Not just a letter to the editor, nor a link from a blog (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I shall be published in a book – an anthology – to be called Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology and released some time this year by Life Rattle Press.
I just signed the consent form.
The anthology is selected short stories which have come from several years of work in the Narrative Group of the Psychiatric Department’s Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. (I might rightly receive some constructive criticism over the length of that sentence!) These groups are run twice a year, by Dr. Allan Peterkin and occupational therapist Julie Hahn, with participants writing each week on set topics, quite general, that have stood the test of time – such as an experience in a health-care setting, loss, and change.
The two stories of mine which have been selected are “A Sense of Peace After 13 Years”, based on this, and “Chopin, Roman Polanski and a Cab”. I presume there might be a little editing, at the very least in the formatting.
Since Life Rattle Press is a non-profit publisher my payment shall be two copies of the book. Hey, that’s honour enough for me! It will certainly encourage me to keep writing!