Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Carolyn Howard-Johnson Has New Book


For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

Remembering Mothers a New Way

Award-winning Poets From Two Hemispheres Co-Author Chapbook

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood was conceived by Californian Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Aussie Magdalena Ball as an alternative to the cloying greeting cards usually available for mothers in card shops. In fact, originally it was to be a thoughtful digital substitute for a card. That decision was probably influenced by the pair’s awareness that the Net was, in fact, what allowed them to meet and collaborate.

The chapbook turned out to be both digital (for greenies who want to save paper, postage and airline fuel) and a lovely to have-and-hold book for those who still have room in their hearts only for the real thing.

Howard-Johnson's first chapbook, Tracings (Finishing Line Press) was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. Her poetry has also been published in journals like Pear Noir, Montana State University's literary magazine, Writings from the River, Mt. St. Mary’s College journal Mary, The Pedestal magazine and in the soon-to-be released anthology by UCLA’s own Suzanne Lummis. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Ball’s novel Sleep Before Evening received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her website The Compulsive Reader, http://www.compulsivereader.com/html, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism.

The two poets collaborated last year on a book of what Howard-Johnson calls "unsyrupy" poetry for Valentines Day. It is available at http://www.compulsivereader.com/html/images/cherishedpulse.htm

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer, and author of Waltz on the Wild Side -- An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com/html/images/MediaRoom.htm

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com

Find a catalog of Lattanzio's writing at http://maylattanzio.blogspot.com and her photographs at http://www.jpgmag.com/people/may or

Find She Wore Emerald Then on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/She-Wore-Emerald-Then-Reflections/dp/1438263791/

Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com
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Coming in 2009, Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at http://www.apbooks.net


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Connie, thank you for posting information on my new poetry chapbook. Because I was raised in Utah, several of the poems are inspired by one of those four corner states you talk to with your radio program! (-:

And Magdalena Ball's poetry and May Lattanzio's photos are lovely!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Also blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Website pick, www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com

May said...

Thank you, Connie for your appreciation and acknowledgment of my images for "She Wore Emerald Then.

When Carolyn asked me to work with her and Maggie, I was so pleased.
I was familiar with both their poetry and jumped at the chance.

Thank you very much for the kind words on this project which brought three women together, who have never met - two of us on each side of the USA and Maggie in Australasia.

Now that's teamwork!

Magdalena Ball said...

Connie, thanks so much for your support -- it was so exciting to work with such talented professionals. More information and samples, readings and other goodies can also be found at our feature page for She Wore Emerald Then.