Thursday, June 15, 2006

"Enhanced Gravity": Richard Peabody's Battle Cry for Fiction in the Nation's Capital

Fabulous poet, brilliant writer, big-hearted editor and visionary publisher Richard Peabody has done it again--- for the second time in less than 2 years--- assembled a big, juicy batch of literary fiction by Washington area women. (The first was Grace & Gravity -- which included "Manta Ray," a story by Yours Truly-- launched in October 2004 at a Women's National Book Association event at the historic Sewall-Belmont House on Capitol Hill. That anthology also included work by DC literary luminaries Carolyn Parkhurst, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Leslie Pietrzyk, Nani Power, Myra Sklarew, and Doreen Baingana.) Now ***the official launch is 6 pm this Saturday at the venerable Politics & Prose bookstore*** we have Enhanced Gravity, showcasing work by Stephanie Allen, Kate Blackwell, Carole Burns, Ramola D, Patricia Elam, Wendi Kaufman (yes, the Wendi Kaufman, aka The Happy Booker), Elizabeth Poliner, Julia Slavin, Rose Solari, Sallie Steenland, Venus Thrash, Julie Wakeman-Linn, and many others... The launch will feature Richard Peabody himself, and a panel of 10 of the 43 writers. I'm playing MC-- which basically means I get to hand around the microphone and lead the applause. There will be a lot of it, I can guarantee it!
P.S. Click here to read Richard's thoughts on the DC literary scene.