SJ Rozan, author of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith P.I. series, has been a favorite of mine for years. Almost as long as The Lineup has been around, I've invited her to write for or review it. She's mostly demurred, claiming she isn't a poet (yet she blogs haiku weekly...). At The Cell reading last Sunday, she was impressed with my read of "Witness Protection" and decided to buy The Lineup 1 and 2.
Mending from a basketball injury, yesterday she blogged a brief recap of reading, mentioning, "Gerald edits THE LINEUP, a terrific magazine of crime poetry. Say what? Well, go check it out."
Below is some video I shot of SJ reading from The Shanghai Moon, the latest and most complex Chin/Smith novel. This excerpt is from a letter written by Rosalie Gilder, a Jewish woman forced to resettle in Shanghai during WWII: