the endless, senseless series of people, places and events that make up her life. Now That Iím Ready to Tell You Everything is a gem of a novella, full of unexpected moments of grace, oddly fresh insights and at least one deeply profound insight (page 85) which may have been the pebble in the shoe all along.
A caveat. This is a book that deals frankly with sex; I feel it's meant for readers who have the maturity only experience and time can provide. Keeping that in mind, I can say Now That Iím Ready to Tell You Everything is appropriate for everyone who loves literature.
This is the website of U.S. author G. K. Wuori, an Illinois Arts Council Fellow and Pushcart Prize recipient. In it you will find excerpts from some of my writings, a bit of biographical information, a monthly column (see Cold Iron), and an e-mail link directly to me. I will answer those e-mails.
Don't forget to click the links under "Selected Works" for more on my books.
Cold Iron this month offers Machines in both print and video formats.
Yet another story has been named a Notable Story in the storySouth Million Writers Award competition: "A Temporary Princess," originally published in The Barcelona Review and accessible simply by clicking on the lady to the left with the chain on her ankle. Then click on Archives.
My short novel, Now That I'm Ready To Tell You Everything is now available in both print and e-book editions. Just click on the big picture at the top of this page and you'll go right to the website of the publisher. Many thanks.
Don't forget to check Cold Iron, too: Machines.
A writer functions much like the great handbrake on one of the old steam locomotives. With a deafening screech and a terrible lurch, life as we live it is stopped for a moment. Words are wielded furiously as the writer says, "Look - this is how it is. This is how we are and what we are and why we are." Of course, that all changes once the giant engine starts up again, and the scenery and the light and the earth itself evolve into the stuff of yet another journey.
G. K. Wuori © 2013