Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019! (Writer-in-Residence, Forthcoming Poems)

I meant to blog about this before 2019, but December flew by because of the holidays, then I had some freelance writing deadlines to meet, and now I'm dragging a little because of a cold.

I'm excited to share that I have an upcoming residency! For the month of August 2019, I'll be the writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, Alabama. I'll be staying in the Wolff Cottage. I found out this fall and I'm really excited. The board of directors has already been really welcoming long distance. The Emeritus board members are amazing too, and include Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump, and Sonny Brewer, the author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park. The first writer to stay in the Wolff Cottage was Rick Bragg in the spring of 2004. I am so looking forward to getting lots of work done and exploring Fairhope.

The day after Christmas I had a poem accepted by Hobart. It is scheduled to come out in late March. I am really looking forward to this particular poem being published, but I don't want to give away too much about it before it comes out. It's very different from the poems of mine they published in 2013.

On December 30th, I had a piece taken by Maudlin House. It comes out January 17th. So soon! This piece could be considered flash fiction or poetry or a monologue. It might be the craziest thing I have ever written, and I'm pretty sure I've never said that before. So... Brace yourself? Maudlin House published a poem of mine, "Betty White," in 2016.

About six months ago, I had two poems accepted by MAYDAY Magazine which is published by New American Press. The poems will be in the Speculation issue, but I'm not sure when the release is. I wrote these two poems about a year ago. I guess I would classify them as Trump era poems, although they are not directly about Trump or the GOP, etc. (Gross.)

In the final months of 2018 I continued on with my secret/"secret" nonfiction project. One essay was recently on a Best of 2018 list. The year before, a different essay was on a Best of 2017 list. (I know that's vague. Maybe I will eventually write more about it on this blog.)

Happy 2019!