Over the past month, some exciting things have happened. Including that my BOOK CAME OUT. I had a release party in Iowa and it went very well. If you pre-ordered, your copy should be getting to you soon! If you’d still like to get a copy, it’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through the publisher.
In February, I published a few pieces. I have been following the amazing Little Fiction for years and I was so delighted that they published my piece Balancing Beams. Over at the lovely Third Point Press, I have another space story up—Out in the Night, I Found Myself Falling.
Additionally, I had a piece of fiction over at wonderful Former Cactus, Everyone’s at Our Place, Even Though We’re Gone and a poem in the awesome Hypertrophic Press called It’s the Horror of My Friends That We Say Mean Things About Blondes.
On the topic of space, over at Nerds of a Feather I did an interview with the amazing Brian Ramos about space and its representation in sci-fi media and pop culture. He’s a great interviewee with interesting thoughts and I hope you check it out! I also reviewed The Ritual at NOAF.
Charity Month at Cotton Xenomorph went so well, thanks to the wonderful writing community, and we raised almost $350 for various organizations and causes!
Finally, I have some pieces coming out in the upcoming months in: Cease Cows, Moonchild, MoonPark, Lost Balloon, Midnight Oil, Glass, Supernatural Tales, and more.
So I’ve published a few things over the past month, have some exciting things coming out soon, and also am starting to get reviews of my book!
First off, though, February is charity month at Cotton Xenomorph, so I’ll tell you all about that here. For the entire month, if you donate ten dollars or more to the charity of your choice (and e-mail us a receipt) we’ll be offering editorial critiques. Hannah, Teo, and I all take editing very seriously and we’ll take care of your work! Please read more about it here!
I had two poems over at Rabid Oak, which you can read here! I also have a flash fiction story at Third Point Press which can be found here!
I have pieces coming out soon from Little Fiction, Hypertrophic Press, Former Cactus, and more.
In non-fiction-y news, I had two new Horror 101 posts at Nerds of a Feather. They can be found here and here!
I also was so delighted and honored to read this review of my book, by Yael van der Wouden at The Wilds!
Due to holidays and course planning, my Current List is coming out a few days later than the past few months. I have failed my site.
But anyway, here are some cool things I had happen over the past month.
The wonderful Brandon Stanwyck reviewed my book for Cleaver Magazine (did this review get me teary eyed? I’ll never tell!). You can read the review here!
My story, “Like the Desert Dark,” which was published by Gamut Magazine was nominated by them for a Pushcart.
The journal I started with my loves Hannah Cohen and Teo Mungaray was interviewed by Luna Luna Magazine (and we’re open to submissions, by the by). You can read the interview here!
My poem “In Gratitude” is in the latest issue of Half Mystic Press, which can be purchased here!
My short story, “Waves Like Constellations,” is over in the debut issue of awesome new journal Longleaf Review. Read it here!
I have a poem, “There is No Matter in It,” in the amazing Oxidant|Engine. Read it here!
And another poem, “That Makes Sense and is the Best Way to Observe the Virtues of His Image,” in Calamus. It can be read here!
The amazing Yes Poetry put together a free chapbook of all their poets of the month from 2017. I have a piece in it (and who doesn’t love free chapbooks??). Check it out here!
And, finally, I was so delighted over summer to work on this collaborative piece with Livien Yin for 7X7. You can find it here!
Here is a round up of things that went on during the past few weeks. There is also only a week left to pre-order my book! You can find it here!
I did a guest blog about the book for the wonderful Catherine Lundoff, which you can read here.
I’m December Poet of the Month at Yes, Poetry and it’s such an unbelievable honor! You can read my piece here.
I had a poem over at (b)OINKZINE.
I have a short story at Ellipsis Zine, titled “Everyone’s at Our Place, Even Though We’re Gone” which was a favorite title of mine.
I have a piece that has a golem in it, over at Bad Pony Magazine.
I also have a piece at Wyvern Lit, which was the winner of their Flash Fiction Contest(!).
My story from last month, “Other Names,” was a Longform Fiction Pick, is on the Nebula Reading List for 2017, and was reviewed by the amazing AC Wise here.
AND, I am so delighted to announce that I have started a literary journal with two amazing writers, Teo Mungaray and Hannah Cohen. Our little baby Cotton Xenomorph is now open for submissions!
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Over the past couple of months, a lot has been going on. I released the book trailer for my upcoming chapbook! As a teacher of multimodal composition and communication, I thought it only fair if I did a trailer for the book. I also just love trailers so much (me: the person who watches movies for the trailers).
My chapbook is also now available for pre-order! The poems in it are all centered around themes of loss, violence and women’s bodies, and how we cope with loss.
I also started a new series over at my beloved Nerds of a Feather! It will be an ongoing examination of the horror genre, titled Horror 101.
At Ploughshares, I wrote about writing horror effectively, a short story by favorite writer Percival Everett, and about using tropes in fiction.
I just had one of my favorite short stories I’ve written published in the lovely Cosmonauts Avenue. The story, titled “Other Names,” was originally written as part of an abandoned novel and reformed into a story. These are characters I love (it’s also one of my few stories that I have “dream-cast” in my head). It also deals with a health issue I know first hand.
There were also some other publications: a story I originally published at Flash Fiction Online is now available as an Audible podcast! Plus I had poems at Boston Accent Lit and at Occulum!
Stay tuned for some upcoming pieces at Ellipsis Zine, Public Pool Poetry, (b)oinkzine, Third Point Press, Half Mystic Press, and Bad Pony Magazine!