Brian Turner will be the featured writer at the 22nd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton. See the Writer’s Conference home page here.
Mr. Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”
Visit Brian Turner’s author page at Blue Flower Arts.
If you love writing and live in Texas, you should know about Lone Star Literary Life. Lone Start Literary Life is the brainchild of Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon, former speakers for the San Angelo Writers Club.
Here are two excerpts from their web page:
Lone Star Literary Life is dedicated to the idea that Texas readers and writers deserve their own lair—a virtual speakeasy of letters where wordsmiths and bookworms are embraced as part of our state’s reading and writing community. So, howdy and welcome. You seem like our kind of folks.
With Lone Star Literary Life, if you don’t know about Texas books, it’ll be your own fault.
Visit the site. There are reviews, e-newsletters, book blog tours, podcasts, calendars of book event, stories, photos, and interviews.
John Osterhout’s talk, The Art of the Book, was about making your book interior look as professional as possible. John told the club about formatting conventions, the layout of the text blocks on the page, matching interior and display fonts, line and character spacing, running heads and front matter. John indicated that the best way to achieve these goals is to forgo your trusty word processor and use a design program such as Adobe InDesign (professional and expensive) or Scribus (open source and free). However, if you simply must use a word processor, avoid the font Times New Roman (it’s a cliché) and be sure to adhere to the other formatting conventions discussed. After his presentation, the audience was given the opportunity to critique samples of book interiors.
Laurence Musgrove talked with the San Angelo Writers Club about the 21st Annual Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, which was held March 23-24 at Angelo State University. The featured writer was Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman. Tony Hillerman is the author of the Leaphorn and Chee novels centered around the Navaho Tribal Police. Anne is continuing her father’s series with Spider Woman’s Daughter, Rock with Wings, and, just out, Song of the Lion.
The Turbulent Trail
Charlie Deegan has gone from an Army sharpshooter to a drunken brawler to a prisoner in Yuma Territorial Prison. He escapes and heads north to change his ways and become a cowboy. On the way, he fights Indians and Mexican banditos, tangles with a crooked sheriff, and is locked in a military stockade when he is recognized as a prison escapee. He breaks out and vows never to drink again. He befriends a cowboy who offers him a job on a cattle drive. But can the hard-drinking, brawling Charlie really become a cowboy? Buy The Turbulent Trail on Amazon.