Congratulations to Issue 2 and Issue 9 poet, essayist, and fiction writer, Mary H. Auerbach Rykov, poet. Mary recently signed with Inanna Publications and Education to launch her debut poetry collection, *some conditions apply*. A Fall 2019 release is planned for this book. The acceptance follows hard on the heels of the publication of several of her essays, as well as exciting forays into flash fiction.
On her website Mary writes encouraging words for poets everywhere:
Just Keep Writing and Sending Them Out
When the prolific poet, David W. McFadden, won the 2014 Giller Prize for Excellence in Poetry for What’s the Score? (Mansfield, 2013), my first poetry manuscript was still seeking a literary home.
“David,” I asked, “what advice can you give me?”
“Just keep writing and sending them out.”
David was right. I kept writing and sending them out. Eventually I scored. Seven years, twelve manuscript submissions (six full manuscripts, six manuscript excepts), and three title changes later, my debut poetry collection, some conditions apply, will hatch with Inanna Publications and Education Inc. in 2019. Thank you, Luciana Ricciutelli, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. What seems like a long two-year wait is the necessary production schedule of most small presses that work with minimal staff on shoestring budgets for the love of literature. After seven long years wafting in the ethers of Submissionland, these two years will pass quickly.
I share with you what I learned… Read more here
My First Job
Mary’s funny and beautiful essay “My First Job” appears in Numero Cinq Magazine
By the time I was seventeen, I was a singer-songwriter—a tumbleweed riding the wind, barely making ends meet. I sang a lunch set at the Penny Farthing coffee house for my lunch and dinner. And I lived in a downtown Toronto rooming house across the hall from Murray the Speed Freak who, according to the Addiction and Research Foundation, should have been dead six months ago… Read more
About the author:
Puerto Rico-born Mary Rykov is a Toronto music therapist-researcher, editor, educator, and writer. She holds a PhD in Adult Education (OISE/UT, 2006) and an MA in Music Therapy (NYU, 1995). Her songs, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in various venues. She freelances as a writing mentor and editor in multiple genres and serves as proofreader for Pulp Literature Press.