Lit-Link Round-up


The launch of Not Your Eyes, an online and print fiction and nonfiction publishing house.

To hair or not to hair? In this age of proudly organic and hemp products, Millicent Borges Accardi wonders why women still pursue shaving and waxing over au natural.

A guide to tax deductions for writers, bloggers and freelance journalists.

Little Rock forbids teachers to go commando.

Is American education failing nonconformist kids?

Catholic school kids in the Madison diocese are banned from taking field trips to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery because it conducts research using embryonic stem cells.

The Boston Globe‘s anticipated books for fall.

“Panties” and “moist” both make the list! 9 Words You Probably Hate and Why…

Suzanne Clores goes to Mind Control Summer Camp.

A lively discussion about Rob Roberge’s The Cost of Living over at the LitReactor book club. And speaking of Other Voices Books–which has been my baby (first in magazine incarnation and then the press since 2004), it’s finally real: I have officially stepped down as Executive Editor, and Leah Tallon has taken the reigns. Be prepared for some serious badassery.

And my longtime business partner at OVB, Stacy Bierlein, has been named Executive Editor of Coachella Review, magazine of the Creative Writing where…um…I also just got a teaching job! Apparently Stacy and I cannot stay away from each other…or from former OVB authors Tod Goldberg and Rob Roberge, and the other freaking amazing faculty members, including Sunday Rumpus alums Emily Rapp, David Ulin, Deanne Stillman and Jill Alexander Essbaum, among others. I’m a little giddy, people…thanks for letting me gush.

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →