Life has been full of the very bad and the very good. I’ll share some of the good…
On Oct. 29, I was a featured reader at the Nevermore Free Poetry Festival in Van Nuys, and it was an amazing experience. Thanks, Nicelle Davis, for making magical things happen. I definitely need more full-day poetry festivals and Poe-inspired costumes in my life. I probably need to wear black lipstick more frequently too…
Photo by Edwin Vasquez
In the last few weeks, I’ve been the featured poet in WTH Weekly (thanks, Cassie Paton!) and A Door with a Voice has received a review in Mom Egg Review. Speaking of Marvels also just published an interview with me about A Door with a Voice with some deeply thoughtful questions from R Vinoshini Naidoo.
I’ve had a few poems accepted for publication in the last few weeks too, which feels great, of course. Thanks, Yellow Chair Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Candlesticks & Daggers!
Next up: Tasty Other, my first full-length poetry book, will be released next week! I’ve been setting up readings and will soon create an Events page with all of my “book tour” information (and I will let myself feel like a rock star for at least a minute).
Noh Anothai had me at Sappho. 🙂 Here is an excerpt from his review of A Door with a Voice:
“Like Sappho in reverse, Manning ‘[uses] the last chapter of one book from the Bible as a wordbook’ for each poem. She thus shatters the world’s most widely read religious text and creates sixteen miniature mosaics out of the broken pieces.”
What a thoughtful and thought-provoking review! Thanks, Noh, Tarpaulin Sky, Fox, and Agape Editions!
This was such a fun interview that I did about my forthcoming book Tasty Other (and other poetry-related things). Thanks, Nicole Ross Rollender! Here’s one of my favorite parts…
Do you think poets have a responsibility as artists to respond to what’s happening in the world, and put that message out there? Does your work address social issues?
I don’t think poets have to respond directly to current events, but then I don’t think poems have to have a clear message. Some poems show us an image like a painting. Some play with sound. I do think that creating poems—and any act of artistic creation—is a way of responding to what’s happening in the world regardless of the content of those poems. To say that beauty and art matter in the face of violence and fear is radical.
Donna Vorreyer, a poet whose work I greatly admire, took the time to read and write a review of my new poetry chapbook, A Door with a Voice. You can read the review now at Queen Mob’s Tea House, and you can read the poetry collection itself here: A Door with a Voice.
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 past two weeks have been some of the worst of my life. My mother-in-law was killed in a car crash that put my father-in-law in the ICU, and now it looks like he won’t make it either. We are so heartbroken.
I’m thankful right now for any happy news that I can get, and I have three pieces of good poetry news today.
- Five poems from A Door with a Voice were published in Eunoia Review.
- Erika Dreifus posted a review of A Door with a Voice.
- Nancy Chen Long posted an interview with me about A Door with a Voice.
And if you’re interested, you can read the poetry collection itself: A Door with a Voice.
Thanks to Karissa Knox Sorrell for this micro-review and recommendation of A Door with a Voice!
“A Door With a Voice by Katie Manning is an exceptional collection of poems whose words come from chapters in the Bible. Manning’s idea was to take the final chapter of different books of the Bible and use them as word banks to create poems. I love how Manning deconstructs the language and reconstructs it to create her own powerful narratives.”
And how wonderful to have my work recommended alongside Maggie Smith-Beehler and Sandy Marchetti!
My new chapbook is here! A Door with a Voice was published by Agape Editions today and is available as a free download!
Here is my May post, in which it’s my birthday, and I can shout about reading fees if I want to!
(♪♫ Shout if I want to, shout if I want to! ♪♫)
With Carolyne Wright at PCA/ACA in Seattle