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Anticipating Another Beginning

Posted on February 3rd, by Anna Bozena Bowen in Uncategorized. Comments Off on Anticipating Another Beginning

“Forging Ahead” was the title I gave an earlier post about my upcoming internship at The Forge Literary Magazine.  At that time, in anticipation of beginning my online internship and feeling a bit overwhelmed between second semester responsibilities, travelling from one destination to another, and those unpredictable life occurrences that happen no matter what, it expressed the way I foresaw this new journey. I wondered if it would be a challenging beginning. I hoped I could manage the demands. What would the experience be like? It has been over thirty years since I was on the staff of a college literary journal. Would this involvement be like that? I quickly answered my own question. Maybe in some ways it will be familiar, but I have changed and grown and found my way through many landscapes of life in those thirty years. So, though … Read More »


My Internship at “The Forge Literary Magazine”

Posted on January 12th, by Anna Bozena Bowen in Uncategorized. Comments Off on My Internship at “The Forge Literary Magazine”

As I explored an internship for this “Immersion in Publishing” course at Bay Path University, I went to The Forge Literary Magazine website. I was immediately drawn to the dark, powerful image of the red-hot curl of iron, the anvil, and the hammers, along with the burst of cobalt blue that offered a softness; soothed the heat  https://forgelitmag.com/ (Links to an external site.) . The image I gazed at and felt seduced by played a huge role in my delving deeper into the magazine. Once I read a couple of the stories – one fiction one non-fiction – I felt this is where I belonged.

From the start of this process, I knew where ever I landed for this internship experience, I wanted to feel I belonged and feel creatively inspired. I knew that a sense of connection would facilitate my learning process and hopefully … Read More »


A Forty Year Affair

Posted on November 18th, by Anna Bozena Bowen in Uncategorized. Comments Off on A Forty Year Affair

My recent blog posts are related to a course I am taking through Bay path University for my MFA in Creative Non Fiction

A Forty Year Affair

As I reminisce about the independent bookstores I spent time in over the decades I remember the enthusiasm, comfort, and nooks and crannies where discoveries were made. I think of relationships to the books, to the people in the store, and a growing relationship to myself. So many books holding authors’ words, thoughts and energies. I think of my journeys to get to the bookstores, and the journeys I took within the shop walls; once through the doors my eyes roamed the shelves, my fingers reached out for books that spoke to me. Sometimes I sought out specific titles, other times I waited for my intuition to guide me to a book. When … Read More »


What is a Colophon?

Posted on October 11th, by Anna Bozena Bowen in Uncategorized. Comments Off on What is a Colophon?

“A Finishing Touch”

The “Colophon” was so obvious and persistent in its presence as I looked at thousands of book spines over my lifetime. Yet, its meaning, history and significance were unknown to me. Also unknown was its relationship to “imprints,” another term I learned in my Intro to Publishing course. It’s not that I didn’t notice the different symbols at the bottom of book spines. I just never gave them much consideration, nor did I know what they were called, or what information this emblem offered about the publisher.

I recall the moment in zoom class when our teacher Kate mentioned this word amidst other information as we discussed major publishing houses and their many imprints (smaller houses within the larger ones). As the word colophon slipped past my ear I didn’t know if I heard it right. What … Read More »