The book is out!!!

It is a hard time in the world, but my book is now officially out and I’m so proud of the work I put into it. I hope if you read it, it will bring something that only story can. The book can be ordered from Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, word west, or through your local favorite bookstore or your library. If you like it, let me know 😊

It was a recent review over at NPR and I also did interviews with The Rumpus and Necessary Fiction.

You can read them:

NPR Review

Necessary Fiction Interview

The Rumpus Interview

The book has many stories about space and astronauts, which also feature in the monthlong writing class I’ll be corunning next month. Sign up is ongoing here: https://forms.gle/JsbGa4x6euiczurBA

Finally, this book came to be because of so many people who supported me, who I love and count on. So I’m including my acknowledgments here, as a shoutout of thanks to all of them. It is extraordinary to have kindness in this world.

Acknowledgments

Every writer works alone, but no book is written alone. Without the support, love, friendship, of the following people, the stories in this book would be far worse or not at all.

To the editors and staff of the journals, where some of these pieces originally appeared, huge thanks for the enormous work that you all do in running wonderful journals and getting new writing out for readers everywhere.

I have so much thankfulness for having ended up with the lovely people of Word West. I could never have imagined such a wonderful experience for creating this book with a publisher. Josh Graber is an amazing editor and David Queen is a wonderful and big-hearted publisher. Everyone involved is the absolute best.

I am lucky to have worked with and be surrounded by wonderful colleagues, peers, and friends. Many thanks to the English Department at Iowa State University, Volker Hegelheimer, Deanna Ward, Deanna Stumbo, Tina Coffelt, Debra Marquart, Charissa Menefee, Ned Balbo, Rachel Mans McKenny, Claire Kruesel, Brian Burmeister, and Kirk Wilkins.

Some of these stories were written under the guidance of the following amazing teachers: KL Cook, Ron Wallace, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Emily Ruskovich, Jason England, and Nate Brown. A gigantic thank you to my former professor, current friend, and personal Yoda, Marc Seals, as well.

To my Xenomorph hive, you all keep me sane, supported, and feeling loved, despite our Oreo battles: Teo Mungaray, Hannah Cohen, Kate Mead-Brewer, and E. Kristin Anderson.

Many thanks to the supportive community of friends and writers who have given me support, advice, and their lovely friendships: Lisa, Koca, Samantha Kohnert, Maria Rago, Kristin Gulotta, Ean Weslynn, Matty Layne Glasgow, M. Molly Backes, Crystal Stone, Renee Christopher, Camille Meyers, Meghann Hart, Jennifer Hutchins,  Matthew Paul, Gillian Ramos, Carla Sofia Ferreira, Beth Gilstrap, Alvin Park, Ellie Leonard, Katy McMahon, Monet Thomas, Jordan Kurella, Maria Haskins, Juan Martinez, Sara Lippmann, Amber Sparks, Kendra Fortmeyer, and so many more.

Finally, I would not be a writer or continue writing if it were not for the love, friendship, kindness, and awesome of the amazing people who make my life a life. To my loves, a million thank yous will not suffice: Stephanie Gunn who has read everything I’ve ever written, even when it’s scary, a billion reasons; Brontë Wieland who makes up best house even separated by miles; Brian Ramos who I could spend every moment and adventure with; Philippe Meister, roommate extraordinaire; Erin Schmiel, my partner in rage coffee and friendship. To my amazing family, so much love: Mama, Papa, Mike, Gabe, Jack, Henry, Westley, Rowan, Kimberly, Millie Hatch.

 

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