Holly and her dog, Foxy

Holly and her dog, Foxy

Holly J. Hughes is the author of Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), and editor of the award-winning anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009). Her fine-art chapbook Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017.

She has spent more than thirty summers working on the water in Alaska in a variety of roles, including commercial fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and working as a naturalist on ships. She currently teaches writing workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest and consults as a writing coach, dividing her time between a home in the Chimacum valley and a small log cabin built in the 1930s in Indianola, Washington.

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  1. New York Journal of Books Reviewing

    Dear Ms. Hughes

    I wondering if you are interested in reviewing with New York Journal of Books. As with Huffington reviewing with NYJB is nonpaying. Reviewers include NYT, WSJ, etc. bestselling and Pulitzer/Natl. Book Award-nominated and winning writers.

    Our core mission is to continue to provide a growing online venue with thoughtful, opinionated book reviews

    and in so doing, fill the void left by the disappearance of every major newspaper’s dedicated Sunday book section, with two notable exceptions and many more notable cases making the unfortunate point. And so we are grateful, to say the least, to all of those who join us in our mission. And we understand that this is not a fit for everyone.

    Our reviewers are encouraged to only accept books for review that have true appeal. We believe a reviewer should be a reader who is among a book’s natural audience and that any mixed or negative reviews reflect the disappointing read we all experience at times. For this reason, and so that reviewers will enjoy their experience with NYJB, only books that initially appeal are requested for a reviewer. Please note that we have no review quota. Reviewers read and review when they have time and will enjoy it. Review nothing for a year if you don’t wish to for any reason. Your only inconvenience may be the requirement that you finish a book and write a review reflecting your pain when you wanted to toss the book after page two. (Maybe you are good at a thorough skim.) In any case, such drudgery will be the exception. The rule will be that you read books you’d read anyway and somewhat to thoroughly enjoy and learn of books you are eager to read, but might have missed.

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    New York Journal of Books
    908-754-BOOK (2665)

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