Fiction, Interviews, New Issue, Prose

Welcome to Delphi’s Third Year!

Welcome to Delphi‘s Third Year of celebrating extraordinary writers, poets, essayists, memoirists, playwrights, film-makers, small press publishers, and workshop leaders who are making positive change happen in the world! As the East Coast reels today under foot-high snow and blowing, while change for the better ripples across Greece, and we hope soon, the rest of Europe, and the US, and the world, we wish you a tremendous 2015 filled with Light, Freedom, Peace, and your best writing! Our hope for all: let us stay positive, celebrate each other, and keep working to make our world a better place for All of us, not just a Few of us!

In which light, we are thrilled to open this New Year with lively conversations with award-winning writers April L. Ford and Jacob M. Appel, and a spotlight on bosque (the magazine) and its writer-editors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook. Our writers this issue have one thing in common, they are all extraordinarily accomplished, talented, and industrious–as also their interviewers! Please look below or click on Current Issue for more.

Interview Connector/Round-Robin Series/Writers Interviewing Writers

Delphi‘s Interview Connector model continues with this issue, as once more a writer from previously-featured Andrew Giffords press, Santa Fe Writers Project, is featured, this time interviewed by Andrew.

Stay tuned for Round-Robin Interviews soon as a group of writers from a reputed small press begins to interview each other, in a series of fascinating interviews which will appear sequentially across upcoming issues.

Essentially, every writer appearing here in Delphi is invited to interview a writer he or she knows, a model we also call on every previously-profiled writer to follow!  Whether a short interview or a long one, we’d appreciate hearing about the writers you know.

Truly, Delphi seeks to be a democratic venture and a space for many voices. We encourage writers to help spread the word about Delphi, as well as actively participate by interviewing deserving writers. Please see our Guidelines page for how to query us.

Delphi Seeks Op-Eds

Delphi aims to step beyond the cacophony of voices of conventional “power” in the news to highlight the voices of the truly powerful thinkers, artists, actors, and visionary dreamers among us, however widely or slightly published or known they may be.  This feature was inaugurated last issue by editor Ramola D ((Marching) Toward a New Freedom).

We are looking for op-eds, on a subject of your choice. Please send a brief query, if interested.

Delphi’s Future

Delphi hopes to expand over the next year into a full literary quarterly (publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, in addition to interviews and op-eds), while also seeking non-profit status and funding. Delphi is in other words seeking to pay its writers and interviewers! If you’d like to be part of this expansion in some capacity, please drop a line.

Volume III, Issue 1, Winter 2015

Delphi Quarterly embarks on its third year of highlighting writers and poets of brilliance with two spirited and lively interviews, one with writer April L. Ford, the 2013 winner of a major literary fiction award from the small presses, and the other with Jacob M. Appel, an extraordinary doctor/lawyer/bioethicist/fiction writer/playwright, both with award-winning short fiction collections coming out this year. April is interviewed by Andrew Gifford, her publisher at Santa Fe Writers Project, who was featured in our Summer 2014 issue, as he continues our Interview-Connector series. Jacob is interviewed by poet and fiction writer Brigit Kelly Young.

In addition, Delphi features two amazing writers who work also as editors and publishers, editing bosque magazine out of New Mexico, Lynn C. Miller, and Lisa Lenard-Cook, who also graced our pages last issue.

Feature Interviews

April L. Ford talks to editor/publisher/writer Andrew Gifford about the genesis of the stories and characters in her award-winning short fiction collection, The Poor Children, winner of the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction, her work with troubled youth, and her deep empathy for the victims of violence and tragedy which translates into compelling voice in her work.

Jacob M. Appel talks to poet and fiction writer Brigit Kelly Young about characters in his novels The Biology of Luck and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, the intersections of his life as a bioethicist and psychiatrist with his writing, his interest in creating characters who are intelligent and emotional, and abiding questions about human suffering which pervade his fiction.

The Writer as Publisher: Highlighting bosque (the magazine)

Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook talk with Delphi Editor Ramola D about the excitements of making literary discoveries, working with other fine editors, and creating writing community as they run their literary journal bosque (the magazine) and their Writers Co-Op in New Mexico.

These conversations offer a range of insights into interview styles, fiction approaches, and publishing accomplishments. Enjoy!

IMG_6720-4April L. Ford’s prize-winning debut story collection, The Poor Children, is forthcoming worldwide April 1, 2015. Gentle, her debut novel, was a Semi-Finalist for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and is forthcoming with SFWP early next year. April is managing editor of Digital Americana Magazine. She has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She is completing her second novel, Carousel, a contemporary love story that spans one century, one Canadian province, and a handful of American States.

Jacob M. Appel has published short stories in over two hundred literary journals, JacobMAppel_2won numerous awards including the William Faulkner-Wisdom competition (in both fiction and non-fiction) and the Tobias Wolff Award, and in only a handful of years he has published three novels, two short story collections and a collection of essays. This February, Black Lawrence Press will release his story collection Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets, and later in 2015 the collection The Magic Laundry will be published by Snake Nation. Appel is also a produced playwright, and he publishes regularly in the field of bioethics. His points of focus in this latter sphere include libertarian, often controversial, arguments on reproductive rights and assisted suicide, as well as lightning rod taboos such as the legalization of consensual polygamy, prostitution and incest. His essays on these topics and others related to law, medicine and culture have appeared in esteemed venues such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Journal of Me dical Ethics, among others. Appel holds multiple graduate degrees including a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M. Phil. from Columbia University, an M.F.A. from New York University and an M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Miller-photo1Lynn C. Miller’s two published novels are The Fool’s Journey, which juxtaposes Edith Wharton’s mid-life crisis with that of her fictional biographer, and Death of a Department Chair, a mystery focused on the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in institutional life. A new novel, THE DAY AFTER DEATH, is under contract with the University of New Mexico Press. Co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, Lynn has performed the work of many women writers, including Katherine Anne Porter, Victoria Woodhull, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein. Her most recent book is Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (co-authored with Lisa Lenard-Cook), out in 2013 from University of Wisconsin Press. She’s taught at the University of Southern California and Penn State, and was Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin until 2007. She is the co-editor of the literary journal bosque (the magazine) and co-founder and co-director of the ABQ Writers Coop, providing community in New Mexico for writers everywhere.

Lisa3Lisa Lenard-Cooks PEN-shortlisted novel Dissonance, originally published by UNM Press, has just been re-issued in paperback and e-editions by Santa Fe Writers’ Project. She’s also the author of New Mexico Penwomen Zia Prize-shortlisted novel Coyote Morning (UNM Press), and the writing guides The Mind of Your Story (Writer’s Digest Books) and (with Lynn C. Miller) Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press), as well as numerous trade nonfiction books. Her short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Rosebud, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. Lisa is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and was recently a featured writer at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Ogden. Lisa is a co-founder of ABQ Writers Co-op (abqwriterscoop.com), bosque (the magazine), and the Bosque Fiction Prize, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

JOIN US!

As Delphi sweeps into 2015 with this New Year Winter issue–we invite writers, poets, memoirists, essayists, playwrights, and filmmakers everywhere to join us–interview a fellow/sister writer or filmmaker, write an op-ed on a current issue of your choice, offer us insights into your writing residencies, centers, and workshops! If you have been interviewed in these pages, we invite you to join the Interview Connector, to follow up with an interview of your own, to introduce a wonderful and deserving writer you know to a larger audience. Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!

 

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About Ramola D

Ramola D is the author of Invisible Season (WWPH, 1998), which co-won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry award in 1998, and Temporary Lives, awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and finalist in the 2010 Library of Virginia Fiction awards. A Discovery/The Nation finalist and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the recipient of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and writer-interviews have appeared in various journals and anthologies including previously in Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Northwest Review, Green Mountains Review, Writer’s Chronicle, Indiana Review, recently in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine (OR Books, 2015), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), and also in Best American Poetry 1994, Full Moon on K Street: Poems by Washington, DC Poets (Plan B Press, 2009), and Best American Fantasy 2007. Her fiction was shortlisted in Best American Stories 2007, and included in Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington DC Women Writers (Paycock Press, 2006). She holds an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University and a BS in Physics and an MBA from the University of Madras. She has most recently taught creative writing at The George Washington University and The Writer’s Center, Bethesda. She lives currently in the Boston area where she edits the online literary review Delphi Quarterly, runs the citizen-journalism site The Everyday Concerned Citizen while also building the new Human Rights documentation site, Covert Assaults Satyagraha, and teaches children's art and creative writing workshops at her home studio, The Wishing Well.

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