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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. Sadly, it is no longer in print since the publisher has gone out of business.

Quillifarkeag, Maine

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.

There can be risks in having your photo taken in a fictional town.

An always haunting image ...

Many thanks for the website photos to Paul Rozycki of Flint, Michigan, Ardeana Hamlin of Hampden, Maine,and Brian Thomas of Rockford, Illinois.

Welcome - News From Here!

Updates: March 1, 2019, Cold Iron & Home

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 links to my work, information about my books, a bit of biographical information, a monthly column (see Cold Iron) and an email link. I will answer those emails.

Great News! HoneyLee's Girl was named a runner-up, fiction, for a Maxy Award. Wonderful national recognition! Here's what one of the judges had to say: ďRich characters revolving around murder, and a web well spun by strong writing.Ē

Here's an excerpt from a review of Now That I'm Ready To Tell You Everything:

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.

from, http:/​/​​realistic/​nowthatimreadytotellyoueverything.html

Don't forget to check Cold Iron 197, too: White Boys.

... with a friend, a few years ago

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.

A morning view in my world.

G. K. Wuori © 2019

Selected Works

I think this book would appeal to anyone who likes a dark crime story set in a rural, somewhat remote part of Maine in a time when the radicalism of the nineteen-seventies was sweeping the country.
Ellen DeLay, an upstanding citizen of Quillifarkeag, Maine, suddenly and unpredictably leaves her happy, twenty-five year marriage for a lonely cabin deep in the Maine woods, where she makes a living dressing hunters' kill - bears, moose, deer. It seems an idyllic life, punctuated only now and then by rifle fire as she shoots into the air to scare off cheeky teens who come to taunt "the crazy woman."
A small-town lawyer in the middle of a gruesome murder case finds salvation in the world of a homeless woman and her daughter.
A young woman's morning walk through her small town finds her immersed in a small tragedy, an indifferent government, and the "science gone mad" of her best friend's husband. Quirky, goofy, nutty - yes, but a gentle look as well at some of the values that keep us from falling off the planet
A hint of generally true autobiography, this piece is part of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill's "How I Became A Writer" series.
Quillifarkeag is a state of mind, one marked by innocence and regret, by guile and sympathy. The people there will let you into their lives - but not very far. Go too far inside and things start to echo, people get close. Honesty becomes negotiable. Bare all and someone might still say, "Were you naked or nude?" It's an important distinction. In a small place like Quilli the naked truth is hurtful. The nude truth is not so bad.

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