April update

April will be another busy month. As I posted earlier, Paperback Wings and Patchwork Eyes is being released on April 11th. A single piece “Aries” was also included in the Poetic Art Show, which opened at the Parliament in York on April 6th. Another anthology collaboration Words Speak is also set to release this month.

 

 

-xoxo

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Chapbooks!

I’ve never made a chapbook before this year and quite honestly, I found it really intimidating. I didn’t know how long was too long; how short, too short; what to center it on, where the focus lay.

But twenty-five has been a year of challenges and rewards. That being said, I am releasing two chapbooks (maybe more later this year!) in May and July.

The first chapbook, “The Drowning Girl” follows a narrative of a girl caught in a riptide. In an event that would likely only last about five minutes, I have written 18 poems, personally bound into a chapbook. Each cover has been meticulously hand painted by myself.

These are available to pre-order now, but the official release will be in May. Stay Tuned.

My second chapbook that is going to be be released is “your mother’s white-washed words” which will be published by JMF Publications. Also available for pre-order, we expect this to release in July. “your mother’s white-washed words” voices a sad and under-represented point-of-view: that of white parents of black children. As many of you know, I have a stepson and a daughter, both of which are biracial. While I acknowledge that my relationship with the black community is not one based on fear, there is a certain amount of terror that comes from raising children–any children–in this world.

So keep your eyes peeled. There’s a lot of good things happening over here.

 

-xoxo
Kelsi Rose

National Library Week recap

Recently, I had the pleasure to be a part of the Dauphin County Library System’s Local Author Festival as part of National Library Week. The Library has always held a special place in my heart– I think most book lovers would agree– so spending five hours in a wonderful library, surrounded by books and other authors was truly a dream come true.

I made acquaintances with several other authors and poets and even got some tips on improving my own work. In addition to signing copies of Sparrow and The Drowning Girl, I also had the honor of taking part in a discussion forum about my writing with legendary black mermaid, Julia Mallory. You can follow her on Instagram @thejuliamallory I promise, you won’t be sorry.

If you’re interested, take a look at some of the interesting and cool events hosted at the Dauphin County Library: https://www.dcls.org/events_calendar Things are much more involved than when I was younger!

 

 

-Kelsi Rose

What’s new?

Something that I always try to tell myself is that I will get better with blogging. I think of it, and then life gets in the way!

But let’s catch up. What’s new with Kelsi Rose?

A lot, actually.

 

So much has progressed since my last post (which was in June) I know– I’m awful at keeping up with this!

Paperback Wings and Patchwork Eyes, which was my top project in my last post has almost come to fruition. In fact, it releases in just two days from Winter Goose Publishing, making it my second full length collection in publication!

My project 25Vibes also ends today, so I’m hoping to get it polished up and finished in the next few months. It’s a narrative of my observations and emotions throughout the last year of my life.

As some of you may know, it’s my birthday tomorrow, so I won’t be having any more 25 Vibes… onto 26!

 

xoxo,

Kelsi

Working Titles

 

I am releasing the working titles of my full length collections.

Why? To let people know that I am working very hard.

Now, if you know me in real life, you know that I am a pretty hard worker and I’m always busy. When I’m not working my full time job in Treasury Management, I’m playing with my kids, or enjoying time with my husband, cuddling with my dog. When I’m not doing that, I’m taking photographs, usually of my kids but also weddings, receptions, newborn pictures, events, you name it. When I’m not doing that, I’m working on my double major in English and Psychology which I will be continuing on in the fall at Columbia College. With that said, my precious free time is often monopolized by words- singing, writing, reading.

With these facts in mind, just know that I have always been a writer, so while it may take me a little extra time to churn out all these projects, I am getting to it!

My current projects are:

-Paperback Wings and Patchwork Eyes

-Chamomile Dreams

-of honey and heartbreak

-25Vibes

-The River that Ate all the Rivers

-The Birch Meadow

-And Then, There Were None

These are in no particular order and apart from the first two, I have no idea when any of these projects will be finished. But Paperback Wings & Patchwork Eyes is a collection of 75 poems (as mentioned in the previous blog post) and Chamomile Dreams is a collection of about 80 poems.

PBW&PWE is a collection of poems about being torn apart, sewing yourself back together, the stitches and scars that remain and remind you of when you were once whole.

Chamomile Dreams is a little softer. Focusing primarily on nature and human nature, it encompasses a great deal of romantic poetry. Loving and longing.

 

New Material!

So, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you’ll have noticed one thing:

I am working on new materials!

Right now, I have two full length collections together and organized and of those, one is completely typed and just about ready to submit for publication.

My next collection is called, “Paperback Wings & Patchwork Eyes.” Admittedly, this was the working title of my first collection when I fantasized about my first collection about ten years ago. However, it got pushed aside when my first collection cycled through a variety of working titles.

So far, PBW&PWE has been typed and twice-edited. It is a total of 72 typed pages and about 12,500 words. It features 75 individual pieces that cover how it feels to be torn apart and put back together.

As I said, PBW&PWE was supposed to be my first collection: as such, it includes, nearly exclusively, pieces from the same time-frame of “Sparrow” — my feature collection published by Wintergoose Publishing.

When I decided I was ready to put another book together, I painstakingly went through my archive, which is hosted on a private blog and houses some 900-odd poems. I pulled all of the poems that I considered to be of decent merit and organized them into 13 possible projects. I have since combined similar ideas in order to consolidate these projects. PBW&PWE is a combination of three different projects: It’s namesake, Indigo, and The Star Children, which may emerge on their own later on if I have the materials to support them.

In addition to PBW&PWE, I also have 6 other collections in the works and 3 chapbook collections. Many of these products are sparse and need more material to be written before they will be complete and ready for the public.

I am currently looking for interested parties to read and review PBW&PWE before it’s sent in for publication. Is this you? If so, send me a message on any of my available social media and I will send it to you to review!

 

xoxo

Kelsi Rose