Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Creative Nonfiction Editor

Beginning with the upcoming seventh issue, Richard J. Farrell (above, with Maggie, 9, and Thomas, 5) of San Diego, CA, will be upstreet’s Creative Nonfiction Editor. He replaces Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, who held this position for the previous four issues.

A 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Rich earned an MA in Secondary Education from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Following his career as a Naval aircraft pilot, he taught science, math, and history at Cathedral High School in San Diego. He is currently a candidate for an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, where he has worked with authors Jess Row, Ellen Lesser, Douglas Glover, and Philip Graham, among others. He has been a submission reader for the literary journal Hunger Mountain, and for its Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, and is a Contributing Editor for Glover’s literary blog, Numéro Cinq.

Asked to comment on what he would look for in a creative nonfiction submission, Rich said: “Good writing allows a reader to explore different worlds, to inhabit different bodies, and to understand different minds, but in the end always takes us home to ourselves. For upstreet, I want to find that careful writer who crafts the mysterious mixture of thought, emotion, and soul. The creative nonfiction genre encompasses so much, but is unified by an attention to, and a love of, language. I don’t believe in boundaries. In the end, good writing always finds a way to transcend whatever restrictions hold it down.”

Submissions for upstreet number seven opened September 1, and will close March 1, 2011.

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