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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors’

https://www.thecommononline.org/the-art-of-grief-windows-and-mirrors/
"Collateral Damage," oil painting by Lillian Moats


Newly posted at The Common On-Line, "The Art of Grief: ‘Windows and Mirrors,’" an excerpt from my work-in-progress, Losing Francis: One Family's Journey through a Decade of War.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'A Great Fullness' nominated for 2017 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101778438216&ca=29610dae-56f7-42b1-bf4d-f9627ac2f98b

A Great Fullness has been nominated for the 2017 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award, sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Established
in 1979 by AAUW-KC, the award honors Thorpe Menn (1912-1979), long-time book editor of the Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially authors and artists.

http://www.fomitepress.com/Fullness.html
 




Saturday, December 31, 2016

'A Great Fullness' gets good marks at Goodreads!

Goodreads reviews for A Great Fullness


http://www.fomitepress.com/Fullness.html

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A holiday gift for booklovers!

 “Sommer has crafted a compelling story of fine character sketches ….”
--The Wichita Eagle


Order your copies now for the readers in your life! Click the image for more information--and please do support your local bookseller.

http://www.fomitepress.com/Fullness.html

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

A new essay in Red Earth Review

The 2016 issue of Red Earth Review includes a new essay, entitled "We Were Goats," which recounts a trip to Louisiana to visit one of Francis's closest Army friends. A memorable visit with some great people! Click below to read "We Were Goats," which begins on page 164.

https://issuu.com/redearthreview/docs/rerissuujuly2016


Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Writers Place Presents Shawn Pavey, Bob Sommer, and Eric McHenry

http://www.fomitepress.com/Fullness.html

The Writers Place Reading Series Presents Shawn Pavey, Bob Sommer, and Eric McHenry


I'm honored to join Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry and poet Shawn Pavey at The Writers Place in Kansas City on Friday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m., to read and discuss my new novel, A Great Fullness, as well as current work-in-progress. Looking forward to a great evening!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A new essay in Emrys Journal

"Rust on the Hillsides," a new essay from work-in-progress, appears in Emrys Journal's annual issue. 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7N9qiDNZka7TFh6NDVrellzcDQ

The journal only appears in print, but a copy of the essay is available on Google Drive. Click on the image to read "Rust on the Hillsides." The print issue is available here:
http://www.emrys.org/bookstore/volume-33-2016