Photo credit, Wayne A. Moody, 2017
Welcome Readers, Writers & Creatives!
2017 was an amazing year for the Literary arts! New national voices as well as local ones bring unforgettable narratives to us in a wonderful plethora of media. SpicyLetter’s seasonal offerings will include new poems, television and film commentary. SpicyLetter is also currently seeking a co-editor and poetry and arts commentary submissions. For more details, please send a query to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SpicyLetter is a place for seasonal community and cross community writers and writing, national and international arts perspectives and commentary. Its founding editor, Yon Walls is a writer of fiction and poetry and is published online and in various paper journals. Currently she’s an Artist in Residency with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission sponsored by the Kennedy Center for public school children.
In 2012 she edited and interviewed the 2012 Pulitzer prize winner for poetry and current Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith for now defunct online Tertulia Magazine. She’s glad her sense about Smith proved to be in sync with the poet’s rise as a leading poetic voice. And when something on popular television drama or film interests her, she maintains a advocacy platform for the Arts on Twitter. For the last few years she’s closely followed ABC’s Television sensation Shonda Rhimes.
Her first Indie novel released spring 2014, Seeing Colette has been noted by a veteran Simon & Shuster editor and she was recently interviewed about the book in The Books Magazine. She’s also author of two beloved adapted African-American children’s fairy tales; The Magic Bones and Two Ways to Count to Ten in anthology that was re-released in paperback by Publications International in 2010. When time permits, she also writes articles mostly about innovative technology, health, lifestyle and the arts.
A critic says about Seeing Colette,“Walls debut novel reflects the author’s roots in poetry, from the book’s coupling of depth and conciseness to its often exquisite phasing, Equally appealing is that, while the book lets readers travel to another time– we get to absorb the history of the book’s setting: the early twentieth-century, against a backdrop of World War I– this is a novella for our time. In the face of hardship and the displacement it heralds, Colette, the title character, finds strength and resourcefulness to overcome nearly constant adversity and purpose in championing both the arts (an aspect most appreciated when, today, the NEA is under attack) and in defending the laboring classes. Reading this book is sure to invigorate readers and to assure them of our unique ability to turn idealism into action. It is a trusted friend in desperate times.”
— Jennifer Arin, San Francisco State University, Professor of Literature
As an literary editor and coach, she has coached individual writers, facilitated creative writing workshops and taught College English & Literature for over a decade in the Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016 & 2017 her novel was chosen for the California Authors Series by Bridge House Books. In 2005 she was selected poet of a workshop facilitated by Quincy Troupe sponsored by the Voices of Our Nation Foundation at the University of San Francisco. In 2002 & 2007 she lived and taught writing in Japan and completed an unpublished collection of poetry entitled, Island of Swallows that will be released in 2018. A locally produced and edited work for children she’s most delighted about is; Fishing Disaster, an anthology of poems written by her students in 2003.
She loves reading, books; novels, non-fiction, the classics, children’s picture books and post-modern literary forms that stimulate the act of reading, engaging with literature and is infatuated with the e-book. She has taught Poetry Writing Craft and Creative Non-Fiction and is a member of the Authors and Publishers Association. In 2011 she was interviewed with Words With Writers.
She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College and lives in Sacramento, California.