ABOUT

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Photo by Jessica Lynne Furtado

Kolleen Carney is a Boston-born, Burbank based poet with an undergraduate degree in English from Salem State University and an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles.  She served thrice as an assistant editor and once as the co-editor of poetry for Lunch Ticket, as well as assistant poetry editor for Paper Nautilus and Soundings East. She is currently the social media coordinator for  Zoetic Press, as well as an assistant poetry editor; she is the editor-in-chief and social media coordinator for Drunk Monkeys; she formerly served as the social media coordinator for  The Citron Review and Five:2:One Magazine.

Her chapbook, Me and the Twelve Step Program, was published by the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts in 2003. Her chapbook, Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament is forthcoming from Grey Books Press. Her poetry and other writings have appeared or will be appearing in Currents, Vision/ Verse, Lunch Ticket, and MassPoetry.org, Golden Walkman,  The Watershed Review, Incredible Sestinas, Uno Kudo Vol. 4, A Quiet Courage, Yellow Chair Review, Drunk Monkeys, Clever Girl Magazine, and Five 2 One Magazine. Her advice column, Sincere Advice From a Girl Whose Life is a Mess, appears in Five:2:One magazine.

Kolleen has twice received the Presidential Arts Award Scholarship for her writing and was also the recipient of the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts Student Artistic Development Grant.  In the past she has been a volunteer for the Mass Poetry Festival. She also devoted four years to teaching high school aged students about eating disorder awareness and is an advocate for NEDA.

Kolleen is available for social media coordination, freelance copy editing, and as a poetry editor for any literary publication. See the contact page for more information.

3/19/17

A few things of note:

I wrote a very important (to me) editor’s letter for Drunk Monkeys in regards to the amount of Bukowski-esque (read: revolving around poorly written sex/ penises) submissions we receive. It is infuriating as a woman to have to deal with this malarkey, and I map out why it sucks. Stop doing that, men. No one cares.

By the way, the March issue of Drunk Monkeys is amazing.

At Zoetic Press, two things are happening: we are running a week long 24-hour turnaround on submissions for the low low price of $3. We currently have three calls for submissions, so there’s a lot to choose from!

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Additionally, I am super excited to announce that I am guest editing Nonbinary Review #13: Snopes/ Urban Legends. I’ve always been obsessed with urban legends, so this is really exciting for me! Here is the call:

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Did you know Snopes isn’t just a wonderland of debunked political articles your aunt emailed you? It’s also a smorgasbord of urban legends!

Nonbinary Review is now accepting submissions for issue 13: Snopes/ Urban Legends, through 5/1/17! We don’t just want politically influenced subs– we want your best “sewer rats as pets” and “I definitely saw Nessie that one time”.

We are a paying market: “NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.”

Complete guidelines here: https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/69819/nbr-13-snopes-com-urban-legends

(And yes, I know that’s not a sewer rat. But still, look at that thing!)

I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I am slowly rebuilding this page, so if it seems weird for a bit, that’s why. I think only like 3 people look at it, but I felt it bears repeating.

 

2/27/17

New year, new attempt to keep up with this thing.

I edited this book, and if you are interested in the Camino de Santiago you may be interested in it! Take a look.

I recently took over as EIC of Drunk Monkeys, which is really exciting for me!

In January I was told that my chapbook, “Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament”, was a finalist for Grey Books Press and will be published in the summer. This book is really important to me, so I am over the moon about it.

I have been writing an advice column over at Five:2:One magazine. If you need advice, email me at sincereadvice521@gmail.com.

I think that’s everything, for now. I need to get writing again but I am utterly exhausted all the time. I didn’t think February in CA would be as exhausting as in MA, but here we are.

10/18/16

There is so much to say and I haven’t the mental capacity to list it all! I am so exhausted all the time; it seems that even on the west coast I am bound to be thwarted by the change of seasons.

My poem “Ten Things You Told Me Before You Ate Me Out” will be forthcoming in Five 2 One Magazine‘s print edition in February.

I was a finalist for the Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook award! Someday I will find a home for my little chapbook; every day it seems I am closer.

I also had an essay about Trump published, but it was under a pseudonym, so no link. If you know me, I am sure you know which one it was.

I am here in California, trying to adjust and get on a better work schedule. We’ll see!