2 Weeks to Go and a New class Offered !

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated here. The uncertainty of the world, and taking my university teaching online took over all my brain space.

But now it’s TWO WEEKS to go until the release of my book, Collective Gravities, from amazing Word West!

It’s mentioned by Publisher’s Weekly as one of fifteen Indie gems

It’s had some early reviews:

In Trampset

Amanda McLeod Writes

Bending Genres

 

AND in other news, I’m super excited to be offering a new upcoming class! It is open to anyone interested in writing fiction, poetry, or non-fiction!

ESCAPE VELOCITY

On May 30th, SpaceX made history by becoming the first private entity to ferry two astronauts to the International Space Station. Still, this is just one step in the second space race going on right now. Today, you can’t find a department store without a rack filled with NASA shirts, and it’s for good reason: space is here to stay.
Space exploration, now more than ever, reaches well beyond the sciences. In the global space market, there is room for a multitude of topics and professions. From ‘Space Force’ and ‘Ad Astra’, the writings of Becky Chambers and the Expanse series, and video games such as Outer Worlds, space is infiltrating every corner of our culture.
Because of this, we’ve designed a month-long class and writing workshop on the future of space, through a wide-ranging lens including cultural, technological, societal ideas, and research.
This class is designed to be completely online and friendly to all schedules. It will include several “class periods” a week. These include readings, lectures, writing prompts, and more. We’ll also be implementing your feedback and having additional sessions for peer interaction, and virtual class meet-ups.
The ultimate goal of this class is to come away with a completed piece with an imagined future of space that can be used as a standalone, or to set up a new world for a larger project.

There’s two tiers to this class. You can sign up for class materials at $150, or class materials plus instructor critique on up to 35 pages of writing for $250.

Dates: August 1st-31st

Instructor Bios
Brian Ramos
Brian is a NASA instructor who teaches flight controllers and crew at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has a Masters in International Space Studies from the International Space University where he studied multidisciplinary and multicultural aspects of space. In 2017, he spent 8 months in a HI-SEAS Mars isolation mission on the largest active volcano in the world. Luckily, he did not go insane, and is happy to be here and bring his expertise to co-teach a writing workshop on space.
Chloe N. Clark
Chloe is the author of Collective Gravities, Your Strange Fortune, The Science of Unvanishing Objects, Under My Tongue, and the forthcoming Escaping the Body. She teaches composition, rhetoric, communication, and creative writing at Iowa State University and is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Cotton Xenomorph. She’s tweeted a lot of astronaut puns, but also has other knowledge.

 

Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/jQg1gGxLqCT3Bfcj7

 

 

 

Award Eligibility Post 2019

I’m looking back at the things I published in 2019 and looking forward to 2020.

Full Length:

Your Strange Fortune: Poems, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Speculative poetry.

Fiction:

“Bounce Pass”  Bull: Men’s Fiction (Basketball!)

“Between the Axis and the Stars”  Little Fiction (Astronauts!)

“They are Coming for You, So You Better Run, You Better Run, So You Can Hide” Jellyfish Review  (ZOMBIES!)

“Other Skins” Milk Candy Review (the body)

“Jumpers” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (space plants!)

“The Ocean is Not Empty” Modern Language Studies (SUBMARINES AND SPACESHIPS)

“Bound” ANMLY (ALGAE AND ITS NOT VERY NICE, OR IT IS NICE TO ITSELF, READ THAT AS YOU WILL)

“A Path of Needles” The Wild Hunt (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD BUT SHES A MAGICAL DETECTIVE)

“This Skin You Call Your Own” Boneyard: X-Ray Magazine (Witches 😉 )

Poetry

“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit“Litany” Last Exit

“Ode to my Inbox” Maudlin House

“This Will Be Your Fortune Long After I Can Tell You” SWIMM

“Fortnite 1” Alegrarse

“A Consolation of Stars” Kissing Dynamite

“The Time I Saw the Earth from NASA Mission Control” The Shore

“We imagined their fossils to be thunderbolts” Bridge eight

“The Superhero’s Girlfriend” Dirty Paws

“Other Forms of Conjuring the Moon” Uncanny

“Aphelion” Glass Poetry”

“At the Chapel in DFW Airport” Vagabond City Lit

“Things People Have Written in Letters to Ghosts” Okay Donkey

“Ars Technoetica” “This is a Map that Can’t be Read” “Midwestern Nice” “A Poem in Which God is Both a Metaphor and Not” The Temz Review

“A Neural Network Names Me and Everyone I Know” Kanstellation

And next year I have not one but TWO books coming out! My debut collection of short stories, Collective Gravities, will be out from Word West and my chapbook, Under My Tongue, will be out from Louisiana Literature.

 

BIG NEWS *heart eyes emoji*

My short story collection, Collective Gravities, is due out from the lovely Word West in July 2020.The cover is now up (and I am so lucky with how lovely it is!) and pre-orders have begun (link is here).If you are interested in getting the book, please do consider pre-ordering as they are one of the most helpful ways to support authors and presses! If you pre-order, let me know through my contact form or on Twitter, as I’d love to send you a thank you card!

I will be planning a book tour for next year, so if your city or favorite bookstore is looking for a reader, let me know!

I am also excited to be offering an online class that I’m very excited about. I will be offering it in both February and June, and sign-up for both dates has begun. I have been teaching a university class on Monster Theory and Othering for the past 6 years, as a way of teaching students about rhetoric and communication in today’s world. This class looks at how societies have always used the specter of the other as a monster to keep people in check and afraid. We also examine ways in which horror has both embraced and attempted to combat this. Over the past few months, I have been working on re-designing this course to incorporate creative writing and creation of new monsters–ways to combat/confront othering and systemic violences (a recent example of this done in film would be something like Get Out).  This course will be a month long class/workshop featuring 2-3 classes a week. Each class will feature a written and/or audio recorded lecture, readings, questions to consider for discussion, and writing prompts. The goal by the end of class is to have tools to create your own monster (in some narrative form–though as a fan of multimodal composition, we’ll discuss broad interpretations of narrative as well).  The class will feature two cost options. For 100, you will have access to all course materials and prompts. For 200, I will also do in-depth feedback critiques on the narratives your produce in the class (up to 35 pages of writing or tbd length for other narrative forms). If you’re interested, sign-up is here: https://forms.gle/ETviZPryeyX8QwiS8

In other news, I will also be opening my editing services back up. If you have a book length project (poetry chap, sequences, or full length OR fiction short story collections, novels, or flash chapbook), I offer reasonable prices and ten years of editing experience. Please use the contact form on this website if you are interested!

Your Strange Book Release

Hi all,

This week, I’m excited to finally have my official book release for my collection (out from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press). If you happen to be in Ames, Iowa, stop in to Design on Main on October 11th (7:00-8:30 PM) for readings, cupcakes, a book signing, and surprises. In addition to me reading some poems, there will be fabulous readings by amazing writer friends: Crystal Stone, Erin Schmiel, and Claire Kruesel.

 

The FB event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/489312354979353/

Current Things (July 29th, 2019)

Well July has been an exciting month! My debut full length poetry collection, Your Strange Fortune, was released from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press! It is available for order from the press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite independent bookstore. A lovely review of the book was out at Cleaver magazine written by the amazing KC Mead-Brewer! Another lovely review was at the awesome Juliette Sebock’s book blog!

Little Fiction allowed me to write a playlist in celebration of my book

and EcoTheo allowed me to write a short essay on the creation of the book

And I was also fortunate to have a new poem out at a fabulous place:

Litany in Last Exit

Upcoming things include a story (and a podcast interview) out soon with Modern Language Studies and if you’re interested in taking an online workshop for me—stay tuned to the workshops page and my Twitter, as I will be putting up details on my next fiction one at the end of this week!

 

 

 

Current Things (June 20th, 2019)

I’ve had some pieces that mean a lot to me published, since my last update of current things. AND my book is coming out now in less than a month! You can still pre-order it here: http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

I had a poem with Kissing Dynamite (with Mars!)

Another poem with The Shore (with NASA!)

A short story with Little Fiction (with space!)

One with Bull (with basketball!)

One with Jellyfish Review (with zombies!)

Another in the print issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (with space again!)

And my book was reviewed in After the Pause

Upcoming things include a microessay in EcoTheo, a short story (and an interview on their podcast!) with Modern Language Studies, and more!

Current Things (April 26th, 2019)

My first full length book, Your Strange Fortune, is due out in July–but you can pre-order it at a great discount(31% off for April) (and with free shipping through the end of May) through the end of April at Vegetarian Alcoholic’s website! http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

I am also delighted to announce that I will be presenting at WriteFest in Houston at the end of May! This is a great event and if you’re in the area, you should check it out!

You can read my poem at Uncanny Magazine here  and my poem at Maudlin House here!

Coming up soon, I also have a reading with 3 other wonderful poets in St. Paul, so if you’re in the area please stop by! https://www.facebook.com/events/370891713518694/

 

Finally, I have pieces forthcoming in Little Fiction, Soft Cartel, Kissing Dynamite, Jellyfish Review, and more. You can watch the trailer for my story at Little Fiction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm9XUA0Z8WI&feature=youtu.be

Current Things (March 9th, 2019)

I’ve had some pieces I’m very proud of up at some different lovely places:

This poem, about the videogame Fortnite, was published in the first issue of the amazing new journal Alegrarse.

This poem is over at my beloved Glass Poetry.

I have a flash fiction piece at awesome new journal Milk Candy Review (edited by the beyond fabulous Cathy Ulrich).

I wrote about my writing desk over at Split Lip Magazine.

I have a new poem in the latest issue of the wonderful Uncanny Magazine.

You can hear me read a poem from my forthcoming full length collection here and you can pre-order the book here!

I will also be involved in two readings at AWP!  I will be reading Friday with Menacing Hedge and on Saturday with Vegetarian Alcoholic Press!

Your Strange Fortune: Pre-Orders Now Available

I’m so excited to announce that my full length collection, Your Strange Fortune, is now available from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press (coming out in July). If you pre-order before May 31st, you receive free shipping and my heartfelt thank you. Pre-orders are an extremely important aspect of publishing and one of the most helpful things you can do for an author.

You can pre-order (or find out more about the book) here: http://www.vegetarianalcoholicpress.com/titles/chloe-n-clark-your-strange-fortune

Current Things (January 16th, 2019)

The new year is off to a lovely start! First off, the most exciting news: my debut full length collection of poetry, Your Strange Fortune, which is filled with little hopeful apocalypses will be published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press this summer! Stay tuned for more info and book trailers (because I can’t help myself).

I also had some lovely publications that I’m quite proud of:

I also had this poem at the wonderful SWWIM.

 

My first ever flash fiction workshop, Strange Quickness, begins soon! If it goes well, I’ll be offering more in the future.

And I have some upcoming pieces in Milk Candy Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Uncanny, Glass, Modern Language Studies, and Alegrarse!