Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Favorite Bookmark #8


Steve Semken, the publisher of Ice Cube Press, recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of his vision for showcasing Iowa and rural America in stories, poetry, and books. I met him at the MWC’s David R. Collins Writers’ Conference one year when he was listening to book pitches. 

Ice Cube Press, North Liberty, Iowa, has supported many regional poets and authors. The poetry of Salvatore Marici is a notable example. Ice Cube Press has published most of Sal’s work, such as: Fermentations and Swish Swirl & Sniff.

Favorite Bookmark #7


Susan Furlong is a regional writer of cozy mysteries. Reading her first book in the Georgia Peach Mystery series gave me a taste for peach salsa. Plus, a very practical tip on how to thaw out frozen fruit. All that on top of an interesting mystery set in a small town. I find it always helpful to see how other authors handle the close-knit chumminess of small communities.