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2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

November 30, 2022

With one day to spare, our 2022 Pushcart Nominations have been signed, sealed, and are on the way to Wainscott, New York. Huzzah!!

Pushcart is one of the most honored literary series in America and each year editors of small book presses, magazines, and journals are invited to nominate poetry, short stories, essays, or stand-alone excerpts from novels. As such, we are grateful for the opportunity to send six pieces published in 2022 for consideration. The following are this year’s nominations:

Congratulations and best of luck to all!

Cheers,
The Good Life Review Team

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Introducing Tacheny Perry

Introducing Tacheny Perry

November 26, 2022

2022 has brought a number of BIG changes to our growing TGLR fam and with those changes, a renewed sense of enthusiasm for our organization and mission. As we glide toward 2023, I’m excited to introduce/re-introduce new and existing team members and shine a spotlight on them, their writing lives, and their contributions to our efforts as a budding literary journal. Up first, is the lovely Tacheny Perry who is an editor on our flash fiction team and who also recently stepped into the role of Managing Editor.

Tacheny joined our team in 2020 shortly after we released our 1st issue but it really feels like she has been with us since the very beginning because of the time we spent together in the MFA program at UNO. In truth, when Tacheny volunteered to take on more work for the journal, we were not yet operating with all the traditional roles of a publication, so I’m grateful she’s been open to assisting as we learn and grow. 

I’m also grateful she took the time to answer some questions so I could share more about her and her thoughts on writing. The first question, and one of my favorites, is about when she first discovered her love of writing. 

I was in grade school when I first fell in love with writing, first grade, to be exact. We had been assigned to write and illustrate a story. Mine was about a dinosaur I rode to school and was maybe eight sentences long. Nevertheless, I was hooked.

I then asked what prompted her to get an MFA.

It was a couple of things. First, I wanted help with the manuscript I was working on (a manuscript that quickly got put aside for other projects once I really got into the program). Second, I had just spent the last eight or so years as a full-time stay-at-home mom and I wanted to nourish a different side of myself and seek out intellectual challenges. Plus, the low residency program gave me the opportunity to get out of town and have someone else cook for ten days a semester! 😊

I also asked Tacheny some of the same questions we’ve asked our contributing authors over the past year including what the most difficult and satisfying parts of the artistic process are for her. 

It varies, but currently, it’s difficult to carve out enough time to be able to get words onto the page. Life is busy, motherhood is tiring, and sometimes Netflix is easier at the end of a long day.

As for something satisfying, I really love editing. I like taking an initial idea or a sloppy story and turning it into something meaningful. I love seeing patterns and significant details rise to the surface and making a story shine.

I asked what her biggest fear is, as a writer.

I think my biggest fear as a writer is that I can’t actually write. Of course, we all have stories that don’t work and drafts that are embarrassing to read in the morning, but sometimes I worry that even the pieces I like are terrible and everyone around me secretly wonders why I even bother. Then I have to remind myself that even if that is true, I like the stories and I am someone. Worse case, I’m enough of an audience.

I then asked what fuels her desire to write. 

I write for two main reasons, first because I’m called to. I don’t mean that in a vain way. I simply mean it’s how I process emotions, events, thoughts, and dreams. My brain constructs and organizes through storytelling. Second, I write because I want to connect with people. There have been times in my life when I have felt very isolated and during those times what I needed most was to know there was another human out there who’d felt the same. I want to be that for someone else. I want to connect through the characters I create.

I think this answer is both relatable to most writers but also gets at the very heart of why we’re so passionate about publishing other people’s work. Those human connections are so valuable, I daresay vital, to our existence. We (TGLR) want to be a conduit for those connections and when we see it in action, it can be pretty amazing.

And, in a way, each story, poem, or shared experience shapes who we are. Following that line, I wanted to know more about author(s) or other persons that have influenced her writing.

I think it would be too hard to pick only a few authors, there are so many I admire and try to emulate in my own way, but it’s easy to pick my biggest influence: my family. When I was struggling with reading in grade school my mom was there to encourage and read with me. When I finished writing a story or a poem in junior high or high school my dad, an author himself, was there to praise a specific phrase or creative character. And when life rolled forward and writing got buried under other obligations, it was my children who helped me find my voice again and my husband who told them to stop yelling long enough for me to get a thought onto the page. 😉

And of course I could not end without asking the classic Nebraska TGLR question, which is what she thinks of when she hears the phrase “The Good Life.” 

When my relatives from California visit Nebraska they love waving at everyone they pass because the people smile and wave back. That is what I think of when I hear the phrase “The Good Life.” I think about living in a place where people ask how you are and really care about your answer; where family is a phone call and a short drive away; and where there is always a neighbor who grocery shops better than you do and who has the sugar you need to finish your cookies.

When the cookies are done, Tacheny, let me know and I’ll come get some. 😉 And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being on the team, for helping with calendars, meetings, and communication, and for conspiring with me about the future!

Cheers,
~Shyla

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Introducing Carina Faz

Introducing Carina Faz

April 27, 2022

It’s always exciting when someone new joins the team and we could not be more pleased to introduce our newest member and the third of three new fiction editors, Carina Faz, who joins us as of issue #7.  

Carina is an award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker residing in Brooklyn (NY), but originally from Dallas, Texas. She received her BA in Radio/Television Production from Texas A&M University at Commerce and is currently finishing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

When Carina agreed to be an editor we asked her some of the same questions we’ve asked our contributing authors over the past few months. She shared this about what fuels her desire to write…

“Sharing aspects of my culture is one of the main reasons I write. Growing up, there weren’t too many films or works of literature with Mexican American characters. If I can create a story someone can enjoy and relate to, or help someone understand and appreciate my culture more than they did before, that is all I can ask for.”

Carina spends her time traveling back and forth between the Lone Star State and the Big Apple. When not working to pay the bills, Carina enjoys watching films directed by Robert Rodriguez, baking fresh Mexican pastries, and buying just one more book. If you let her pick what’s for dinner, it will always be tacos!

We second that decision. Welcome to the Good Life Carina! We’re delighted to be working with you!! 

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Emily Marvin

Introducing Emily Marvin

April 20, 2022

We are pleased to introduce the second of three new fiction editors on the Good Life Review team, Emily Marvin! She is joining us as of issue #7 which is due out in just a few short weeks. 

Emily holds a BA in English, Creative Writing, and Publishing from the University of Iowa and is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska’s MFA Writing program. Her work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, the single-issue University of Iowa magazine VII, and she was a finalist for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship in 2018. 

When Emily agreed to be an editor we asked her some of the same questions we’ve asked our contributing authors over the past few months. She had this to say about writing, and how that which is most challenging is often the same as what creates the desire within us to capture and relay life’s struggles…

“For me, the most difficult part of the artistic process is finding a way to bring vulnerability to the page. At least with short stories, I’m always looking for characters grappling with some fundamental problem that stems from the heart of the character. As Neil Gaiman once said, “Fiction is a lie that tells us true things over and over again.” When I write, I look for universal truths in my characters’ stories, something that speaks directly to the human experience. It’s the hardest part of the process because none of us have life all figured out, and these truths are like water—hard to pin down and hold in your hands for the reader to see, even for the length of a short story. Incidentally, this exact struggle is what fuels my desire to write—that incessant need to find those heart connections over and over again in different ways and to relay the journey convincingly on the page.”

In her spare time, Emily enjoys bullet journaling, knitting, compulsively collecting books, and wrangling cats. 


Welcome to the Good Life Emily! We hope you enjoy working with us and reading all the amazing stories headed your way!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Pamela Brodman

Introducing Pamela Brodman

April 13, 2022

Today we are delighted to introduce the first of three new fiction editors on the Good Life Review team, Pamela Brodman!

Though Pam is joining the fiction team as of Issue #7, she’s not new to The Good Life Review. She has been with us since the very first issue as a Spanish Translator. Pam has a double BA from the University of Nebraska Omaha in English Literature and Foreign Language Studies with a concentration in Spanish. She earned an MFA in Fiction Writing in 2021, also from UNO, where she completed a military women’s Fiction novel titled ‘No One is Here To Sleep.’

One of her favorite parts of the writing process is research and she enjoys researching all of her topics, no matter the genre. She’s very enthusiastic about composing stories and creating worlds that only she could come up with and states “It’s my artistic expression, and the best way I found to communicate my feelings.”

As a writer, her biggest fear is that her work is not strong enough to be published and that her topics are not going to interest anyone. This is a common fear among writers, and obviously not true in Pam’s case as she has had a story published in a Temptation Press anthology–Choices: A Collection of Questionable Choices and is she is also hot on the trail of getting her debut novel published. 

When she isn’t querying agents or writing novels, she likes to host dinner parties for her friends and family and show off her cooking skills. When we asked Pam to tell us some unique, fun, or quirky detail about herself, she told us that she has five adopted dogs and plans to sneak a few more home. That was over a month ago and we wonder if she has six by now. 

We’re excited you’ve agreed to do double duty as both a fiction editor and translator, Pamela! We hope you continue to enjoy working with us and reading some incredible stories!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Nonprofit Announcement

The Good Life Review is Now a Nonprofit Organization

January 7, 2022

It’s official… Finally! One of our goals for 2021 was to obtain nonprofit/tax-exempt status for our organization. After waiting for many moons to hear back from the federal government (AKA, the IRS), we are pleased to report that The Good Life Review is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation. We believe that this will provide a favorable number of opportunities in the coming years as well as help us work toward realizing our mission and vision. 

In light of that, we are marching full speed ahead with changes we’ve been scheming about over the past year. The first of which is to begin paying contributing writers for their work. As of Issue #7, Spring 2022, we will be paying $25 for each original story, script, or poem published. Submissions are open now for that issue; visit Submittable today to send us your work.

As for the other mad plans we have in our back pocket, all will be revealed in time. 

With this good news, we also want to express our gratitude, for you and your time. Thank you for being here with us!

Happy New Year,
The Good Life Review Team

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Introducing Kim Louise

Introducing Kim Louise

December 21, 2021

Today we could not be more pleased to introduce the third of three new editors on The Good Life Review Team, Kim Louise!

Kim joins us as an editor on the stage & screen team as of Issue #6. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska and an MS from Drake University. Her plays have been part of the Metropolitan Community College touring play series, Dia de Los Muertos-Verbal Ofrenda celebration, and produced as part of the Union for Contemporary Art Centering the Margins series. 

Kim’s play Umarage was part of a trio of plays nominated for Best Original Play for Omaha Arts and Entertainment Award. She is a resident artist in the Great Plains Theater Commons. Currently, Kim is a contributing playwright in the Pursuing Legacy Series sponsored by the Union for Contemporary Art.

When we asked Kim to tell us some unique, fun, or quirky detail about herself, she told us that she suspects she may have been Mothra in a former life. Very curious… we think a follow-up question is needed.

Welcome to the Good Life Miss Kim! We hope you enjoy every minute of working with us and reading some incredible scripts!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Tana Buoy

Introducing Tana Buoy

December 10, 2021

Today we are excited to introduce the second of three new editors on The Good Life Review Team, Tana Buoy!

Tana joins us as an editor on the flash fiction team as of Issue #6. She received her MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska in July of this year which just happened to coincide with her BIG move from Norfolk, Nebraska to the city of Lincoln. Tana currently tutors English, History, and Geography for Northeast Community College.

When she isn’t tutoring, Tana is jotting down micro fiction on sticky notes, dabbling in photography, and reading scary books to her two cats. She has an impressive bookshelf that is home to many horror novels and is currently working diligently on the first draft of her own book, set in the Sandhills of Nebraska. 

When we asked Tana to tell us some unique, fun, or quirky detail about herself, she told us that she is an avid list maker (which we admire) and also confessed that she trips a lot, and not in a fun way. 

Welcome to the Good Life Tana! We are thrilled that you’ve agreed to join us on this adventure and are looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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Introducing Michelle Pierce Lyles

Introducing Michelle Pierce Lyles

December 3, 2021

With the release of our fifth issue last month we announced that The Good Life Review is growing and adding three new editors to our existing staff. We could not be more pleased to introduce Michelle Pierce Lyles who is joining us as a poetry editor. 

When we first began this endeavor, part of our intent was to create a literary journal that would be edited and operated by fellow graduates and candidates of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program. Michelle is no exception to that rule. In addition to holding that degree, she is a non-profit organization board member and teaching facilitator who has conducted creative writing workshops for urban youth and has also led other writing events.

Being partially mute in her early childhood led her to ‘word gathering’, which was partnered with an intense study of written and verbal word expression. She currently resides in eastern Nebraska and credits her husband and daughters for providing unending support on her journey as a writer.

One of the things we ask all of our editors is to provide us with some unique, fun, or quirky detail about them that we can share with our readers. In addition to being a poet, Michelle is an avid knitter and so her tagline on the masthead is:  She never met a ball of yarn she didn’t like.

Welcome, Michelle! We are excited to have you on the team and hope that you absolutely love working with us!!

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

PS. More about all of our editors can be found on our masthead.

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2021 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2021 Pushcart Prize Nominations

November 29, 2021

It’s official! This year’s Pushcart Nominations have been signed, sealed, and delivered (or at least dropped off at the USPS)!! 

Each year editors of small book presses, magazines, and journals are invited to nominate six pieces of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone excerpts from novels. Pieces published (or scheduled to be published) between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 are eligible which for us meant work from Issues #3, #4, and #5. We’re excited to announce the following nominations:

Congratulations and best of luck write on!

Cheers,
The Good Life Review Team