Interview w/ Lisa Romeo

By Carol Smallwood

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Lisa Romeo

Lisa Romeo teaches creative nonfiction in Bay Path University’s online MFA, and at colleges and other settings in New Jersey. Her nonfiction is listed in Best American Essays 2016, and has appeared in The New York Times, O-The Oprah Magazine, Brevity, Hippocampus, Brain Child, Under the Sun, and Purple Clover.

Please describe your duties as editor/writer:

My own writing is mostly creative nonfiction—memoir and essays. These are published in literary journals, as well as mainstream media (newspaper, magazine, websites). I also contribute to essay anthologies and have both a memoir manuscript and an essay collection currently being submitted to publishers.

I also provide a range of editorial services for writers of fiction and nonfiction, from short pieces up to book-length manuscripts, book proposals, and other materials. These include full developmental editing, line and copy editing, manuscript evaluations, and one-on-one coaching or individual help with polishing essays, short fiction, and short memoir pieces.

Tell us about your career:

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By Mary Buchinger

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     On this path in the city fens
the man walking in front of me
 listens too to the geese and jays
  reporting their morning news

                    In a ragged jacket
and filthy chinos   he’s steady
on his feet

        I watch him study reflections
of reeds and sky in the shallow stream
edged by rocks and debris

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Three Little Sisters

By Penney Knightly

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All the time I am that nursery rhyme
the one where all the sisters build themselves with weakness
saying, no, no, you cannot come in
and yet he takes down their houses anyway,
that bad, bad wolf they don’t know
belonged in them before they were themselves,
you see, this is why
they build their homes of weak things;

only straw, only sticks.

As for that third one with the bricks,
she is only acting hard,
she will open the door and invite him in for tea
if he wants some.

Penney Knightly

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Cover to Cover with . . . Christoph Paul (author of Horror Film Poems)

By Jordan Blum & Christoph Paul

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Christoph Paul

Christoph Paul is an award-winning humor author. He writes non-fiction, YA, Bizarro, horror, and poetry, including The Passion of the Christoph, Great White House Volume 1 and Volume 2, Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks, and Horror Film Poems. He is an editor for CLASH Media and CLASH Books and edited the anthologies Walk Hand in Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective and This Book Ain’t Nuttin to Fuck With: A Wu-Tang Tribute Anthology. Under the pen name Mandy De Sandra, he writes Bizarro Erotica that has been covered in VICE, Huffington Post, Jezebel, and The A.V. Club. He is represented by Veronica Park at the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Jordan Blum chats with Paul about managing life as a full-time writer and editor, exploring bold and fearless possibilities with a pseudonym, reflecting on punk rock roots, and much more.

Christoph Paul

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Another Country

By Devon Miller-Duggan

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There will have been grief in the home country–
Parents’ long divorce, a grandfather’s slow death.
And among the burials and separations, there will have been
Familiarities and comforts to take leave of, or pack

For travel into Germany. There will have been
The German comforts of punctual trains, kaffee und kuchen,
Weekly flowers in a crackled glass vase,
American Time, and German streets, a marriage.

In Florence at Easter there were bells billowing the air,
And the light laying itself against walls,
Like a lover’s hand resting against the swell of a woman’s hip.
For years after Florence
I dreamt through the streets of an Italian city,
Touching what the light touched, praying.
In Florence I lay my palms against the stones.

Devon Miller-Duggan

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