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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.

 

-xoxo

 

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WeArtFriends Poetry Tournament

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!

 

-K

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

Stay in touch with everything I’m doing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

 

-xoxo

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

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