Five years ago this month, I showed up half an hour early and unlocked room A-354 at Centennial, which was known at the time as Cathy Henrich’s lit room. I didn’t know what I was doing or if anyone would come. I had never even been in a writer’s group, much less started one. There … More Happy birthday to us! The Nearby Universe turns five
In addition to being a published author, ReeAnn Hyde is an accomplished visual artist. She is proud to announce that she has been scheduled for an art show at Pikes Peak Library District 21C in July 2023 under her pen name, M. R. Hyde. Her work uses multiple media including scratchboard, watercolors, and oil paints, … More Art Show at Library 21C- ReeAnn Hyde
Brook Bhagat is honored to have her poem, “The Torch,” selected for publication in “Glissade,” a special issue on dance, released yesterday from The Pine Cone Review. This poem was inspired by her favorite part of the Winter Olympics–watching the figure skaters disappear like dancers dissolving into the dance. Like other poems of hers that have eventually … More “The Torch” dances into “Glissade” – Brook Bhagat
Candace R. Craig’s creative nonfiction, “Eerie Lake,” was nominated for Best of the Net by the editorial staff of the Great Lakes Review, where the story was recently published. “Eerie Lake” was workshopped twice in The Nearby Universe. In “Eerie Lake,” a fascination with mythological monsters and the tragic drowning of a young classmate unleashes a true horror story about the … More Candace Craig nominated for Best of the Net
Brook Bhagat is proud to share her publication as a featured author in the gorgeous fall issue of The Dribble Drabble Review! Two 50-word prose poems and two 100-word ones were published here today; three of the four are adapted from pieces in her poetry collection, Only Flying. TDDR has been recognized by the Communicator … More Featured Author: The Dribble Drabble Review
One of Brook Bhagat’s favorite things about the Nearby Universe is the deadlines! She composes snippets of poetry or prose for the email meeting invitations to PPSC employees and is often able to revise and publish these pieces elsewhere. Her flash fiction/prose poetry “August Drops” began like this, at the top of the August email. … More “August Drops” published on A Story in 100 Words
Brook Bhagat’s narrative poem, “The Homes of Birds,” was a first-round winner in the 2022 Colorado Hearts and Minds Poetry Contest, a statewide competition that featured entries from 46 different counties. The poem, originally published in 2020 in the anthology A Walk with Nature, also won the 2020 nature writing contest at A Story in … More Another Accolade for “The Homes of Birds”
The Nearby Universe wishes a fond farewell and extends our warm congratulations to longstanding Nearby Universe member Carina Bissett, who will be moving on from PPCC this fall. Carina was an influential member of the group from the beginning, almost five years ago. She brought years of experience in publishing, writing, editing, and working with … More Blessings upon you, Carina Bissett!
Brook Bhagat is excited to share that she will be reading and signing Only Flying, a collection of surreal poetry and flash fiction, at Barnes & Noble in Colorado Springs on Friday, July 29 from 5-7 pm.
Candace R. Craig’s creative nonfiction piece, “Eerie Lake,” was published last month in Great Lakes Review. This vivid story recounts the true invasion of sea serpents that once decimated most of the fish populations in all the Great Lakes above Niagara Falls, bringing about an aquatic apocalypse. Read it HERE.