Claire McCully's blog

What Moves Us?

An old friend of mine, an anthropologist, posted a link to an article that explores the value of certain comments on YouTube videos.  Reading about these reflections on music caused me to think about the source of our most powerful stories; it makes me think that some of the most emotionally moving moments in storytelling are not grand, epic, or loud.  Rather, they are comprised of those intimate scenes where our soft-spoken humanity whispers just for a moment among a cacophony of civilization and history.  It's the moment where the whisper is so powerful that even the loudest distractions

Always Lost Opens at University Wisconsin-- Marathon County

From the pages of University Wisconsin-- Marathon County:


An extensive display of photographs marking the sacrifices of U.S. military members in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 will be on exhibition in the Ahrnsbrak Room at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County beginning Memorial Day, May 27, and running through June 14.

KOLO News 8, Coverage of Always Lost

"It's wall that will stop you in your tracks," says the news article from KOLO News.  "The Fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan have been immortalized in a traveling exhibit that started in Carson City. It's called 'Always Lost: A Meditation on War,' and the goal is to bring an impersonal war back home. Western Nevada College is making a national effort to help us remember those heroes."

Prizewinning Author and Nevada Native Writes about Rural Students

In an op-ed column for the New York Times, Claire Vaye Watkins explains the challenges faced by talented rural students when considering college education and their futures.   She explains that higher education might have something to learn from the recruiting tactics of the military:

Call for Submissions: Tahoe Sepia

From Bona Fide Books' website:

Publisher Bona Fide Books is seeking submissions for “Tahoe Sepia,” a collection of true historical stories or vignettes about life at Lake Tahoe. Submissions should be no more than 1000 words, and any subject is welcome, including family history. Contributors will receive a copy of the collection and invitations to great events!

A Sober and Thoughtful Appraisal of Always Lost

A writer has published a very thoughtful assessment of the value of the Always Lost Exhibition, which opened at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 13, 2013.  You can read the entire article here:

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

If you are considering entering a contest anytime between now and April 2nd 2013, a good choice might be the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest, which awards a winner in each category (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) $1000.   To enter, you cannot have published a book in any of the categories before April 15th.

The entry fee is $24.00, but this gives you a one year subscription to the magazine, so it's not such a bad deal.

Winter 2013 Issue of Wildcat Review Published!

Just published: the Wildcat Review, an online journal of poetry by members of the Western Nevada College community in Carson City, Nevada.  You can read the Winter 2013 issue at  The submission period for the next issue will open soon, so pay attention to future announcements from the Lone Mountain Writers blog.