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‘Dunes’ Novel Inspired by Windswept Landscape

Homeport Press just published Our Lady of the Dunes, my coming-of-age novel, which takes place amid the dunes of the OuterCape of Provincetown, MA, in 1942. The dunes run along the beach nearly 40 miles, from Chatham to Provincetown, and just above them are bluffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. My story is of a young woman who’s sent out from Boston to live […]

We’re Taking You Out to the Ball Game

Save the date: Friday, July 28th is the 11th Annual Labor Night with the Washington Nationals baseball team.  If you’re looking for a fun way to bond with fellow writers, a new place to rock your NWU T-shirt, and a great way to help fellow union members in need, then you should join the party. This year’s Nationals game is against the Colorado Rockies. Ticket […]

Sherwood Back With 3rd ‘Murdery Delicious’ Book

The Chalmers brothers have returned in The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret, the devastating finale of The Murdery Delicious trilogy. In the latest installment, the siblings are a little older, possibly a little wiser, and undoubtedly more terrified. As the latest mystery unfolds, a breezy summer getaway at their newly restored ancestral home quickly becomes a crawl through the […]

‘Beyond $15’: Possibilities in Reimagined Labor Movement

Sarah Mohamoud was once a seven-year-old Somali girl who had to hide in the bed of a truck, narrowly escaping  her country’s civil war by crossing the Kenyan border. Assadollah Valibeigi struggled to make a living as a taxi driver and merchant in Iran’s politically chaotic capital city. Mohamed Kadhim and his family fled bombings in Iraq, only […]

Mathieu’s Latest Novel Is “Women Under Siege”

Women Under Siege sends a timely message to women (and men) who are used to giving a blind eye to the culture of misogyny. Nora Bookbinder has good reason to fear the inherent nature of men’s warring and raping and chooses to remain single. But in her late thirties, passion strikes, and she goes off to […]

Cruel But Not Unusual: Mumia’s Treatment Delayed

Mumia Abu-Jamal received a cruel mix of bad and good news from a prison doctor on March 31. The doctor shared the results of his recent lab test, which showed clear signs of cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver caused by his untreated Hep C. The doctor also informed Mumia that he would be […]

Member Novel Predicted Trump-Like Presidential Nightmare

What are the chances that an espionage/thriller could have been written several years ago and published in February 2016 that would have predicted the crazy politics we’ve been experiencing? NWU member James Ellenberger did that with his two writing partners in their novel High Hand by Curtis J. James. The pseudonym is an amalgam of […]

All Hands—and Dialing Fingers—On Deck for ACA

For the past few weeks, I’ve been making hundreds of calls to NWU members, urging them to submit the Authors Coalition survey. It’s been inspiring to connect with journalists, fiction and non-fiction writers, academics, and a songwriter/banjo/guitar player who is writing a children’s book. When one writer I called discovered I was a poet, she […]

When Your Publisher Finds You “A New Home”

Tate Publishing, a well-known subsidy press, announced on January 17 that it was suspending operations. Its website told authors that it was trying to negotiate with other publishers to “find a new home” for them. Meanwhile the company posted an online form that authors could fill out to terminate their contracts and get their files […]

So Cal Chapter Discuss Issues and Activism

“Light a candle,” one person said. “Load a shotgun,” another said as we brainstormed ways to address America’s current political situation at the February 19 meeting of NWU’s So Cal Chapter, which seven of us attended, including new member, Mo El Gafi Mohamed. The free floating discussion touched on a number of topics, including the […]