“The Tattoo Artist and the Barefoot Bandit” in The New Ohio Review

New Ohio Review Back CoverLast year, I had my story “The Tattoo Artist and the Barefoot Bandit” out for submission. Usually I’ll send a story out to several places (providing, of course, that they accept simultaneous submissions) and hope for the best. Often I get a stock rejection letter, and sometimes I’ll get a letter telling me what was good about the story, even though the magazine in question is not interested in publishing it. But this time around, I got a letter from award winning poet Mark Halliday stating what was good about my story, and ways he suggested revising it so that it might work for the magazine The New Ohio Review.

Mark graciously worked with me through several rounds of revisions to shape a story brought out some of the qualities he saw in my original work, but were still slightly unformed. It was an amazing experience, and after the revisions, my story was accepted to the magazine.

It was published this month. I am proud to share the pages of the Fall ’13 New Ohio Review with many amazing writers, including the US’s Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Very exciting!



About thebaffledkingcomposing

Pamela DiFrancesco is a writer with a community college degree in journalism, a fancy art school degree in fiction and a penchant for community organizing. A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela lives in Astoria, Queens, writes, and does whatever else it takes to pay the bills. In the past, Pamela has worked for newspapers and taught children journalism in an after-school program. Pamela's fiction can be found on the web at Cezanne's Carrot and Monkeybicycle, in print in The Carolina Quarterly (who nominated "The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre" for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology) and forthcoming in The New Ohio Review. When not writing, Pamela practices acts of love and kindness in hopes of a radically different world, and is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse through acts of badassery.
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