Secret Rockford Anthology is Now Available!

We are happy to announce the release of our latest anthology, Secret Rockford, edited by Michael Kleen, with a forward by Jim Phelps.

Secret Rockford edited by Michael KleenWhat do you really know about Rockford, Illinois? Secret Rockford pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join us as we go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. On these pages, you will find the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

This anthology contains many snapshots of life in Rockford: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Junior High School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck, and Michael Kleen.

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Secret Rockford is Now Available for Pre-Order

Secret Rockford edited by Michael KleenWith its official release date nearing, Secret Rockford is now available for pre-order.

What do you really know about Rockford, Illinois? Secret Rockford, a new anthology from Black Oak Media, pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join us as we go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique.

Pre-Orders of Secret Rockford will be accepted for one week between January 13 and January 20, 2014. Pre-orders will ship on Friday, January 24, 2014. After that, the book will be available in local retail stores, as well as Amazon.com and for Nook and Kindle e-readers. Secret Rockford will retail for $16.95.

Secret Rockford contains many snapshots of life in the Forest City: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Middle School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

For information on how to pre-order Secret Rockford, please visit http://www.secretrockford.com/pre-order.html

List of Secret Rockford Contributors Revealed

Secret RockfordSecret Rockford, a new anthology written by and for Rockfordians, is nearing its date of release. We have chosen 18 of the most interesting articles and short stories submitted to us. Topics range from the meteor buried under East High School, to the Simon Peter Nelson Murders, the struggle over Rockford’s abortion clinic, the skydiving Santa tragedy, and much more.

Contributors to our anthology come from all walks of life. They are journalists, teachers, writers, business owners, photographers, politicians, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck, and Michael Kleen.

Secret Rockford
will be published by Black Oak Media, Inc. and released in late January, 2014. Our anthology will feature nonfiction articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography revealing the hidden side of life in the Forest City.

Join us as we go behind the headlines and explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. Secret Rockford will expose the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.secretrockford.com or https://www.facebook.com/secretrockford

Secret Rockford Anthology Accepting Submissions

Secret RockfordRockford, Illinois – What secrets does the Forest City hide? Secret Rockford is a new anthology written by and for Rockfordians, to be published by Black Oak Media, Inc. and released in 2014. Our anthology will feature nonfiction articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography revealing the hidden side of life in the Forest City.

Join us as we go behind the headlines and explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. Secret Rockford will expose the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

What we are looking for: Nonfiction articles about Rockford politics, business, environment, and culture. Literary urban fiction (short stories set in Rockford). Rockford-themed art, photography, and poetry.

Submission Period: November 1 – December 21, 2013
Reading Period: December 22 – 28, 2013
Final Decisions Announced: December 30, 2013
Publication and Distribution: January 13, 2014

For more information about the project, guidelines, and how to contribute, please visit www.secretrockford.com or www.facebook.com/secretrockford