Spring poetry, Writers for Young Readers venue change, Flickering, Bali and more

Cleaning out the mailbox/list of stuff I’ve been saving for a links post…

Spring Poetry Runoff

If you haven’t yet made it over to Wilderness Interface Zone for the second annual Spring Poetry Runoff, you should check it out. At last count, Patricia has 23 poems from 13 different poets lined up. The runoff is going to go well in to late April this year.

Looking for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference?

It’s not being held at BYU this year — but it will be held. Check out the For Young Readers website for details. In brief, it’s going to be June 14-18 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. The high number of active Utah-based writers and illustrators who focus on work for young readers means that you are going to get great panels and good networking opportunities so if you have an interest in the field, check it out.

Flickering hits the stage

Melissa Larson’s next play “A Flickering.” will have performances April 8-19 in the Provo Theatre. Here’s how Mel describes the play: “The play is set in New York in 1916. Max is a young woman trying to break into the infant movie industry while her best friend Samantha is on her way to a successful theatrical acting career. But controversy fuels the success of Max’s first film, at the risk of Samantha’s reputation — and their friendship.” Ticket info and show times at ProvoStage.org.

Island of Bali is Littered with Prayers paperback

Remember the excellent interview and awesome excerpt AMV ran a few months back about BYU musicologist Jeremy Grimshaw’s The Island of Bali is Littered with Prayers? Well Mormon Artists Group has sold out of the limited collector’s edition of the book and so has now brought it out in paperback.

BYU Studies reviews Thayer’s latest

Philip A. Snyder has posted an in-depth look at Douglas Thayer’s latest novel The Treehouse over at the BYU Studies website. Snyder does an excellent job of situating the novel in the context of Thayer’s body of work. He also notes that Zarahemla Books (which has published Thayer’s last two works) will be coming out with a collection of new short stories later this year. And Snyder ends the review with a sentiment I very much agree with: “With Thayer in his eightieth year and contemplating retirement from BYU, now would be a perfect time to reissue his work so general readers, as well as scholars, could review the very fine career of a pioneering writer of Mormon and other western fiction. Thayer and his writing deserve no less than that.” The Treehouse is available from the Zarahemla Books website.

Segullah on the Whitney finalists

Emily M. and Shelah discuss their favorite finalists in each of the Whitney Awards categories over at Segullah. Although I don’t agree with all of their picks (more on that later), on the whole, I think their sensibilities are well in line with those of most AMV readers and am in awe of their ability to read every single finalist. If you are looking to dip your toe in to LDS fiction, Emily and Shelah’s picks are a good place to start.

And that’s all for now. I will continue to post a links roundup from time-to-time, but the best way to receive timely info on the cool stuff that crosses my transom is to follow AMV on Twitter.

5 thoughts on “Spring poetry, Writers for Young Readers venue change, Flickering, Bali and more”

  1. I’m not entirely clear–is Zarahemla planning on publishing a new book of short stories by Thayer, or just a new book of short stories? Either way, it’s exciting, but I’d be especially thrilled to see a new collection of Thayer’s short fiction. I’ve read one of his novels (“The Conversion of Jeff Williams”), and liked it pretty well, but he’s an absolutely, amazingly brilliant writer of short stories.

  2. The way I understand it is a collection of previously unpublished Thayer short stories — of course, until I hear Chris confirm it and it actually comes out, I’m not going to take it for gospel. A lot of things can happen to derail publication.

  3. I’m really looking forward to reading your picks, William.

    As for reading all the books so fast, Shelah’s the one who did all thirty in a month. I had read eight of them before the announcement, and so I had a head start, thank goodness.

    We should start some kind of possible-Whitney-lending-library, to give everyone a head start on their reading. Otherwise it gets pretty intense.

  4. Thanks mentioning the play, William. I really appreciate it. Everyone, come see “A Flickering” if you’re round about Provo. It’s a good time. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy the piano and the popcorn.

    Please come. Please?

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