23 Apr

Mt. San Antonio College 6th Annual Writers’ Weekend

The Mt. SAC Annual Writers’ Weekend is an amazing three-day conference from April 25 to April 27 (Friday through Sunday) at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

East Jasmine Review will be attending the Publisher’s Panel on Sunday, April 27 from 10:30 to 11:55 in Building 28, Room 103. Please join us to here about our magazine, what we believe in and to get a chance to sit with our Editor, K. Andrew Turner and talk to him about your work and what you can do to improve it.

Mr. Turner will also be teaching two workshops over the weekend. Friday, April 25 9:30-10:45 Meditation for Writers (Building 26D, Room G431) and Friday, April 25 10:55-12:10 Fiction Workshop – Andrew Turner (Building 26D, Room G431).

This three-day weekend conference IS FREE, plus parking which is $3 a day. This is not an opportunity to be missed, so clear your calendar!

07 Feb

EJR at San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

We will be at the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival this weekend:

  • Where: The dA Center for the Arts, 252-D South Main Street, Pomona, California 91766
  • When: Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm, February 8th, 2014
  • Why: Because it’s amazing and we will be there. Literary wonderfulness!

Come join us in celebrating the literary in the San Gabriel Valley. For more information go to the event page here.

Our latest issue, Volume 1, Issue 4 is now available!

01 Feb

Get Vol.1 Issue 4 Now!

We’ve got the final issue of volume 1 hot off the metaphorical presses for your reading pleasure for just $4.50. (Previous issues are also available for the discounted price of $3.99 each.)

Thanks to all the new and returning talent featured in issue 4; you’re what makes East Jasmine Review such a great read! Also check out our staff articles and review at the end.

Keep on writing! Submissions for the volume 2, issue 1 will open soon!

22 Jan

Colby Fire | via Writerly Words

We copied this from our editor’s (K. Andrew Turner) blog, Writerly Words, about the fire in Glendora last week.

I couldn’t think of anything to write about, then I remembered that we had a huge fire this last week. So I’ll write a little about that —though I’ll primarily post pictures. I’ve got a poem in the works about it.

First shot of the fire at about 7 am.

First shot of the fire at about 7 am.

There are quite a few photos. If you aren’t familiar with the story, 3 men had a campfire that went wild. At 6am. In California drought. When it’s been in the 80s for months.

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I got up on the wall to take a better picture. This is what the colors looked like. It was insane to wake up to this.

Ash was falling like rain, so I could hear it falling on the leaves in the front yard. I could hear and feel the heat from the flames and this is close, but not that close.

The fire didn't move that fast at first. But it was very awe-inspiring.

The fire didn’t move that fast at first. But it was very awe-inspiring.

The first three pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other. You could say that I was very surprised to see this as my return from vacation day. Needless to say, it was not a normal day!

After 20 minutes it moved across the entire hillside behind the house. I watched it jump so many times just like crazy.

After 20 minutes it moved across the entire hillside behind the house. I watched it jump so many times just like crazy.

Probably not a good thing to stand underneath and stare at when you are starting to get a cold, but it was near impossible not to just stare at the fire and smoke. It’s very mesmerizing.

After another 10 minutes it began to move down the hill toward the homes north of where I live.

After another 10 minutes it began to move down the hill toward the homes north of where I live.

I think I went inside for water and then was drawn out to watch. It was so interesting to see how precise the water dropping Super Scoopers were.

In a few minutes the fire had really come down the hillside fast. Soon after this I watched water being dropped on the fire.

In a few minutes the fire had really come down the hillside fast. Soon after this I watched water being dropped on the fire.

Once I figured we wouldn’t be evacuated immediately, I ate breakfast. I was hungry, and you can’t just stop living. I was prepared to run up stairs at a moment’s notice to grab my computer, some clothes and run out the door if needed. But food, man, gotta have food.

This is the aftermath of the fire. It was still smoldering, but it had mostly been done burning on the side of the hill where we are. Most of the acreage was done burning by that afternoon.

This is the aftermath of the fire. It was still smoldering, but it had mostly been done burning on the side of the hill where we are. Most of the acreage was done burning by that afternoon.

It was a harrowing morning, but once the immediate danger was over, I completely passed out. I was tired from my awesome Portland vacation and being sick. And the ashy smell I’d breathed probably hadn’t helped.

Anyway, that was my week last week.

05 Nov

Vol.1, Issue 3 is out!

Check out all the great talent we’ve got lined up for you in the third issue of volume 1. It’s only $4.50—about the same price as a magazine at the newsstand near you, except that East Jasmine Review has zero advertisements!

If you have a piece in issue 3, please promote the issue through all your channels—it helps all of us when subscribers buy East Jasmine. Thanks so much for all your hard work, writers! We’re looking forward to putting out the final issue of volume 1 early next calendar year.

07 Aug

Submissions open for Vol 1, Issue 3.

That’s right! Submissions are now open for Vol 1, Iss 3. Submit online here. The window for submissions is from Aug. 8 to Oct. 15. Worry not! We’ll let you know when the deadline is approaching.

And if submissions are open … that means we have Vol 1, Iss 2 out! You can buy it right here on our webpage under “Issues.”

Have a great rest of your summer. We’ll see you soon.