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The Quill

The Monthly Newsletter of the  

Monadnock Writers’ Group

January 9, 2023

Supporting Writers Since 1984

The Monadnock Writers’ Group is a registered 501(c) 3 organization.

PO Box 3071, Peterborough, NH 03458  


General Monthly Meetings of MWG 

The Monadnock Writers’ Group provides community, inspiration, support, and professional ex pertise to the writers of the Monadnock region. All are welcome! We meet on the third Saturday  morning of each month at the Peterborough Town Library, unless otherwise noted. Monthly  meetings, which run from September through June, usually start at 9:45 a.m. and go to about  11:45 a.m, but times can vary. Meetings include a 15-minute meet-and-greet, announcements of  regional events for writers, a ten-minute reading from a member, and a main speaker sharing pro fessional writing experience and answering questions. Coffee and refreshments are provided.  Our monthly Speaker Series is open to the public and free of charge. Our speakers are instruc tive and inspirational for writers of all literary forms, genres, and levels of experience. The  MWG follows the guidelines set by the Town of Peterborough regarding masks in public meet ing rooms.

MWG Announcements 

PLEASE NOTE!!! The date and time of our January have changed due to our  speaker’s schedule. The January meeting featuring acclaimed science fiction  writer James Patrick Kelly is now Saturday, Jan 14th, 9:45 am at the Mariposa  Museum in Peterborough.  

• $ Treasurer Candidate Still Needed!! $ Please contact Carl Mabbs-Zeno at monadnockwrit if you are interested in throwing your hat in the ring for the position of MWG  treasurer, or would like more information about what the job entails.

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Winter/ Spring 2023 General Meetings 

January 14: Please note this meeting will be at the Mariposa Museum on January 14. NH  resident James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards for science fiction.  His newest project is King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats, a short novel released in 2020 and is  available from Subterranean Press. He has published over a hundred stories and his fiction has  been translated into eighteen languages. 

February 18: Darcey Gohring is a freelance writer based in the New York City area. She is the  host of the Moms Don’t Have Time to Write Online writing community and a writing instructor at  The Writers Circle. She is a contributing author to the anthology book, Corona City: Voices From  an Epicenter, and recently completed her first novel. 

March 18: Abbi Glines Sullivan, a romance writer living in the Monadnock region, is a the #1  New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and International bestselling author of the  Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Boys South of the Mason Dixon, and The Field Party Series. She is also author to the Sweet Trilogy and the Black Souls Trilogy. 

April Poet Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and  The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publica tions his poetry appears in the American Journal of Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Rattle,  Shenandoah and Tar River Poetry. 

May: New Hampshire resident Brandon Dubois the New York Times bestselling author of  twenty-four novels, including The First Lady, and The Cornwalls Vanish, (March 2019), co-au thored with James Patterson, along with The Summer House. (June 2020), and more than 180  short stories. 

June: Biannual Read-Around. Join your fellow MWG writers in our biannual Read-Around!  Bring a selection of your work—prose, poetry, nonfiction, novel excerpt, or hybrid—and read  aloud to our very supportive group for no more then ten minutes so that everyone will have a  chance to read in the allotted time. You will walk away inspired!

Calls for Submission 

Ploughshares at Emerson College Look2 Essay Contest. This series seeks to publish essays  about underappreciated or overlooked writers. The Look2 essay should take stock of a writer’s  entire oeuvre with the goal of bringing critical attention to the neglected writer and his or her rel evance to a contemporary audience.Examples of such essays include Stewart O’Nan’s piece on  Richard Yates, Joan Acocella on Sybille Bedford, Gore Vidal on Dawn Powell,  

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and Ploughshares’ DeWitt Henry on Brian Moore. Please go to the website for guidelines and  requirements. 

Bitter Oleander Press is an award-winning small press with an international focus which pub lishes fine poetry collections, many of them translated, and hosts poetry contests. Please go to for a complete description of what they are looking for.  

8th and Atlas Publishing is an international independent publishing house. They are currently  seeking fiction novels, memoirs, nonfiction/long-form journalism, YA, hybrid works, essay/short  story collections, graphic novels, and anthologies of exceptional literary merit that demonstrate a  high level of creativity and originality. 

Interlude Press and Duet Books for YA are boutique publishers of award-winning LGBTQ+  fiction, including Lambda Literary Awards, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Foreword INDIES  Book of the Year Awards, and multiple starred reviews and titles featured on annual “best of”  lists. They seek well-crafted original novels featuring diverse casts with lead characters from  across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and welcome and encourage manuscripts written by authors from all backgrounds. 

MWG Publications 

Penning the Pandemic: Compiled during the 2020 lockdown, the creative writing in this an thology shares the shock, the anguish, the courage, and the resilience of humanity in ex traordinary times. Penning the Pandemic is available at Toadstool Books in Peterborough and  for order from any other online or brick-and-mortar retail bookseller. Copies at a discounted  price are available for pick up in Peterborough. Contact: 

Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology. The release party and reading on  November 13th for MWG’s Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology was a  great success! More than thirty contributors and supporters of Smoky Quartz  gathered at the Peterborough Town Library to celebrate this special print edition.  Attendees listened to a selection of work from the anthology, read by the authors,  and enjoyed a slide show of its artwork. Thank you to all who attended and to  Deni Dickler, Carl Mabbs-Zeno, Ron McIntire, and Mary Marchese for hosting  the event. The 168-page paperback contains 77 poems, 6 stories, and 24 color im ages of artwork. The cover art is by Barbara Danser. Price: $20.00. Copies of the anthology are  available at MWG’s monthly meetings and at the Toadstool Bookshops. (Copies at the Toadstool  are limited, so call ahead to check stock.) Or, you can contact to  order copies by postal mail. For more information, please visit  Stay tuned for news of additional readings in 2023.

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MWG Member News 

Ann B. Day announced her 17th annual Poetry Engagement Calendar, Poetry Through the Year  2023. The 13 month calendar book includes December 2022 as well as the 12 months of '23. Her  photos and poems are are throughout the 120 page calendar. Ann will have her book at each  MWG monthly meeting. The book is $15. Discounted after January to $12.00. 

We need YOU….to Get Involved in the Monadnock Writers’ Group! 

Submit Your Bio as a Member of MWG. Are you a member? If you would like your bio  added to the Our Members page on the MWG website, please send it to Linda Thomas  at Bio: Maximum 200 words, 3rd person, feel free to include  links to your website, most recent publication, or listing on Amazon, and social media.

Volunteer! If you would be interested in getting more involved or have ideas for speakers or  events, please let us know! Please email us at: Get something into the Quill. If you would like to submit to our monthly newsletter, please  contact Jess at at least a week before the end of the month. As a mem ber, you may include your author events and announcements.

Who are we at MWG? Established in 1984, the primary mission of the Monadnock Writers’  Group is to offer fellowship and support to professional writers and to those actively engaged  in developing their writing skills. To learn more about us please see the Monadnock Writers’  Group Members page at:

Please explore the MWG website,, for news, member profiles,  publications, and more, or, join the MWG Facebook Page monadnockwriters/ for member news, announcements, helpful links, and all things writerly. • Monadnock Writers’ Group Membership Information: 

Program year membership - September through June  

o Regular membership $30

o Students and seniors $25

o Patron $50

o Benefactor $100

o Corporate $250

Individual members are encouraged to announce their own projects such as workshops,  social gatherings, group support sessions, or whatever the writing-related endeavor. Feel  free to take the floor at the monthly meeting, or contact the newsletter editor at to send an announcement to the membership in the monthly  newsletter.

Bring a friend to one of our monthly meetings, and if they join MWG, you will receive a  $20 gift certificate for the Toadstool Bookshop!  

Please click the link below to renew your Membership! Your dues pay for speakers  fees, meeting room rental, publicity, refreshments and more! https://monadnockwriter

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