Have you ever had one of those weeks where your head is spinning– you’ve got so much to do and your constantly juggling your responsibilities and your commitments? That’s the type of week I had last week. And amid the flurry of all the thoughts that were racing along in my head- I continued to be bombarded with lines from a poetry project that I hadn’t known I needed to write. Of course, when I have no time, that is precisely when the need to write arises.
For now, this newest of projects is confined to sticky notes and scraps of paper until I have the chance to organize them and see what is missing, what needs fixed, and then I will start finalizing it. It’s a touchy subject so I am not sure how far I want to go with it, if at all. We’ll have to see how it turns out.
The only thing on the agenda for May is the official release of “The Drowning Girl.” Again, each has hand-sewn binding and hand-painted gouache covers. Each piece is one of a kind. After release, “The Drowning Girl” will be available on my Etsy shop– stay tuned for a link!
Have you been reading a lot? I certainly have. And while it isn’t my first choice of literature, I’m certainly gaining a lot of insight into the world.
As you know, I’m currently pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees at Columbia College for English Literature and Psychology. For this second half of the semester, I am only taking literature classes so it is a ton of reading. One of the best things about literature classes though is that you read things that you might not get the chance to read otherwise.
For me, it was the book “Passing” by Nella Larsen. It was published in 1929 and since it’s so old (but perhaps so relevant!) it can be found on in the archives at: https://archive.org/details/passing00lars This allows you to read a scanned copy or download a pdf of the book. The Internet Archive contains, per their records, 279B web pages, 11M books and texts, 4M audio recordings, 4M videos and images and 100,000 software programs.
I also chose to write one of my final papers on the correlations between The Color Purple and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Since I have so many novels to read in such a short amount of time (my semesters are only 8 weeks) I haven’t had the chance to dig in to the two books currently sleeping on my desk. At the end of the semester, I hope to dive in to Dear Daughter from Elizabeth Little and On Writing from Stephen King.
Until next time~
A question that was posed at the Library’s author discussion panel asked if I was involved in any kind of poetry community. Julia Mallory probably said it best when she pointed out that community is an empowering and important part of the arts community– I couldn’t agree more.
Because of my busy schedule (between college, work, kids, writing, photography, and breathing) I just don’t have the time I’d like to get to the weekly poetry meetings in Harrisburg city. So unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) I utilize online poetry communities to improve my skills and gain feedback. I can be found hanging out at DarkPoetry.org, AllPoetry.com, and ink-circus.net. Each has a plethora of skilled, thoughtful, and wonderful writers. You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re in the area, Nate Gadsden’s Writer’s Wordshop is a great place to share, meet writers, and gain your confidence. They usually meet on the first, second, and fourth Friday of the month at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. You can keep up with what they’re doing at:
Similarly, a vibrant group of writers also meets on every Thursday in the same location under the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.
Can’t find the address? The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.
Are you participating in National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)? I sure am! I haven’t lost my inspiration yet, but if you do, check out Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram for some prompts to help you gain focus again.
I also found time this month to enter into the WeArtFriends International 2018 Poetry Tournament. If you’d like to enter, you can find it here: https://we-art-friends.com/initiative/
You have until midnight (UK time) on Monday, May 21st, 2018 to get your entries in, but I would recommend sooner, rather than later! There is no limit to the amount of poems you can enter, but be aware that each entry has a fee. That being said, I chose to submit 6 poems because it was the best price for my budget. The more you submit, the less each submission costs.
Make sure you check out the rules and eligibility requirements but I encourage you to check it out!
As you know, I published my first book in 2016 and then I really didn’t do much at all. I submitted to a literary magazine here and there but overall, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of getting rejected over and over again.
My skin’s gotten a little thicker since then. After all, I had nearly two years of rejections, with just one inclusion on a website (eskimopie.net).
However, the first seven months of 2018 are filled with releases. In February, I was lucky enough to be included in the MIND Anthology Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, organized and expertly compiled by Isabelle Kenyon. MIND, for those of you who do not know, is a mental health charity in the UK and sales from the book benefit this charity. Dozens of poets are included in this collection so there is something for everyone.
It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Hear-What-Not-Saying/dp/1984006649/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523286505&sr=1-1&keywords=please+hear+what+i%27m+not+saying
Published in March, my poem “niveous” was included in the All Poetry anthology, On Earth as it is in Poetry. I just received my copies of this the other day and the link to order on Amazon went live.
You can find this one here: https://www.amazon.com/Earth-as-Poetry-Various/dp/1986982580/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523320769&sr=8-1&keywords=On+earth+as+it+is+in+poetry
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