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The 2009 Bethesda Literary Book Fair

This year\’s Bethesda Literary Book Fair at the Writer\’s Center certainly was graced with good weather. One couldn\’t have wished for better climate.

Though not all DC area magazines and presses were present, those who caught my attention are the following: 1. WomenArtistsWomenHealing

From the site: Women Artists/Women Healing: Multicultural Artistic Narratives of Trauma and Survival is a five-part narrative series featuring literary readings, performances, exhibitions and facilitated discussions.

Women Artists/Women Healing is produced by Elizabeth Bruce, author of ‘And Silence Left the Place,’ stage actor, playwright of ‘Sheila’s Iron,’ and educator. The series is associate produced by Alivia Tagliaferri, author and documentary film-maker of Ironcutter Media, and Timothea Howard, political activist, visual artist and program manager of CentroNía’s Community Schools Program.

Women Artists/Women Healing is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and hosted by CentroNía (1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009). The series is also funded in part by the Readings & Workshops Program of Poets & Writers, Inc.

2. Santa Fe Writers Project The Santa Fe Literary Awards Program is quite impressive and deserves attention.

3. It was interesting to learn that Little Patuxent Review has resurfaced. Little Patuxent Review

5. Potomac Review Potomac Review has recently added submissions via the Internet.

6. Kings Estate Press can be reached by email at:

7. Having a table next to No Tell Motel Books / No Tell Books, Reb Livingston and I discussed the business of publishing.

After a couple of hours, I commented: \”Where are the young writers / college-age writers?\” We both agreed that the Internet virus has changed interests and behavior of students of writing and perhaps not for the best. Many buy fewer books these days, if any. Certainly this makes the publishing business difficult.

8. Toad Hall Media has recently released its first book, Judah\’s Lion by Anne Caston. Visit: Toad Hall Media

9. Settlement House Books has recently opened with a Virginia focus. Visit: Settlement House Books

10. Gargoyle Magazine a stalwart of the area and its editor Richard Peabody were present. Visit: Gargoyle Magazine

11. The oldest continuously published poetry journal in the US was also present. And thanks to its editors, Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller, it now takes poetry submissions year round. Visit: Poet Lore

12. The Washington Writers\’ Publishing House group was also present. Its annual book competition runs from July 1 to November 1, 2009.

And of course Gival Press was present to promote its recent anthology, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2.

As is often the case after leaving the Writer\’s Center, I wish there were such a center in Arlington, where we have a vibrant literary public.

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