The end of the semester would’ve been busy enough, but we’ve also had my spouse’s surprise cancer, surgery, and chemo treatments. Although April and May haven’t been the most productive writing and publishing months for me, I do have some good poetry-related updates.
The PCA/ACA conference was wonderful as always. I loved seeing all of the poetry presentations and sharing poems from Tasty Other. I was also honored to receive the Felicia Campbell Area Chair Award!
I got to read on April 19 at the New Alchemy Poetry Series, which is newly relocated at Lestat’s West. What a cool venue, and what a great night of sharing my poems and hearing others read during the open mic.
In May, my poem “The Book of Icons” from my Bible word banking project was published in Unlost Journal.
This week, Tasty Other turned 6 months old! I joked about doing a mock-baby photo shoot with a chalkboard of fun facts about the book, but I’m not that silly (or perhaps I just don’t have the time right now… I am that silly).
Next up: I’ll be participating in a local author book signing this coming Friday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty Station, Barracks 16 (co-sponsored by SD Writers, Ink and Comickaze).
I’m so excited to share that my new book, Tasty Other, forthcoming in November as the winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, now has a cover!
Tasty Other also has a pre-order page, so if you’d like to purchase copies at almost half price, go for it!
The Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award announcement is up on the MSR website now, so this must be real. I’m still so shocked and honored by this.
I’ve been given clearance to tell the world: my first full-length poetry manuscript, Tasty Other, has won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award!
Main Street Rag let the book award news out of the bag at AWP via a raffle entry form…
The award includes a cash prize, author copies, and publication. The book is due out in November. Tasty Other explores the transition to mother identity, and it grew out of the creative portion of my dissertation.
(I was shaking with excitement for about two hours after I got the phone call. I deleted some exclamation points above so I can at least appear cooler in print than I am in person, but I’m so thrilled and honored!)
In related good news, Main Street Rag just received the Best Small Press award from Mid-American Review at the AWP conference last week! Congrats to them!
My poem “The Forecast” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Thanks, Thrush Press, for this honor and for this beautiful broadside of my poem!
Award announcement: http://www.thrushpress.com/awards.html
Buy a broadside: http://www.thrushpress.com/our-broadsides.html