Hello honey, I'm home.
It was a great experience and I met three lovely and talented co-readers, all lady cops. Here are their bios.
Barbara Ann Carle is a poet and personal essay writer. Her poems have been published by Maps of Austin, Gulf Coast Poets, Sol Magazine, Rattle and in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Texas Poetry Calendars. In 2008, her poem “The Battle” won the Ted O. Badger Award. Her first poetry book, New York Rhapsody, was published in 2010. Barbara is a retired police officer, the mother of four and the grandmother of six. She lives in Friendswood, Texas, with her husband Ed.
Sarah Cortez, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has numerous poems anthologized here and in Europe. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut collection is entitled How to Undress a Cop. One of her poems recently placed semi-finalist in the annual contest of Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century. An award-winning anthologist of five volumes, her most recent is You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens which was short-listed for the International Latino Book Awards. Her mixed-genre memoir, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston was recently released by Texas Review Press. (poetacortez.com)
Suzanne Kessler is a writer and police officer living in Bellevue, Nebraska. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending days and days at her off-grid cabin, accompanied by her horses, goats, chickens and beautiful organic garden.
What an experience. Charlotte Innes read during open mic, a poem that we have seen recently, The Kestrel.
Tim Green made it clear that formal verse is welcome at Rattle so what are you waiting for. He is a fab editor as we all know, and an equally fab individual. My kind of person.
He kindly picked me up at the hostel in Santa Monica and drove me to La Cañada where the reading was held. A fine venue and a reasonably sized audience. Charlotte drove me to LAX afterward. She also took me the night before to Mao's eatery in Venice where she and Quincy had been when they were out on the town! They should put a sign in the window, Charlotte, Quincy and Jance ate here. Moreover, Charlotte and I attended a reading at Beyond Baroque in Venice where Q and C read earlier in the week. No open mic but an enjoyable session of listening and the bookshop was open. Warm thanks, Charlotte, for these many favors
I made new friends in LA as well as in SF (my SF adventure described elsewhere). A great trip and I'm so happy to have made it.
Thank you, thank you, everyone who made the visit so enjoyable.