Vol. 3, No. 14 Aug/Sept '03
9 brown bag SSA Brown Baggin'
$5 Bring your lunch!

Goddard Hall,
Unitarian-Universalist Church,
4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson

Speakers: Bob Early & Win Holden of Arizona Highways & authors, Leo Banks & Sharon Magee.

RSVP to (520) 682-8009
(see article "Stirring the Pot" - this page)


SSA Writers' Forum
Sheraton Four Points

Speaker: John D. & Karen Holliday Tanner

Topic: "Old West Characters"
(see article - this page)

21 SSA Writers' Forum
Sheraton Four Points

Speaker: Authors Reading Their Winning Entries

Topic: "SSA Writing Contest 2003 Awards"
(see article - this page)

To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
before noon the
Wednesday before Brunch

$20 members and non-members

Forum buffet style brunch menu includes mouth-watering vegetarian lasagna, juicy London Broil, fresh fruits, green salad, baby potatoes, sauteed vegetables, rolls, butter and assorted cakes.

NOTE: for the Brown Bag on August 9 remember to RSVP to (520) 682-8009

Outlaws, Inlaws and Lawmen

John D. TannerKaren Holliday
Tanner    If you've a taste for Old West characters with reputations that sizzle like roasting chili peppers, be sure to attend the August 17th Writers' Forum. John D. and Karen Holliday Tanner will serve up heaping portions of frontier lore to satisfy every history-lover's appetite.
   John will discuss their new, jointlyauthored biography, The Last of the Old-Time Outlaws: The George West Musgrave Story (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002). Musgrave was the handsome, good-natured outlaw who, under cover of nineteen aliases, participated in Arizona's first bank robbery, countless post office and stagecoach robberies, and the largest Santa Fe Railroad heist in history.
   John Henry ("Doc") Holliday was first cousin to Karen's greatgrandfather and is the subject of her award-winning book, Doc Holliday, A Family Portrait (University of Oklahoma Press, 1998). Along with family anecdotes preserved by her father, Karen has new information uncovered while researching her legendary gun-totin' relative. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association boasts Karen as its vice-president. John serves on its editorial & advisory boards.
   Articles by the Tanners appear in a variety of Southwestern periodicals.
   Phone in Forum reservations (546-9382) by Wednesday, August 13th.

SSA Writing Contest 2003 Awards
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   Come hear SSA Writing Contest 1st Place Winners read their winning entries and applaud all winners at our 2003 Awards Banquet, Sunday, September 21st. See for yourself the difficult decisions judges faced in all categories with 211 wonderful entries; 83 for Short Story, 76 for Memoir/ Personal Essay, and 52 for Poetry.
   SSA's annual publication, The Story Teller, containing all winning entries, with a bonus selection of 'Judges' Choice' special entries, will be available after the program. (Published stories are edited for grammar and punctuation.) Our goal is to make The Story Teller a pleasure for all. Keep that in mind for future contests.
   Every contestant will receive an invitation by mail and all are urged to attend the Awards Banquet. With their invitations, contestants will receive judging sheets, which we hope will be of guidance. Paid critiques will be mailed separately. Those who have won an award will be notified in their invitation, but will not know where they have placed until the banquet: Please don't phone to ask, it's a surprise!
   Be proud your story stands out and is recognized by professionals with expertise in short story, memoir/personal essay, and poetry. Thanks to every contributor for the privilege of sharing your story with us.
   Phone in Forum reservations (546-9382) by Wednesday, September 17th.
Stirring The Pot
by Connie Kazal, Forum & Brown Baggin Chair

   See what happens when YOU stir the pot? SSA now offers: Brown-Baggin' Saturdays

   E x c i t i n g programs for only $5. (Includes AM coffee & donuts; midday lemonade, tea & cookies.)

   Bring Your Own Brown Bag to:

Goddard Hall, Unitarian- Universalist Church,
4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ.
Call (520) 682-8009 for information and to R.S.V.P.

   Our first Brown Baggin' event is on August 9th, 9:30am-3:30pm, and features speakers Bob Early and Win Holden of Arizona Highways and authors, Leo Banks and Sharon Magee.


Wynne Brown's first book, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women, published by Globe Pequot Press is now available. The book, part of a national series featuring unusual women born before 1900, profiles twelve resourceful individuals from the Grand Canyon state, including Pearl Hart, Luisa Ronstadt Espinel, and Sharlot Hall. Others are less familiar, such as Sister Mary Fidelia McMahon, who ran St. Mary's Hospital from 1893 to 1920, Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi teacher and artist, and Carmen Lee Ban, a Chinese-American photographer. Wynne's first signing will be Friday, September 5, at 7pm, at Antigone Books in Tucson and her book is available at local bookstores, www.amazon.com, or by calling Globe Pequot Press at (888) 249-7586.

Jodi Decker is a national winner in the annual National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) communications contest. Jodi, a general education faculty member at the Art Institute of Phoenix, received third place for three articles in the category of website publication for the Soundsparks website.

Patricia Blish Gould has self-published Abraham's Journal, the life story of her ancestor Abraham Blish, who arrived in New England in the 1600's and was instrumental in settling the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. There are many stories in this 568 page novel about the Pilgrims and settlers who founded the USA. Personal journal entries and stories throughout the book are true or based on factual incidents. Herbal medicines used to heal the sick and deliver babies were researched by the author for authenticity. Readers of all ages will enjoy reading this history book. To order and read an excerpt, log on to www.atlasbooks.com and type "Gould" in the search box. You may also reach Patricia at pbgould@juno.com

Ed Kostro's humorous satire, Men Are From Mars, Women Get Published, playfully detailing gender-bias in today's publishing world, is featured in the June issue of Betty Magazine, a new publication that celebrates the independent, intelligent, and creative woman. It can be read online at: www.bettymagazine.com

Mabel Leo's children's book, Yahoodywho is now available to schools through The Literacy Company. The computer program teaches students to read faster with better comprehension and retention. The website is www.readfaster.com. Also! Mabel's latest novel, Dark Secrets, sequel to Deadly Choices, will be available in September.

Elaine McEwan-Adkins (writing as Elaine K. McEwan) has been writing for Corwin Press, a division of Sage Publications since she moved to Arizona in 1994. Elaine was recently honored by the company for reaching a significant sales milestone, the second author in company history to achieve this honor. Her recent releases include: Making Sense of Research: What's Good, What's Not, and How to Tell the Difference (with her son Patrick, a professor of economics at Wellesley College); The Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals; and Teach Them ALL to Read (honored by the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as their Book Seminar Selection for 2002-2003). Visit Elaine's web site at: www.elainemcewan.com

Margaret Regan won first place for arts criticism in the under 50,000-circulation category of the 2003 Alternative Newsweekly Awards contest: www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/current/curr.html

Connie Spittler's poems "Looking at the Rillito" and "Tom Mix, the Whoop-de- do Cowboy" have been selected for publication in Western and Cowboy Poetry at the Bar-D Ranch, the world's largest ongoing Cowboy Poetry Gathering. With photos too! Check out: www.cowboypoetry.com

Dan Stolar's latest success notice came in shortly after we applauded his effort to attend the July monthly forum in spite of more pressing considerations: Hey Penny, Two hours after I saw you, Lauren's water broke, and a heroic 21 hours after that, at 1pm Monday, Callie Maria Stolar was born. She weighed in at 8lbs 14oz. We're all doing great. Thanks for getting my book, and so glad you enjoyed the story you read. Best, Dan

Diane M. Vanover's short story, "Picture- Perfect Bologna," a humorous bit about Diane's mother-in-law's knack for balancing work and a family of eight children, is featured in the newest Chicken Soup book, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman's Soul. Diane also received good news from Arizona Highways. The article Diane presented to research editor Mary Pratt at the 2003 "Wrangling With Writing" conference has been accepted for publication.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Chris Stern: (520) 743-0940

Vice-President & Membership Chair
Penny Porter: (520) 296-5299 (FAX: 296-0409)

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gael Mustapha

Jay McCall: (520) 887-7847

Luncheon Forum Chair
Connie Kazal: (520) 682-8009

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Jean Walsh: (520) 744-0552
e-mail: SSAwriteword@aol.com

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