News and Anthology Publications

September 2006

PeggyDuffy.com is launched! See original SURPRISE page here.

April 2008

My short story, "The Last of the Richardsons," appears in Workers Write! Tales from the Clinic an annual publication edited by David LaBounty and published by Blue Cubicle Press. Each issue documents shared experiences in a particular workplace. This Issue #4 contains stories and poems from examining rooms, that is stories which take place from a healthcare worker's point of view. "The Last of the Richardsons" has been nominated by the editor for The Pushcart Prize.

September 2008

My children's short story, "Song of Hope," has been published in an anthology of short stories by Darby Creek Publishing for readers ages 10 and up. From the book jacket: "Sometimes in life, sucess is a long short--other times it's as easy as a lay-up! Nine contemporary children's authors bring their A game to the pages of Lay-ups and Long Shots--an action-filled anthology that depicts the obstacles and hurdles that all athletes must overcome to achieve success in a sport." This book is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a favorable review on American Library Association's Booklist. Read review here.

2008

Two of my short stories, "A Cautionary Measure" and "Snap Shot," which appeared online have been collected in SmokeLong Annual Autumn 2003-Summer 2004: 74 Stories from the Year's Best Writers, a tome of all of the content from SmokeLong Quarterly's first year--"the best flash on the web and fascinating interviews with the authors." I am pleased to appear in print with some fine authors, including a few of my online writing friends: Margaret Frey, Bunny Goodjohn, Louisa Howerow, Wayne Scheer, & Kay Sexton.

October 2007

"My One and Only Grandmother ," an essay written by request of the editor, appears in A Bouquet for Grandmother, An Arrangement of Stories, Meditations and Biblical Inspirations. Edited by Susan B. Townsend and published by Adams Media, the anthology contains writings on the true blessing that is every grandmother.

September 2007

"Learning to Listen ," an essay about my personal writing process, appears in A Cup of Comfort for Writers, edited by Colleen Sell and published by Adams Media. On their website: From fiction to nonfiction, poetry, prose, or music, writing provides millions of people comfort. Yet every writer, published or undiscovered, has met many roadblocks-not limited to writer's block and rejection letters. Thisanthology shares the stories of more than fifty writers who conquer the obstacles all writers encounter. While all writers are unique, they share the passion, unrest, and joy their craft causes them. View Press Release here (PDF).

September 2007

"Connecting," which appeared in Under Our Skin, has also been published in Voices of Breast Cancer, The Healing Companion, Stories for Comfort Courage and Strength, published by LaChance Publishing. From their website: Voices of Breast Cancer provides over 50 stories written by men and women from all walks of life about their personal journeys through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and sometimes the end of life. The authors’ heartfelt and beautifully written accounts help the reader understand that she is not alone. View Press Release here (PDF)

A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to BeOctober 2006

"Picking Up The Stitches," an essay about my mother, knitting, and expecting my first child, appears in A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be, edited by Colleen Sell and published by Adams Media. From their website:A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be is a celebration of a very extraordinary time in your life—the nine months that make you into a mother. From joy to fear, from morning sickness to the first kicks, moms to be just like you tell their stories in this new addition to the beloved Cup of Comfort series. A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be brings the heartwarming stories of pregnant women to life.

Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast CancerOctober 2006

"Connecting," an essay I wrote years ago about my best friend from high school, Roseanne, and her battle with breast cancer, appears in , Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer, an anthology of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography from prize-winning writers across the U.S. and abroad. Edited by Segue's (a literary journal out of Miami University, Middleton, Ohio) Dr. Eric Melbye and Michelle Lawrence, and published by The Illuminati Press, proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Kid Turned out FineMay 2006

"The Family That Shops Together," an essay in which I extol the virtues of bribing your children into becoming cooperative little shoppers, is published in the newly released The Kid Turned Out Fine: Moms Fess up about Cartoons, Candy and What It Really Takes to Be a Good Parent, edited by Paula Ford-Martin and published by Adams Media. From the back cover: "I introduced the chocolate food group earlier and earlier with each child." I confess; I wrote that line, which is excerpted from my essay.

Literary Mama, Reading for the Maternally InclinedJanuary 2006

"The Girl At the Side of the Road," a short story which appeared on LIterary Mama's website, was selected for publication in Literary Mama, Reading for the Maternally Inclined, an anthology which features "standout pieces published on the site over the past two years."The anthology is edited by Andrea J. Buchanan & Amy Hudock, and published by Seal Press, an Imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, and includes some of the best fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry from the online edition of Literary Mama.

A Cup of Comfort for Mothers & SonsApril 2005

My essay, "The Anole Story," appears in A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons, edited by Colleen Sell and published by Adams Media, along with 54 terrific stories, including my good writing friend Peggy Vincent's essay, "Ice Cubes." From the Cup of Comfort website: A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons celebrates one of the rarely acknowledged but most deep and special connections-between mothers and their sons. This collection pays tribute to these loving relationships that develop strength and endurance over time. These fifty stories, written by ordinary folks, will touch your heart and demonstrate the permanence of love between mothers and their "little boys."

One Paycheck Away AnthologyJanuary 2003

One Paycheck Away is a Short Fiction Anthology edited by Bill Wesse, in which my short story, "Avon Calling" appears. Fiction Editor Bill Wesse selected 23 stories to appear in this short fiction anthology, published January of 2003 by Main Street Rag.

 
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