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Meet our featured client, King Grossman! A pilgrim, a poet, a novelist, and a writer of short prose, King marches to the beat of his own drummer. His novel Letters To Alice received The Independent Press Award as the Distinguished Favorite in Visionary Fiction in 2017. And King’s been published in several journals, including Crack the Spine, The Round, Forge, Tiger’s Eye, and Qwerty.
Read on and watch the video to hear how Writer’s Relief helped King cross the threshold to becoming a published writer by getting his very first poem published.
In King’s Own Words
Every word put down on the page is a journey into the mystic, toward the divine, an ever-deeper exploration into what it means to be human. If you’re anything like me, you write because you have to. What a joy to have found and developed this craft!
But our art comes with the lonely writing desk. A writer of the self-taught variety such as myself needs moral support from kindred spirits, as well as help in navigating the labyrinth of getting published. This is precisely what the Writer’s Relief family has gifted me with over the years.
Getting that first poem published was the hardest threshold to cross. My team at Writer’s Relief kept encouraging me as we sent out batches of my poems to journals, all carefully polished by proofreaders. Then came the acceptance by Crack the Spine! We celebrated together, then I continued writing, and Writer’s Relief continued doing the wonderful work they do.
I use the two-month submission cycles as markers to spur on new work—especially when life, as it will, gets in the way of creative flow. Now I have a really nice body of published work! Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude to the Writer’s Relief folks I’ve worked with through the years—my tribe—on good days, with pen in hand, we may just transcend what it means to be tribal.
More About King
King Grossman’s work has appeared in Burningword, Ignatian, Pennsylvania English, Midwest Quarterly, The Borfski Review, and numerous other literary journals. His novel Letters To Alice was also a Finalist for Literary Fiction in the National Indie Excellence Awards, received the Gold Medal for Inspirational/Visionary Fiction from the Global Ebook Awards, and won two Royal Dragonfly Book awards, for Literary Fiction and Cover Design. He lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, with his wife, Lisa, dog, Bogart, and sun conure parrot, Sunny.
Learn more about King at his author website.