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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

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Issue #5, Autumn 2021 is Now Live!

Issue #5, Autumn 2021 is Now Live!

November 15, 2021

Today we are honored to present a new collection of wonderful work from a truly stellar line-up of authors and artists in our 5th issue.

This issue features the ten-minute stage play, The Farewell Burn, by Kara Davidson, selected as the winner for our inaugural Honey Bee Prize in the Stage & Screen category by judge Michael Oatman. 

We’re also pleased as punch to present a poem by the Emperor of Ice Cream himself, Todd Robinson, alongside a stellar line-up of other talented writers and artists. Michael Wesner’s story “The Shapiros” will make you laugh and Soo Yeon Chun’s poem “Oath of Assimilation” will roll through you like a heavy freight train. And we would be remiss if we failed to mention the artwork included in the pages of this issue; these pieces are incredible. 

Dive into the issue or download the full copy here.

Cheers,
~The Good Life Review Team

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Announcing the 2021 Honey Bee Prize Winner in Stage & Screen

Announcing the  2021 Honey Bee Prize Winner in Stage & Screen

November 2, 2021

In just a few short weeks our Autumn issue will be released into the wild world. In this issue we are honored to showcase the fourth and final Honey Bee Prize winner Kara Davidson!! Kara’s script, “The Farewell Burn” was chosen as the winner of our Stage & Screen category by the one and only Michael Oatman. 

The other finalists in the contest included:

  • Suburbanaut by Alexander Jones
  • Parallax by LN Lewis
  • Self Flagellating Lily by Claire Natale

We are grateful to all who submitted to our 2021 contest and want to express a big thanks again to the four individuals, Kate Gale, Marco Wilkinson, Douglas Manuel, and Michael Oatman who not only judged the contest, but also helped with guidance and feedback along the way.

Cheers,

~The Good Life Review Team

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2021 Best of the Net Nominations

2021 Best of the Net Nominations

October 5, 2021

Although we’ve only been on the publication scene for a year, we did not want to miss the opportunity to nominate some amazing pieces by some very talented writers for the 2021 Best of the Net prize.

Best of the Net is an annual contest by Sundress Publications designed to grant a platform to a diverse and growing collection of writers and publishers who are building an online literary landscape. More about the contest can be found here.

This year editors of online journals were allowed to nominate two fiction stories, two creative nonfiction essays, and up to six poems. Pieces published between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 were eligible which for us meant work from our first three issues. We’re thrilled to announce the following nominations:

Congratulations and best of luck snagging that prize!

Cheers,
The Good Life Review Team