Interesting Writing Done Well
Good writing is good writing regardless of genre.
Grand Central Review takes its name from the main transportation hub in New York City that connects the city with the rest of the nation and the world. We hope our website will similarly bring together writers from all genres and styles in a celebration of quality writing for its own sake. At Grand Central Review, we believe that good writing is good writing regardless of genre, so that is what we publish: interesting writing done well. We encourage the submission of literary work, genre pieces, traditional forms, or experimental writing. In short, we will not reject work simply because it “doesn’t fit our needs.” Our needs are simple: We publish the best poetry, prose, and art we can find.
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Richard Monaco is known, maybe best, for the Parsival novels published between 1977 and 2012, two of which were Pulitzer Prize finalists. Like many artists he’s worn many hats. Apart from very odd jobs: NYC cab driver, repo man in training in Queens, dishwasher at the Cafe Figaro in Greenwich Village, gas-pumper, warehouse toter and briefly a Mad Man. Richard had a high-end gig helping to direct and write material for the slightly snooty Group for Contemporary Music at Columbia University while studying musical composition. Was a founding editor of a national student newspaper and New York Poetry magazine. Did editorial and sold ads. Had a radio talk show for years based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. Taught and lectured in many colleges and universities. Made a living writing screenplays for a time. Had some stage-plays produced Off-Broadway. After the novels came out, he married his editor and with her founded a NYC Literary Agency in 1979. Was briefly involved in politics as chief fund-raiser for a mayoral campaign and hosted the first visit of a sitting VPOTUS to Westchester County, NY. About then ended up as GM for a doomed Minor League baseball team, against reason and his will. As part of a concealed literary project he got so close to major organized crime figures he was investigated by the DEA until they discovered he was an author and was training as a PI with a top investigator. Heads were shaken with disgust. Studied, taught and practiced astrology since 1971. Still writing now, of course; working on new novels and memoirs. Not a particularly dull life, all in all. At present he lives in NYC on a rooftop with dog, cat and wife. You can purchase Monaco’s books at fine bookstores and Amazon.
Scott’s next novel, Eight Days, is now available from French Press Bookworks.