I just found out I had three pieces accepted by Cease, Cows. I'll keep you posted about when they come out!
University of Akron is having spring break this week. Weird. It doesn't feel like spring (I'm wearing a sweater and my windows are rattling from the wind) and I haven't had much of a break from doing work this week (so much to do...). I better get some quality time at a pool early this summer or a grown-woman-tantrum will happen.
Inappropriate Sleepover Coming soon from The National Poetry Review Press
Meg Johnson’s collection, Inappropriate Sleepover, had me at page one. Her quirky and darkly humorous poems are as refreshing as they are clever, as disarmingly entertaining as they are provocative. Meg Johnson is a stunning addition to the American poetry scene. —Nin Andrews
Half siren song, half battle cry, Meg Johnson’s Inappropriate Sleepover is a debut collection that coaxes us out of our tightly-zipped sleeping bags and keeps us up until dawn with poems that resonate, beguile, and delight. Equally whimsical and poignant, Johnson’s voice introduces us to a new sort of poetry heroine: one who is undaunted by external forces that oppose her, and driven to excavate the most subtle nuances of human connection. These are poems to keep for yourself, and to share with your very best friends. —Mary Biddinger
In these poems, Meg Johnson dances on the narrow boundary dividing self-confidence from self-delusion. Always unsettled, her restlessness born from her awareness that the self is too big to fit, even when broken into parts, into the many and ever-proliferating boxes in which a self is expected to find its many homes, her speakers both celebrate and lament the quotidian by which they are enraptured: “If I was a tree I’d / want to be a pine because of the needles. People / would always be finding a piece of me.” And the celebrating, and the lamenting, are themselves both enrapturing. —Shane McCrae
They'll be announcing the winner in two weeks. Quercus Review Press published one of my favorite books (Terry Godbey's Beauty Lessons) and I'm sure the book that gets chosen this year will become a new favorite of mine.
Stay tuned for updates about the release of Inappropriate Sleepover!
Update (3/3/2014): Butter Sad was one of six honorable mentions in the Quercus Review book contest. One winner (Laurie Zimmerman) and six honorable mentions were chosen from the 20 finalists. Thanks Quercus! I'm very flattered!
I have a few updates, but before I can organize my thoughts I just have to say it... Cabin fever.
February 16th. Still winter.
Thursday, April 24th I have a reading at Madison College (in Madison,
Wisconsin) and I'm visiting Matt Guenette's poetry class. On Saturday, April
26th I'm presenting/teaching at the Columbus State Writers Conference in
Columbus, Ohio. I'm really looking forward to all of this! I'll post more details later.
I've uploaded some more videos to my YouTube channel. The newest videos are of me reading some poems by other poets that I really like. I'll try to keep adding more videos.
I found out today that my second full length manuscript Butter Sad (my new/thesis manuscript) made it to the next round in the Quercus Review Press book contest. I'm so excited that this very new manuscript got some recognition. To celebrate I watched one of my favorite movies for, like, the millionth time. My book, Inappropriate Sleepover, being published by The National Poetry Review Press, is scheduled to be out this spring.
Issue Seven of Dressing Room Poetry Journalis out now. The
issue features poetry by Paul David Atkins, Emily Grace Bernard, Kristy Bowen, April
Michelle Bratten, Janet Butler, John Estes, Ruth Foley, Ricky Garni, William
Greenway, Gail Hosking, Peycho Kanev, Dan Sicoli, Aden Thomas, Elizabeth Weaver,
and Laura Grace Weldon as well as an interview with Kate Greenstreet by Sarah
Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. The
issue features poetry by Amanda Chiado, David
Chorlton, Susan Grimm, j/j
Monroe, Eric Morris, Amanda Oaks, Teresa
Petro, Thomas Piekarski, Kushal Poddar,
and April Salzano as well as an interview withElizabeth Ellen by Jacob Euteneuer.
I have a new three section poem in the new issue of The Puritanwhich just came out today. You can check it out here. There is also an audio recording of me reading the poem. You can also listen to the audio here.
I was interviewed for The Puritan's blog, The Town Crier, about the process of writing the piece. I'll let you know when that comes out.
I've been feeling a little better the last couple of days. I hope this continues. Yesterday, for about an hour, I felt almost peppy.
Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be out soon. Speaking of Dressing Room Poetry Journal, I have some exciting contributor news. Terry Godbey, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, and Valerie Wetlaufer all have books coming out in the next year that include poems that originally appeared in the journal. So you can get a taste of their forthcoming books by reading their poems in Dressing Room Poetry Journaland then you can pre-order their books/find out more info here and here and here.
Update (9/20/2013): Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor Sarah Cortez is editing Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance, an anthology forthcoming from Texas Review Press. You can see the info for submissions including the deadline here.
Exciting news from another Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor! Sara Biggs Chaney has published a new chapbook of poems. You can find out more info and order a copy here. All royalties for this collection will be donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
My brother is engaged! Congratulations Alec and Miranda! The proposal happened yesterday. I wish I could be there to celebrate with them. They are currently living in Austin, Texas where they have been the last couple of years. They will be moving to the Des Moines area in Iowa in two or three weeks.
I found out that the third issue of The Alarmistwhich includes a poem of mine will be on sale in the UK and Europe starting in mid-September. It will be available internationally starting in October.
The day the issue launches there will be a release party in London.
It looks like it will be a great event! I would love to attend, but I will be in northeast Ohio. Sigh.
Anyway, Happy Labor Day Weekend!
P.S. Just found out The Alarmist is now available in over 200 stores internationally and you can also order it online.
P.P.S. I don't have a facebook account or a twitter account. I have this blog and my website. Just sayin'. Some people have asked. And you know... Beware of the catfishing epidemic.
Issue Five of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here. The issue features poems and essays by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess as well as poetry by Michael Collins, Donavon Davidson, Sarah Dravec, Terry Godbey, Howie Good, Robert S. King, and David Rutter.
Issue Four of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here. The issue features poetry by Elizabeth Ashe, Leah Browning, Jackson Burgess, Sara Biggs Chaney,
Cortez, Katie DiGangi, John Farmer, Emily Lake
Hansen, Scott Hartwich, Wess Mongo Jolley, Robert S. King, Rebecca Ligon, Ellene
Glenn Moore, Eric G. Müller, Mirissa Rini, Claudia Serea, Alexandria Simmons, and Sara Williams.