Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest post by Sara Biggs Chaney: Go Cry Over Your Dog Biscuits—Some Thoughts on Writers and Bullying

"Electrifying Groove," by Danielle Dragona
#BLauthor13 Sara Biggs Chaney has written a guest post on bullying within the writing community, and we think it's totally rad when other writers say, hey, do your thing, who cares? There's room for all of us. The accompanying art by Danielle Dragona kind of highlights that idea: groove on, jam out, do your thing.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#BLauthor13: Sara Biggs Chaney

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Sara Biggs Chaney received her Ph.D. in English in 2008 and currently teaches first-year writing in Dartmouth's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Her first chapbook, Precipice Fruit, was released by ELJ Publications in October 2013, and her second chapbook, Ann Coulter's Letter to the Young Poets, is forthcoming from dancing girl press this summer. Sara's poems and flash fictions have recently appeared (or will soon appear) in Word Riot, PANK, SunDog Lit, Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Menacing Hedge, Whiskeypaper, and other places. You can catch up with Sara at her blog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Co-editor Bethany Brownholtz interviews Kate Abbott, #BLauthor12

Series of untitled photos by Craig Scoffone - Video Maker

Here is BL's interview with #BLauthor12 Kate Abbott.

If you haven’t checked out Kate’s prose poetry yet, please do that. Featured art is a slideshow of work by Craig Scoffone, a San Francisco Bay Area based photographer. We are pleased to be able to present some of his works here.  Please visit his website to see additional works.

Monday, August 25, 2014

#BLauthor12: Kate Abbott

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Kate Abbott's YA novel Disneylanders was published in 2013 by Orchard Hill Press. She recently completed the memoir Walking After Midnight. She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, and tiny parrots.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Alienated from poetry? A guest post by #BLauthor11 Andrew Rihn

"Injured Brain = Total Abstinence,"
mixed media collage,
by Brett Stout
I haven't written a poem in roughly two years. As strange as that sentence is for me to write, it is equally strange to see my poem “Tow Truck” appear online. It is the last poem I wrote.

It is strange because two years on, I'm really happy with the poem. At the time, I was writing a lot of poems about alienation: alienation from God, alienation from each other, alienation from ourselves. Most of my poems started from images, from things I've seen that could be excavated as metaphors. In this case, the idea for the poem began by seeing tow trucks that appeared to have crosses on them, and considering the phrase “my cross to bear.”

I was also looking at spaces where alienation became somewhat literal: the space between customer and cashier, between the artist and model, or in the case of “Tow Truck,” the space between driver and passenger. I'm interested in the relationship between intimacy and distance. It is intimate to sit next to someone in the cab of a truck, yet the relationship is quite distant. Proximity may not be fulfilling, yet sometimes it is all we have.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#BLauthor 11: Andrew Rihn

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Andrew Rihn is a writer from Canton, OH.  He is the author of several chapbooks of poetry, including Foreclosure Dogs (Winged City Press), Outside the Clinic (Unlikely Stories), and The Hunger Dictionary (Night Ballet Press).  He works as a writing tutor at Stark State College.

Note: Winged City Press is another project by BL co-editor Teneice Durrant. She selected this Rihn poem for us; read about why below, and be sure to visit WCP, which publishes chapbooks of both fiction and poetry.

For now, here’s a new poem by Andrew:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gathering the scraps: Guest post on a writing life by #BLauthor10 Leah Lederman

"Two," by Meg Flannery
My writing life is one of voyeurism rather than action (Note: look up voyeurism definition and make sure it isn’t that other thing). I’m surrounded by writing on a daily basis; my entire income is based on the writing of others. But I’m no writer.

So when Blood Lotus asked me to compose a guest post about my “life as a writer” I was stumped.

I do write a lot of emails.