The Provo Orem Word, an online venue for artists in the Provo-Orem area of Utah, has published an excerpt from my novel The Pictograph Murders (Signature Books 2004) in this year’s nature-themed issue.Â You can read the excerpt and rest of the issue here, or click on the picture.Â Also, check out the ad for The Pictograph Murders and Wilderness Interface Zone on the inside of the first page.Â My son Saul designed that.Â I think it’s cool. The links weren’t working today but POW is trying to remedy that.
This issue also contains an interview with Terry Tempest Williams, who will perform a reading from her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World at Brigham Young University on March 17.Â This occasion interests me for a couple of reasons, one of them being that Williams has not read at BYU in over 20 years, although faculty members like Eugene England were interested in inviting her.Â I think this event long overdue and am glad for it.Â If I were up in that area, I’d attend.
Beside Williams’ interview, there’s also a nice piece by George Handley titled “Secret Memory.”Â George published an excerpt of his book Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River here on Wilderness Interface Zone.
The issue contains many other gems, including the eighth chapter of an epic poem titled “Rough Stone, Rolling Water” by Dennis Marden Clark.
The Provo Orem Word is an online literary magazine that publishes a nature-themed issue every March, but Rebecca Packard, the publisher/editor, is happy to take submissions all year long at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ‘zine publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.Â For submission guidelines and a list of The Provo Orem Word’s other themes for this year, email Rebecca at the above address.Â Â Rebecca says, “Not being affiliated with the area will not hurt an author’s chances of being published.”
I’m not a resident of Utah Valley anymore; it didn’t hurt mine!