How Dawn Pisturino Got Published + Book Review + Pod

4 min readFeb 2, 2024
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Happy Chinese Year of the Dragon! Here in Los Angeles, fire-breathing dragons are appearing in shop windows everywhere. They’re the single mythical creature among the Chinese zodia and they bode good fortune in all ways. According to Google, their only faults are occasional conceitedness and impatience, which is expected from creatures whose lives are all easy-street. Fingers crossed, dragon good luck will rub off onto me as I send out queries to engage an auspicious literary agent who’ll represent my novels.

Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir, by Curtis Chin, is an apt read to get in the mood. Here’s my review of it for Goodreads and Amazon: “Curtis Chin is my new author-hero — his “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir,” which he superbly voices for his audiobook version, is far more than a memoir. It’s an intelligent, fun, loving, and deeply moving trip through history and generations, all of it colored by the politics of cities, cultures, sexuality, and more.”

Back to the subject of getting published; today’s guest has great advice, the kind that comes from first-hand success, on how to get into print.

Selfie of writer Dawn Pisturino.

Arizona author/blogger Dawn Pisturino writes poems, limericks, short stories, and articles. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong…