So the first of a new series of features on women’s colleges was published today! They are published in the Germ U department of Germ Magazine. Please read and feel free to add feedback!


You Know, They Won That Award? Major Literary Awards 101

award, literary honor, Daniel Chester French,
Daniel Chester French

When you look at a cover of a book and you’ve seen that your favorite author has won the Nobel Prize or the Pulitzer Prize then you might assume that’s good. You may also know a bit about the prizes themselves, or have a vague notion of how incredibly difficult it is to win one. But for each prize there is a history, a set of rules for eligibility, and a bit of mystery.

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Artist Interview: Kayla Hocker

Photo copyright Tyrone Combs of TC Photography. Kayla Hocker, dancer

Photo copyright Tyrone Combs of TC Photography.

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Kayla Hocker: “I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Kayla Hocker: “I am a youth dance instructor and performing artist.”

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Book Review: In the Meantime

Cover art copyright Mel.Ryon Photography and Designs, In the Meantime, Rowena Carenen, poems, poetry collection, book
Cover art copyright Mel.Ryon Photography and Designs

In the Meantime is a collection of poems written by Rowena Carenen and published by Neverland Publishing. Many of the poems are free verse, although there are a few that stick to a form. The subjects cover everything from the loss of cherished family members and friends, to romantic and family love, to personal trauma and triumph.

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Artist Interview: Rowena Carenen


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”

Rowena Carenen: “I don’t really have a hometown. I’ve moved all over the southeast, but I was born outside of Morganton, NC. I’ve lived in Roanoke, VA, Macon, GA, Dublin, GA, Simpsonville, SC, Hattiesburg, MS, Greenville, SC, and Winston-Salem, NC.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”

Rowena Carenen: “I consider myself both a poet and an author advocate, and think of both as artistic. Poetry is what comes naturally to me. I think in phrases and lines, which makes any other form of writing difficult. As for the artistry of being an advocate, well, I only represent authors whose work speaks to me on some level and I use my creative juices to get those works into the hands of readers.”

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Early Career Publications


From left: Me, Shelby Wilson (co-editor of Incunabula), Professor Aimee Mepham (advisor for Incunabula)

It wasn’t until my junior year of college that my work was published for the first time. I remember receiving the notification that three of my pieces had been accepted into the Salem College art magazine, Incunabula. Despite the respect Incunabula has garnered within the Salem community and beyond, I knew my publication would be considered a small step. This did not deter my excitement. For the first time, my writing would be in print and would be read by followers of the magazine. It was an honor and I knew it would lead to bigger and better things.

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About L. N. Holmes

L. N. Holmes, author, writer, editor, Nicole Gentles, autumn, Salem College

L. N. Holmes (Photo by Nicole Gentles.)

LeeAnn Nichole (Holmes) Adams writes under the pseudonym, L. N. Holmes. She is the author of Space, Collisions, a micro-chapbook published by Ghost City Press. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Newfound, Obra/Artifact, Crack the SpineVestal Review, and F(r)iction, among others. Her longer projects are mostly works-in-progress. In addition to her creative writing, she’s written many book reviews, literary journal reviews, interviews, news articles, and more. She currently serves as a fiction editor for Green Briar Review and as a writing center consultant for Metropolitan Community College.

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Graduating from Salem College in 2013, Holmes received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with minors in English and History. Later she attended Creighton University, where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2017. In addition to formal education, she’s actively sought out other opportunities to learn and has attended writing conferences, workshops, and readings in many different states.

She has been honored with the 2012 Katherine B. Rondthaler Award for Poetry, the 2013 Salem College President’s Prize for Creative Writing, and a first place for nonfiction in a literary journal from the North Carolina College Media Association in 2013. She was also a half-fellow in the Creighton University MFA program and her poem, “War Song,” was long-listed for the 2016 Wisehouse International Poetry Award. Her flash fiction, “Pheonix Fire Fight,” recently won the April 2018 contest at Apparition Literary Magazine.

A native of Wilmington, Ohio, Holmes currently lives in Bellevue, Nebraska. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Collin, and has three furry pets—a dog, Cattleya, and two cats, Rex and Hadassah. She’s a Christian who believes in protecting the planet, equal pay for women, and loving your neighbor. You can follow her on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and LinkedIn—but she’s the most active on Twitter, where she tweets about literary stuff and video games.

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