Friday, May 29, 2009

Motor City Burning Press



There comes a time in every writer's life where he or she says the same thing (and no, it's not, I can't really be drinking this much). The writer gets an idea, a scary idea. An idea to start a journal. A press. Seize the means of production. That sort of thing. I, sad to say, am no different. Today, Motor City Burning Press is born. Yes, it's a journal. Maybe it's a press. For certain, there's going to be a Devil's Night contest for best short short. I'll have a blog/website for this project by the end of next week. But for now, the address for submissions is as follows:

Motor City Burning Press
23210 Greater Mack #105
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

I'm looking for work about Detroit, both city and metropolitan. Be well this Friday and I'll be doing Food Fridays on Saturday this week. Post-modern, huh? What can I say? I'm a clever one.

Benedictions and Maledictions
One of my commenters informed me yesterday that a wonderful man, Jeff Fazio, died. He was an adjunct at Macomb's Center Campus and a kind, dear teacher and friend. I met Jeff when we both taught the developmental sections of composition. This is a tough course to teach given that everyone has to pass a test at the end graded by another instructor who doesn't know the students. And the failure rate is high. Jeff handed mine back and said, Well, some passed, a lot didn't, but your students seem to really love and trust you with their stories. It's the best batch I've ever graded. He said it in face of my tremendous sadness over the ones that didn't pass. And true to his kind and gentle nature, he made me feel much better. That was the kind of person he was. Confined to a wheelchair, he had a helper dog named Knight who was the bee's knees. My condolences to all his family, friends, and students.

19 comments:

Cheri said...
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Cheri said...

And how terribly sad about this Jeff... I said a prayer for him.

<3

Cheri said...

I had to re-read your blog to see that you included the address... durr! Anyways I have a couple things that need some editing but I'll send them along and hope for the best!

Dave said...

Good job Brooks! The newspapers are dying because international corporations and forgot the local angle. Modern day 'journalists' (never just reporters anymore) like to blame the Internet, but it really comes down to too much competition on the national/international level and not enough local color. There is demand for a paper like yours. Good luck with it!

Heff said...

Sorry for your loss, Happy for your gain.

jodi said...

Hi Sweets, So sorry about your friend. MCBP should be interesting.

Heff said...

Oh, now you're not getting off THAT damn easy...now get your fine ass back over there and take my damn trivia quiz that you so easily bypassed with your last comment !!! Yeah, I said it !

the walking man said...

Okie dokie let's roll with it.

Anonymous said...

Go Wings!!! Beat the Penguins!!! Lift Cyndi Crosby's skirt and poke check her good!!! An old-fashioned gang bang right there on the ice at Joe Louis Areeeeeena!!!!! Go Wings!!!!--JLCGULL

Anonymous said...

It'll be a burning press!!!!JLCGULL

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Jeff. I do hope the new press is a rousing success. I'm sending white light in your direction.

laughingwolf said...

grats and good luck, michelle :)

sorry for the loss of your friend :(

Laura Benedict said...

I'm sorry about your friend, sweetie. xo

Scott said...

Michelle,

Sorry to haer about your friend Jeff. My condolences.

Happy to hear about your new journal endeavor...congrats and may you have much luck and success, Sweetie! I've only been in/around the Detroit area a few times, years ago, so I'm not exactly qualified to participate, unfortunately. I'll just send moral(or immoral) support your way!

Good luck, and take care!

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