I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. You can now pre-order your copy of Bamboo Ridge’s 100 Anniversary Issue. It’s scheduled for print some time in September (happy birthday, me). I sound so grown up! It’s strange.
I can’t express how much it means to me to be included in this issue. Bamboo Ridge, in a lot of ways, has always been part of my life. As a kid, I grew up reading Pass On, No Pass Back! by Darrell Lum. As the little banana that I was, I frequently read the book aloud to practice my pidgin (which still sucks, by the way) and read it so many times that I cracked the spine of the book. In high school, I remember there was a stack of Growing Up Local books in the corner of my English classroom. It was the first time I recognized someone’s name in print–they belonged to two of my English teachers, Bill Teter and Jim Harstad (three if you count Eric Chock, although I did not have the pleasure of being his student). Then there was Folks You Meet in Longs and Other Stories by Lee Cataluna. My friend Joni and I (we both were on the speech team in high school) loved to read our favorite monologues to each other. Even though we had graduated by the time that book was published–once a speechie, always a speechie. It’s still one of my favorite pieces of local literature. When I met Lee years later at a reading for her newest book, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa, I nearly died from excitement.
So not only being published (which always surprises me), but being published specifically by Bamboo Ridge Press means…well, everything to me. It hardly seems real. Honestly, I’m half-expecting to see my name in the book, but printed in crayon and in my own sloppy handwriting, with some kind of note to turn to the end of the book, which is where I’ve sneakily scotched taped my short story on folder paper to the back cover of the 100th Anniversary Issue.