September 10, 2014 · 10:24 AM
Penumbra Literary is very excited to represent David Michael Montgomery and Marcelo Vital, artist and writer, respectively, of the graphic book, The Secret Around-the-World Adventures of Owney the Postal Dog. Owney is an actual historical figure and the former official mascot of the United States Postal Service! This lovable pooch actually made his way around the world in 1895. The book had previously been featured in an extremely limited run edition only available to a select few, through Kickstarter. Artwork for the book is featured as part of an exhibit at the Children’s Illustrated Art Museum in St. Louis, MO. You can also visit an exhibit on Owney at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington D.C. According to the Smithsonian website, railway mail clerks thought that dogs were good luck charms, back in a time when railway accidents were all too common, and that “no train Owney ever rode on was in a wreck.”
Marcelo Vital is a journalist and freelance writer living in Toronto. He’s originally from Brazil and lived for many years in the American Midwest before moving to Canada. Marcelo writes about comics and pop culture in his blog, http://marcelovital.com, and is the author of the graphic novel 1904 – a caper set against the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
Owney the Postal Dog!
David Montgomery is a freelance artist living in St. Louis. He began Van Gogh’s Ear Studio in 1999 painting large-scale murals, but has since done an about-face and now prefers working with the small scale and wider scope of illustration. His first collaboration with Marcelo Vital was on the graphic novel 1904. When not drawing, David can usually be found rehabbing an old house or walking his dog. Samples of David’s work are at http://www.vangoghsearstudio.com.
You can learn more about Owney and stay in touch through the Owney website: http://www.owneythepostaldog.com/
Both Michael and Marcelo will be attending the Small Press Expo 2014 on September 13th and 14th in Bethesda, MD. Come by the table for some free giveaways and say hello if you are in town!
September 2, 2014 · 11:13 AM
It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone so quickly! Penumbra Literary wants to take some time out to thank its summer interns, Michelle Leah Neigut and Chris Corr. Penumbra was very lucky to have the aid of two interns this summer, who split their time between reading queries, evaluating manuscripts, writing reader reports, and assisting with general publicity and marketing research.
Michelle at Book Expo America 2014
A passionate reader, Michelle Leah Neigut is a recent graduate of Widener University, graduating with a degree in English Literature. She had the pleasure of interviewing the band, Imagine Dragons, for That Mag music magazine, and is a fan of a wide variety of literature from the Harry Potter series to the beat authors. Michelle is also interested in 60’s and 70’s music, acting, and attending local comic con events.
Chris graduated from USC with a degree in Business and Education. While teaching for a few years, he worked for HUD in Philadelphia. He is currently studying for his English Degree at Rowan University. In his free time he likes to read non-fiction, write, and play music. His favorite books include The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green and Greene’s other books. He also enjoys reading all the books on kinesiology by David R. Hawkins.
Chris Striking a Pose
Thanks again to Michelle and Chris for all their hard work, best of luck in your future endeavors!
August 25, 2014 · 12:08 PM
Rebecca Kelley’s fiction debut, entitled Broken Homes and Gardens, will be published by Blank Slate Press in Spring 2015! Pitched as a cross between When Harry Met Sally meets Portlandia, this unconventional romance about two twenty-somethings named Joanna and Malcolm, who begin a correspondence as friends and end up as roommates when Malcolm moves in with Joanna to help rehab her broken-down first home, is a fresh and vivacious take on what it means to create a home without marriage or the picket fence. We are very excited to work with Blank Slate Press on bringing this quirky romantic comedy to print.
Rebecca lives in Portland, OR. She describes herself as a “jaded romantic” and is also the author of The Eco-Nomical Baby Guide. Find Rebecca at her website, follow her on Twitter @rkelleywrites, or check out her Facebook Author Page. Congratulations Rebecca!
July 31, 2014 · 1:55 PM
We are pleased to announce that Eric Silverstein, founder of The Peached Tortilla, an Asian and Southern inspired food concept, has signed with Penumbra Literary! A former litigator, Eric decided to pursue a different career path and marry his passions of food and business. Eric was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he was heavily influenced by Japanese, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. At the age of ten, Eric moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was introduced to traditional Southern cuisine. These divergent flavors and cuisines serve as the backdrop for The Peached Tortilla’s menu.
Eric Silverstein of The Peached Tortilla
In 2012, Restaurant Hospitality recognized Eric as one of the new “Stars of Street Food.” Eric was also recently interviewed in the May 2014 edition of Kiplinger’s magazine and on entrepreneur.com. Live! With Kelly & Michael named The Peached Tortilla one of the top ten food trucks in America!
Eric is also featured on the Chefsfeed Application (an app that picks the best chefs in major metro cities and their picks for local food) for Austin, TX. Along with food, Eric is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship, and both speaks and writes about the challenges of running a small business and how to overcome them. You can read his blog here: http://thepeachedtortilla.com/blog/
Eric is collaborating with writer Alan Goldsher on a book about trading his corporate job for the uncertain and challenging food truck world. Goldsher is a culture and music writer, and the author of 14 books. As a writer, he has collaborated on book projects with numerous celebrities and public figures.
We are very excited to work with Eric and Alan on this project. If you are lucky enough to be in the Austin area, check out The Peached Tortilla, which is slated to open its first brick-and-mortar location this Fall 2014!
July 18, 2014 · 3:29 PM
Penumbra Literary is so proud to finally announce that Jamey Stegmaier’s book on crowdfunding, PEOPLE NOT PAWNS: How I Kickstarted My Dream Company, has sold to Neal Maillet at Berrett-Koehler! The book proposal was shopped in late spring and within a matter of weeks there were three offers on the table. Jamey describes in greater detail, on his Stonemaier Games blog, what this process was like for him and how this book is meant to serve a larger purpose, in addition to fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams: http://stonemaiergames.com/people-not-pawns-has-a-publisher/
Here’s a screenshot of the official announcement on Publishers Marketplace:
Deal Announcement on Publishers Marketplace
Needless to say, Jennifer is elated to be working with Jamey and Neal on this terrific book which is going to help a lot of entrepreneurs, creative individuals, and crowdfunders, new and experienced alike. PEOPLE NOT PAWNS is slated for a Fall 2015 release date. Congratulations again to Jamey Stegmaier!
Jamey with his cats!
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May 21, 2014 · 3:07 PM
We are pleased to announce that Tameka Mullins has signed with Penumbra Literary! Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tameka is a Brooklyn-based social media manager who works with companies throughout the world via oDesk, a marketplace for online work. Her current clients include a book publicity agency in Los Angeles, a digital and print fitness magazine produced in Australia, and an online marketing firm in Surrey, British Columbia. Tameka writes a personal blog, called Lyric Fire, where she features her original poetry and posts on publishing, books, the writer’s life, pop culture and social commentary. Her writing has also been featured in The Detroit Free Press, WCBS-AM Newsradio 88, and women’s publications ranging from Venus Blogs, Black Elegance Magazine, Belle Magazine, to Short Cuts Magazine. She is a graduate of Fordham University and a journalism scholarship recipient via Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.
Tameka is working with Jennifer on her debut novel entitled Letters to Chyna, a romantic, mysterious, and bold exploration of one woman’s sexuality, identity, and sense of belonging among her adopted family. Rife with issues ranging from struggling with substance abuse, using intimacy as a means to self-medicate, challenging friendships, and dysfunctional dynamics with her adopted family, Letters to Chyna is an emotional and compelling story about a woman seeking to break out of destructive patterns and emerge as a talented musician and artist.
When Tameka is not writing she loves to read, watch basketball, travel, roller skate, and spend time getting to know her siblings who she was recently reunited with after being separated during the adoption process. We are very excited to work with Tameka in the coming year!
March 6, 2014 · 8:10 PM
We are pleased to announce that Mike Alvarez has signed with Penumbra Literary! Mike Alvarez is a Communication PhD student and an ALANA Diversity Fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, and received his MA and MFA degrees from Goddard College.
Collectively, Mike’s research and writings seek to humanize (rather than medicalize) suicide. Mike wrote his MFA thesis on his admission to a mental hospital following an aborted suicide attempt. Prior to that, he won the Charles Flaherty Award for his Henry Rutgers thesis on suicide and phenomenal creativity. In recent years, Mike has presented his scholarly work on the deaths of Iris Chang, Kurt Cobain, and other such important figures at the Psychology & the Other Conference, and the Creativity & Madness Conferences. Meanwhile, his critical and creative writings have appeared in Mason’s Road, Connotation Press, and Pitkin Review, among others. As part of his doctoral studies, he is currently examining the representation of suicide in film, and how parents who have lost a child to suicide express grief in cyberspace.
Mike is at work on his first book entitled A Violin in the Void: The Paradox of Suicide and Creativity, a groundbreaking examination of the link between suicide and creativity, synthesized from hundreds of sources, years of research, and travel to galleries and archives nationwide. Penumbra Literary is looking forward to working with Mike on such an timely and culturally relevant topic.
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January 6, 2014 · 3:57 PM
Happy new year! Penumbra Literary is excited to announce the arrival of our new intern, Melanie Sherman. Melanie graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 with degrees in Writing and English. While in college, Melanie studied abroad at the University of Sydney. In her free time, Melanie loves to read and write her own fiction.
Some of her favorite novels include Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. She is working closely with Jennifer, learning more about the literary world, and getting involved with this wonderful company.
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November 20, 2013 · 12:38 PM
We are pleased to announce that Larry Clow has signed with Penumbra Literary! Larry Clow is a writer and editor based in New Hampshire. He received his MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. He is currently the editor of The Wire, a bi-weekly paper covering news, arts, and culture on New Hampshire and southern Maine Seacoast.
© Jason Santo
Larry is writing his first book, entitled People You May Know, which is about his search for his biological parents and how the internet and social media have changed adoption in America. Jennifer is thrilled to be working with Larry about such an important and personal subject. Welcome Larry!
September 25, 2013 · 3:26 PM
Jamey Stegmaier is the co-founder and president of Stonemaier Games, a strategy board game startup in St. Louis. Following a lifelong passion for game design and a more recent interest in the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Jamey successfully funded his first publicly released game, Viticulture, in the fall of 2012 to the tune of $65,000. Jamey applied his research and experiential knowledge of Kickstarter to a blog series on http://www.stonemaiergames.com called “Kickstarter Lessons,” which quickly grew in number and popularity.
Jamey also applied his expertise to a new Kickstarter campaign in May of 2013 for a game called Euphoria, raising just over $309,000 in 28 days. He continues to write Kickstarter Lessons to benefit other project creators, and now he is applying that content to a book to expand his current readership.
Jamey works full time at Washington University in St. Louis. He writes a daily personal blog as well as dystopian fiction, and he is just as avid of a reader as he is a writer. He is excited to be represented by Jennifer Chen Tran.
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