Best of the Net 2010 Nominations

We are happy to announce that the following pieces of work have been nominated by Cha for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010, published by Sundress Publications. Congratulations to these writers and good luck!


=Rosanna Oh, “Etude” (issue #11, May 2010)
=Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, “Suicide Note” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #10, Feb. 2010)
=Papa Osumbal, “A Bum’s Demise” Read an analysis of the poem here. (issue #10, February 2010)
=Kate Rogers, “Sai Ying Pun Sestina” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Lillian Kwok, “Departure” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #8, Aug. 2009)
=Drew Calvert, “Improv” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=O Thiam Chin, “Pebbles” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Creative non-fiction
=Iain S. Baird, “A Night at the Taj” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Anne Tibbitts, “The okinawan Coffeeshop” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Also see our Best of the Web, Pushcart and Micro Award nominations this year.

Iris A. Law’s “Circumnavigation”, first published in Issue #7 of Cha, was selected for publication in Best of the Net 2009.

Iain S. Baird’s "Two Storms: Prostate Cancer and Katrina in New Orleans"

Tomorrow is the launch of Iain S. Baird’s new book, Two Storms: Prostate Cancer and Katrina in New Orleans. The book covers Iain’s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from prostate cancer during New Orleans’s own recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In Iain’s own words:

Two million men in the United States alone are dealing with prostate cancer. This year almost 200,000 others will be diagnosed with the disease, and almost 30,000 will die from it. During my own illness, I found many useful sources of medical information about the disease but few accounts of what it was like on a personal basis to receive such a diagnosis and what to expect physically and emotionally during the months of treatment and recovery. I wrote the book to fill that void, and my hope is that it will provide not only detailed information but some comfort, as well. Additional details are available at my Web Site:

Finally, as Dennis Hopper, who died yesterday from prostate cancer, would tell you–get screened. This is a very curable disease if caught early, and a very deadly one if not. I am one of the lucky ones.

Two Storms is available through Amazon and other book sellers.

Iain S. Baird’s creative non-fiction “A Night at the Taj” was published in issue #9 of Cha.