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2019 Year of Authors: 20th – 24th May

This is week 20, which starts on May 20th, and you all know the drill by know. Every week, we’re featuring five authors, artists, and poets whose work graces the first 20 issues of our magazine. 20 must be our lucky number … wouldn’t you know it, even Issue 20 is on sale this week!

20th – 24th May 2019

Monday: Karlo YeagerIssue 4

Karlo Yeager was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now lives in Baltimore. He strives to explore themes such as being part of several cultures, but not belonging to any. When not answering questions like, “Why Baltimore?” he volunteers with the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.

Tuesday: Kate Austin, Issue 6

Kate Austin is a poet, a novelist, a short story writer, an editor, an acquisitions editor, a paralegal, an occasional teacher (both of paralegals and of writers), an avid movie goer, a reader of a book a day, a good friend, and busy!

Wednesday: Katie Vautour, Issue 12

Katie Vautour is a visual artist and writer published in a variety of literary journals, and though she dabbles in all genres (including fiction, non-fiction, and playwriting), her main focus is poetry. She is also the director of the Piper’s Frith Writing Retreat. Katie graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with majors in Filmmaking, Painting, Drawing and Art History. She has participated in residencies in Oaxaca, Mexico, New Brunswick, and the Banff Centre. She exhibits her mixed-media work, paintings, and drawings throughout Atlantic Canada, and gladly repurposes offered used materials into art. She lives in St. John’s.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Thursday: kc dyer, Issue 16

kc dyer is the author of seven books for teens and adults. Her most recent title, a romantic comedy from Berkley Books, is the internationally best-selling Finding Fraser. kc resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Friday: Kelli Allen, Issue 17 & 20

Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals in the US and internationally. She is Poetry Editor for The Lindenwood Review and directs River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets series. Her chapbook, Some Animals, won the 2016 Etchings Press Prize. Her chapbook, How We Disappear, won the 2016 Damfino Press chapbook award. Her full-length poetry collection, Otherwise, Soft White Ash, arrived from John Gosslee Books in 2012 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her third full length poetry collection, Banjo’s Inside Coyote  is now available through C&R Press.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise NewsteadIssue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Moliere Likes Your Page One

Small treeEvery first page is a challenge, often happily so.  We have to establish time and place, hint at the central character and establish tone and authority that lets the reader know she is in good hands.

But Moliere said, The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

As I leaf through Issue 4 of Pulp Literature, I am struck by the excellent craft of the opening lines throughout. Here’s a challenge for you:  match these wonderful first sentences with author and story title.

  1. I’m baking myself a boyfriend, kneading him out with my hands, my elbows, my shoulders.
  2. The boy fell last.
  3. If my mother had insisted it be above the knee, I would have said something.
  4. My name is Chouko (‘butterfly gGirl’) Takeda, and I was born on August 29th, 1967, in a little town called Slocan, BC, just outside of where the old Japanese internment camp used to be.
  5. Standing on her front porch, her eyes crinkle up in that way I love, the laugh lines flowing up from her cheeks, the shadows, as the moon rises overhead, lacing her cheeks.
  6. I was taking a piss and I fell over.
  7. The fight with Carollus was the end of my formal training as a magician.
  8. There is a particular and odious smell that permeates the underworld.
  1. Soldier, Wake by Susanna Kearsley
  2. Victory Girl by Ace Baker
  3. Doughboy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire by Karlo Yeager
  4. Things to Live For by Richard Gropp
  5. Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE by KG McAbee
  6. Below the Knee by Susan Pieters
  7. The Death of Me by KL Mabbs
  8. Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels

We will send a free ebook issue of your choice if you are the first person to correctly match these first lines with their titles.  Put your answers in the comment section below.

First pages and opening lines… say, what was Moliere’s first line? I checked out the start of his most famous oeuvreTartuffe….

“Mme. Pernelle: Let’s go, Flipote, let’s go. I hate this place.”

Not bad at all, sir. Well played.

Interview with a Baker

‘Doughboy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire’ in the current issue of Pulp Literature is a story steeped in myth and magical realism with cautions embedded for modern lovers.  Here’s another glimpse into the thoughts of author Karlo Yeager’s protagonist.

  1. What is your greatest fear? Loneliness has its own weight and momentum which grows and accelerates with time.
  2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  What, and have people think I’m weak?
  3. When and where were you happiest?  Adrift in childhood memories of my grandma’s kitchen, immersed in the sweet smell of baking bread.
  4. What is your most treasured possession?  The old family recipe for doughboys.
  5. What is your greatest regret?  Love, like day-old bread, grows stale.Karlo Yeager

When not swinging a pick in the Word Mines, Karlo Yeager writes short fiction, reads, and offers a portion of his soul to animate the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s tame Dalek.

You can find ‘Doughboy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire’ in Pulp Literature Issue 4 through our Kickstarter page.