Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Stay home. Stay safe and healthy. Help other people stay safe and healthy.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
This post will be about a mix of things, so it might seem a bit disorganized.
Last weekend was amazing. Historic. Biden-Harris! It feels like more than a week ago because of the coronavirus surge. I've been thinking about this video. These poems were first published in an online lit mag last Inauguration Day (January 2017), and the video of me reading them is from February 2017.
You can currently vote in the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. If you voted in the opening round, you can vote for a second time. If you missed the first round, you can vote for the first time in this round. I think you can vote until late Sunday night.
There is a review of Without: Body, Name, Country in Portland Book Review. If you would like to read it, you can check it out here.
I recently read Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic. It was one of the most disturbing books I have ever read in terms of subject matter (abuse). The author kept drawing me into the book by making the esoteric equestrian world (which I know little about) feel familiar and almost homey to me. It is sort of like how I felt about chess when watching The Queen's Gambit. I know nothing about chess, but the way Beth visualizes the chess board above her (often before she falls asleep) from childhood through adulthood, made me think about my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and the process of visualizing dance/choreography/performing and writing/editing (as well as the inner monologue of writing).
Next up I am going to read The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon.
Over the course of the pandemic so far, I rewatched the entire series of the TV show Episodes. (The BBC/Showtime show.) In terms of pandemic era TV watching, watching this show for a second time cheered me up more than other funny shows.
Somehow, the Vine Leaves Press team found time to make even more videos.
I'm the frickin' Lorax.
Here's the rest of the videos...
Saturday, November 7, 2020
The vote count is still going in the United States... Go Biden-Harris!
Friday, November 6, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Thank you to everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway for Without: Body, Name, Country. All 2,922 of you.
Congrats to the ten winners. The signed copies have been mailed. You should receive your copy well before the official release date (September 15th).
I hope everyone who didn't win a copy knows that the eBook is only $2.99 and the paperback is only $12.99.
I'm relieved to be back online. I recently didn't have power for seven days because of the derecho in the midwest. Because of the pandemic and being severely immunocompromised, I couldn't go to public places that had power restored before I did. It was...rough... At one point during the outage, I had a dream that a group of people I didn't know were forcing me to perform 1930s-esque tap dances to try and win them money. (What?) I'm glad the outage is over. I felt really tired afterward for a few days.
I hope everyone is doing as well as possible right now. I hate knowing that there are so many people who are sick and/or unsafe right now. Some people are living in tents now because of the damage of the derecho. I don't understand billionaires who don't donate significant amounts of their money to people who need help. There needs to be a redistribution of wealth in the United States.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
So before I share any updates about my life, I want to say...
Black lives matter.
Trans women are women.
The pandemic is far from over, especially in the United States.
I know Joe Biden is not as progressive as many of us would like, but I don't understand how anyone could possibly vote for someone else. People who do not vote for Biden in November will be directly attempting to sabotage the country, whether they understand this or not. All of the heartbreaking inequality in the U.S. will not improve with more years of Trump. That is the mildest way I can put it.
Some good things are happening in the world. On Friday, June 26th, my nephew Grant was born! I have two nephews now. Elliott, Grant's older brother, will turn four in August. It's crazy (in a good way) that my brother now has two children.
Later this summer, my new book will be available for pre-order. I will keep you posted. (Release date: September 15th) Thank you so much to Mark Leidner, Shaindel Beers, Anne Champion, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) for writing about the book!
"Meg Johnson’s third book of poems is a fierce, playful, unapologetic, and morally complex examination of life. The poems range from breezy to formally inventive, from serious-hilarious soliloquies about the vagaries of identity to psychologically insightful reports on the author’s own harrowing journey through womanhood and through illness. Without: Body, Name, Country is a deeply personal, brazenly satirical, and subtly political call to awakening. Those who enjoy memoir and poetry will find both forms seamlessly and searingly interwoven here." —Mark Leidner