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

 

 

 

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!

Current Things (Summer 2018)

Over the summer, I had some pieces published with lovely places. Here is a round-up:

I have three pieces of flash out and about:

The Width of Your Body Apart (Noble/Gas Quarterly)
This is the Color of Your Eyes in the Dark (Noble/Gas Quarterly)
These Arms of Yours (Lost Balloon)
I did an interview about my book with the lovely Naya Clark for Split Lip Magazine!

I have a poem in this awesome poetry anthology out from Apex Press. It’s called “Z is for—“ and is about zombies (sort of).

I did an interview with the awesome people at former cactus

I have a short story in Drunk Monkeys: Someone Else’s Sleeper (Drunk Monkeys)

And finally some poems in various places:
Cooking with Turmeric (Boston Accent)

Two poems in Moonchild:
Apocalypse Scenario #1 (Moonchild)
Pod Person Time (Moonchild)

But Also this is Why the Robots Always Turn on Us (Glass Poetry)

Three poems in Graviton

Finally, a poem called Lichenometry (The Coil)

 

And I have pieces forthcoming from: Jellyfish Review, The Coil, Bird’s Thumb, Okay Donkey, Pithead Chapel,Drunken Boat, and Modern Language Studies.

And finally, I have decided to remain open for editing/critiquing work even during the school year!

Current Things (May 03rd, 2018)

Well April was a busy month, as the end of the semester always is. But I did have some new pieces up around in some amazing journals.

I have a story in the spring issue of Supernatural Tales—its titled after my greatest fear. I have a story about basketball over at Bull: Men’s Fiction (this piece was also chosen as one of Longform’s stories of the week).

I had poems in Eye to the TelescopeTerse, and Cease, Cows. 

The Game of Nerds has a kind review of my book here!

Additionally, I’m delighted that I’ll be on two panels at WisCon this month: one on interactive storytelling and one on creating diverse spaces in writing, editing, publishing, and teaching.

Finally, I have pieces forthcoming from: Moonchild, Drunken Boat, The Coil, Juxtaprose, Lost Balloon, Graviton, and Jellyfish Review.

Current Things (April 04, 2018)

Hello, mes chers, this past month has seen me doing some exciting things.

These included a lot of interviews and reflective posts, so get ready because it’s Chloe O’ Clock (Chlock? No? Too much?).

I did an interview with James Figy for Fear No Lit’s Fail Better series, which you can read here! I also did an interview with Ben Niespodziany at Neon Pajamas! And I also did an interview with Rob Mclennan, which can be found here! Finally I also did a guest post with Nadia Gerassimenko talking about the themes of my book!

Other cool things, you ask? Well, I have a new flash fiction piece over at the wonderful MoonPark Review! And a post in Horror 101 on Enclosed Vs. Exposed horror at Nerds of a Feather!

Plus, I had the delight of reading for DMACC’s Literary Arts Festival with the lovely Claire Kruesel. Which was a highlight of my month.

Stay tuned for more updates as I have pieces coming out in Bull: Men’s Fiction, JuxtaProse, Lost Balloon, Moonchild, Supernatural Tales, Cease Cows, and Eye to the Telescope.

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 (January 5th, 2018)

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!

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!  

Find Cotton Xenomorph on Twitter and Instagram (@cottonxenomorph), plus on Facebook!

 

Current Things (November 1st, 2017)

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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!