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KYSL SD23: Matthew J. Pallamary, wise mystic

January 29, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders …

Matthew Pallamary is a man of many hats. At least, he would be, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him wearing a hat. Then again … never mind.

Ahem. Anyway. Matt’s short story collection The Small Dark Room of the Soul is the kind of book that garners praise from people like Ray Bradbury, so there’s a point to start with. And I can say his novel, Land Without Evil is an excellent read, both cerebral and entertaining, and one not to be missed. (And, just as a bit of trivia, for those captivated by Roland Joffé’s The Mission, this story pertains to the same people, so if you really want, you can put Ennio Morricone’s excellent score on in the background as you read.) And Matt’s memoir, Spirit Matters, hit the shelves last February, coinciding with SD22. So maybe, just maybe, we can say his critically-praised reflection made its debut at the Southern California Writers’ Conference.

(I don’t know, is that asking too much?)

You’ll find Matt accessible, friendly, smart, and, yes, wise. This year he brings his talents to help our writers in a Read & Critique. These are always popular, so make sure to sneak in and claim your seat early.

–bd

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