Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pardon my press release

The Picolata Review
The Picolata Review (www.picolatareview.org), a new home for top quality fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays on topics related to literature and culture, has published its first issue. You're invited to come discover great writing by the most talented new voices in the literary world.

Picolata was originally a Spanish fort located on the St. Johns River seven leagues west of St. Augustine. The fort is now underwater, but Picolata survives as a small village. St. Augustine is known around the world as America's oldest city, but only the locals know about Picolata. You might say it's located just a little west of famous.

The Picolata Review is dedicated to great writing by talented authors and poets who are also just a little west of famous. We hope you'll agree that our inaugural issue establishes The Picolata Review as the new home for top quality short fiction, poetry, book reviews, and essays on subjects related to literature and culture.

Join us as we celebrate our birthday, and enjoy the excellent stories, articles, and poetry from the world's best and brightest emerging writers, including:

Lisa Coutant's interview with Pulitzer finalist Lee Martin

Fresh new poetry from Riki Garcia Rebel, Gol McAdams, Geoffrey Philp, and Santiago B. Villafania

Fiction from Jamie Ford, Hannah Pfeifle, and Jeff Neale

An excerpt from Janet Thorning's debut novel, The Resurrection of My Heart

Debra Hamel's review of Peter Pouncey's Rules for Old Men Waiting

An interview with Dan Wickett, founder of the Emerging Writers Network


A memoir of Rachmaninoff's favorite pianist, Princess Caterina
by her grandson Prince Louis Richard de la Pau.

We're excited by our inaugural issue, and we're sure you will be too. Join us as we introduce the new home of great writing, The Picolata Review.

Mark Pettus,
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Even lovers need a holiday

Everybody needs a little time away
I've heard her say
From each other

Even lovers need a holiday
Far away from each other

Hold me now
It's hard for me to say I'm sorry
I just want you to stay
And after all that you've been through
I will make it up to you
I promise you

Peter Cetera, Chicago

In case you haven't noticed, I've not been around much lately. I've not blogged or commented in over three weeks, and now the very act of blogging feels strange. It's like having a conversation with an old lover when you can conjure the memories of your love, but no longer feel the emotion.

Life has been hectic and strange since early May, when I actually began pushing forward with my plan to publish an online literary magazine. Almost every aspect of my world has shifted focus. My personal life is in turmoil, and my professional life makes my personal life seem settled. Transit Gloria is NOT in the hands of an agent, for the first time since last fall. Then there's the Picolata...

The Picolata Review. My baby. My cherished, precious child. The one bright spot in an otherwise dark period in my life, The Picolata Review is my vision of what an online literary magazine should be. The time I've spent on it has been bliss.

The first issue will go live on the summer solstice, June 21. The front page currently has some teasers about that first edition. Go check it out. I hope you'll like my little magazine, and help me spread the word about the great writing inside.

p.s. My holiday is over. I'll be back blogging soon.

Mark Pettus,
Friday, June 16, 2006

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