Hello, hello! How is everyone doing this wonderful day? I just realized it’s National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than to announce my latest publication? My poem, “Dear God,” was released on Monday in Breath and Shadow’s Spring ’19 issue. So, I thought I would take a moment to update you on this and on how Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers Vol. 3 is doing.
First, the new one! “Dear God” is a piece I shared on here a few years ago, so if it seems familiar, that’s why. However, the version posted on Breath and Shadow has been edited into a more streamlined piece. It was originally written while I was an undergrad taking an Intro to Poetry Writing class with professor Jennifer Key. One of our assignments was to write a poem speaking to God. Many of the students wrote extremely happy and/or vague poems, so it was a little weird when it came time to read mine. But I’m glad I read it to the class and I’m proud that this newest version is out in the world.
A little bit about Breath and Shadow. It’s a quarterly journal out of Maine that focuses strictly on disabled writers, no matter the disability. It’s a wonderful publication that gives a voice to a vast group that often goes unheard. Normally, I keep my disability to myself when I’m submitting my work because I don’t want to be a publication’s token cripple or fodder for inspiration porn, but Breath and Shadow is a place where I didn’t have to worry about any of that. Why? Because all of the editors and staff have their own disabilities, as well as all of the contributors. It’s simply a neat journal that publishes awesome writing by people who happen to be disabled. Check it out.
And lastly, an update on Road Kill vol. 3. It recently won the North Texas Book Festival Book Award! I’m super proud to be in a collection with such a wonderful group of writers. Thank you once again to E.R. Bills for putting it together. If you haven’t checked it out, visit the link at the beginning of this post and consider picking up a copy. It’s available as a paperback and a Kindle ebook.
I’m wrapping this up a little quicker than usual, since I’m sure you’re tired of my shamelessness. I’ll be back next week with a special book review of a duet (two reviews for the price of one)! In the mean time, feel free to share your thoughts, comments, or recent accomplishments here or on my social media pages.