Jupiter Days Memoir Anthology

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

(photo courtesy of http://www.elasmodiver.com/JupiterInletLighthousePictures.htm)

Those of us who grew up in Jupiter, Florida are passionate about our hometown. Share your memories with the world. Now accepting memoirs, photographs, and art work for the Jupiter Days Anthology! The anthology will be published in print and digital form.

Do you have a special memory of growing up in Jupiter? Does a certain Jupiter event or place in Jupiter bring up memories for you? Here is your chance to share them!

Guidelines:

Written memoirs should be under 2000 words. Not a writer? No problem…shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to set up a phone or Skype interview with you! Worried about your spelling and grammar? Don’t be! I personally edit all submissions, so your memoir will be perfect.

Photographs and artwork should be scans of the actual photo or work (or high quality images). Ideally, images should be at least 300 dpi. All photographs and artwork should be from your own collection or properly cited with permission for use from the owner(s).

Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2013

Send submissions and/or queries to: karenzomedia@gmail.com

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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2 Responses to Jupiter Days Memoir Anthology

  1. Carl Crosby says:

    Here is a cowboy poem(sort of) I wrote, based on my memory of a conversation my father had with an old Jupiter cattleman named Britt Lanier..

    The Trial

    ‘Twas a bright blue, hot August morning, jury duty had called him to town,
    Britt Lanier had driven US1; A1A was flooded out.
    Justice would be done that day, of that there could be no doubt.

    A short, bandy legged cowboy, you could say (quietly) a little galoot;
    Dressed to the nines in his Stetson hat, and shiny new Justin boots.

    The courtroom was already crowded, and the judge started on time;
    A poor-lookin’ feller from the edge of the ‘Glades was charged with making moonshine.

    In the Prosecutor’s opening statement, he swung for the early home run; “This fellow”, he said, “Should stand ready to pay
    for the wrongful deed he has done!”

    To make his point, and prove that his arguments would go far,
    the Prosecutor showed the jury a quart of moonshine in a jar.

    Approaching the jury, he screwed off the lid, then handed it to one of the men; Saying; “THIS is what he was making…a lot…not just now and then!”

    The sniffs and dainty winces were comic, as the jar passed from hand to hand.
    Britt sat carefully watching it all, him being the very last man.

    He took the jar and sniffed it,then paused, and quick as a wink,
    he lifted the jar and from it, took a large and healthy drink!

    A chorus of gasps filled the courtroom; the attorney’s was more like a hiss…
    Catching his breath a little, Britt said; (in a voice almost like his)
    “HELL, judge, I can’t send a man to jail for making good whiskey like this!”

    Carl A. Crosby
    June, 1995

  2. thanks Carl! I love it!

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