Jill in Ploughshares

February 25, 2008

This morning I ran into Derek Mong — who will be reading with Jeffrey McRae at WordPlay (presented by Inkberry at Papyri Books on April 12th) — at the coffee shop in Williamstown. He mentioned to me that Jill Gilbreth, Inkberry’s executive director from 8/06 through 12/07, had a story in a recent edition of Ploughshares magazine.

The story in question is called When the Stars Begin to Fall; Jill read an excerpt from it at the Eclipse Mill last year, at an Inkberry event that featured Jill alongside Andrea Barrett.

Anyway, Jill’s story is excellent. The language is rich, the characters feel real, and the arc of the story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Belated congratulations to Jill for the Ploughshares publication — and to all who enjoy really good fiction, take a moment out of your day and check this out, because it’s grand.

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February inkmail

February 4, 2008

The February edition of inkmail was emailed out over the weekend, and appears now on the Inkberry website. This one’s written by board member Tom Bernard, and offers answers to questions like “how should we entertain ourselves in the time before baseball season begins?”

The new inkmail also makes makes mention of Lighten Up!, a light verse / doggerel workshop taught by Seth Brown which begins tomorrow, February 5; Seth’s a funny guy and a fabulous writer, so if this appeals, sign up now!

Also in this month’s inkmail: a thank-you to the last of Inkberry’s co-founders to step down from org administration, and news about the organization’s impending move to Western Gateway Heritage state Park.

Read the whole thing here.