Monday, April 21, 2014

#BLauthor5: Amy King


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#BLauthor5 is poet Amy King.

Of I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press), John Ashbery describes Amy King's poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. The Missing Museum is forthcoming in 2014 from Kore Press. King teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Check her latest blog entries at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine and the Rumpus.

Be sure to check back next week for our interview with Amy.

For now, here are two new poems by her, with comments by co-ed Stacia M. Fleegal afterward:

Monday, April 7, 2014

#BLauthor4: Erik Hanson

#BLauthor4 is fiction writer Erik Hanson.

Hanson is a former Midwesterner, having lived nearly all his life in Iowa before recently marrying and moving to California.  At the moment, he lives in a little brown house with a white picket fence and an astroturf lawn, and his days are spent delivering mail and teaching online writing classes, which don't allow nearly as much time for his own writing as he’d like—but he does have a terrific tan.  His work has appeared in Alimentum, The North American Review, The Monarch Review, and the Chicago Quarterly Review.

How to Drown in a Desert

We drove west through the desert because Jeff had a dream about crashing into the ocean and won’t fly anymore.  I thought about reminding him that he would be over dry land the entire trip but decided it either wouldn’t help or just make matters worse.  Jeff is fairly independent—rarely asks for help with anything—so I offered to drive him.  Along the way, he told me what he could remember of the dream.

Monday, March 24, 2014

#BLauthor3: Mitchell L. H. Douglas

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Next in the author spotlight is poet Mitchell L. H. Douglas.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and poetry editor for PLUCK!: the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. His second poetry collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, is available from Persea Books. His debut collection, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, was a runner-up for the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize, and a semifinalist for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. In 2010, Cooling Board was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), Crab Orchard Review, and Zoland Poetry Volume II (Zoland Books) among others.

Here are four shorter poems by Douglas, plus two portraits by Piya Chakrabarti using a unique acrylic on plastic technique:

Monday, March 17, 2014

An interview with Michael Wayne Hampton

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Co-editor Teneice Durrant interviewed #BLauthor2 Michael Wayne Hampton about his writing:

TD: First up, can you give our readers a list of your published works, of which there seem to be more every month or so?

MH: A complete list would take up a lot of space, but if your readers are interested they can go to my website. All my publications are listed there, some with links to my work.

In the last year I’ve published two books: a flash fiction micro-novel titled Bad Kids from Good Schools from WingedCity Press (out of print at the moment, but hopefully coming back soon), and a short story collection titled Romance forDelinquents which is out from Foxhead Books. My novella Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight won the first Deerbird Novella Prize, and will be released in May by Artistically DeclinedPress.

Other than the books I have out or forthcoming, in the last twelve months I’ve published a number of book reviews in journals such as Atticus Review and NecessaryFiction, and a few essays.

Since last fall most of my attention has been directed toward the two novels I’m currently working on.

Monday, March 10, 2014

#BLauthor2: Michael Wayne Hampton

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In the spotlight for the next two weeks is fiction writer Michael Wayne Hampton, selected by co-editor Teneice Durrant.

Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of three books: Bad Kids from Good Schools (Winged City Chapbook Press), Romance for Delinquents (Foxhead Books, Jan 14), and Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight (Artistically Declined, May 14, pre-order here). His work has appeared in numerous publications such as decomP, McSweeney's, and Atticus Review. He can be reached via his website michaelwaynehampton.com.

Following is an excerpt from is forthcoming novella, Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight:

Friday, March 7, 2014

What’s a poem?: What’s a review? of Kristy Bowen’s “the shared properties of water and stars,” by Stacia M. Fleegal



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Sometimes the stigma is that small and pretty = intellectually lightweight. But Kristy Bowen has written a small and pretty book of prose poems that is, in actuality, going to completely rock your safe little genre-loving world.

Bowen found the perfect home for the shared properties of water and stars at Noctuary Press:

“seeks to create a public space for women writers
… [who are not] simply challeng[ing] the notion of genre, but
… assessing both the artistic possibilities and the dangers inherent in maintaining genre categories.”

The girl with the blonde hair lives next door to the man who keeps rabbits. (p. 9)

Talk about genre-busting. This book is prose poem, short fiction in verse, fairy tale, myth, dystopian fiction, fable, folk tale –

Every shoebox marked open me? (p. 10)

Monday, March 3, 2014

An interview with Kristy Bowen, #BLauthor1, by Stacia M. Fleegal


Got Bowen books?
Our spotlight is on poet and editor Kristy Bowen for another week, so I thought it would be nice to interview Kristy about her writing and publishing projects:

SMF: I saw a picture on your Facebook profile recently of a list of your books, to which you'd added your most recent publication. Can you share that picture with us, and also give us a list of your books and the presses that published them?

KB: Sure! I also have a number of limited edition chaps & book arts things, but these are the full-lengths in the picture. I usually try to corral smaller manuscripts into larger projects, so most of my work eventually winds up longer book form eventually.

girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014)

the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013)

in the bird museum ( Dusie Press, 2008)

the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006)