Yep, you read that right. It’s release day for my latest chapbook, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night!
I’m super pumped to have this book out in the world. When I started deliriously writing poems to Prince last summer, I thought maybe one or two would get picked up by a magazine. And I certainly didn’t anticipate writing a chapbook’s worth of work. But here it is, thanks to Porkbelly Press and my lovely editor (who is also the publisher and designer) Nicci Mechler.
And, because I can’t help but explode with wow, I found out a few weeks ago that one of the poems in the book, “Hiding is the only thing that matters this summer,” was nominated by Hermeneutic Chaos for the Pushcart Prize. Thank you so much to editor Shinjini Bhattacharjee! I couldn’t be more pleased.
Some of y’all have already received your early copies. Thank you for pre-ordering! There are raspberry beret minis and Princemarks going out with orders while supplies last. If you’d like a signed copy, you can order directly from me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or…..
YOU CAN COME TO MY PARTY! I’ll be reading and celebrating at Malvern Books on Sunday, October 25th at 4pm. There will be a bunch of other awesome readers with Prince poems joining me: Erika Jo Brown, M. Mack, Stacey Balkun, Liz Belile, Ava Love Hannah, BJ Love, and Nettie Reynolds! If I may borrow a turn of phrase from the Purple One, we’re going to have a funky good time.
Speaking of funky good time, Ms. Kepner’s class at Kealing Middle School got a sneak peak of PRAY, PRAY, PRAY last week. I got to share some of my favorite contemporary poetry with the students and to read some of my own work. Everyone got Princemarks and raspberry berets. Here’s our class picture:
So I hope to see you on Sunday. And if you can’t make it and want the book, order from Porkbelly Press or email me. The book is $7 + shipping I believe through Nov. 1st (or possibly sooner as Nicci and I have not achieved full mind meld yet) and then the price will go up to the full 9.50 + shipping. So order soon for a deal. Plus these little berets are going quickly!