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Calling Rockford Writers’ Guild Poets: Winter Poetry Contest

Open to RWG Members: Winter “Smooth as Ice”  Poetry Contest.  Submit up to three new poems, each up to 50 lines. Theme is Smooth as Ice. The deadline is August 15, 2019. Cash prizes up to $100. Winning entries published in The Rockford Review, Winter-Spring Edition, 2020. Winners announced in the October 2019 newsletter. Send your three poems to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org Don't delay -- the August 15 deadline is quickly approaching! ...
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In The Mail

Dear Guild Members, Your copy or copies of the 2019 summer-fall "members only" edition of The Rockford Review are in the mail. You should receive your package in the next couple of days. The exceptions are as follows: Those who emailed their Un-Gala RSVP to me will receive their books at the Un-Gala. Those who live out of the country. I will be taking care of our international mailing this week when I am at the Post Office. Now...If you receive your book in the mail and decide, "Hey, I want to come to the Un-Gala!" then shoot me an email and RSVP. This will help ensure that I order enough cake. Also, if you come, don't forget to bring your book with you to the Un-Gala. If you want to order extra copies of the book, you can purchase them online for $12 or send a check or money ...
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Congratulations and Celebrations

Congratulations to Cindy Guentherman. Her haiku was selected out of more than 4000 entries in the NPR summer haiku challenge. Her poem was read on the air by Dan Klefstad and you can read the full story here. Since we are on the topic of haiku, please enjoy a link to Guild member Charlotte Digregorio's haiku/writing blog here. Charlotte has a solo haiku exhibit the month of July at Northfield Public Library in Northfield, IL. The haiku is illustrated with art. Congratulations are in order for Wilda Morris. The National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention in Santa Fe awarded her the NFSPS Founders Award for her poem, "On the Local Train from Orvieto to Florence." The prize is $1,000. And my new series State of the Artist has successfully launched on 89.5 and WNIJ.org. I follow artists to the places that inspire them and interview them. Learn more here. Maybe you will be my ...
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Come Write with Rockford Writers’ Guild

A Year of Sensational Writing                                                                   June 16 Meeting:  Review your sense-based writing from the past year. Revise a piece or write a new piece that focuses on the senses.  If you have missed meetings, write new work that focuses on any or all of the five senses. New people are welcome! 1,300 words or less for prose and 50 lines or less for poetry.  Share your work with the group. We will discuss your work and have a writing contest.                                   July 21 Un-Gala: Come meet Sally Hewitt! She will be flying in from Washington state for this event. We will ...
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Dan Klefstad Keynotes Rock Valley College’s 35th Annual Writing Awards Ceremony

Most people know Dan Klefstad as Morning Edition host on 89.5 and WNIJ, author of Shepherd & the Professor, and our first Guildy Pleasures Podcaster. After reading this dynamite speech he delivered at Rock Valley College's 35th Annual Writing Awards Ceremony, we think he qualifies as a motivational speaker for writers, too!  What do you think? DAN KLEFSTAD'S SPEECH Congratulations in advance to the writers who will be recognized tonight. I look forward to reading your work and sharing the stage with you at future author events. And to those who don’t receive an award: Take heart, you will be recognized one day. And, one day, you might even get the publishing contract your novel, academic paper, or memoir deserves. But I think we should all prepare ourselves for an industry that is structured to say No to your work.  That’s the default. Your job is to be so brilliant you ...
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“Snow Day” Poetry Contest – Deadline is March 15

Dear Writers, The deadline for the "Snow Day" Poetry Contest is March 15, 2019. If you are a member of the Guild in good standing (dues are paid), you may enter up to three poems for this cash writing contest.  Here are the rules: (1) poems must be fifty lines or less, and (2) poems must express the theme "snow day." Per the Guild's constitution, we will not publish content that is pornographic, sexist, racist, and/or vulgar. Email your subs to editor@rockfordwritersguild.org or snail mail 'em to: Rockford Writers' Guild PO Box 858 Rockford, IL 61105 The winners will be announced in the April newsletter. Winners will receive a cash prize up to $100 and have their winning poem published in the next summer-fall "Members Only" edition of The Rockford Review. Thanks for reading. Now...go write! -Connie Kuntz ...
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Submit to the 2019 Summer-Fall Edition of The Rockford Review

Dear Guild Writers, It's time to submit your writing to the 2019 summer-fall “Members Only” edition of The Rockford Review. Submit up to 3 new, previously unpublished poems (50 lines or less) or 3 new prose pieces (1300 words or less) or a combination of up to three poems and prose pieces to be considered for publication in The Rockford Review. No theme. Any Guild member in good standing may have one poem or prose piece published in this edition as long as it meets the Guild’s content rules, listed below.* If you want me to select, send me a bunch. If you prefer to pick your own, that is perfectly fine. Deadline: April 15, 2019. Include your bio, 50 words or less. *Per the Guild’s Constitution, we will not publish content that is sexist, supremacist, racist, vulgar, or pornographic. We publish work that is new; a reflection of the ...
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A Poem for The Current Condition by Cindy Guentherman

A Poem for The Current Condition                                                                         by Cindy Guentherman                                                                                                           Loves Park, IL The wind chill is 45 degrees below zero and the USPS has suspended service. All the junk mail lies smug in the carriers’ bags and even the bills are not eager to show up. All the kids have a snow day but none of them are out playing in it. They ...
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Feb 17, 2019 – Save the Date!

All Guild members (who are able) are strongly encouraged to attend the February Guild meeting. The meeting is Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. in the Riverview Room at Burpee Museum of Natural History. We have important announcements about the future of the Guild and the safety of its members.  Input from the membership is crucial. More details later.  Until then, mark this date on your calendar.  Now...go write!       -Connie Kuntz ...
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2019 Winter-Spring Edition of The Rockford Review

Our fantastic printer, Gary Ehrhardt with 11th Street Express Printing emailed me a couple days ago.  He wrote: "Hi Connie, Everything looked good with the files.  Have started the job. Thanks, Gary" Hearing that the manuscript is no longer a galley proof but is actually almost a book always brings me great relief.  We'll be distributing the books at the February 17 Guild Meeting at Burpee Museum of Natural History.  If you are Guild member who is unable to attend, we will mail you your copy and you will receive it by the end of February. In the meantime, below is a peek at the front and back covers. And here's a quick thanks to our amazing editorial board:  Eunice Fisher, Cindy Guentherman, Sally Hewitt, Jesse Kuntz, Lori Marshall, and Kris Veches. Thank you for reading this update.  Now...go write! -Connie Kuntz ...
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Guild News for January 2019

A Year of Sensational Writing:  Month Five - January On Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1-3 p.m., meet us in the Riverview Room at Burpee Museum of Natural History. Bring new writing that focuses on “senses in a late winter setting.”  Consider how you are using your words to evoke different feelings and settings. Rehearse, then share writing with  group. Prose must be 1300 words or less. Poetry—50 lines or less.  We encourage creativity!  Be thoughtful, serious, joyful, or whatever. James Marshall will lead a literary discussion around your work and conduct a cash writing contest.  Recap of the Year of Sensational Writing: In September, writers brought famous writing that highlighted a sense.  In October, writers returned with their own writing about that same sense. We are building off this pattern throughout the year.  We will culminate with a sense-themed Un-Gala in July 2019.  If you miss a meeting, just ...
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MEETING CANCELLED

Dear Writers, Today's December 16 meeting at Burpee Museum of Natural History is cancelled due to a power outage.  The museum is closed to the public while Com-Ed works to restore the energy. I will go down to the museum to personally explain the cancellation to any writer who does not get this message. We will not be rescheduling this meeting, but will combine the December writing and sharing with the January meeting.  We'll have details about that in our January newsletter. I am so sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this news may bring to you. Thank you for staying apprised of all things Guild.  I hope you find time to "go write" today, just as you would have at today's meeting. Yours, Connie Kuntz ...
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December 16 Guild Meeting at Burpee Museum of Natural History

For the December 16 meeting, bring new writing that focuses on "senses set in a late December setting."  The setting can be winter, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc. - Think about how you are using words to evoke different feelings and settings.  Share you writing with the group.  Rehearse before you step up to the mic.  Prose must be 1300 words or less.  Poetry--50 lines or less.  We encourage creativity!  Be thoughtful, serious, joyful, or whatever.  James Marshall will lead a literary discussion around your work and conduct a cash writing contest. Winners of Judge and Vote are invited to share their winning work at the mic and light holiday refreshments will be served. Who:  This meeting is free and open to all who write.  All ages of writers are welcome. What:  A sharing of new wintry "sense-themed" writing material based on James Marshall's "Year of Sensational Writing." Where:  Downstairs in the ...
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November Guild Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the November 18 Guild Meeting: Tom Walsh is our new Membership Director. He will be mailing renewal reminders to Guild members. Mr. Walsh is also our Inmate Correspondent. This is a new outreach position with the Guild. What does it mean? Whenever we receive queries from inmates, he will write them back and let them know of writing opportunities. We receive between three-to-five inmate queries from federal institutions a year. Hana Ferguson is our new Social Media Director. Hana is one of our youngest writers. She is currently enrolled at Rock Valley College. Look for her energetic, intelligent posts here. for her energetic, intelligent posts here. Cindy Putnam Guentherman has been the Guild Treasurer for a year, but has added Social Media Editor to her duties. Look for Cindy's inspirational, literary posts here as well as her signature on any checks you may receive for your ...
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Guild Meeting on Sunday, November 18

Guild Volunteer Meeting:  All Guild members who are able are invited to meet at Noon in Riverview Room at Burpee to go over simple tasks to help grow the Guild.  This meeting takes place one hour before the regular monthly meeting AND THERE WILL BE CAKE.  To volunteer, you must be a Guild member in good standing. Regular Guild Meeting:  This takes place from 1-3, also in the Riverview Room at Burpee.  This meeting is open to all writers and...THERE WILL BE CAKE.  See your November Newsletter for meeting details. Update about "Judge" and "Vote" Writing Opportunities: We received lots of late night/last minute submissions for the Judge and Vote writing contests. (The deadline was last night.) Winners of both writing contests will be announced in the December newsletter. Thank you to everyone who wrote...Regarding submissions for The Rockford Review... Update on The Rockford Review:  Kris Veches and I will be going over your ...
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Make Sense with James Marshall (Save the Date)

The first meeting of the new year is on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1-3pm downstairs in the Riverview Room at Burpee Museum of Natural History.  Address:  737 N. Main Street in Rockford. Bring "famous" writing that highlights one of the senses.  James will lead us in a discussion about examples of good (and maybe some bad) sense writing.  Then he will conduct a writing contest. Give yourself a little extra time to get there.  The Greenwich Art Fair is taking place in a nearby parking lot, and that means it will take extra time to find a parking spot.  But after the meeting, you can go check out the art. Until then...go write! -Connie ...
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Guild UnGala Podcast from Burpee

The 2018 UnGala has come and gone, but we have this short podcast to remind you of our wonderful day.  Click and listen for free at any time. 2018 UnGala Podcast - 71st Anniversary of RWG Thanks for listening.  Now...go write! -Connie Kuntz ...
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Meet Me at the Museum

Doesn't this look like a nice place for a meeting? It is! With the exceptions of April and August, we meet every third Sunday of the month from 1-3pm at Burpee Museum of Natural History. This Father's Day is no exception. Bring your character writing and father-themed writing to this meeting and share it with the group! Winners of "Biggest",  "Relief", and "Superstitious" are all invited to share their winning work at the mic. We'll also have a writing contest and discuss all the great things that are happening at Rockford Writers' Guild. WRITING/SHARING GUIDELINES: Public Meeting: Please be mindful that this free event is for writers of all ages and abilities. Character Writing: Bring your new, original writing that features a strong character. If it is a poem, it should be fifty lines or less. If it is prose, it should be 1300 words or less. Being respectful of ...
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The Unsinkable Molly McNett

We have recorded six sessions with Molly McNett!  Two are available right now.  They are free of cost and ads! Her first story, "Catalog Sales" is about two young sisters (ages nine and eleven)  who are dealing with the divorce of their parents.  This is the first story in her book, One Dog Happy.  At the end of her story, I interview her.  Here it is: [audio src="http://rockfordwritersguild.org/dir/?name=guildy_pleasures_s01_ep24_final.mp3" /] Her second story, also from One Dog Happy, is "Ozzie the Burro" and it is written in the epistolary style.  Through a series of heartfelt (but typo-laden) emails, Grace wrests real love from hard truths.  Per usual, an interview with yours truly follows this story.  Here it is: [audio src="http://rockfordwritersguild.org/dir/?name=guildy_pleasures_s01_ep25_final.mp3" /] Thank you for listening and reading.  Now...go write! -Connie Kuntz ...
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Good Golly, Miss…

Molly McNett begins recording in The Shumway studio on Monday, May 14.   We are excited! Until then, click here for Guildy Pleasures Podcast Lite. Thanks for checking in.  Now...go write! -Connie Kuntz ...
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Three Contests and a Baby

Binge-Worthy Podcasts If you haven't already, we recommend binge-listening to Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz's three-episode pregnancy essay, "The Parts." Each episode represents a trimester of her pregnancy.  For instance, Season 1; Episode 16 is her first trimester.  Season 1; Episode 17 is her second trimester. Season 1; Episode 18 is her third trimester.  Here is a link:  Episodes 16, 17, and 18 El-Shabbaz's writing is honest and earnest; plus it's interesting to watch her determination as a writer and a young mother grow throughout the course of this essay. Fifteen Year-Old Baby Discovered at Shumway? Now I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that in Episode 18, the subject of  El-Shabbaz's essay joins us in The Shumway studio for a little interview with yours truly.  Good stuff. There is plenty to listen to on the Guildy Pleasures Podcast. At this writing, we have nineteen podcasts up and running.  I hope you are ...
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Step on a Crack, Break Your Mama’s…

Back on Friday the 13th, we launched the Superstitious Writing Contest.  Any Guild member in good standing may submit up to three poems or three prose pieces to "Superstitious".  Prose must be 1300 words or less in length.  Poems must be fifty lines or less.  The theme is "Superstitious" and the writing that best interprets the theme will be published in the next edition of The Rockford Review.  Here is a little video to whet your appetite for superstitious writing. But if you are superstitious and...  If you think it's bad luck to write about superstition, you'll be relieved to know we are  still accepting entries for the Spring "Relief" Prose Contest.  Any Guild member in good standing may submit up to three prose pieces to this contest.  Rules are simple:  prose must be 1300 words or less in length and it needs to express the theme "relief".  Cash prizes ...
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Friday the 13th! (Three Writing Opportunities)

Music in the above fifteen-second video is an excerpt of "Freddie's Theme" from the 1980's horror film, Friday the 13th and is used by way of the Fair Use Act. SUPERSTITIOUS:  All Guild Members are encouraged to be superstitious!  Submit up to three poems (fifty lines or less) or three prose pieces (1300 words or less) that each express the theme "superstition" by 11:59pm on May 15, 2018. The best entries will be published in the upcoming summer-fall "members only" edition of The Rockford Review. RELIEF:  Guild members may also enter the Spring "Relief" Prose Contest.  For this contest, submit up to three prose pieces (1300 words or less) that each express the theme "relief" by 11:59pm on May 15, 2018.  A winner or winners will receive cash prizes up to $100 and publication in The Rockford Review. ENTITLEMENT:  Any Guild member in good standing is entitled to have at least one poem ...
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Daffodils and Vampires

It's going to happen and it's going to happen soon.  The due date for Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz's pregnancy essay, "The Parts" is Monday.  Until then, take a good hard look at this daffodil. Or...catch up on the podcast "Hauptsturmführer Soren" by Dan Klefstad.  This short story has strong language in it, but my kids have listened.   If you want to read along, you can find this story in the current edition of The Rockford Review. "Hauptsturmführer Soren" is my eight-year old son's favorite episode of "The Guardian" series because it is about how Soren Fillenius becomes a vampire in the first place.  I was with Angelo when he was listening. It was so fun to see him realize what was happening between Soren and Fiona.  It reminded me of the excitement I felt when I first learned about vampires.  I was about the same age as my son, but the year was 1978 ...
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April 15 at Severson Dells

Hi Everyone, This is a quick reminder that we are meeting on the porch at Severson Dells Nature Center for our April meeting.  This is the fourth year we are celebrating National Poetry Month at the Dells. Writers are to dress for the weather, bring their new writing that features an excellent setting, and share it with the group.  1300 words or less if it's prose.  Fifty lines or less if it's poetry.  It can be an excerpt. After that, writers may either write on the porch or wander into the woods to write new poetry.  Writers will meet back on the porch and share their new writing with the group.  There will be cash prizes for the best poems, adult and youth categories! If you have never been to a Guild meeting before, this is a great way to break the ice, quite literally if all this snow and ...
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The Second Trimester (and a promo)

We recorded the "second trimester" of Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz's essay, "The Parts" on Monday evening at The Shumway.  You will be able to hear her "first trimester" on Monday, April 9, 2018. Until then, here is a promo that Dan Klefstad, Jesse Kuntz, and I collaborated on for Bahiyyih. If you are eager to listen to a podcast, you may listen to any of them for free at any time.  The most recent story and interview is Dan Libman's "bonus" episode and it is available here.  "Charon's Kayak" is a beautiful story about death and disappointment, but it's funny, too.  After his story, he participates in a lovely interview with yours truly.  This is also the episode wherein we meet his wife, Molly McNett.  McNett will be our June author! Things are going well for the Guildy Pleasures Podcast.  I hope they are going well for you, too.  Thanks for reading and listening.  Now, go write.  -Connie ...
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Charon’s Kayak by Dan Libman

It's up!  Dan Libman's fifth story, "Charon's Kayak" is yours for the listening. This humorous story takes us on a tour to paternal death and disappointment with a couple stops along the way; one at an AA meeting, another at the river.  We also visit Houston for a minute.  Beautiful writing. Later, in our interview, he introduces listeners to his wife, Molly McNett.  She will be our June author.  I have ordered her book, One Dog Happy and am eager to get to know her through her writing. It has been a joy to work with Dan and we look forward to working with Molly in June.  Until then, you can listen to Dan's "bonus" episode here. Thanks for reading and listening.  Now, go write.  -Connie Kuntz ...
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Alter Ego Spotted at Blarney Pub!

Yesterday, as part of our Spring Break Literary Tour,  Jesse and I checked out O'Leary's, which is the inspiration behind Dan Klefstad's "Blarney Pub". The Blarney Pub is where the character Daniel interviews a young candidate for the position of vampire caretaker. The fictional Blarney Pub exists in an unnamed sleepy college town, and "The Interview" takes place at Midnight on a Thursday.  But the reality is that Jesse and I visited O'Leary's in DeKalb at Noon on Good Friday. But then something strange happened! The minute we walked into O'Leary's, it became Midnight.  The sunlight flashed into deep darkness.  An intense man with only one arm approached us.  Jesse and I scare easily, so we hustled away as quickly as we could.  We ran upstairs, where it became bright and sunny again, and ran into this cute couple.   In The GuardianDan Klefstad writes about the Blarney Pub in his second chapter, "The Interview".  ...
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Rock River Culture

In Episode 15 of Dan Libman's newest story, "Charon's Kayak", we get a glimpse into the city of Oregon, Illinois; population 3545. My family and I have been to Oregon many times because Lowden State Park is there. It's a lovely park with tall pines, scenic views, decent trails, and the famous Lorado Taft "Blackhawk" statue which, even under construction, is still impressive and mystifying. Yesterday, however, we went to Oregon for literary reasons. We wanted to experience for ourselves some of Libman's writerly inspiration. In "Charon's Kayak", Libman's narrator (like Libman himself) moonlights at a mom-and-pop river business where people of all abilities can rent a canoe, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, tube, or bike, and experience the serenity and drama of the Rock River and its environs.  The name of the business in  "Charon's Kayak" is Rock River Rafters, but it is based on the real life small business, White Pelican.  ...
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Inspiration v. The Muse – a Cagey Fight

Where do you find your inspiration?  I find mine in people and the news, but if I don't get outside on a regular basis, the last thing I want to do is write.  The more I am outside, the more I want to write and vice versa. Ironically, I do not enjoy writing outside.  I'll do it, but my best work happens when I am inside, surrounded by dust and clutter. Anyway, I think the Muse is different than inspiration, but sometimes I question Her existence.  Is She real? In Episode 3, "Solstice", our January author, Dan Klefstad clearly states, "The Muse exists!" and he even tells us where: Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.   It's Spring Break, so my family and I are following in the literary footsteps of the Guildy Pleasures authors.  It's simple:  if they talk about it on the Guildy Pleasures Podcast, we visit it.  If they believe in ...
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Lit Trippin’

Like most midwesterners, my family likes to read and travel.  We enjoy taking field trips to the gravestones and hometowns of the figures who wrote and/or inspired great literature.   Thus far, we've visited: Jane Addams' gravestone in Cedarville, Illinois and Hull House in Chicago, Al Capone's gravestone in Hillside, Illinois, Truman Capote's childhood home remains in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee's childhood home and gravestone, both in Monroeville, Alabama Catherine O'Leary's gravestone at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Shel Silverstein's gravestone in Norridge, Illinois. A few weeks ago, we visited Waukegan, Illinois, and took a walking tour of the hometown of Ray Bradbury. Waukegan inspired Bradbury's "Green Town." This week, our spring break consists of lit trips are inspired by the alive-and-kickin' authors we have featured thus far on the Guildy Pleasures Podcast.  As the kids listen to the stories,  they are curious about the sites and locations the authors mention.  They want to ...
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April is Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz

We had our first recording session at The Shumway with Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz last night.  Her essay about her pregnancy is intense, unexpected, and important.   We look forward to you hearing her writing and learning more about the brilliant mother-of-five. Until April, catch up on any of our literary podcasts for free at any time.   The most recent episode is Dan Libman's newest story, "Bottomless Coffee, Topless Dancers" and you can access it here. Thanks for reading and listening.  Now, go write.  Connie Kuntz ...
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A Gyro Walked into a Bar

I have driven or walked past this place a hundred times, probably more, and have somehow never noticed it.  This is personally embarrassing as it is literally steps away from The Shumway.  Now, thanks to Dan Libman and his new story, "Bottomless Coffee, Topless Dancers",  I not only notice Oasis Micro-Pub, I revere it! Here is why:  Say you're thirsty for a cold beer.  Say you are hungry for a greasy gyro.  You can have both at the Oasis Micro-Pub.  All you have to do is go inside. This little paradise is tv-free and slot machine-free.  It's quiet, it's the best, you will love it.  Once you are hungry, simply order a gyro from Uncle Nick's and they will deliver it to you barside!   What is your alcohol culture?  How and where do you drink?  Alcohol culture is a theme of this week's podcast.  Dan Libman's story is well written, ...
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Meet Our Producer, Jesse Kuntz

That is Jesse Kuntz, the producer of the Guildy Pleasures Podcast.  Without him, we wouldn't have a podcast.   Every Monday, he directs and records us at The Shumway, which is located on a busy thoroughfare in downtown Rockford. He listens very carefully during our recording sessions to make sure we are only recording talent; not snowplows, ambulances, motorcycles, cement mixers, cars minus mufflers, and/or alien spacecraft. While he is on the lookout (listenout?) for interference, he also directs the authors so that their stories and essays are perfectly paced. Later in the week, he tweaks audio levels, deletes pauses or gaps, and inserts musical interludes and sound cues into the stories. Finally, after checking, rechecking, and adjusting the podcasts, he uploads them to the Guild's website, iTunes, and GooglePlay.  New podcasts are released every Monday.  They are free of charge and contain zero ads. While it's true just about anyone can ...
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Journal

Our March author, Dan Libman, encourages daily journal writing.  In fact, he has been journaling most of his life. His process is such that he writes until he finds a specific anecdote; that "one good thing that happened today." I respect that so much. The day I met him, he told me about that morning's journal entry:  a woman stole his pen! That simple crime is one we can all relate to; whether we are the pen stealer, or the victim, or both. I write every day, but I often write to get it over with, or to meet a deadline.   Until I had that first conversation with Dan, I hadn't noticed that my attitude about writing morphed from joyful to borderline cynical. Some cynicism will always have a home in my heart, but I don't want it to lead or frame my writing.  Since that first meeting, I changed ...
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Election Tuesday – Write Early and Write Often

Last night, we recorded two more podcasts with Dan Libman at The Shumway Studio.  We also met and introduced Dan's wife of twenty-plus years, the writer Molly McNett. Those podcasts (episodes 14 and 15) will begin airing at the end of the month of March. I am very excited for you to hear his work and meet Molly. I am also happy to report that Molly will be coming back to the studio in a few weeks to record her own Guildy Pleasures podcasts! This week, we launched Episode 13, "Trading Elian", which is Dan Libman's travel essay about an educational trip he took in 2000 to Cuba, at the height of the Elian Gonzales custody battle.  Do you remember where you were when you first heard about the little boy who was lost (and found) at sea? It's a grand story; filled with opulence, misguided passion, and Libman's trademark tinge of ...
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New Hot Thing

Blogs aren't exactly the new hot thing,  but Rockford Writers' Guild is implementing one anyway. Q: Why?                                                                                                                                          A:  Ever since we launched the Guildy Pleasures Podcast on January 1, 2018, we have had 51,597 new hits to our website.  Since people are already "here", the Rockford Writers' Guild Board of Directors agreed at the Sunday, March 18 board meeting to add a literary blog to the website. So here we are, on Monday March 19, 2018.  This is our first blog. *Hi!* Since I am here, ...
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