7/5/16

Summer is in full swing and things are going well. I am participating in Zoetic Press‘s 31/31 Write Like You’re Alive challenge, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t write two pieces of flash fiction! I never write fiction. CRAZY.

Last month I participated in Feminist of Salem’s first Feminist Art Wednesday at Koto (all this, of course, in Salem, MA). I read a few poems from the aforementioned chapbook and listened to other super- fierce women read and perform. It was excellent. Here is a video from the whole thing– I’m the sleepy looking one around the 1:05 mark or so.

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I was pretty excited to see that The Review Review… uh… reviewed Drunk Monkeys Issue 1, which hosted my poem “There is a Creature in the Desert with the Sharpest Claws”. the write-up can be found here, but I will quote the part that focuses on me because I am vain:

“This thread is continued in some of the poetry selections in this first issue of Drunk Monkeys, especially in Kolleen Carney’s poem “There is a Creature in the Desert with the Sharpest Claws:” “What matters is your skin / that toughened with time, feet on the hard ground / and running, pointed nails like talons.” There is momentum and running rhythm in this poem, in sync with the pumping arms of the creature. “Even the gentlest animals / will gnash and bare,” Carney concludes, “when backed into a corner.” Here again dichotomies are being challenged, as Carney’s language breaks down the barriers between gentle and savage, between surface and depth.”

Thanks! This made my day.

6/8/16

Where does the time go? I feel like it was just May, I was just getting ready for the Poetry Circus, and now here we are well into June.

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Photo: Creative Salem

While I go through a heap of personal challenges and changes, I am trying very hard to keep my focus on work and writing. I have a poem, “Our Bones Will Be Our Ruins”, appearing in Clever Girl Magazine soon. I have taken on the social media pages for The Citron Review and Drunk Monkeys. Of course, these are labors of love, so I am also looking for another paying gig (remotely for now); if anyone has any leads, thank you in advance for sending them my way.

I am shopping around a small chapbook and trying to find the inspiration for newer work. Things are hard nowadays, and not just for me… it seems everyone I know is really struggling lately (I blame, in part, this volatile election cycle and the soul sucking nature of social media), but I am trying to keep my head up and understand that even though I don’t know what my future holds, something good has to be on the horizon.

 

4/10/16

 Oh my! So much to report! Let’s start at the beginning.

In March, my poem “There is a Creature in the Desert with the Sharpest Claws” was featured on Drunk Monkeys, alongside some really awesome writers. Check it out, check it all out. It’s all gold.

In late March I traveled to Los Angeles, my home away from home, for AWP.  I love, California, it is no secret, and I stayed out there for a week after the conference was over, getting inspired and eating a lot of food. I made some great connections and met some great people, and saw a lot of friends from Antioch that I hadn’t seen in ages. I took the time to really reflect on things that have been happening in my personal life, and I think I am a little clearer- headed because of it.

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I have never been more inspired than I was in Joshua Tree, watching all the stars that are usually hidden by the LA light pollution come out to play. I am hoping this inspiration stays with me for a long time, now that I am back in MA.

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Aside from that I will be looking for more paid work as well as hopefully getting on with my writing and submissions. I feel hopeful, and I am happy.

 

 

2/28/16

It’s a new year and I have a few things to report!

I helped edit this book; if you are a fan of horror movies, I bet you will like it. At $5 for the Kindle version, it’s a steal. Check it out: Horror Movie a Day: the Book

On 2/18/16 I was a storyteller at Unbreak My Heart: Stories of True Love and True Disasters at the Salem Athenaeum. It was an emotional night, but very memorable. I have never done a storytelling session before– I’ve always ever read– so it was uncharted waters for me!

Additionally, I just found out that my poem “There is a Creature in the Desert with the Sharpest Claws” will be featured soon on Drunk Monkeys; I am not sure when but will update accordingly.

February is always a hard time for me (as the “On the Day” feature on Facebook indicates) but I am plugging along and already have more submissions out than all of last year. So there is that! I am looking forward to the warmer weather, and of course the journey to California for AWP., where I will be representing both Antioch University Los Angeles and helping out with the Zoetic Press table. More on that as it emerges.

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Joey took this picture of me

10/29/15

My writing and submitting, I guess, is paying off, since my poem “Lovely Frances” (about Frances Bean Cobain) was accepted for the December issue of Yellow Chair Review. I have a few more things out in the ether and I am thinking of finding places to send my manuscript.

I am not a fiction writer at all but I wrote out a draft of a short story that I think was fairly successful. Since I have been kicking around an idea for a long form story, I may try my hand at NaNoWrMo, if only for the structure and discipline in writing every day as opposed to drinking and watching reruns of Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

 

10/11/15

Things have still been quiet lately, which is my own fault. Though we did move, and I am trying to find myself again.

In May I was a poetry carnival barker with the incomparable Joey Gould. It was a windy day but we pulled it off.

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Last month I attended the last installment of Theater of Words and Music, which was bittersweet. I did read a few poems I am still working on, and it was a nice gathering, a nice send off. I will miss this community of talented writers, artists, and musicians.

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I have to make a conscious effort to get back into writing and submitting and becoming the person I used to be, or at least thought I was.

I have taken a position as a social media intern for Narrative Technologies. I wrote more about this on the blog page of this site, however, I would love for you to follow us along and interact with us as much as you’d like. Here are the links: Zoetic Press Facebook / Zoetic Press Twitter/ Lithomobilus Facebook /Lithomobilus Twitter

I am hoping to have more news soon, just please, if you know me, yell in my face constantly that I should be writing and not goofing off watching reruns of Bob’s Burgers.

5/1/15– Things have been quiet as of late. However, I read at the March gathering for Theater of Words and Music in Salem, MA, and there was a write-up about it here; Golden Walkman revisited some of their favorite features from 2014, including my poem “Lust”, and I will be preforming as a carnival barker at the Mass Poetry Festival Poetry Carnival tomorrow from 11-2 at the Salem Commons!

My writing is still stagnant. I have so many ideas and so little time, and when I do have the time I am not comfortable enough to get into my writing stride. Being in a basement for 10 months has not been kind to me.
A few friends have published works that can be found on the links page.
The Antioch community lost a peer last week, Daniel Reinhold. He was a brilliant and sweet man. His loss hurts.

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Me, reading a new poem at TWM