Summer rolls along with haze and breezes, heat and thunder. I long for old-fashioned swimming pool mayhem and also for sharing orange creamsicles. One can dream.
Sandy Hiortdahl and friend, 2016
At the High Society Bar, with some high society pals
Autumn 2016-Winter 2017 Once more to Key West.
Summer 2016 Working hard on Marcelo's Victorian Amusements.
Winter 2016 I'm honored to have been nominated by Northeast State Community College for a Distinguished Faculty Member award.
Winter 2015: Received a scholarship for a workshop with poet Campbell McGrath in this year's Key West Literary Seiminar Workshops. Enjoyed it thorougly and came back from paradise with new perspectives.
Fall 2015: Took several jobs as a copy editor, outlined The Return of Haley's Comment, dealt with the usual personal and some unusual health issues for me and for Kismo, but got through it (thank goodness).
Summer 2015: spent the summer working on revisions of Haley's Comment and also a collection of entwined and interconnected short stories called Marcelo's Victorian Wonderland.
Winter Spring 2015: 2/6 Presented at the Mildred Haun Appalachian Literature Conference at Walters State Community College. Several of my works will be appearing in their literary magazine this spring. Thank you, Brad Owens, for the invite and the support.
1/8-1/16 2015 Lovely week at the Key West Literary Seminar. Met Charles Johnson. Thanks Miles Frieden and Arlo Haskell for your support. Stayed at the Authors Guesthouse.
Ernest Hemingway's Key West house at night, a rare opportunity to be on the premises after closing to kick off the KWLS literary season. There were ghosts aplenty, some said.
JANUARY 2014... At the Key West Literary Seminar 2014, I was honored to meet Billy Collins, one of my favorite poets, and to read from my poetry and prose.
A moment before classes, with J.B., Northeast State's mascot.
July 30, 2017
Rest in peace, Dad. I know you did your best in a rough time, these past few years. Here's hoping the two of you are off on a fishing trip by now, aboard a 40' Chris-Craft named Stella Irene II.
JUNE 2017: CUBA
Hemingway's House outside of Havana, Cuba, "Finca Vigia," which means "the lookout house."
Havana, Cuba, both light and dark: much to admire, much to ponder, and a profound sense of sadness for the Cuban people themselves.
6/15/17 Zoetic Press will publish "Be What's Left" this month.
5/20/17 Just received word from Grasslimb Journal and they've accepted my poem "Jokes of Time" for their late summer issue. Thanks for letting me share that with you. I'm overjoyed, as I've wanted to be in Grasslimb for some time. Happy May to you and yours!
4/17 Working on Marcelo's in the spare moments (the ones that matter). Thoughts of heading to Cuba... it could happen in June.
2/11/17 Honored to be the featured reader at Poets of Northeast Tennessee on Feb. 11. What a lovely group of people. 2016 Events 11/16/16 I'm pleased to say I'll be reading from my work at the Sky Stage in Frederick, Maryland, for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review on Thursday, 11/17/16 starting at 7:00pm. The reading is free and open to all: http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/works/sky-stage-reading-series/sandy-hiortdahl-sky-stage-11-17-16/
11/10 I've been accepted into the Key West Writing Seminar for the fourth year in a row and in January will be taking my work in progress, Come One, Come All (aka Marcelo's Victorian Amusements), a collection of entwined short stories. Looking forward to the Keys. Traveling with dear friend and fellow writer Craig Bradley Owens, also accepted to the seminar.
11/1 "Hanging Five Aboard the Stella Irene" won First Place in Poetry in Pen2Paper's 2016 Contest. Very honored to have won this from such a fine organization. Here's a link to the winners' page (scroll down to Poetry and there's a link to the poem): www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/pen-2-paper
9/21 My poem "Haymaker" is being published in the Fall issue of This Land. Many thanks to the editors of this fine Midwestern journal.
5/11 A bit of pleasant news on this stormy east Tennessee morning: a haiku of mine, "Lines," has been chosen as part of Plum Tree Tavern's fairly exclusive Anniversary Edition, due out May 19th. Here's a link to its original post if you're so inclined, my friends, and thank you most sincerely for having taken an interest in the past): http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/search/label/Sandy%20Hiortdahl 3/14 My poem, "The Huntress" has been accepted for inclusion in a poetry anthology entitled The Dark Ones: Tales and Poems of the Shadow Gods, due in print later this year.
3/10 "Passing Through Shadow," a short story, is being reprinted in an anthology centered on mythological motifs, Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine.
12/15/15 William Jessup University's journal Metonym is publishing my poem "Pluto Mystique" in their 2016 Winter issue. Hooray!
9/26 I'm honored to say that the The Coalition for Texans with Disabilities has asked me to be their Fiction Judge for this year's Pen2Paper writing contest. I was their Grand Prize Winner last year and am looking forward to being part of this terrific organization's team: http://www.txdisabilities.org/pen-2-paper
9/7 Lost Tower Publications, a London publishing house, has accepted my poem "Blue Heeler Rules" (a tribute to Kismo, right), for their anthology And The Tail Wagged On, coming out in October.
7/31 My poem "Tumbleweed Dreams" has found a home in the new online journal pioneertown. Happy day! 6/25 Good news! The journal This Land has accepted my poem "Hay Maker" for their Winter 2016 issue.
6/1 Hey folks! Happy June! Plum Tree Tavern just published a haiku of mine and editor Russell Streur has, as well, accepted my coal train gods poem for The Camel Saloon. Hope your month starts as pleasantly! 5/2 Pentimento Magazine has accepted my non-fiction piece, "Wild Dogs, Summer Days" for their next issue. It's a nostalgic piece as well as a reflection on growing up with a deformity.
4/20 My poem "Because It's Nighttime Again" will appear in the debut issue of the Rocky Point Review. Thank you so much, Samuel Simas! I'm honored.
4/17 Two of my essays have been accepted for publication in Lit House Memories, edited by Sarah Gearhart and published by James Dissette, "The New Frontier," and "The Ghost of O'Neill House Past." 1/25/15 My poem "Poseidon Night" will be reprinted in the book Roaring Deep, edited by Rebecca Buchanan.
11/12/14 I'm honored to have been named the Grand Prize Winner in Pen2Paper's Writing Competition for my piece "Riding, Falling." Here's a link:
11/2/14 My poem "Late Summer Tomatoes" was published in WestWard Quarterly this week.
9/29/14 "Fizz and Blending" has been accepted for reprint by See Spot Run Magazine and will appear in this month's issue.
7/31/14 Hanging Tight Aboard the Stella Irene is a quarter-finalist in the Mary Ballard chapbook competition hosted by Casey Shay Press. 6/20/2014 Angle Poetry has published my poem "Wizardry" in their summer issue.
6/18/2014 "A Place For Oysters," my Moon set short story, has found a home at Perihelion Magazine. Going live July 12. 6/5/2014 "Local Charity," a poem of mine, has been accepted and published by The Camel Saloon:http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2014/06/local-charity.html Thanks, editor Russell Streur!
5/3/2014 OCEAN Magazine today accepted my poem "The Trip Out and Back" (a tide poem) for their next issue. I'm joyous to be part of this beautiful magazine again! Thanks, editor Diane Buccheri!
5/1/2014 My poem "Yard Cicles" found a home in the summer issue of The Summerset Review, now live. Thanks, Poetry Editor Meredith Davies!
4/30/14 Haiku Journal has accepted "Fourth of July Showers" for its summer issue: http://haikujournal.org/e-issues/.
4/28/14 Wilderness House Literary Journal accepted my poems "Sea Days," "Homing Instincts," and "Just Past the Bulrush" for their summer issue. It's been a good day (see below),
4/28/14 My poem "May Song" has been chosen by Hyacinth Noir for their Beltaine issue, available May 1st. Set at ETSU.
4/24/14 Mountain Tales Press has honored me with the Ghost Mountain Award for "Rattlers and Aliens, 1972." http://mountaintalespress.com/ghost-mountain-award/
4/17/14 Synchronized Chaos will publish three of the April poems, "Tick Tock Clock," "Branded by Smoke," and "The Composite," as well as that old John Gardner as motorcycle ghost story "Reciprocus."
4/5/14 "Spectrum 13," my novella set at Washington College, is up on the Blue Lake Review: http://bluelakereview.weebly.com/spectrum-13.html
2/16/14 My non-fiction piece "Rattlers and Aliens, 1972" was accepted by Whisperings Magazine today.
1/25/14 About Place Journal just accepted my non-fiction piece "Dangerous Heat 1974" about a race riot at Southern High "back in the day".