Apr 26, 2013

Currently Researching


The first doily for the new book, a memoir. This research is very necessary. This is a vintage pineapple doily.

Apr 24, 2013

In Case You Don't Have Yours Yet


You can order it through SPD, Coconut Books, or Amazon. Enjoy!

Blake Butler reviews this and other Coconut Books titles here.

Apr 17, 2013

Reading at the U of MO Second Try


My first attempt to read at the University of Missouri-Columbia was cancelled due to Winter Storm Q. Let's hope that no winter storm dares to mess with this rescheduled event. The reading will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 in Tate 215. Full disclosure: I stole the very cool flyer image from the program's Facebook page. Whoever made it: I HEART it.

Apr 14, 2013

The Next Big Thing Guest Post: Michael Smith

Below are Michael Smith's responses to the Next Big Thing. His latest book, Multiverse, was recently published by BlazeVOX Books.


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What is your working title of your book?

Pocket Guide to another Earth

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The book explores those sudden transformative moments in our lives when the world we think we know seems unlike the one around us.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Poetry

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?


I do most things in life with Robert Downey Jr. in mind. Perhaps he could take it on the road as a one-man show?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

This book contains 32 lyric, narrative, and lyrically narrative poems and a couple of anagrams.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

Several small presses are fighting over it in my mind.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

5 years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would compare it unfavorably to Jennifer Grotz’s Cusp and anything by Geoffrey Hill.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My surprising move to the Mississippi Delta three years ago has informed almost everything I’ve done.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

One section of the book deals with Edgar Allan Poe, who, apparently is perched on a branch of my family tree.

Five writers to tag: Greg Brownderville, Anne Barnhill, Stacy Cartledge, Jeanne Larson, John Matthias

- Michael Smith




Apr 5, 2013

The Next Big Thing Guest Post: C. Kubasta


Below are C. Kubasta's responses to the Next Big Thing. Her chapbook, A Lovely Box, was recently published by Finishing Line Press.

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Thanks to Jenny Boully for tagging me & letting me post on her blog. I will look into this blog idea, as soon as I rewind the tape for my manual typewriter.

*Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing*

What is your working title of your book?


 A Lovely Box

Where did the idea come from for the book?


Who knows? After putting it together, I’d say it’s a collection of poems that all oscillate around the idea of boxes: boxes in terms of the roles/identities we construct for ourselves and are constructed for us. Perhaps I was locked in a closet as a child –or am nostalgic for the old-timey panoramas constructed from discarded shoeboxes –remember those from social studies?

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry, but of a strange sort.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?


A movie adaptation of poems would be a strange and fragmentary text. I’d definitely pick Maggie Gyllenhaal (maybe the character in Stranger Than Fiction) to play the poet, some version of myself.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 

 Each poem is a box, splitting its seams.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


My book will be released May 10th 2013 from Finishing Line Press. It’s a small press that publishes only poetry.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?


The poems are some old, some new, some I’ve been working and reworking since graduate school. Good God – one since undergrad!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?


Frank Bidart is a big influence on my style, so perhaps I’d call it “Bidart-ish” (if he’d take the compliment), destabilized by a little George Steiner, and with a soup├žon of Dorianne Laux.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?


Long long ago, Mrs. Christenson, my 6th grade teacher made the whole class write poems. It’s probably her fault.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?


The title comes from a line talking about the common names of dragonfly and damselfly. The line reads, “a lovely box, culture made” and refers to the namer as “caught dreaming Arthur and his knights.” Other boxes appear in the poems as well, including the colloquial “box” meaning vagina. One poem discusses the “discovery” of the clitoris, during a witchcraft trial in the 1400’s. There’s also a hayloft, a reliquary box, a tavern, a womb and a tomb.

- C. Kubasta

Mar 20, 2013

My Next Big Thing

Thank you to Douglas A Martin for tagging me to be a part of the Next Big Thing, which I'm not sure originated where. Here are my short answers, short because of the mommying/working thing.


Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing

What is your working title of your book?

Housewares

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was looking at advertisements from the 70s about a year ago. I became interested in objects and how we form attachments through objects, how memory functions through triggers from objects. I became interested in nostalgia as a poetic impulse.

What genre does your book fall under?

Most of my previous work feels multi-genred, but this one feels purely like poetry to me. At least for now.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m thinking this is more of the old-fashioned animated cartoon kind of rendition. Lots of fuzz and sketch marks. Movement occurs through blurring, visual tricks.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A doily grows up and mourns its childhood long gone.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

As with most of my books, I will most likely try to place it with a small press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This project is still in its infancy. I imagine it will take a year at this rate, primarily because I have a new infant in the house now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I hate the comparison game.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The doilies my mother crocheted.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

There is also an interesting placemat. 

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I've decided to tag five writers that I recently wrote blurbs for. Some of them have been tagged previously, but I thought I would tag them again anyhow. Here they are: Michael Smith, C. Kubasta, Shelby Smoak, Jackie Clark, and Jay Ponteri

Mar 4, 2013

YOU: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person

YOU: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person is now available. In it, you can find my essay "Spy Camera." There are essays from many contributors, some of whom I know: Kim Adrian, Amy Leach, Sonja Livingston, and Brenda Miller. Published by Welcome Table Press, the anthology was edited by Kim Dana Kupperman, Heather G. Simons, and James M. Chesbro. The contributors' notes, written in the second person, are alone worth purchasing this book. Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2013

Passages North: Mourning Suit

The new issue of Passages North is out, and I love the cover. You can find my essay "Mourning Suit" in the new issue and also on-line.

Feb 17, 2013

Reading at the University of Missouri-Columbia

I'll be reading at the University of Missouri-Columbia on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:00.  More details can be found here.

This event has been CANCELLED due to the weather. It will be rescheduled. Please check back. Thank you.

Feb 9, 2013

The latest precious delivery

These showed up at my door earlier this week:


You can order yours through Small Press Distribution or through the Coconut Books website, which offers free shipping.

Small Press Distribution is also offering 35% off my two Tarpaulin Sky Press titles, [one love affair]* and not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them. The sale is through March 1.

My last precious delivery was for Penelope. This one is for Augie.


Jan 29, 2013

of the mismatched teacups, of the single serving spoon: a book of failures ALMOST HERE

As you can guess from my post title, the new book is almost here. Here is a sneak peak at SPD.

Bruce Covey, publisher of Coconut Books, informed me that the books have arrived at Coconut headquarters. They should be available for purchase soon if not already through SPD.

Pictures will be posted when my box gets here.

In the meantime, I am happy to report three things:

1.) My blog has a new look thanks to Thumbtack Design.

2.) The insane noise from upstairs is gone. The people who lived there moved out two weeks ago. This means that I have my sanity back and hopefully creative space and time to write and read again will follow.

3.) The new baby is 2.5 months old. He and older sister love each other.

Jul 7, 2012

A bit of a summer update

As you might be able to surmise, I am terrible at self-promotion, and so this blog languishes. There have been many reviews that I am grateful for; there have been many readings given that I have been grateful to have given; there have been mentions and much love, and I am so grateful for them all. I'm sorry that I have not, given my life as it is now, been able to stay up to date here or on my Facebook page. I live downstairs from a family with a jackhammer and concentrating has been hard and it is not possible to find a quiet place outside with toddler in tow. With what time I do have to focus, I have been working on my poetry collection that will be out with Coconut Books soon. So that is what I will be focusing on this summer. My apologies for emails unanswered for notices unreturned.

Feb 29, 2012

Where I'll be at AWP

Here is a list of events that I'm scheduled to be at during this year's AWP:

Thursday, March 1
Off site event (free and open to the public)
Columbia College Chicago MFA in Nonfiction Reading
8:00 p.m. / Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Ave, Ferguson Hall, Room 101

Description: Please join us for a evening of readings by faculty and students in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago. Faculty members David Lazar, Aviya Kushner, and Jenny Boully will read with current MFA students Colleen O'Connor, Jennifer Tatum-Cotamagana, Dauren Velez and Erin Wisti. The event location is a quick walk from both conference hotels.

Saturday, March 3
Official conference event panel (not open to the public)
The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame
12 :00 to 1:15 p.m.  

Description: (Orlando Menes, Jenny Boully, Stacy Cartledge, John Phillip Santos, Mike Smith)
Poets read from their exciting work and discuss how Notre Dame has formed their craft and their vision. Experience their vibrant and provocative poetry, which showcases the rich cultural and aesthetic diversity of this leading Catholic university. Come celebrate the recent publication of The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008, edited by Orlando Ricardo Menes.