Tuesday, November 28, 2017

American Fiction: Volume 16 with Snow Angels

The American Fiction Volume 16 has been published, and in it is my little short story Snow Angels, along with many wonderful stories by emerging writers, selected by the New Rivers Press and judge Ann Hood. 

The stories are beautifully arranged in five sections: Hand Picked, Youth, Love Lost and Found, Damaged, and Ghosts. Snow Angels is in the Youth section.

I just received my copies of the book in the mail. I am immersed in great fiction, grateful to be in the company of these inspiring authors. Thank you New Rivers Press!

The book can be purchased here https://www.newriverspress.com/product/american-fiction-volume-16/

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Surrey International Writers' Conference

This was my first time at a writers' conference and it certainly did not disappoint!

Huge thank you to all the presenters, organizers, and volunteers, and a very special thank you to literary agent Donald Maass for the fantastic Master Class and interest in Bistra's World!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spirit Bear Island Published!

Big thank you to the Royal City Literary Arts Society for including my spooky literary story Spirit Bear Island in the Haloween edition of their Wordplay at Work monthly literary magazine!

Spirit Bear Island is a fictional solitary island in the Strait of Georgia, where my protagonist, Margot, retreats one winter to face her demons.

The magazine can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pain That Unites Us All - Anthology

I participated in “The Pain That Unites Us All,” an anthology inspired by “The Power of the Pen: Writing Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction,” a MOOC course held by the University of Iowa in 2017.

From the “Forward” by author Monica Bergers:

“Pain, when written about, has power, and this power can be channeled into pure energy on the page. From this crafting comes wisdom, and perhaps, peace. It seems fitting, then, to say that these writers, in gathering their work and offering it as a reflection of lived, and often agonizing life are not only courageous, but also joyful. For they have found that writing and art have the capacity to burn out the pain. I agree with them. May it comfort you to know that in your grief and your frustration, in your struggle to live, you are not alone.

Monica Bergers
July 2017”

This book is available as a free download and a paper version for purchase at a great discount if you use a Lulu coupon.

Front cover painting entitled ―Pain‖ by Elsa Orozco, all rights reserved 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Story Published in WordWorks Literary Magazine

How wonderful it is to see my story in print in the Summer 2017 edition of the WordWorks Literary Magazine by the Federation of BC Writers!

My story Bench Canoes of the Salish Sea won the first prize in the annual Literary Writes 2017 competition in the postcard category.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


"Yugo-nostalgia" is a great word to describe Bistra's World in the last decades of her life. Here is an excerpt from one of her stories:

"She stood in the heat or freezing cold, squeezed and pushed around by spectators, gawking, waiting for the Marshal to show up. For other people, this was entertainment or duty, but for Bistra, it was something holy. A communist pilgrimage to see the man who avenged the death of her father, killed by Nazis. A man who gave her free education and created this beautiful country, the best country in the whole world.

Somehow, Tito’s limousine never took the route she was on, leaving her bitter as if someone had robbed her of her rightful entitlement."

(From "Threads", an upcoming novel in stories by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki)

Great photographs of Tito can be found on Getty Images:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My First Reading in Public

It happened on Saturday, June 2, 2017 in the back room of a charming little cafe in New Westminster, under the leadership of the fantastic RCLAS organizers.

The room was small but packed with audience, and there was even a raised stage and a mike.

Image provided courtesy of The Royal City Literary Arts Society

My stage-fright was short-lived. I was second up, and before I knew it my voice was booming from the speakers reading the first lines of My Burka Girl, followed by chuckling (at the funny parts of the story), gasps (at the surprising points), and the final applause from the supportive audience.

There were awards, cameras taking photos, and warm congratulations from literary brothers and sisters.

Then I relaxed and listened to the beautifully read stories and poems by all the winners of the RCLAS Write On! competition.

It was an elating and heartwarming experience at the same time. I was thrilled to meet several of my writer friends, and to make new ones. I was even blessed to have a dear art friend show up to cheer me on. How fun is that!

RCLAS is a vibrant organization for writers and lovers of literary arts and I warmly recommend joining it as a member, or attending some of their many great events.

It was a real treat to read all the winning stories and poems in the issue 46 of the RCLAS e-zine!

Image provided courtesy of The Royal City Literary Arts Society

Reading in public? Piece of cake!