My first poetry collection titled WHAT SUITS A NUDIST is published!
Here is a description from the Clare Songbirds Publishing House:
“To read Lois Bassen’s poetry is to be led by a priestess into a place that is part laboratory, part seraglio, part garden, part observatory and part weapons forge. This learned lady with the nicely turned ankle will show you her intricate and ingenious machines, that contain a bronze and amethyst bird that will sing on the hour. Mistress of metamorphosis, blue-stocking, dangerous mother and wry comedian, she’ll carry you off if you’re not careful.”
~Frederick Turner, Founders Professor, School of Arts & Humanities, UT Dallas
9/15/19 “Finding Factors of Very Large Prime Numbers” accepted by thricefiction.com and will in late December or early January in 2020.
9/9/19 “Resistance to Decoherence” was accepted by Berlin’s www.thewildword.com
8/30/19 Woven Tale Press accepted “Denatural Selection”. This is especially nice because the fiction editor was a creator of the Ploughshares magazine.
On Monday morning, I learned that 5 new poems appeared in The Blue Nib magazine for their new Issue 35: “Unhappy Alice”, “Winter”, “Ketchup’s Find”, “The Persephone False Dichotomy”, and “Chocolate”. What do you think?
Now once again the trees are stripped
of autumn’s leaves and all the other
autumns’ before forgotten as well.
In winter, spring is beyond imagination
and summer beyond hope. But not only
solstice assures the return of the sun
Here’s my follow-up conversation with ACN Books about Summer of the Long Knives, including the interview questions and a link to “That Is The Question”, the coda-chapter for New Marwa. This Indie Beginning podcast episode lasts 12 minutes.
If you could go back in time and rewrite a historical moment, what moment would you choose? LS Bassen wanted to revisit WWII and more specifically, the death of Adolf Hitler in her tale Summer of the Long Knives. In this episode, Marie and Benjamin discuss reviews left for the story as well as their thoughts on the topic of Alternative History.
So here I am writing about the remarkable online site, ACN Books, that accepted Summer of the Long Knives for a pretty long reading. An Indie Beginning podcast of 37 minutes!
ACN Books features the indie novel Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke. After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Amid great betrayal, loss, and danger, Lisel must act while there is still time. A novel of what literary critic George Steiner has called alternity, Summer of the Long Knives explores the hopes and horrors that emerge from history’s darkest moments.
In August 2016, L. Shapley Bassen’s novella “Showfolk” was featured in The New Frontier by Inkception Books. In September 2016, her short story “What Can the Matter Be?” was featured in The Kenyon Review website. And in February 2016, her short story “Portrait of a Giant Squid” was featured in The Austin Chronicle website. But now in 2017, all 3 stories and more are gathered together in her new collection Showfolk & Stories by Inkception Books!
Eight portraits of players onstage and off. Eight stories about New York. Stories of theatre life in the 1980’s. Including “Showfolk”, “Yesterday”, “Portrait of a Rotary Phone”, and “Portrait of a Giant Squid”. Plus 4 bonus royalty-free scripts for performers!
Author L. Shapley Bassen brings together a new and fresh collection of shorts and scripts. As a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor award and native New Yorker, Bassen gives us theatre folk, 1987, and life in the Big Apple. She is a winner of the 2009 APP Drama Prize and Mary Rhinehart Fellowship.