4/24/19

Wow, it has been a long time, huh? Excuse me for the absence but I was very busy all last year, working on my second full-length:

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So, things have been a little busy around here.

Here’s what I missed updating everyone on:

In May I finished up my stint as a Glass Poetry guest editor. Here are the rest of the poems I selected for Poets Resist (you can see the others on the previous post):

 

I had a quiet second half of the year; I wasn’t writing much at all as I was traveling, then concentrating on my pregnancy and my family. I had a piece in Memoir Mixtapes about Live, the band from the 90s that is exceptionally wonderful and baffling (and I saw them in July with Brian, which was a riot!), and I had two poems in Rabid Oak: “Watching Secretary, I Think of the Palm of Your Hand” and “During Marwencol I Play with Your Hair”. That was pretty much it.

In May I went on a writing retreat with some friends and finished the manuscript for my second chapbook, A Live Thing, Clinging with Many Teeth. After a few months of submission, it was picked up by an editor/press in the fall, but concerns about how the press was being run forced my hand, and at Christmas I pulled it from the publisher. Luckily, I sent it out again and Spooky Girlfriend Press picked it up! It is available for pre-order here, or on Amazon here.

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If you do choose to purchase it, might I ask you review it on Goodreads? Here is the link to both the new book and my other chapbook, Your Hand has Fixed the Firmament.

Zoetic Press is open right now for both an H.G. Wells edition and a Homer’s Odyssey edition. You can find the submission guidelines here. Our newest issue, Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, is available here for $1.99 (guest edited by the aforementioned Brian!). Drunk Monkeys has a new pop culture issue out, and it’s awesome; also, we’re open for subs in all categories including our newest feature, One Perfect Episode. Submission guidelines here.

It’s been a crazy year and I am glad to be getting back into it. For once I have multiple projects I am working on, and it feels good, even though it’s a learning curve to juggle that plus the baby. I hope to be updating here more often.

 

5/21/18

Today is the anniversary of Twin Peaks: The Return and on my way into work I drove by a gigantic “For Your Consideration” billboard and it made my heart smile. And thus, here’s a link to a Twin Peaks essay I wrote for Blue Fifth Review, “The Dark Within, or, a Look at the Trauma of Twin Peaks Without Once Referencing Pie or Coffee”. Thanks to Sam Rasnake for the opportunity!

I’m all over Glass Poetry this month which makes me feel cool and important. I have a poem featured there (“Convenience Store Cigar, Four Times“) and I am the guest editor for their Poets Resist series. So far, I have accepted six poems, four of which (at this time) have been posted:

I am really grateful to Anthony Frame for giving me these opportunities and trusting me with his journal.

I had a blast a few weeks ago at the Memoir Mixtapes reading at Book Show in Highland Park. It’s nice to be part of such a rad literary community/family. MM has a new call for submissions that I begged them to do so get your stuff on over to them.

In journals-I-run news, Drunk Monkeys is currently closed for poetry for a while. We have enough accepted work to get us through the year, and we are still working on some submissions, so we’re essentially drowning in poetry; everything else is open, though. And, we’ve announced our November special issue: HORROR. Send us your things! And keep an eye out for our fundraiser, coming soon.

Zoetic Press has a new issue of NonBinary Review coming June 1st: A Wrinkle in Time. We’re also open for submissions for the next two issues: Wind in the Willows and Dante’s Inferno. What’s after that, you ask? Clive Barker’s Books of Blood (1-3) and Homer’s The Odyssey. It’s gonna be a pretty good year.

That’s all from me… I’m spending the weekend on a writing getaway with some friends, and then the next week we’ll be in Massachusetts!

 

 

9/8/17- What a day.

Wow, today was a real whirlwind of a day, and not just because I took the wrong dose of Wellbutrin.

First, my article regarding the sewer sex scene in IT went live on Birth.Movies.Death. I was very nervous about writing this, because I did not want what I meant to be misconstrued, but I also wanted to be as delicate as possible given the nature of the content. I suppose it went pretty well; there are some errant negative comments but overall it is a positive experience, and even people who disagree with me are being polite. I couldn’t ask for more, really.

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Then, the reprint of my blog post from a few weeks ago went live on VIDA: Women In Literary Arts. As much as I would like to move past this subject, it’s still on my mind, because wow who would think that women would be afraid of men who are scary, regardless of distance or if it’s just on the ole internet? Mind boggling! So I am still sort of talking about it, and am glad VIDA took interest in it.

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Then I got paid for some of my writing, which is good because I always need money, but is bad because what if I get used to it and never go back to being a broke poet again?!

THEN I opened Instagram to realize I won an IT bundle from @wu_stitch and @crooked_hooker!

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Essentially, I am on cloud 9 today, and I don’t care who knows it.

As for work round-ups:

Drunk Monkeys has two calls for submissions right now. We are looking for one piece of a scary nature- any category- for our 10/31 post. You can submit anything you’d like to drunkmonkeyseditorial@gmail.com. Do not use Submittable for this, just email with the subject line: HALLOWEEN SUBMISSION.

We’re also looking for political submissions for our November issue, which is dedicated to how awful Trump is. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR 100% OF OUR SUBMISSIONS TO BE FROM WHITE MEN. Honestly, we need diverse voices, so feel free to send your stuff to drunkmonkeys79@gmail.com. Again, do not use our Submittable for this. You can read all the guidelines here. We will be donating all of our Patreon donations for the month of November to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group which is dedicated to tracking the spread of hate groups across the country.

We are otherwise open for submissions in every category. Please read guidelines before submitting.

Zoetic Press is seeking submissions for the next two issues of NonBinary Review: We Have Always Lived In the Castle and The Little PrinceWe are a paying market so check out our guidelines and send us your best.

Also, NonBinary Review has a new issue out: The Complete Works of Hans Christian Andersen. It is our biggest issue yet! And it’s only $1.99.

Finally: I wasn’t posting much when this happened, so allow me to post an older interview by Alex Schumacher for his column Breadcrumbs From The Void on Five:2:One. Alex rules.

That’s it; I can’t possibly write any more than that.

 

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