Welcome, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, to ASP!
In the Autumn of 2019 Linda will join the ranks of Grace Cavalieri and Richard Peabody as the third author in Alan Squire Publishing’s Legacy Series. As a poet, travel writer, novelist, essayist, journalist, and all-around literary polymath, Linda's eclectic body of work is a welcome edition to a series which is prized for representing the many different styles of its writers. The goal, as always, is to give a holistic view into the career and person of an artist. This involves, as you may know from reading Other Voices or the Peabody Reader, more than cobbling together a few poems, but rather presenting a narrative in a stratified format. Thus, the more genres our authors tackle, the more likely we are to see their heart draped from one page to another, the more successful we will be in preserving the author to lifelong fans, and in introducing her to those who have never encountered her work, but love ASP.
Confining an immense career into an elegant and economical volume is no trifling matter. For this reason, we are so proud to announce that Joanna Biggar, author of That Paris Year, will be editing the volume and working closely with Linda Watanabe McFerrin on choosing the most important selections from her poetry collections, novels, short fiction, travel essays, and journalism. Linda and Joanna are not only great friends, but traveling companions. They've edited several volumes of travel stories together which you can check out over at Wander Land Writers.
(For more info on the Legacy Series, check out our dedicated page Here)
Raised in cosmopolitan Shang-Hai by a Welsh mother and Japanese father, Linda was born a citizen of the world. She has been conducting herself around it since she was two years old and has been writing about her travels since she was six. If it isn’t clear already, she hasn’t taken the pen from the paper since nor her eyes from the next destination. Her catalog is deep: She is the author of two poetry collections and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited twelve anthologies. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.
But, an important part of our Legacy series is to honor those who are not just wildly talented writers with deep catalogs, but who have had a measurable impact on the indie publishing community. Richard Peabody is revered for his abilities as a mentor and teacher, and many many young writers have had their first shot in the publishing world through his magazine, Gargoyle; Grace Cavalieri is likewise a mentor and spokeswoman of the DC literary community, but she is also the founder of a small press, Bunny and Crocodile, and the host of The Poet and The Poem, a radio show recorded at the Library of Congress. Linda Watanabe McFerrin stands with poise, then, among these indie titans, having founded the amazing press, Left Coast Writers. She is, also, a prolific teacher and mentor, traveling all around the world to host writing workshops.
Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize. She has served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.
I had the chance to sit down in Santa Fe with Linda this past week while she was in town hosting a writers workshop. The resulting podcast is up on the new Alan Squire Publishing SOUNDCLOUD Here.
Here is a brief preview: