This is where our egos go.
“Had we but world enough, and time,” — the opening line of “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell consistently opens my mind to possibilities. Without needing to read the rest, I am broadened. A great line, a great poem, a great story, they all have the ability to break us wide open.
A review, like the work it focuses on, has that same ability to open up something inside us, a conversation between writer and reader, words and wordsmiths. If I had world enough, and time, I’d write more reviews, long pages of praise and celebration. But I am a slow reader, an even slower reviewer. Limited as I am, I need to write for the world and time I have. I need something small in scale but large in scope.
Enter “One Great Things,” a micro-length but macro-lensed review site where I (with help from Meghan McClure, my one great friend) will bring you great things, one at a time. Whether it’s one line, one poem, or one story, we want to make a review-space for brilliant writing that’ll fit perfectly into your (and our) busy week.
Welcome to “One Great Things!”
What: A micro-length but macro-lensed review site, “One Great Things: Bringing You Great Things, One at a Time.”
Who: Great friends M & M & new friends (see our faces below).
Why: To find space for reviews in our lives and in yours!
Seriously, Why?: Readers deserve great writing. Writers deserve great readers. And writers, whether they have a book or not, deserve to be read. Let us introduce you to your next favorite writer.
When: Every Wednesday we’ll post a new review, something great for you to enjoy!
Where: Online at www.onegreatthings.com and Twitter & Instagram (@onegreatthings)
Michael Schmeltzer is the author of “Elegy/Elk River” (Floating Bridge Press, 2015,) winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and “Blood Song” (Two Sylvias Press, 2016) his debut full-length. He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His debut nonfiction book, “A Single Throat Opens,” written in collaboration with Meghan McClure, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. He was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and eventually moved to the US. He currently lives in Seattle. His honors include numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, the Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from BkMk Press, as well as the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He recently accepted an editorial position at Floating Bridge Press. He has been published in Black Warrior Review, PANK, Rattle, Brevity’s Blog, The Journal, Natural Bridge, Mid-American Review, Water~Stone Review, and New York Quarterly, among others.
Meghan McClure is a writer and editor living in California. Her work can be found in American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, LA Review, Water~Stone Review, Superstition Review, Bluestem, Pithead Chapel, Proximity Magazine, Boaat Press, Black Warrior Review, among others. Her collaborative book with Michael Schmeltzer, A Single Throat Opens, was published by Black Lawrence Press and her chapbook Portrait of a Body in Wreckages won the Newfound Prose Prize. She edits for Floating Bridge Press.
Dujie Tahat is a writer and political hack from Washington state. His poetry is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Cascadia Rising, Across the Margin, and Arcturus Magazine. His essays on poetry and politics appear in the Seattle Review of Books and Civic Skunk Works. Dujie serves as a poetry contributing editor for the Pacific Northwest literary journal Moss. He recently received a fellowship from the Jack Straw Writing Program and has been a Seattle Poetry Slam finalist, a collegiate grand slam champion, and Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion, representing Seattle at HBO’s Brave New Voices.