Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spectacular New Event for Up and Coming Author Friend!

David is a WAY cool author friend, and I'm happy to help him promote his latest and most innovative project:

Author Switches Mediums to Host Virtual Film Festival

MINNEAPOLIS – Acclaimed poet and author David Athey is hosting a virtual Danny Gospel Film Festival in Palm Beach, FL. Participants are welcomed to submit their film interpretations of scenes from all but the last two chapters of Athey's debut novel, Danny Gospel.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Creatively read or perform a portion of the novel, DANNY GOSPEL
  • Do not read or perform anything from the last two chapters of the novel
  • The video must be between 3-5 minutes long
  • Post the video on
  • Email a link to your video on YouTube by noon, December 1,
    2008, to

  • Winner receives $100; several other prizes will be awarded.
  • There will be a special big screen viewing of submissions (Date TBD)

Visit the Danny Gospel Facebook page, or the David Athey Facebook page, for more information.

About Danny Gospel

As a boy he performed concerts singing old-time hymns with his family and got so famous he's still known around Iowa as Danny Gospel. But since then, things haven't worked out quite the way he planned. And now Danny prays for just one thing: a normal, happy life.

What he gets instead is a kiss.

He wakes one morning to a perfectly lovely woman dressed in white who leans down, kisses him on the lips … and then disappears. The next moment, Danny finds himself launched into a quest to find this woman he's sure is his true love. He is an everyday hero on anything but an everyday journey—dreaming impossible dreams and, no matter how much he must suffer, pursuing romance and heavenly glory.

About the Author / Film Festival Host

David Athey, a Midwesterner by birth, now teaches English and oversees the literary journal at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Athey has published poems, reviews, and short stories in numerous journals, including The Iowa Review, Oxford Magazine, and Harvard Review, and holds an MFA from Hamline University. He and his wife live in Palm Beach, Florida.

To read my review of "Danny Gospel", click here.

To read my interview with David Athey, click here.

Happy Reading!


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