The Cabin Releases 'Fuel' Literary Compilation, Announces 2020 Writers in the Attic Theme 

click to enlarge J. Reuben Appelman judged Writers in the Attic entries this year.

Harrison Berry

J. Reuben Appelman judged Writers in the Attic entries this year.

Speaking from the podium, The Cabin Operations Manager Hillary Bilinski offered a critique, saying that in an age of pocket access to Facebook, side hustles and bustling work schedules, people are running on fumes.

"More than ever, the restorative, ruminative things come last," she said.

click to enlarge The theme for the 2020 edition of Writers in the Attic is "Apple." - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • The theme for the 2020 edition of Writers in the Attic is "Apple."
As a response, test or in an exercise of curiosity, she reached out to a few of the authors whose work was selected for publication in the eighth-annual Writers in the Attic edition, entitled "Fuel," to ask what they put in their tanks. A few of them (and assorted Cabin staff) were on hand at the "Fuel" release party the evening of Aug. 29 to give their answers.

The Cabin instructor Tracy Sunderland said it was the small things: multi-colored Post-It notes and speaking the word  "pamplemousse." For the guest judge and editor of "Fuel," J. Reuben Appelman, the answer is something akin to irony. Appelman is the author of The Kill Jar and has been associated with a number of Netflix documentaries and podcasts. He's also a two-time State of Idaho Literature Fellow, but his work has yet to be included in a literary anthology like Writers in the Attic.

"The guy judging your work is the guy who really wanted to be where you are," he said. "We're all doing the same hustle. We just want to keep writing."

For "Fuel," Appelman reviewed 182 submissions and selected 30 poems, short stories and vignettes for publication, and several of the the authors were on hand at the release party to read from their work, including Catherine Kyle, Greg Duffy, Judith McConnell Steele, Tomas Joaquin Baiza and others.

At the close of the evening, Bilinski made a final announcement: The theme of the 2020 edition of Writers in the Attic is "Apple." Poems and prose 1,500 words or less in length are due by Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at midnight. 

Tags:

Pin It
Favorite

Comments


Comments are closed.

Readers also liked…

© 2019 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation