Join us to celebrate the release of Jess Wells' and Kathleen McClung's new books!
Jess Wells' novel, Straight Uphill: A Tale of Love and Chocolate, is due out, fittingly, on Valentine's Day. Seymour Hamilton, author of The Astreya Trilogy, says, "Wells captures love and longing, death and grief, hope and fortitude in writing that is lucid, clear and immediate. I am in awe of how much is going on in this short novel, and how vividly it is presented.”
Kathleen McClung's new chapbook of poems, Temporary Kin, contains four sonnet crowns and four villanelles. Former Wisconsin poet laureate Marilyn L. Taylor says, "Kathleen McClung possesses an extraordinary gift for story-telling in verse—even in patterns as complex as the sonnet crown and the villanelle, both notoriously difficult to pull off convincingly."
Jess and Kathleen will read from their new books and sign copies. There will be free drinks and snacks (and chocolate!), including plenty of time for mingling and meeting with the authors.
Jess Wells is the author of five novels and five books of short stories, the recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Grant for Literature, a four-time finalist for the national Lambda Literary Award, and a member of the Saints & Sinners Literary Hall of Fame. Her work has appeared in more than three dozen literary journals and anthologies, has been reprinted in England and translated into Italian. She blogs regularly at www.jesswells.com.
Kathleen McClung is the author of two poetry collections, The Typists Play Monopoly and Almost the Rowboat. Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies including Southwest Review, Mezzo Cammin, The MacGuffin, Forgotten Women, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and elsewhere. Winner of the Rita Dove, Morton Marr, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust national poetry prizes, she is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, she has mentored hundreds of writers at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and other colleges. For ten years she has directed Women on Writing: WOW Voices Now on the Skyline campus.