Friday, November 29, 2019

November News

Hello, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your tryptophan hangover is not too terrible.

This month, my new poetry chapbook, HIGH WATER LINES, was released by Prolific Press!

From the publisher: High Water Lines is a swan song for the American dream, where the notion persists that anyone can still pull themselves up by the bootstraps to escape poverty. This is a collection of poems for the working poor, especially those that dwell in the places deemed “flyover country.” These poems are for anyone who has ever had to pick up and move to chase a job or escape eviction, for anyone who has ever had to punch a time clock or bust their hump for a measly tip, for anyone seeking a better life in another country, for anyone who is one emergency away from homelessness.

Copies are available on the Prolific website. If you read it, as always, reviews and feedback are much appreciated!

I am also thrilled to share that my poem, "Comfort Animals," was the first-place winner of the Seamus Burns Creative Writing Competition (Northern Ireland). I am touched, honored, elated, humbled, to name a few. Thank you so much to Judge Colin Dardis for choosing my poem as the winning piece, and congratulations to my fellow poets! It will be published in the upcoming issue of The Honest Ulsterman. In the meantime, you can check out a video of me reading the poem on the Verbal Arts Centre’s Facebook page here.

I would like to say thank you to KC Reach Out and Read for inviting me to read at their Librarian’s Happy Hour event. I wrote some original poems for the occasion, “The Page” and “Suburban Library,” which have been posted on KC Reach Out and Read’s blog here.

I received a new five-star review on my horror novella, Our Miss Engel. Amazon reader Red Butler calls it "A real dark old-school creep." So pleased you enjoyed, reader!

And finally, I am pleased to share that I almost have a complete first draft of Going Forth by Day, the last book of The Order of the Four Sons series. My goal was to have a rough draft completed by the end of the year. I don’t know if I’m going to quite make it, but I’ll be so close, I won’t feel bad. Look for a sneak peek next month.

Thank you so much for reading! Happy Holidays to everyone!