Edward Hower has published twelve books, including nine novels, two collections of stories, and, most recently, What Can You Do: Personal Essays and Travel Writings. His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian, American Scholar, Southern Review, Epoch, Five Points, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as two Fulbright Grants to India.
When reading prose submissions—novels, short stories, memoirs, essay collections—he is partial to work which features strong character development and sense of place, a good story (with fiction), and a clear, interesting, and original prose style. He likes both contemporary and historical work. He will also consider young adult novels. He rarely finishes reading science fiction, detective or fantasy novels, or plot-driven thrillers.
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Peter Fortunato is a founding editor of Cayuga Lake Books. A poet as well as a fiction writer and memoirist, he is most interested in reading poetry submissions. Subject matter and the writer’s literary pedigree are not so important as the urgency of the voice and the beauty of form he wants in poetry.
In 2016, Peter and Jack Hopper edited the landmark collection From the Finger Lakes: A Poetry Anthology. Peter’s own poetry books from CLB are Entering the Mountain (2017) and Late Morning: New and Selected Poems (2013). In 2019, Fomite Press published his novel, Carnevale. His website is www.peterfortunato.net.
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Jack Hopper is the author of four published collections of poetry. Most recently he has published in The Healing Muse, Literary Gazette, and Chronogram, as well as the CLB poetry anthology of 2016. He is a co-founder and editor of Cayuga Lake Books, has served twice as poet laureate of Tompkins County (2015, 2016), and is presently at work on a new collection of poems as well as a memoir. He has edited academic works for more than 50 years, most of which as editor-in-chief of AMS Press, Inc.
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Stacey Murphy joined the Cayuga Lake Books editorial board in early 2018. She likes reading poetry and prose submissions, and helping our writers get their voices and hard work out into the world. Her first poetry collection Old Stones Understand (Shanti Arts) was released in spring 2021. In 2017 she co-edited NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology (Cayuga Lake Books); her poems have appeared in the 2016 anthology Wild Voices (Wildflower Poetry Press), seasonal nature journal The Avocet, and in online places including the Painted Parrot, Hedgerow, and Gratefulness.org. She can be found online at https://staceymurphy.blog/ and through her business, Murphy Grant Consulting, www.murphygrantconsulting.com.
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Gretchen Buchmann is a senior writing major at Ithaca College and an intern for Cayuga Lake Books. She enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, but lately, she’s been reading contemporary mythology from Madeline Miller and thrillers like If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. Gretchen has interned with the Ithaca College Writing Department and is currently writing a grant proposal with Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (O.A.R) of Tompkins County.
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