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Am I The Joanna Howard of Whom You Speak?

October 30, 2014

Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not.  In the olden days, when having more than one landline phone was considered the last word in information technology, and computers existed in movies but not telephones, I was pretty certain that I was the only Joanna Howard in existence.  Fairly unique, I thought, and unforgettable, which would work well for me once I left the answering service and made my claim as a famous writer.

And so, years passed in which I did not become famous for writing, but was able to suspend myself in the comforting fiction that I was the only Joanna Howard who existed. Home computers changed all that.  Hours spent uprooting my family tree revealed that, back in Ireland, there were several Joanna Howard’s who had lived generations before me.  Okay.  So I wasn’t the only Joanna Howard to have existed.  At least I was the only one alive.

You know where I’m heading with this, right?  Technology, which had deposited several ancestral Joanna’s in my family tree, also, by way of search engines, revealed that there were other Joanna Howard’s who were alive and well and published.  Oh, well, I thought, reading another excellent poem by my doppleganger.  What now? I wondered, looking at the poems I’d yet to send out.  It occurred to me that sharing a name with a published writer might work in my favor.  On the other hand, there were issues of copyright and good manners that suggested that perhaps I’d better pick a different name. Like “J. Howard.”

J. Howard I became, and given my Dickensonian bent, my works remained largely unpublished.  So you can imagine the joy I felt when an editor emailed me, informing of her enthusiastic acceptance of a poem I’d submitted. It wasn’t just good,  it was great.  The images, the form, the tone–all brilliant and perfect for her publication.  The only catch that I could see was that I hadn’t written the poem and had never heard of the publication or the editor (who turned out to be a nice gal with a sense of humor about things).

A few months later, I opened another email from someone in Scotland who was thrilled that my book had finally been published.  We needed to get together the next time she was in London, and could we invite along a few mutual friends to help celebrate the good news?  Sure, I thought,  did we have any mutual friends?  The people she was mentioning sounded like a fun bunch, but I’d never heard of them.  Gamely, I responded by thanking her for enthusiasm for my book, suggesting that I might be the wrong Joanna H since I hadn’t written a book much less published it. However, if she ever travelled to this side of the Pond, I’d love to have lunch with her.

I haven’t heard from the other Joanna’s–or about them, at least not lately.  But I would appreciate it if you, dear reader, would contact one of them and enthuse about this post.  It seems only right.



October 28, 2014

PR is very proud to announce the publication of two of our editors’ books.

Poetry Editor Katherine Smith’s second book, Woman Alone on The Mountain, has been published by Iris Press and is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Associate Editor Mike Maggio tells us that his short story, “Atelier,” a narrative about an artist and his model, has just been published in a new anthology called Creativity and Constraint, issued by Wising Up Press.




Additionally, Mike’s novel, The Wizard and The White House, has been published by Little Feather Books.  Visit his web site and the new Facebook page he has set up for the book.


Congratulations, Robert Giron

October 23, 2014

Many congratulations go to Robert Giron for being selected as one of the Heroes Latinos LGBTQ  as part of the Latino GLBT History Project.  According to their write up, 

He was born in Nebraska but describes himself “as a Transplanted Texan who lives in Arlington, Virginia.” Robert is a professor of English, creative writing and literature at Montgomery College, Takoma Park , Maryland. He’s the author of seven books of poetry and his poetry and fiction have appeared in The Texas Anthology, The World Haiku Review, Puerto del Sol, The Great lawn, Art Forum, Austin Writer, Chrysalis, Amphora Review, Goodbye Dove, Slouching Towards Consensus, and Arlington Artsletter, among other publications. He founded the Ventura Valdez Poetry Contest at Montgomery College for students who write in English and Spanish.

Additionally, on Saturday, October 25, Robert will be part of the “Indie Editor Roundtable”  at the Poets and Writers Live event at the Library of Congress at 1:30 p.m. He has been featured with several other editors in the magazine this month in the article “Let’s Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and Their Publishing Partners.”

Congratulations, Robert.

Under the Weather. . .

October 21, 2014

But back on Thursday with photos and news and more. . .



The Party: First Peek

October 9, 2014

PR celebrated issue 55’s publication with a celebration yesterday afternoon.  While the photography editors confer on selecting the best photos to publish next Tuesday, have a look at these few images to whet your interest. . .



Gifts for everyone!

Gifts for everyone!

Good writing deserves good food

Good writing deserves good food

A display of our work

A display of our work

Of A Party, A Chapbook, A Publication, A Win and A Festival

October 7, 2014

It’s another good news week at PR:

A Party:  Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be celebrating the publication of  issue#55. If you’re in the Montgomery County area, join us! We’ll be raising the sparkling cider from 4-5:30 p.m in the Campus Commons (Room 212) of the Macklin Tower on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.   RSVP Om Rusten at

  A CSzlykcover2hapbook:  Marianne Szlyk has just published an e-chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia Looking Up at Trees of Heaven. Szlyk’s work is part of publisher A.J. Huffman’s series, Barometric Pressures: Kind of a Hurricane Press Author’s Series.

A Publication and a Contest Win: Sherri C. Woosley tells us that her story, “Fusion,” just came out in the  Apeiron Review, and “Very Happy and Very Productive” won 2nd place in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Contest.


2014 Indie Lit PosterAnd a Festival: This weekend, tech editor J. Howard will be rolling the official PR  suitcase towards Frostburg, Maryland, and the Indie Lit Festival.

Congratulations, Katherine Smith

October 2, 2014

We’ve got some great news to share with you this afternoon:  Potomac Review’s poetry editor, Katherine Smith, has recently been notified that The Missouri Review has accepted five of her recent poems.  To make the news even greater, her second book of poetry, Woman Alone on the Mountain, will soon be published by Iris Press.

Editor-in-Chief Julie Wakeman-Linn writes:

 “We at the Potomac Review are delighted when any of our writer friends meets with success, but I am even more thrilled for these recent successes of our marvelously talented and hard working poetry editor Katherine Smith. Katherine is also my dear friend, without whom I could not produce the Potomac Review. Congratulations, Katherine! We will host a party to launch her new book as soon as it arrives.”

PR is proud to have Katherine Smith as our poetry editor and wish her more success and acclaim as her book goes to press.



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