Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal
There are 12 contributions to this Summer 2018 Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal. The theme of this issue is Justice and Mercy. Submissions include essays, memoirs, poems, short stories, and an excerpt from a novel.
Our thanks to authors Dr. Anne K. Kaler, Rev. Edgar P. Roosa, Bob McCrillis, Susan Wagner, Harry J. Houldin, Jane Bleam, Sandra Carey Cody, and Paul Teese.
Anne K. Kaler, PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Gwynedd Mercy University
(Click title to read selection. Author’s biography at end of contribution)
ESSAY BY ANNE K. KALER, PSBVA
ESSAY BY REV. EDGAR P. ROOSA
POEM BY ANNE K. KALER, PSBVA
SHORT STORY BY BOB McCRILLIS
POEM BY SUSAN WAGNER
EXCERPT FROM A NOVEL BY PFC HARRY J. HOULDIN
EXCERPT FROM A NOVEL BY ANNE K. KALER, PSBVA
POEM BY JOHN McCABE
MEMOIR BY JANE BLEAM
ESSAY BY SANDRA CAREY CODY
ESSAY BY PAUL TEESE
SHORT STORY BY JOHN McCABE
By Anne K. Kaler, PSBVA
The question why people come to academic conferences answers itself — WHY. Having been an academic who has attended professional conferences for almost forty years, I feel qualified to speak on conferences. So WHY did I come to the recent Pearl S. Buck and the Pulitzer Prize Gateways Conference held in Morgantown, West Virginia, and what did I learn?
I discovered to my pleasure that the study of Pearl S. Buck’s works, life, and legacy has sprouted new roots across the world. In PSBI’s case, this new growth has captured the interest of scholars who have found her stories and life experiences a fertile field to explore for new growth. This conference showed the human curiosity of scholars who ask WHY certain authors feel so strongly about the topics about which they write. A meeting of presenters like this provides a vital nutrient to encourage digging deeper to unearth better soil. What really keeps academic detectives going, however, is that big WHY some things were written and others not written. Continue reading “A Conference of Pearl S. Buck Enthusiasts”
We bookworms met early in the parking lot for our tailgate book swap. Many prizes headed home with new readers, but, sadly, quite a few ended up in our trunks.
Good news, though! One carton of books related to writing were rescued – to keep on hand for a lending library at future meetings: writing techniques, grammar tips, phrase finders, root word dictionary, screenplay writing, copyright and libel rules, creating characters, writing for children & teenagers, writing science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Our meeting began with the first of seven excerpts brought for reading and discussion. Continue reading “September Writers Guild Meeting Recap”