I am very excited to share that Hot Metal Bridge, the magazine run by the University of Pittsburgh's MFA program, is going to publish my essay, "Bon Jellico."
I write little nonfiction, but this piece was important to me because it tells the story of my grandmother's childhood. She grew up in a coal town that inspired the setting of my first novel, Cedar of Lebanon. Self-sufficiency became vital to her early on, since her mother was a deafmute. She struggled through poverty and her father's refusal to acknowledge her, emerging as the woman I admire today.
The essay had received a couple of rejections in the last few months, and on a lark I sent it to HMB three days before their deadline. Their editors' suggestions have been terrific. I'm celebrating that this story has found a good home.
I will post the essay under the "My Work" section once it is published online.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I pray that your all's writing receives the same (undeserved) blessings that mine has. -AO
Anthony Otten has published stories in The Jabberwock Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Wind. He has been a finalist for the Hargrove Editors' Prize in Fiction. Still: The Journal has published an excerpt from his novel. He lives in Kentucky.
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