Friday, November 28, 2008

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


I make it habit to say my "thank yous" throughout the year, but I am totally aware that this year has been full of an extraordinary amount of abundance. There is so much to be grateful for. So many wonderful people who have supported the press, the writers, and me. I can absolutely confirm that that unfailing supportive energy is all you really need to take most of the big steps in your life. I am lucky to constantly have that energy around me and pushing me forward.

I hope you all have the same.


Until Later

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Woman’s Work: The Short Stories

Part of the problem is that I treat writing like a privilege not an obligation. It comes after everything, after all my other responsibilities.
Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz
My Writing Life

Woman’s Work: The Short Stories is a celebration of what happens when women finally get to the page. About the extraordinary stories that spill out of these extraordinary, and often ignored, storytellers during those stolen moments when she surrenders to her burning desire to write, to create.

GirlChild Press seeks the fresh and exciting voices of writers that can entice the reader with intricate tales of shapeshifters and evil doppelgangers, rock and roll princesses in twisted fairy tales, broken gunslingers in deserted western towns, and political murder mysteries that lead to sex in illicit places.

We will follow her through rabbit holes and pop up as mermaids dressed in camouflage, all while reveling in a romance that bloomed on a long-forgotten battlefield in outer space. Surprises will await us at every corner. We will discover what is passionate, and pure, and complicated and be glad for it.

Ultimately, Woman’s Work is about women as master storytellers.

Submission Requirements

• Deadline: March 1, 2009
• No more than 2 previously unpublished short stories per submission
• Simultaneous submissions okay, but notify if your work is accepted elsewhere
• 4,000 words or less
• Double spaced

All contributors will receive a copy of the anthology and will be invited to read at the book launch in 2009.

Electronic Submissions
Title of submission should be placed in the subject line.
Please include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and short bio with your submission.

Snail Mail
GirlChild Press
PO Box 93
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Please include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and short bio with your submission

GirlChild Press publishes work that celebrates the triumph, defiance, and excellence of girls and women everywhere!

For more information about GirlChild Press visit

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
-Madeline K. Albright

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just Like A Girl Goes to Chicago

And no I didn't catch a glimpse of our new president or Oprah.

I did get a chance to meet contributors Kimberly Dixon, Sage Morgan-Hubbard and Latiffany Wright at Women and Children First Books. Meeting the contributors and hearing them read their work NEVER gets old.
You have not heard a persona poem until Sage lets loose on "If I were a Male" or Big Balls as I like to call it. Latiffany broke our hearts with "Still Breathing". And I personally have a thing for writers that can construct and pull off a convincing kid voice, and Kimberly did just that with "Narcissus" - the best little, self-centered 7 year-old I've heard in a longtime.

As I was getting on the plane this morning, I realized we only have two more readings for 2008. Our next stop is A Room of One's Own in Madison, Wisconsin on December 5th and then we wrap it up in Atlanta on December 12th at Charis Books.

If we are heading to your neck of the woods, don't miss the chance to come out and hear some wonderful writers!

Until Later!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


No matter how long the lines are, stay until you cast your ballot. No matter how imperfect you might think our country or political process is, cast that ballot! We are all due for a change:) And I know we have all been caught up in the presidential race but there are plenty of important local and state initiatives that also need your thoughtful attention.

I'm curious if we are going to get the mega lines I've seen on the news. I plan to be at my polling place when it opens, but just in case all my neighbors have the same idea, I'm going to take my journal with me (I'm sure there's going to be some great people watching opportunities) and my camera to document this historic election. Please let me know if anything interesting, crazy, or voter suppressiony (I know that is not a word) happens in your neck of the woods. HAPPY VOTING!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Weekend of Just Like A Girl

It has been a full weekend!
Friday night started with contributor Lynnette Mawhinney and I hosting a reading at Wooden Shoe Books. This Philly reading was better attended than the previous weekend, but I couldn't help teasing Lynnette with "Philly don't read!" To be fair, we were competing with Halloween and the fact that the Phillies were being feted with a parade at the stadium. In case you didn't read your memo - they won the world series. So the fact that anyone showed up is actually impressive.

Saturday afternoon I was joined by contributors Charneice Fox, Lisa Joyner, Tanisha Christie, Deesha Philyaw, Natalie Illum, JScales, Turquoise, and Lynnette (she made her way from Philly) on my home turf of Washington, DC. The cover girl for Just Like A Girl Katie Seitz and GirlChild's graphic designer Kendra Kuliga was also in the house. We took over the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets and had a fabulous reading. A very nice blend of poetry and storytelling.

I am touched by all the support and the wonderful things that were said about GirlChild Press. Faye Williams (Sisterspace and Books) was especially eloquent and generous. She has always been one of my number one cheerleaders, encouraging me to push harder and go farther than I think I can. Her encouragement didn't stop with me, she demanded that folks in attendance continue to support independent presses and artists. Folks, that's the only way that we will flourish.

Today, I am preparing for my trip to Chicago, where we will read at Women and Children First Books on November 7th at 7:30. I am also spending time finishing up the call for submissions for the 2009 anthology Woman's Work: The Short Stories. I'll post it tomorrow.

Toss in the time change (an extra hour to sleep!) and it has been a wonderful weekend.

Until Later!