Today in the mail this book arrived: Shadow and Light - A Literary Anthology on Memory, a publication of the Monadnock Writers' Group. This is my very first cover art for a book!
The opportunity to be featured all happened by lucky chance. Not only serendipitous luck but this is quite poignant that my artwork would grace a publication dealing with the theme of memory. This subject is very close to my heart.
This anthology is the sixth publication of the Monadnock Writers' Group and features twelve prose pieces, sixty five poems and several photographs from five other artists. This bounty of writing and art was culled from over 900 submissions all dealing with memory.
I must quote a passage from the book's introduction by Senior Editor Ann Robinson: If it is true that many first literary efforts are autobiographical—and certainly much of contemporary work is based on self-exploration, requiring the writer to plumb his or her own experience—then we must assume that we have to go back before we can move forward. The challenge lies in retaining the pieces of our past that have shaped and moved us as writers and can inspire our readers, illuminating a pathway from shadow into light.
Whether working as a writer or visual artist this passage resonates with me.
If you are interested copies can be purchase for $15.00 by visiting their website: http://www.monadnockwriters.org/.
I owe a special thank you to Tina Rapp and serendipitous moments!