At bosque launch, I read from ‘Neighbors’

At bosque launch, I read from ‘Neighbors’

The support of this community sustains my writing life, and I am grateful

On Dec. 6, bosque launched its eighth issue at Bookworks in Albuquerque. What began as a tiny seedling has grown into a rich and committed writing community, and this photo taken at the Bookworks reading shows that.

Seated behind me in front is Hilda Raz, poetry editor. On the other side behind me is Jill Root, nonfiction editor. And on the end, next to Jill, is Lynn C. Miller, bosque editor and co-fiction editor with Elisabeth Sharp McKetta (who was not present).

As author Phyllis M Skoy reads, the staff of bosque literary journal and the audience listen in. Behind her, from left are poetry editor Hilda Raz, nonfiction editor Jill Root and co-founder/editor Lynn C. Miller. [PHOTO BY CAROLYN FLYNN]

We have the perseverance of Lynn C. Miller to thank for the continuation of bosque. Despite the unfortunate death of her co-founder and co-editor, Lisa Lenard-Cook, Lynn persevered to gather the best of editors to keep bosque going. To our good fortune, her wife, Lynda Miller, retired from her day job to become the managing editor and art director.

By bosque #2, Hilda Raz had moved from the University of Nebraska to Placitas. Fortunately for all of us, her move was written up in Poets & Writers. Both bosque and the UNM Press grabbed her immediately.

Jill Root, an accomplished editor for many years and a member of Lynn’s writing critique group, was scooped up last year as the nonfiction editor. And even though every year, we think it cannot get any better, it always does.

Sitting in the front row on the end in purple is Deborah Goodman from Maryland. She is this year’s Discovery of the Year—an honor I received in 2013. I am thrilled to have my short story, “Neighbors,” in the same issue with her story, “Virgin Matriarch.”

Deborah and I established an instant rapport, which we hope to keep going, one of the incredible benefits of being in the bosque writers’ community. I can proudly count my dear friends amongst the poets and writers of the bosque community.

This week, I am holding my last sessions as a practicing psychoanalyst. For 35 years, I have practiced as a therapist and analyst in New York City and in Albuquerque. When I moved here from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I had no idea that I would ever retire for a second career in writing. The support of this community has given me the courage to proceed in the writing life. Many thanks to all of you!

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