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Cutting carbs and useless metaphors since 2014.

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Cutting carbs and useless metaphors since 2014.

The Piedmont Journal of Poetry & Fiction was founded in 2014 by local Virginia writers Dr. Robert Scott, Milt Johns, and Sara Brooks. Based in Haymarket, Virginia, PJPF has published both poetry and prose from writers living locally, state-side, and abroad in places like Siberia and Central America. In addition to its role as a literary magazine, PJPF is an independent book publisher and has recently produced its first work, Three Days and Two Knights, written by local Virginia author Scott Howard.

To submit your poetry and/or fiction, head over to our Submissions page (don't forget to read the guidelines!)

To read our published poetry and fiction, head over to our Featured Authors page.

To support our published works, head over to our Novels page or to our Store where you can purchase copies of Three Days and Two Knights by Scott Davis Howard!

For questions, we are available day or night (just kidding) at piedmontjpf@gmail.com or on Twitter at piedmontjpf.

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Robert Scott


Robert Scott


 

Robert Scott began writing fiction as a creative way to engage his father-in-law, Jay Gordon's imagination while Jay's body succumbed slowly to Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hickory Staff (Orion/Gollancz, 2005) is the result of two years of storytelling over the phone, via email, and in day-long discussions of characters, plot twists, and mysteries that hopefully helped to distract Jay from his physical battles. Lessek's Key (2006) and The Larion Senators (2007) represent the remainder of Jay and Robert's collaboration, even though both books were released after Jay died. The Eldarn Sequence has since been translated into Russian and Czech, two languages Robert failed grimly in college.

In 2009, he published a collection of short stories for young readers, The Great M&M Caper and Other Fourth Grade Adventures, comedy stories about the misadventures of a gifted underachiever. Robert’s latest novels, 15 Miles (2010) and its sequel, Asbury Park (2012), are Gollancz horror/crime releases. Both stories feature the alcohol- and Oxycontin-addicted homicide detective, Sailor Doyle, a strangely likeable protagonist despite his promiscuous nature and his tendency to be beaten soundly by antagonists of all sizes. Robert plans to release two novels in the coming year, God’s Rough Drafts, the third story in the Sailor Doyle series, and Emails to Billy Klein, a slice-of-life portrayal of a 43-year-old woman struggling through a difficult divorce. 

Robert studied music at Colby College before turning to education. He moved from New Jersey to Colorado where he worked as a teacher and completed a doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado. He works now as an English teacher at OPHS, encouraging unwilling students to trade their iPhones for a story or two Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes it works.

He is a classical guitarist and a cyclist who was recently named one of Prince William County’s inaugural poets laureate. His goal in this position is to build momentum behind and enthusiasm for creative writing and poetry in the Prince William region.

For more information visit www.robscottbooks.com (warning: some adult content).

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Sara Brooks


Sara Brooks


 

Sara Brooks is a 25-year-old aspiring editor and coffee aficionado living in the greater Northern Virginia area. She's currently employed with the Department of Justice and works out of our nation's capital. 

Sara graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A., double majoring in both English Writing and English Literature. Her academic focuses included creative nonfiction, American slave politics, feminist literature, and modernist writers (she's got a thing for Ernest Hemingway). In 2014, Sara was invited to present her academic research on the literary merit of Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay at the Paiedia Conference, representing the CNU English Department. 

Sara finished her academic career with her senior thesis on the theology and psycho-sexuality of Hemingway (seriously, she's got a problem). In addition to garnering several literary magazine publications, Sara won 2nd place in the Virginia State Poetry contest for her poem 'Red'.

Sara is currently watching The X Files for the first time and is always in some state of re-reading the Harry Potter series. She's interested in intersectional feminism, gender politics, Lord of the Rings, amaretto sours, dark-haired dudes, and her dog, Lia. 

You can find Sara's writing and contact information on her website at www.sarabrooks.net

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Milt Johns


Milt Johns


 

You have heard the story of Milt Johns many times before...he writes fiction for a living, but dreams of a career as a petty office bureaucrat. Actually, Milt is a father, husband, attorney, local politician, and author.  His publications include two novels, Patriot Future: A Novel, Lyford Books, July 1997 and Fear and Greed, Amazon Books, February 2012,  He is also published in nonfiction: “Introduction to U.S. Intellectual Property Law,” 11 Software Tech News 2, August 2008 and “The Reagan Administration's Response to State Sponsored Terrorism,” 8 Conflict 4, 1988.  He is currently working on his third novel, a legal thriller, and writes poetry when the spirit moves him.

He has argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia, been awarded a medal by the Government of Spain, completed the Army 10 Miler, and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Board of Visitors at Radford University.

Milt is a co-founder and chief operating officer of PJPF, Inc. and a contributing editor to The Piedmont Journal of Poetry & Fiction.

In his free time, Milt likes to eat, sleep, shoot, and watch college football.