Since becoming the Fiction Editor of Connotation Press in October 2009, I’ve learned a few lessons. The most surprising thing for me, nearly a year later, is that these lessons have nothing to do with editing and publishing. I expected to read fiction, write letters, and do some surface editing. I did not expect to work with such amazing and wonderful writers. I didn’t hope for the privilege of participating in the lives of their stories because I didn’t know it was possible. I didn’t expect to be filled with hope and pure delight in the conversation of art which Connotation Press continues to facilitate every day all over the planet. Yet all these rewards have been mine.
Amy De Vore is a Los Angeles native who has been inspired by the writings of Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, and JD Salinger specifically, as well as many, many others. She has had short stories published in Requin and Foliate Oak,
Melissa Harkness is a current graduate student in the Creative Writing for the Performing Arts program at the University of California, Riverside. Her screenplay, Shotgun, was named a Finalist in the 2010 Write Movies International Screenplay Competition
Robin Parks’ stories and essays have appeared in The MacGuffin, Bellingham Review, Prism International, and other journals, and her fiction has won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. She has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was the Presidential Fellow in Creative Writing. More information on Parks can be found at her website.
John G. Hartness is a recovering theatre geek who likes loud music, fried pickles and cold beer. He’s been published online in several journals including The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, cc&d, Deuce Coupe and Truckin’. He can be found online at here and spends too much time on Twitter, especially after a few beers.