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

 

 

 

Current Things (March 3rd, 2018)

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.

Current Things (December 1st, 2017)

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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