We are closing in on finalized details for this summer’s tour! Stay tuned to this page or our social media accounts for updates. We can’t wait to see yall!!!

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Editorial Services for Hire!

Have some pages you’re unsure about? What about a blog post that’s giving you hell? Starting today, I (Howard) am offering editorial services for a wide range of projects and needs. I’m offering editorial services from basic proofreading all the way through developmental editing for advanced projects. Some projects we can work on include, but are not limited to, school essays, cover letters, short stories, memoirs, blog posts, Facebook event description, novels, etc.

I’m always open to talking about pricing if your situation is unstable. Generally speaking though, basic proofreading is $2.50 a page, annotated line-reading is $4.20 a page and knee-deep, nitty-gritty, full-throttle developmental reading is $5 page. POC and immigrant writers receive a discounted rate.

The above prices are estimate, and generally speaking, I think in terms of Times New Roman 12-pt font and standard MLA margins. Before we move forward with your work, all clients will receive a quote. This is for transparency, and so we can avoid any funny business. Like I said above, I am open to talking about pricing with anyone – but I can’t guarantee a discount for everyone, because I have to pay rent too yknow.

What you get:

Basic Proofreading covers typos, grammatical errors, and visual aesthetics. If your piece is in dire straits, so to speak, we will discuss a plan to move forward with annotated line-editing.

Annotated Line-readings cover all the above + margin notes and style suggestions – all your general kind of 2-D craft based comments, up to and including…POSITIVE REMARKS! yay.

Developmental Readings cover all the above + thoughtful, in-depth 1-page responses, as well as e-mail correspondence and a FaceTime chat to talk real deal turkey about your work.

If you just like this idea, like me, or like TAR but don’t have anything to work on right now, uhhhhhhh maybe consider just tossing a couple bucks into this thing:
Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

 

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Howard Parsons is the founding coordinator, organizer, and editor-in-chief for the Travelin Appalachians Revu; editor and reader at drDOCTOR; and founding host of The Black Bear Club Reading Series. He is also Managing Producer and blogger for WOWTalks, A WV health and wellness podcast based in Morgantown. Howard lives in Pittsburgh, PA (let’s discuss in-person sessions if you are local to The Steel Apple).

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS From Jessie Van Eerden:
Orison Books invites submissions of work that engages the life and writing of Simone Weil, 20th-century French mystic, social activist, and theologian, for a forthcoming anthology.
 
We are interested in literary work in all genres, including poetry, essay, drama, and hybrid-genre work. Authors or publishers may submit previously published or unpublished work. The anthology will be co-edited by George David Clark, Luke Hankins, Susan L. Miller, and Jessie van Eerden. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.
 
Send submissions as a Word, RTF, or PDF document along with author information to: weilanthology@gmail.com
 
Deadline: August 1, 2018
 
Here’s a short essay on Weil by none other than Susan Sontag, to whet yer whistle.

100 Under 50 Benefit & DrDr Updates!

The Travelin' Appalachians Revue

Boy, do I ever repeat myself.

Over at Drdr, we’ve rolled out PREORDERS for our newest print project, “2-2,” a chapbook series in two parts. Pre-ordering helps us fund the print job as well as travel to trade shows and conferences and etc! Also ALSO, do you own bookstore, do you own a coffee shop, do you own uhhhh a bar, a farm? Talk to us about WHOLESALE!! drdoctordrdoctor.storenvy.com

2–1: GERTRUDEby Bianca Stone

Are there two of everything?

There is only Gertrude,
in the trance of being Gertrude.

Part relic, part comic, part elegy, GERTRUDE is a prayer in two parts: part illustrated transcription of a poem by Ruth Stone, and part love letter to what has been lost and what is yet to be. Bianca Stone’s spare, expansive verses, paired with her inimitable illustrations, bring missives from the spirit world with the sound of breath caught…

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100 Under 50 Benefit & DrDr Updates!

Boy, do I ever repeat myself.

Over at Drdr, we’ve rolled out PREORDERS for our newest print project, “2-2,” a chapbook series in two parts. Pre-ordering helps us fund the print job as well as travel to trade shows and conferences and etc! Also ALSO, do you own bookstore, do you own a coffee shop, do you own uhhhh a bar, a farm? Talk to us about WHOLESALE!! drdoctordrdoctor.storenvy.com

2–1: GERTRUDE by Bianca Stone

Are there two of everything?

There is only Gertrude,
in the trance of being Gertrude.

Part relic, part comic, part elegy, GERTRUDE is a prayer in two parts: part illustrated transcription of a poem by Ruth Stone, and part love letter to what has been lost and what is yet to be. Bianca Stone’s spare, expansive verses, paired with her inimitable illustrations, bring missives from the spirit world with the sound of breath caught in the throat.

2–2: CONEY ISLANDS by Mila Jaroniec and Sam Farahmand

and there was nothing but light

I couldn’t write it if I tried, but I’ll write that I tried.

Spanning the space between refracted and ordinary time, from New York to Los Angeles in fiction and reverse, CONEY ISLANDS — Mila Jaroniec’s “Twin Palms” and Sam Farahmand’s “Revisions of Joanna” — is part diptych, part atlas, part message in a bottle, a prose portrait of vision, revision, and love feeling its way along the walls.

2. Travelin Appalachians Revue and Queer Appalachia raised SO MUCH MONEY for Appalachian Prison Book Project. Remember ya’ll, VOLUME 2 is going to be available for order VERY SOON.

I’m feeling far too upset at my non-functioning computer to list everyone who is in the two zines, but suffice to say that EVERY PIECE is beautiful. You can still purchase Vol. 1 HERE.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something. I’ll make another post soon, ya’ll. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT AN SUPPORTED US THIS WEEKEND!

 

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Hey ya’ll Howard had a story published over at Hobart recently. Called “Sam & Chester” Why don’t ya go give it a once over if the notion takes ya.

http://www.hobartpulp.com/web_features/sam-and-chester

They went and stood by the Dutch Wheel for a while. Sam bought a funnel cake with whipped cream, powdered sugar, chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Bobo the Clown called Chester a little big ear boy and goat wrestler. Sam called Chester a little big ear boy and a goat wrestler. A girl scout in uniform sunk Bobo’s ass on her first throw. Chester bought a lemonade and mixed in some of the wine. It wasn’t very good. Sam and Chester leaned on each other. When the girl scout sunk Bobo a second time, he said into the microphone that he was going to tell all the little ugly boys at school that she liked them.

100 Under 50 Zine & Updates from Dr. Doctor

YO some updates for ya: our 100 Stories Under 50 Words zine reading tour is coming up in just under a week and the dates are listed below. Our reading in Charleston at Taylor Books on Friday January 12th is a joint event with Queer Appalachia! They will have copies of the BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING zine they produced, Electric Dirt. One bit of sort of bad news, we experienced some medical complications in our ranks over the holidays, and as a result production of Vol. 2 is backed up. So, we will only have copies of Vol. 1 available to take home at these readings. However, you WILL be able to pre-order Vol. 2 at the readings.

Thursday, January 11th – TipTop – Thomas, WV 6pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/547024112330071/

Friday, January 12th – Taylor Books – Charleston, WV 5pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1693372947351840/

Saturday, January 13th – TBA – Morgantown, WV TBA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1961258144115464/

Master Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/200286743872056/

SEE YINZ THERE

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Dr. Doctor updates, and there’s a bunch of em:

First of all, a Travelin’ Appalachians Revue favorite, Joe Halstead wrote a beautiful and staggering short essay for our Doctor-to-Doctor series. You can read it here.

Next up, I want to tell you about the latest two podcast episodes because I’m behind schedule here.

Episode 103 features conversation and performances from Sophia Rehak, conversation with Dan and Hillary, owners of Kin Ship Goods in Charleston, WV as well as our TAR performance with FestivALL from this summer at, you guessed it, Kin Ship Goods featuring Roxy Todd, Joe Halstead, and Rajia Hassib (and John Miller & Tyler Grady). Sam Farahmand and Luke Wiget call in with jibber-jabber. The special this-episode-only artwork is by Kin Ship Goods’ very own Hannah Whisman aka Weird Candy! https://drdoctordrdoctor.com/drdoctor-podcast-episode-103-5e285e469c08

Episode 104 features special Christmas readings by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Luke Wiget and Howard Parsons, as well as conversation with Ashleigh; Black Bear Club Reading Series issue #10 with Thomas Martin, Mila Jaroniec & Renee Nicholson; a reading at So & So Books with Keegan Lester, Eduardo C. Corral & Isabelle Shepherd; last but not least an in-depth convo about public art and its place with WV muralist Molly Must. Special music by Isaac Gill and special art from Karl Kuehn https://drdoctordrdoctor.com/drdoctor-podcast-episode-104-49e6d902ed96

DR. DOCTOR Episode 102

Episode 102 is up at Dr. Doctor (which Howard is happy to say finally officially a part of). It’s all poetry all the time this time. We sat down with the inimitable Kevin Chesser, listen to him lay down some banjo tunes alongside his poetical numbers.
Sam & Howard talk Amy Hempel and language, and Sam talks Pessoa & Pedagogy.
Additional performances included are Keegan Lester from a reading this past spring in Florida with Kaveh Akbar, Isabelle Shepherd, Paige Lewis and Jayme Ringleb, as well as performances from Sophia Rehak, Hannah Bell and Sam from our tour performance this summer at The Yew Mountain Center.

Here ya go, enjoy: