Once again, we've combed through a year's worth of magazines, blogs, zines, and books, from both major and small publishers, to find the most compelling writing California has to offer. The forty-three pieces in this year's anthology, culled from thousands of choices, offer a variety of voices that will enliven the mind, expand the imagination, and stretch the heart. Here is the latest work by established writersincluding Jon Carroll, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Caitlin Flanagan, Michael Pollan, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Francesca Lia Blockstanding alongside that of emerging writersamong them Eric Puchner, Daniel Olivas, Rebecca K. O'Connor, and Manuel Muñoz. Also included is an excerpt from Masha'allah and Other Stories, by Mariah K. Young, winner of the 2011 James D. Houston Award. This year's contributors straddle cultural fault lines, look critically at our collective heritage, and wonder at the ever-shifting infrastructure of the state.
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About the Author
Gayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card and a relentless weakness for book reviews, literary journals, and lit news blogs. She is the founding editor of the New California Writing series and editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire. As Heyday's acquisitions and editorial director, she has supervised the assemblage of a half-dozen other literary anthologies as well.