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New Authors in the Red Room
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I haven't been blogging much, but it's because I've been so busy! Still, I wanted to share with the rest of you some of the awesome new authors that have joined in just the past week: 

Elizabeth Massie is a well known two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror novels and short fiction. She is also a contributor to the Buffyverse with a novel published by Simon & Schuster.

Robert Wrigley is an American poet and the recipient of four Pushcart Prizes for his work, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book, Loves of Animals, won the 2005 Poet’s Prize. He has already become an active member of the site and has added many of his books and upcoming readings.

Wade Rouse is the award winning author of the memoir America’s Boy, about growing up gay in the Ozark’s in the 1970s, selected as a Border’s Best Book of 2006. More recently he has published another acclaimed memoir titled Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler.

Karrine Steffans is a former music video performer turned best-selling author for her books Confessions of a Video Vixen and The Vixen Diaries. Her books tell her story of growing up in an abusive childhood, becoming an exotic dancer at 16, and being discovered by a music video director at the age of 22. She went on to start in dozens of music videos and a few feature films, and since writing her first memoir in 2005, she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and others. Her books have spent over thirty weeks on the New York Times best-seller lists.

And finally…

My biggest news this week was getting the permission from Thich Nhat Hanh’s publisher, Parallax Press, to create a presence for the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Vietnamese Buddhist Monk on Red Room!

Thich Nhat Hanh joined a Buddhist monastery at the age of 16 and became a fully ordained monk at the age of twenty three, in 1949. After founding a school in Saigon that provided grass-roots relief for rebuilding bombed villages, he traveled to the U.S. a number of times to study at Princeton and later to lecture at Cornell and teach at Columbia. With his main goal to pressure the U.S. into withdrawing from Vietnam, he urged Martin Luther King Jr. to speak out against the war. In 1967, MLK nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying "I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [this prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." Exiled from Vietnam until only recently, Nhat Hanh has founded several meditation schools, and published over 100 books, including more than 40 in English.

I highly recommend checking out his page, where I’ve added some terrific video interviews, and where Homepage Editor Huntington Sharp graciously put together a beautiful blog post about Mindful Movements.

Our developers have been hard at work building new features that are too super awesome for me tell you about now, and we’ve all been really excited to see our new authors and members that are contributing to our vibrant community!

I also wanted to mention that it has been a pleasure getting to know so many of you, and I’m looking forward to continuing to make Red Room the best place on the web, period. Ambitious, no?

Thanks for reading!