10th Anniversary Issue. Choice quality words since 2012.

Summer Issue #21 is jam-packed with features and writers. Who? Who? Take a peek:  

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? “Love on a Rooftop—Barn Owls in San Francisco” photo essay from Kathleen Volkmann.

 “I Was a Teenage Runaway: Haight-Ashbury 1968” memoir by Carol Green.

 

 

 

“Spokes, Saddles and Cranks” England bicycling adventure.

 

 

“The Orange Peeler Meets Johnny Wadd” fiction by J.S. Ryan.

 

 

 

“Salonica” memoir by Marcel Alalof, translated from the French.

 

 

 

 

“The Pole” memoir of Reno by Kevin Lavely.

 

 

 

 

Chasing Byron excerpt from Jeb Harrison’s latest novel.

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Irving’s influence in SoCal essay by Gary Frueholz. 


 

 

Book Reviews by Nick King

Plus MEMORY BABE: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, by Gerald Nicosia.

 

Poet Bryan Franco profile by Jeff Kaliss, Poetry Editor.

  Kenneth Steven poetry book, Iona, reviewed by Jeff Kaliss.

 

 

 

 

Humor? or curiosity?         You be the judge…

 

King reads poetry with Don Alberts Renaissance Band, featuring Jeff Kaliss, at 7 Mile House, Brisbane, CA.

Reflections Ten Years After
Foreword from Mill Valley Literary Review’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, J.Macon King

This magazine’s ten-year-journey began innocently enough, with my wife Perry, at our weekly Friday night “Martini Talk.” I had been baptized into the classic cocktail (try to visualize that) by the legendary, Bruno at his San Francisco’s “Persian Aub Zam Zam” bar, and spoiled by the best, prefer to shake my own (2nd best) at home.

Relaxing on our horsehair-stuffed corbeille (inherited from a writer), surrounded by numerous pets and appetizers, we hold our “Martini Talk.” There, we brainstorm creative (enthusiastically naïve) ideas. After forgetting to remember the big money-makers and Midas touches, Perry started taking notes, and later recording ideas. Ideas like climbing the Golden Gate Bridge, starting our own tech, marketing, and fitness businesses, figuring out a way to spend time at Skywalker Ranch, becoming leaders of our community improvement club, reviving a dormant community theatre and producing shows, publishing a novel, and hosting monthly meditation gatherings. (BTW, these all somehow happened. However, note that I am not a life coach so cannot legally prescribe martinis for brainstorms.)

That fabled night, during our second martini (where the fun begins), I conjectured, “It would be great to publish a literary review.” And Perry, always positive (to a fault?), murmured, “A lovely idea. How soon?”

Thus, within a couple of weeks, in May, 2012, the Mill Valley Literary Review was born. Our 21st issue is now released, which makes the average 2.1 issues per annum or .00575 issues per diem.

Our literary mission:
1. Support and encourage writers. The key premise that makes MillValleyLit unique —proactively encourage writers by soliciting memoirs and stories that might otherwise not be written or printed. (Plus include the occasional photographer or artist.)
2. Interview both well-known and unsung writers, and persons of interest. Like the Mill Valley Film Festival, we have presented works from all over the world.

3. Make it colorful, quirky, fun, and different from the traditional dry, pictureless, colorless print review\journal. (Yes, because of this, we were issued a few warning tickets by the Literary Police.)
4. Keep production costs minimal while making widely accessible (hence one of the first e-zines with zero paper), with minimal advertising, by donations, voluntary subscriptions, and sponsorships. We would appreciate it if you would contribute or subscribe now.

With early support from local businesses — Famous4 fashion store (Larry the Hat), Book Passage, Mill Valley Book Depot Café (thanks, former manager Ari Maslow), Throckmorton Theatre, and Paul Liberatore’s kickoff article in the Marin Independent Journal — we became, overnight, rich and famous in the cut-throat business of literary journals. Kidding. 

We interviewed creative people from best-selling writers like T.C Boyle and Catherine Coulter, to exquisite little-known Irish poets and tattooing-godfather Lyle Tuttle. (Salon list here.) We “discovered” writers such as Susanna Solomon (well-versed with the local literary circuit who led my introductions), effervescent novelist Christie Nelson, and multi-talented Jeb Harrison, who would all become frequent contributors, as they continued thriving as imaginative and prolific authors. We created some poppin’ fresh covers for our home pages. 

In celebrating this 10th Anniversary Issue we continue our mission by debuting diverse tales such as: a tourist discovers his family’s shocking past in the Death in Venice-esque “Salonica.”; the “Curious Yellow” high-life of a road less traveled in “I was a Teenage Runaway”; unsettling droll events on a European bicycle trip in “Spokes, Wheels, and Cranks”; a surprisingly sentimental story about a piece of wood in “The Pole”; and a writer’s illusions in “The Orange Peeler Meets Johnny Wadd.” And our Poetry Editor extraordinaire Jeff Kaliss presents two outstanding poets and their work.

Subscribers will note some style and posting transitions in this issue. What is next for the little Lit magazine that could? The game is afoot. Thanks for your readership and please support our ongoing mission by contributing or subscribing now.

Cheers,
J.Macon King


Previous Issue Winter 2022 #20 below:

Perry King & Biscuit with “Frosta”, MT Rose, NV.

Our Salon Interview plus poems: Poet Lisa Delan from Jeff Kaliss.

“The Literary Agent Who Lived the Plot of My Novel”:
memoir by Jeb Harrison.

Murder mystery short story “Death at the Drive-In Diner Dance” by author, playwright, critic Patricia L. Morin. Plus bonus story.

Musician Jeb Harrison gets down with “The Beatles: Get Back.” 

Rabbits and more: Book reviews by Nick King. 

I Was a Teenage Runaway: Haight-Ashbury 1968″. Teaser HIGH light reel of memoir by Carol Green coming in June issue. 

 

 

 

Sands Sings

 

 

Sands Hall Winter Greetings and Projects 

 

 

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Photo: Lindy Krushas, Springfield , IL
 

MillValleyLit promotes the work of emerging writers, interviews well-known authors and should-be-known personalities, reviews books, and reports on the literary scene. MillValleyLit has hosted events and salons and been featured in numerous publications such as San Francisco Magazine, Marin Magazine, Marin Independent Journal, Pacific Sun, The Bohemian, and Marinscope newspapers.

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