Serial Novel by Sou MacMillan Reaches Year Anniversary at

Share Article celebrates this week with the arrival of Chapter 51 in the serial novel Chrysanthemum by Worcester, MA poet Sou MacMillan. celebrates this week with the arrival of Chapter 51 in the serial novel Chrysanthemum by Worcester, MA poet Sou MacMillan. is the most popular portal for the spoken word community in the English-speaking world. It's one of the few places where poets, venues and publishers (or anyone else) can enter and publish news about poetry in their area or venue, and is one of the few 'community' sites to check regularly for news concerning spoken word, performance poetry and slam. If it's happening in the world of spoken poetry, chances are it's being talked about at In addition to the news, is a full-fledged community site, with discussion forums, events listings, blogs, galleries for poets and more. Edited by John Powers, Nathan Hutnak, Tony Brown, and a cast of tens of others, and published by John Powers, the site has always operated solely on contributions and donations from visitors and members. has been running regular columns about poetry and the culture of writing since 2003, but Chrysanthemum is the first novel to be published on the site.

Chrysanthemum is a semi-autobiographical account of a young woman caught up in things she never even imagined existed. The protagonist, Hinda Mendelstahm, is a college student in the early 90s, steeped in a subculture of punk rock & political activism. With a Reagan-era hangover and an expulsion from Florida State University under her belt, she's ready to start her college years over again, this time in Cincinnati. What she was expecting was a regular kind of life, something a little more wheat bread and middle-American, and a place to quietly major in Getting It Back Together. What she finds instead is a well-kept secret: when the nation isn't paying attention to your town, the Underground is still happening there anyway. And when that Underground embraces her, everything changes - including Hinda's own notions about who she is.

Chrysanthemum is an emotional scavenger hunt through an Ohio on the cusp of Operation Desert Storm. Hinda traverses the shaky territory of self-discovery with her best friend Jaime, an art student who finds himself an accidental ISO member during the 1990 Mapplethorpe debacle, and her troubled boyfriend Paul, professional painter of the Starving variety. Together with the friends that surround them, an edgy cast of band-mates, activists, and artists, they tackle the big questions about class, sex, gender, and what it means to fight the Good Fight. A new chapter appears every week on Wednesdays.

As Chrysanthemum nears the end of its tenure on, Lethe Press is preparing for the paperback release of the novel to coincide with the on-line wrap up. The book will be released in February 2007. In the meanwhile, readers can catch up with the goings-on of Hinda Mendelstahm at .


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