Barbara Friend Ish

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in Chicago, IL, The United States


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Writer, publisher, slave of cats: Barbara Friend Ish is Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, and Wild-Eyed Visionary for Mercury Retrograde Press, which publishes Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Interstitial novels and novellas: a small press dedicated to unconventional authors and works that might undeservedly slip through the cracks at bigger houses. After earning a Bachelor's in English from Rice University, Barbara divided her time between working with small groups of entrepreneurs who didn't know any better than to start their own companies and swimming against the current of the publishing industry, eventually co-founding Be Mused, an author services company devoted to helping authors and small publishers develop books. She founded Mercury Retro ...more

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Silence or Violence: Logan, Suicide, and the Culture of Masculine Silence

Phil says it all.

Satyros Phil Brucato

Our friend Logan killed himself today. I wish we had known how badly he was hurting. We just spent most of this past weekend with him, and had no idea things were nearly this bad. If we had known, maybe we could have helped. But maybe not. These things don’t come from nowhere.

Logan Masterson Logan Masterson, author, friend, R.I.P.

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The Shadow of the Sun
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Chris Breedlove) Howdy, friend in the South. Nice reading list, Barb. We should all support the industry by purchasing books like this. I wish I was on your reading list!


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