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SPRING ISSUE COMING end of April: Tom Barbash interview, graphic novels and comix, "Book" Bars flourish, great libraries of the world, lit agent Michael Larson's Tips for Writers, Robert Frost Marin connection, inside Hemingway's Cuban home, !0 Greatest American Short Story Writers, stories and poems.


Hanging out in North Beach with novelist Louis B. Jones


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Each quarterly webzine will showcase one or more writers. See Salon for submission info.

Info about Publisher J. Macon King


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The Mill Valley Literary Review

T.C. BOYLE: Interview with the Rock Star of Writers

"I began as a short story writer - and remain hooked on the form."  T.C. Boyle

MillValleyLit Webzine Winter Issue 2014

The Mill Valley Literary Review is a quarterly digital magazine providing encouragement, wit and resources from Marin and San Francisco Bay's literary renaissance.

Optimized for Mac & Firefox. To simulate a tree-based magazine experience enjoy on iPad or Kindle.


Writing Contest - Submit Now

The scoop on the exciting Literary Scene

"The Unauthorized, Unofficial History of The Bolineans" by Jeb Harrison

"A Terrible, Wonderful Thing" - story by previous contest winner Grant Flint

"Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore" memoir by Merriam Saunders

Dreaming Mill Valley Novelist Christie Nelson - Castro Theatre poetry

MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, an entire hilly neighborhood with streets named after POETS, rock stars, artists, and WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS

The Mill Valley writing community is pedigreed with notables such as Jack Kerouac, Louis B. Jones, Gary Snyder, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Peter Coyote, Gerald Nicosia, Martin Cruz Smith, Jack Finney (Body Snatchers), Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Cyra McFadden, Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, poet Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur and other lyricists.

Authors who call(ed)Marin County home include Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Isabel Allende, T.C. Boyle, Jack London, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan. New inductees to our list: Ambrose Bierce, Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan), Dave Eggers, Allen Drury. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. A rare student of Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon.

The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. *Hemingway Mill Valley home article

See Mariel Hemingway's appearance on cOlbert Book Club in The Scene

HOT Off the Press

JUST RELEASED Mar 1st: CONFETTI, A COLLECTION OF COZY CRIMES, by MillValleyLit Fall 2013 Contest Winner Patricia L. Morin

From a theme party in Mizpah, NJ, to a surfing incident on the north shore of Oahu, murders are planned. From a Malibu beach with remote control cars, to the northern hills of Las Vegas, people are disappearing.

Purchase Confetti on Amazon at: or Create Space at: - Coming soon to Smashwords and other electronic media.

See Patricia's Contest Winning short "Murder Interrupted Me" and other stories in Stacks Fall 2013


MillValleyLit in the press:

1. San Francisco Magazine Feb. 2014

2. Marin Magazine June issue: "Local Literature" at top of page 30. Marin Magazine is available by subscription, on select newsstands, and a snazzy digital version at:

2. Marin Independent Journal coverage from Paul Liberatore:

3. Mill Valley Herald's front page interview:

Lawrence Ferlinghetti's old cabin in Big Sur where Jerry Kamstra wrote his novel "The Frisco Kid." The site earlier was a stomping ground for many other bohemian writers, including Jack Kerouac.

“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
“We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
Ferlinghetti reads in front of his seminal "City Lights Bookstore" on anniversary.



Mary Rudge, Alameda's poet laureate passed away Jan. 19 at age 85 - see Stacks

Lou Reed, died Oct. 27 - the original shock rock



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