The Summer 2021 issue of Emerald City is out. New work by Brittany Ackerman, Dante Di Stefano, Melissa Feinman, Frenci Nguyen, Francesca Halikias, Liam Strong, T.D. Johnston, Sarah Rose Cadorette, and Michael Putnam. More info at the Emerald City website.
I’ve been watching a lot of comedy movies and TV shows lately, enjoying the much needed escape from reality, so it makes sense that I’d gravitate toward Wesley Korpela’s “An Email to the Rose Creek School Board” in the Fall 2020 issue of Emerald City.
Korpela writes an email to the “Members of the Facilities Committee” from Genevieve Powers-Harrison’s point of view. Genevieve requests the elementary school’s name be changed to honor her still-living ex-husband Carl. Carl’s obsession with getting on the show America’s Funniest Home Videos drives the couple apart, but ultimately Genevieve believes he deserves the award as “a ‘win.’” After all, “he’s a nice enough man.”
I loved the voice Korpela gives to Genevieve and found the obsession with AFV to be a fun and fresh twist on the divorce story. There’s no ill-will between the two, just many failed attempts at five seconds of fame. A good, silly story is just what I needed.
There is now under a month left to submit manuscripts to the Cow Creek Chapbook Prize brought to you by Pittsburg State University. They’re open to all styles and subjects. As long as the poems challenge and capture the imagination, they want to see them. This year’s judge is Marcus Wicker. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 25 author copies. The chapbook will be published as a perfect bound book and sold both online and in limited bookstores. Guidelines and the submission portal can be found at www.cowcreekchapbook.org. There is a $15 fee to enter. Deadline: May 15.