But I have news. I’ll start you off with Silver Birch Press‘ THE GREAT GATSBY ANTHOLOGY, which just came out. I have an erasure poem in the book, and there are TONS of awesome authors in here. Seriously, tons. It’s stupid. Go grab a copy!
And then I had a piece up at Juked online, which was pretty great. It’s an erasure from my manuscript PAUSE FOR AN EPIPHANY (which I’m currently sending out to publishers, huzzah!) and it’s one of my favorites — “If we had a nickel.” I used a piece from Allure to write this one. Allure has so many wonderful words in its pages.
And then, crazy as it sounds (it sounds crazy to me, anyway), ELJ Publications picked up my YA memoir in verse, THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELING. What even. I’m so grateful to these editors — Ariana D. Den Bleyker and Samantha Duncan — who have shown such faith in me. The memoir will cover several months of my senior year in high school, overlapping into my first few months of college and will discuss my experiences as a bipolar teenager before, during, and after diagnosis. I sold this on proposal, so I still have to write the bulk of the book. Which is scary. But also exhilarating. THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELING will be released in May of 2017 to coincide with National Mental Health Awareness month. ELJ is printing it under their Esperanza Editions imprint — an imprint that highlights stories of mental illness for the sake of both empowerment and education.
If you haven’t read work by my awesome, above-mentioned editors, check them out! They’re both so talented and I’m so excited that I get to work with them on a book that is so personal and that will take a lot out of me as a human and as a writer. I can’t imagine doing this book with anyone else! (They are also publishing my experimental found poetry chapbook ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE in January. SO EXCITED!)
In other news, I just got back from July’s Austin SCBWI meeting where I had the privilege of presenting a talk on using poetry to refine your revision skills. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and especially to those who bought books! I hope folks who enjoyed my talk will also buy books by Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann, whose narrative poems I used to illustrate my points throughout the talk.
And now, I’m off to write more things. So much planning to do before the Prince chap (PRAY, PRAY, PRAY) hits shelves in October. (Save the date: I’ll be launching the book in Austin at Malvern Books on October 25!) So many magazine deadlines to make. So many poems in my notebook that need typing up and revising. And so much delicious mango iced tea to drink. Mmmmmm….
Have a great weekend! I hope you’ll share YOUR good news with ME!