After weeks of holding this particular secret I am finally able to come out of the publishing closet and blurt out the words: I AM GETTING PUBLISHED. The press release is available on the PaperFields Press website with a sample of my writing.
This is a life long dream which I couldn’t have achieved without a lot of help from some very specific individuals, namely:
My family for your loving support despite my ups and downs.
PaperFields Press for believing in me and giving me a chance to prove myself, I am looking forward to working with such an amazing set of positive people.
Cristina Rizzuto thank you for editing my manuscript, the guidance and motivation to actually get this done. Without you I would still be lost in draft hell. Thank you for being a good friend, your creative drive is an inspiration to me.
Saam Hashemi & Marina Hashemi for friendship, your creative genius, positive attitude, your awesome home made meals and copious amounts of Scotch in your living room. What else can I say, your gumption to keep moving ahead despite setbacks is an inspiration.
Sean O’Gorman who’s work on both the page and as a slam performer I admire, you were a great influence when I returned to the written word. Meeting you in Toronto was an amazing motivator.
Shawna Dimitri who’s written work and slam stage presence I admire (thanks for your support Shawna, I promise one day I will read for you)
The Toronto spoken word community for embracing me (YorkSLAM, Toronto Poetry Slam, Cathy Petch, Richard “Optimus Rhyme” Lett, though unaware of this you are an endless source of inspiration as groups and awesome humans.)
And most importantly, my readers for visiting my blog, your comments have been a great drive.