Welcome to Chila Woychik's website
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Singing the Land: A Rural Chronology from Shanti Arts Publishing, Maine, a collection of previously published essays reformatted into a month-by-month look at rural living. It'll be cheaper to buy off Amazon Prime, because Prime offers free shipping and will eventually have a lower price as Amazon always does, but if you want an autographed copy, see link below. If you happen to go this way, thank you. Know how much I appreciate it.
Sean Prentiss: "I told myself, I’ll just read the first essay then get back to work. Instead, I got swallowed up and lost track of time within Chila Woychik’s beautiful lyricism about rural living in Iowa."
-- Sean Prentiss, author of Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave (winner of the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography. Finding Abbey was also a finalist for both the Vermont and Colorado Book Awards)
Krys Malcolm Belc: "Woychik's language is at once playful and evocative, inviting and probing. Woychik confidently demonstrates how we are 'all wrapped up in this lyric, blanketed in this kismet called rural'."
-- Krys Malcolm Belc, Managing Editor, Passages North
John Winkelman: "Singing the Land invites us to experience a deep connection to the joys and necessities of rural living. The language is beautiful and the descriptions of rural Iowa life are intimate and familiar without ever being cliched. Woychik explores with humor and humility the varied rhythms of country living - daily, seasonal, and generational. Singing the Land would fit well on a shelf with Mary Oliver and Ted Kooser, Kathleen Norris and Jim Harrison. It could serve as a master class in the art of the lyric essay."
-- John Winkelman, Editor, 3288 Review, Caffeinated Press
Sarah Beth Childers: "This seamless, lovely book captures the wildness that lurks under the deceptively quiet surface of the rural middle of the US. The wildness of snowstorms, of sunsets, of wind, of mountain lions and coyotes, of crop- and life-destroying flash floods, of cows that appear suddenly in the middle of a narrow road at night, of damp-baled hay that bursts into flame. The wildness of birth and death. The wildness of soil and sky."
-- Sarah Beth Childers, Nonfiction Editor, Cimarron Review
I spent a very short time as a literary agent, and have done extensive editing with both Port Yonder Press and Eastern Iowa Review, but currently have limited openings for editing requests. Reach out to me at contact @ portyonderpress.com with your request.