I Got Into the Book Industry!

That is, I’ve joined the team at the Odyssey Bookshop as a bookseller, and have been learning about the retail side of this compelling and complicated business!

It’s fantastic to be working in a small local business again, as well as so much fun to be connecting to both our book lover customers and our Mount Holyoke College customers. (Not that those two groups are unrelated!)

I am also doing research over the summer collecting oral histories from volunteers with prison writing programs (to put it simply), which is incredible to get to do. If that describes you or someone you know, please drop a line to me at EverBethany on Twitter or some other method of contact from my Connect page above!

Theoretical Futures: Sirens Conference and Forthcoming Poetry

It’s almost impossible to look as far into the future as October with any certainty, in this July of 2020.

But I am excited to look forward to theoretically presenting at the Sirens Conference, leading a workshop on speculative poetry!

Verse Versus Reality @ Sirens Conference

“Poetry may be the earliest storytelling form, but much like stories with gods and monsters, these days it is often seen as niche, not of general interest. And poetry that envisions alternative realities? Weirder than weird. But perhaps…not difficult. In this workshop, read some example poetry by fellow Sirens and similar poets, use prompts to create your own transgressive poetry, and form an affirmative writing group to share your work if you choose.”

I’ve been hoping to do something similar with the lovely Sirens community for some time but last year I chose not to attend since I was going to be transitioning to a new school, job location, and home. If Sirens happens in person I’ll be braving my first long-distance trip in mass transit to Denver–if not, I hope to still share this workshop on how to write poems that speak from reality by bending it.

I’ve always loved narrative poetry, and am currently working on a manuscript of poems that have a continuity, if not a strict storyline.

In the fall I’m also looking forward to publishing my first poem with Strange Horizons! “Trust Your Eyes” was the only speculative poem I wrote in a poetry class where we explored form–it is (mostly) a blank verse poem. It’s also influence by cowboy poetry, and about the not-quite-knowing of big open spaces.

I guess that’s fitting.

rural rebellion and urban punkcreatures

Two new poems of mine came out earlier this year and are available to read!

rebel in dirt” is not speculative, but local. It appeared in the Tulsa Voice, as one of the first poems featured there. It’s a weird little personal poem about personhood and gardening, which is fitting since gardening is something I’ve come to love since living in this area.

Urban Bloods: an introduction”┬áZitetic Record published this faux-academic piece describing a group who seem to appear in the urban landscape fully formed as punks…. There is a second poem about these folks under my hat, and it may just be my next series to play with…

I have poems forthcoming now from Speculative Masculinities (which will make my 6th Oklahoma Shapeshifter poem in the wild), Twisted Moon, Liminality and Grievous Angel. Really excited to eventually share those with the world.

Spring 2017 Brings Wildflowers and Paper Charms

On March 21st, two magazines launched issues with my poetry in them!

Liminality’s 11th issue included “October Wildflower” in it’s always gorgeous collection of poetry. Their next issue will also include a poem of mine, titled “Armament”. Look forward to that this summer!

And Riddled With Arrows, a magazine of meta-fiction and poetry, launched its first issue with my poem “Scripts Simulacrum“.

~ a little about the poems ~

October Wildflower, like the other Oklahoma shapeshifter poems that seem to have thorned their way into my brain, is inspired incredibly closely by the landscape around my home. The foggy glory of Oklahoma’s mild autumn unfolded this poem for me–and really, the story bits were easy. Here’s an cameraphone snap of my walk that day:

 

I’m really glad that Riddled With Arrows opened–and as the various sales from my writing forum friends attests, so were many writers! We all love meta–stories that tongue-in-cheek reference their own tropes, or beautiful descriptions of writing itself.

I’ve written several iterations of this kind of poem, and I’m really pleased that the one about a slightly obsessed fan, turning their (literary) hero’s words into a collection of power, was chosen.

And I’m inspired to take a stab at some new material…

~ coming next ~

My poem in Sunvault: anthology of solarpunk & ecospeculation, should be out late this summer! Pre-orders will be available soon.

Again, the summer issue of Liminality will include another poem of mine. I have a few more things forthcoming, but without concrete release dates. Excited, though!

article for Denizen Magazine – for Third Culture Kid

I pitched an idea for an essay to this lovely webzine, publishing articles on being a child of different cultures, and worked with the editor to put together a personal account of how grief comes into returning “home” sometimes.

Writing something so personal for publication was a new experience, as was publishing non-fiction at all. I am proud of it, and of being part of this cool magazine.

“You Can’t Go Home Again”

We left Yonezawa before 6 a.m., in January. My too-big-for-Japan family clambered into a van with half our belongings crammed into suitcases around us.

We were moving back to the States, and my heart was breaking.

…read the rest here

In Harmony With Ghosts

New poem out!

Or rather, it was new when it was published some time ago. I updated my bibiography but didn’t make a post.

In Harmony With Ghosts

Like “Kami“, this poem is directly written from experience of temples in Japan when I was living there as a teen. I think it’s great that Strong Verse has published both my semi-paranormal travel poems. It’s technically not a spec verse magazine, but I’ve kinda warped it my way a little…

SFPA poetry contest

My poem “An Herbwife Lives by the Dragons’ Eyrie” was a finalist, but ultimately didn’t place in the SFPA contest. It was fun to enter something like this, and actually place, though! It has a different sort of feeling from getting personalized rejections from markets…

Looking at the lovely poetry that did place, I can see why mine may have been a choice for one of the initial readers and not the judge–the collection of winning poetry has a definite weird sci-fi beauty, a consciousness of the universe.

Go see them!

2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest Winners