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Zinta Aistars

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Zinta Aistars is a bilingual writer; her first language was Latvian and her first three published books are in the Latvian language. Other work (in English) is published extensively in print and online publications.

Zinta is owner and creative director of Z Word, LLC, a writing and editing service. She was founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine, The Smoking Poet, 2006 to 2014, when TSP closed its doors. She is also radio host at WMUK 102.1 FM, Kalamazoo, Michigan's NPR affiliate station, where she interviews authors for "Between the Lines," a weekly show about books and writers. Zinta lives and works from a 10-acre farm in southwest Michigan.





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Between the Lines: Sleeping Tiger Awakes

by Zinta Aistarsfor WMUK 102.1 FM
Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate



Between the Lines  is my weekly radio show about books and writers with a Michigan connection. It airs every Tuesday at 7:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., and 4:20 p.m. (or listen anytime online), on WMUK 102.1 FM, Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate. I am the host of Between the Lines.

This week's guest: Dr. Anne Marie Ameri
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message 15: by Carolyn

Carolyn Thanks for accepting my friendship. :)


message 14: by Milton

Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider getting the entertainment full of African passion and flavour, social life, culture and politics


message 13: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW!!! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstor...
Best wishes, William


message 12: by Ivan

Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Hi! Thanks for accepting my request! It seems we have a lot in common, I'm a bilingual author too, though I still live in my native country Bulgaria...;). Keep the good work going! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greting of my water dragons' hunters - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

Love and happiness will be around,
as all the chains will disappear!
And Mountaineers will climb their mount,
and there won't be any tear! a poem of my Mountaineers.


message 11: by Ed

Ed Rambeau Thanks for your friendship, Zinta, It's greatly appreciated. I suppose the best way to introduce myself is through my website:

http://www.edrambeau.com

Also, please take a moment to view my YouTube promo video for my first novel, FORBIDDEN STEPS, and be aware I also do this for a living....make promo vids for other authors who wish to promo their work on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c21_S...

Thanks again and have a terrific evening, Ed Rambeau


message 10: by William

William O'Brien Hi Zinta - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William


message 9: by Zinta

Zinta THE SMOKING POET: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – SPRING 2010


THE SMOKING POET publishes flash fiction; fiction; nonfiction; poetry; feature author; feature poet; book and cigar reviews. We publish work that ignites our imagination, inflames our passion, leaves us with a smoky aftertaste. The Smoking Poet also shares an extensive list of links and resources for writers and the cigar aficionado.

Submissions open year round. Send with category (poetry/fiction/nonfiction/cigars) in subject line. For book reviews, please query first.

For full submission guidelines and contact information, visit:
The Smoking Poet

Spring 2010 Issue Deadline: February 28, 2010


Please send your submission to thesmokingpoet@gmail.com . We look forward to reading your best work!

See also submission guidelines for TSP’s THIRD ANNUAL SHORT STORY CONTEST , deadline May 31, 2010. Entry fee, cash prizes, publication.



message 8: by Gail

Gail Koger Got chocolate? I'm having the hot flash from hell.

Gail


message 7: by Aberjhani (last edited Feb 24, 2009 11:53AM)

Aberjhani Esteemed Author, Editor, and Poet Zinta--

Because I love the combination of creative style and informed intelligence that characterizes your writing, I am always blissfully satisfied to read anything you write. Therefore, I am doubly thrilled--not to mention honored and humbled--by your exceptional review of ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love.

But I celebrate your pen not only because of the luminous kindness shined in ELEMENTAL's direction. I do so because of the noble integrity and beautiful talent of the heart and soul that wield it.

One of Your Many Fans,
Aberjhani


message 6: by E.A.

E.A. Zinta, Thank you for the friendship.


message 5: by Irma

Irma Fritz Zinta, thanks for becoming my Good Reads friend! I so understand your longing for home. By the time I was 5 years old I had already lived in 5 countries. Although, German is my first (and only foreign) language, I was born in Ukraine. I've written poetry and short stories since I was a child. But once I started writing in English I felt so liberated. So, I'd say that while my heart is global, my writing is American.


message 4: by Zinta (last edited Jan 05, 2009 12:28AM)

Zinta THE SMOKING POET first annual short story contest is open to all writers in any genre.

An entry fee of $10 per submission is required, payment to be made through PayPal.

Entries must be submitted as a Word doc file in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced. The author’s name, address, and telephone number must appear in the upper right hand corner. Word count must not exceed 5,000. Please include a short bio in the body of your e-mail.

Judges are Zinta Aistars, managing editor of THE SMOKING POET; Russell Rowland, fiction editor of THE SMOKING POET and author of In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years; and Dominic Smith, author of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories: first prize, $100; second prize, $50; third prize, $25, two honorable mentions will receive a copy of Dominic Smith’s new novel, The Beautiful Miscellaneous. All winners will be published in the summer issue of THE SMOKING POET, online in mid June, 2008.

Submission deadline for the contest is May 31, 2008. Please send your submission with the subject line stating CONTEST/Last Name to thesmokingpoet@lycos.com



message 3: by Zinta (last edited Jan 05, 2009 12:28AM)

Zinta THE SMOKING POET first annual short story contest is open to all writers in any genre.

An entry fee of $10 per submission is required, payment to be made through PayPal.

Entries must be submitted as a Word doc file in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced. The author’s name, address, and telephone number must appear in the upper right hand corner. Word count must not exceed 5,000. Please include a short bio in the body of your e-mail.

Judges are Zinta Aistars, managing editor of THE SMOKING POET; Russell Rowland, fiction editor of THE SMOKING POET and author of In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years; and Dominic Smith, author of The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and The Beautiful Miscellaneous.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories: first prize, $100; second prize, $50; third prize, $25, two honorable mentions will receive a copy of Dominic Smith’s new novel, The Beautiful Miscellaneous. All winners will be published in the summer issue of THE SMOKING POET, online in mid June, 2008.

Submission deadline for the contest is May 31, 2008. Please send your submission with the subject line stating CONTEST/Last Name to thesmokingpoet@lycos.com



message 2: by Zinta (last edited Jan 05, 2009 12:28AM)

Zinta Thank you, Jacqueline!


message 1: by Zinta (last edited Jan 05, 2009 12:28AM)

Zinta
THE SMOKING POET: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – SPRING 2008

"A fine cigar and good literature: two of life's finer pleasures."

THE SMOKING POET publishes flash fiction; fiction; nonfiction; poetry; feature author with novel excerpt; feature poet; book and cigar reviews. We publish work that ignites our imagination, inflames our passion, leaves us with a smoky aftertaste. The Smoking Poet also shares an extensive list of links and resources for writers and the cigar aficionado.

Submissions open year round. Send with editor’s attention in subject line: poetry, cigar stories and reviews to Zinta Aistars; fiction/non-fiction to Russell Rowland. For book reviews, please query first.

For full submission guidelines and contact information, visit:
http://thesmokingpoet.tripod.com

Spring 2008 Issue Deadline: February 28, 2008

The Smoking Poet also seeks cigar reviews of between 100 and 300 words. Let our readers know what your favorite smoke might be — maybe it's a Nat Sherman Explorer, a Punch Rare Corojo, or a Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real, or whatever you'd care to share with us. Tell us what you like and why, and maybe even when you like it. Maybe there's a cigar lounge, where everybody knows your name, at which you stop nightly to unwind on your way home from work. If so, tell us about it.



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