On February 1st, my very first chapbook, “Letter to 20,” was release by the Poet’s Haven Press. Last weekend, I was honored to be the featured performer at Canton’s First Friday Poetry Spectacular to help celebrate the release of the book. It was the first time I was a main feature at a show and the first time I had performed in the Canton/Cleveland area. In fact, last Saturday, I also featured at a Writing Knights show in Cleveland– another great show. Many thanks to Vertigo Xavier and Azriel for welcoming me to their venues.
It’s always interesting to see a different poetry scene. I love hearing different voices and stories that are unique to a particular area. You can also see how the people of a particular are influenced by each other’s styles. I enjoyed listening as much as performing last weekend. I hope to be able to do it again.
It really does feel like a dream-come-true to see an entire book with my name on it. It is something that, for a long time, I didn’t think was going to happen. I didn’t know if I had enough story in me to tell. I didn’t know if I had enough eloquence to tell it. Well, I do. And I have more in me; I haven’t even begun to write!
In case you are wondering, you can purchase my book “Letter to 20,” here. You even get to choose what color you want your cover!
Good gravy! Middle of January and I’m beat. Needless to say, life has gotten busy. Busy is a wonderful, life-changing, heart-fluttering way. I’m getting ready for my book, Letter to 20, to come out with two weekend features in Canton and Cleveland the first weekend of February. I’m writing haiku like a mad-woman so I can defend my crown at the First Draft Haiku Nu-Ku Deathmatch this Friday. Saturday is the Midnight Shift performance of Labyrinth at the Grandview Theatre, and Sunday I’m auditioning for America’s Got Talent. And I’e squeezed in some painting.
I used to dream of being this busy when I was living in small towns. I dreamed of friends who wanted to spend time with me, of doing adventurous things that fill page after page in journals. I dreamed that I was someone that people might actually want to listen to, that my voice and my story were worth something to someone.
I feel that, now. It feels like a dream. I sometimes fear waking up and not having a future, of still being stuck in a dead-end marriage, with hope taunting me. I wake up scared that I will lose these beautiful people in my life, these wondrous adventures that I have gone on, and my Mister. I don’t want to feel the same emptiness I felt in 2010.The emptiness I felt from 1997 through 2010. I’ve come too far. It’s worth being tired knowing I made my day count.
Okay… enough being sappy. I told you I did some painting.
I call it Jade Plant. It’s an abstract based off my own plant here at home. The jade has been in the family since I was born… which means we’re both old. I varnished it tonight, and my Mister wants to buy a frame and put it up. He says it’s his favorite piece that I’ve done. I’m still beaming over that one.
It took some digging, but I finally found all the links to my work, both online and in print. My very first piece in All Things Girl didn’t pull up, so there’s that. I do have information on the rest, though.
“The Fairytale is Over” Rose and Thorn Journal Spring 2011
“Meet Me in the Middle” Vagina:: The Zine March 2012
“Statue” New Verse News July 19, 2012
“A Sidewalk in Need of a Day Off” and “Weight” Loch Raven Review Fall 2012
And in print or soon to be printed:
“And at the End of the World” Buzzkill: Apocalypse- An End of the World Anthology, Nightballet Press
“Summer Afternoon” — Hot Summer Nights by Inner Child Press
“House Tour” — Some Weird Sin Literary Magazine ( You can buy a hard copy or read it online)
And my first chapbook, “Letter to 20”— published by Poet’s Haven Press. The price is $6.00 and you have the choice of 4 cover colors. They are taking pre-orders, now, and the book will be released on February 1, 2013
As more things get published, I’ll keep you posted.
So what have I been up to? Lots. Many life changes have occurred since last I’ve posted. I got a new job that I love, I won my very first slam (’bout damn time), continued to shadowcast movies (and even got my Mister to perform in a couple, himself), and worked on publishing work.
Speaking of which:
I have had a banner year for pieces being published. I will put out a post with links to all of my published pieces and a site where you can pre-order my.new.chapbook. My FIRST chapbook, “Letter to 20.” I’m so proud of this. It’s the culmination of many years’ worth of dreams to see a book with my work and my name on the front cover. It’s an amazing feeling.
I promise I won’t leave the site hanging like I did before. You’ll be hearing more from me– for better or worse.
Love to all.