A little less than a year ago, I received this message from Nunum.ca.
Thank you for sending us "Frogs". We love it, you popped our heads, made us all pause and see the world in a new way. Just what we are looking for here and best of all we would love to publish it in our next issue.
Nunum made good on that promise. Since then, they've done far more than that. In November, they nominated my little flash fiction story for a Pushcart Prize. In March, they told me "Frogs" would be included in their first print anthology. And now, they've nominated my story for a VERA, the Vestal Review Award for flash fiction under 500 words. The fabulous collage you see above is their way of publicizing this fact.
Almost exactly a month ago, I stood on the VERSO stage to introduce Caoilinn Hughes as my next artist. She rounded out a wonderful line-up that included pretty much all the fine arts, a change agent and an astronomer to boot. Now I'm stoked to announce that Caoilinn will be giving a master class for the International Writers' Collective. And I get to interview her!
These are all good anniversaries, moments in time when it's good to look back and fine to remember. Not all anniversaries work that way. The death of a loved one, an unwelcome change, epic political events. This week's blog post marks the 53rd anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution. Not a red letter date by any standard.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary, Madame Mao, scapegoated for the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, hung herself in her prison cell. On the 50th anniversary, the Chinese government chose to remain silent. But the past lives on in disturbing ways. You can read about how in Cultural Revolution 2.0.