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    Burn The Wagon: Call For Submissions

               Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, […]

An Evening with the PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices Fellows

Each year, PEN Center USA selects a small group of exceptional emerging writers to mentor. I had the good fortune of meeting with the fellows this week at the PEN office in Beverly Hills and sharing my experiences as a writer and editor.  The fellows had read my book and we had a wonderful discussion about craft and the challenges and joys of writing. I was really impressed by their questions and so thankful for what they shared with me. I expect we’ll see great things from them.

The fellows this year are:

Jonathan Alfi
Amanda Fletcher
Rayne Gasper
Nathan Go
Chelsea Hodson
Sacha A. Howells

For more information on them and on the program, go to Pen Center USA.

What made the evening even more enjoyable was getting to see Marytza Rubio again, a very talented writer and former fellow who now works at the Center. Thank you for having me, Marytza!

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