RUSSELL - I began by writing twenty new poems and six new short stories.
The poems have been collected in a book called The Preservation of
Paul Bell. Seven of the new
poems have been accepted individually for publication in good literary
magazines, and the collection itself has been a finalist for the Cleveland State
Press Poetry Prize and the Ohio State University Press’ Journal Award Prize.
The short stories are part of a collection about Memphis, tentatively
titled Judgement House. I am
currently getting it ready for submission in several national short fiction
New York literary agent, Elaine Markson, suggested I trim my novel, Riding
With the Magi, which se has been representing.
Originally, it was a 710-page manuscript.
Unable to simply cut out large sections of the novel to shorten it, I
proceeded to rewrite the entire novel and restructure its story lines.
It is now a 471-page manuscript.