Get your e-readers ready!
I am honored to announce that Christian Lukather of The Writing Disorder will be re-publishing my collection, The Way Home (Originally published with Dancing Girl Press & Studio) in e-book format. Gratitude.
I am happy to announce that The Way Home show has found its second venue: The Space. We will be performing the show some time in May, so stay tuned for a specific time and date. It’s an honor to be able to perform this show again.
Here, you can watch a clip from our first show at The Timucua Arts White House.
I hope that as we continue to perform this book, the story will continue to grow, too.
It’s just a matter of “how” the story will grow. I am learning how to discover through art all over again, and that is a blessing.
Spring is here,
and it’s been a while since I have written in this e-space.
The Way Home show was a dream. I have much to share about it, and I hope to get it up here soon.
But more importantly, I want to dedicate this post to renewal. To spring.
I’ve learned to view art as entities to give birth to, and in that I’ve felt a shift in the way I photograph and write. I am not sure how to explain this shift yet.
To begin Spring, I’m happy to announce that I am the new Art Director of Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. I still edit and art direct at SmokeLong Quarterly. Curating has become a remarkable art form in my life.
Also, I have a photoset coming out in The Eckleburg Gallery of The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. This set is called “Energies,” and while some photographs in the set were taken about two years ago, many have been recently taken. The way time and layers come together to create certain energies — that is what I explored in this set.
An underwater photograph I took last year, “Shift,” is also out in PANK 8. The way time happens is something I may never fully understand. I took this photo on a day last year, when I was in a very different place than I am in now, and the photo is still “out there,” moving and changing and growing. This photograph is part of a larger series called “Birthplace as Rented Room,” which explores the very temporary way that humans move underwater.
This is supposed to be an “update” post, and I am not quite sure how to close it. I am getting off the computer to explore the evening. Remember, life is art. Get out there.
Love to you,
It took me my whole life to write this book.
When I was born, I was hired. I’ve never stopped working.
If you go to the dedication page, you will see an image. This image is whatever you feel, whatever you feel.
I dedicate this book to the freedom to feel.
And I want to know what you experience as you read. My only hope is that this book can spark dialogue. Remember that dialogue comes in many forms. Freedom to feel is one form.
It is simply an honor to share this collection with you.
You can buy a copy from Dulcet, Dancing Girl Press & Studio.
And you can order a signed copy from Book Soup.
Also, go to the Tour page, and at any one of these locations and dates you can buy a copy of the collection.
When I sign the book for you, I will do my best to include a poem.
All my best,
today. You are land underneath city, and I am here, listening.
You tell me that today, I belong here.
You tell me that if I allow for it, I can grow my life from bits of light
You tell me that if I allow for it, I can grow
a garden and choose each flower, each plant.
I say yes.
And then I am quiet. I walk. I listen.
I’ve had the honor of being interviewed by Tara Laskowski for The Next Big Thing series, a chain of interviews where authors talk about their new/forthcoming collections and projects.
Here, I will be discussing my forthcoming collection, The Way Home.
The questions Tara asked were wonderful; it felt good to answer them.
Now, I will let the answers speak for themselves.
What is your working title of your book (or story)?
The Way Home, which is actually no longer a working title. The title of this book was inspired directly by an etching of “The Way Home” on the railing of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I returned to Florida from New Mexico and put this collection together—some writing is “newer,” some writing is “older.” I say “newer” and “older” because I am only talking about one layer of time here, the layer that tells us when to go to “work,” when to go to sleep, when to wake up. I think all of the writing in The Way Home has been composting inside of me for a long, long time, and those layers of time—the layers that exist beneath the clock—formed this book. I started writing “The Heart of America” in my car about two years ago, in a parking garage, after hearing TLC’s “Waterfalls” on the radio, and I wrote the first draft of “Wires and Light” a little less than five years ago, when my entire life changed, when I looked at Fear in the eye, when I decided to shape up and start living, really living. I used to tell people: “I’m twenty-two years old but have only been alive for eleven months.”
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Alison Lohman as brave love/narrator/Clementine.
Jessica Chastain as Clay & Anchor, the woman who calls narrator Clementine.
Dominique Swain as love lost.
Alanis Morissette as Muse Girl in the Desert.
Billy Bob Thornton as Prairie.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A woman processes losing her first love, a girl who died too young, while understanding that she is losing the woman she loves now, the woman who she sees driving a big, fast car to Saturn, the woman who calls her Clementine.
The Muse Girls in the Desert, they live in the subconscious, in a way.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Dancing Girl Press is publishing this collection. It’s an honor to know that each copy of my book will be hand made, treated with care. Each book Dancing Girl publishes is a work of art in itself, and publishing this book with DGP offered me a wonderful opportunity to participate in artistic collaboration.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I believe it took me my whole life.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I am reaching a point where I no longer understand how to compare. I know how to compare, but I don’t quite understand “how” right now, if that makes sense. I would like to take art-energies for what they are, process them for what they are.
The verse novel We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry and Bleed Into Me by Stephen Graham Jones have both influenced me greatly. The language and time leaps present in both of these books have shaped the way I understand the connection between what’s out there (movement, a tangible “A” to “B”) and what’s inside (the story/poem/word clusters that are being processed, a more abstract “A” to “B”).
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The women I’ve loved, the landscapes I’ve seen, lived in, learned from, the lives I’ve had to let go of (the lives within my own life, the lives of others) – all of these energies have inspired me to write this book.
Landscape has been one of my greatest teachers, one of my strongest family members. I have so much gratitude for landscape, the boundaries of landscape (water knows where to end and begin, and so does air and earth), the energy that comes with sea level. In Florida I am more connected to water than I am in New Mexico, and in turn, different parts of my spirit get exercised. All of it is a gift.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Big planet turning. Muse girls. Fast cars. Pearls. Gardens. Woman loving woman. Open road / cactus flower / strong moon / brave love: When she swallowed that bird, she knew that she, too, would grow fearlessly with its song
I’ve also had the honor of interviewing these four talented authors, who will be posting their answers next week:
Francesca Lia Block will post on December 18th about her new book, The Elementals. You can read the interview on her blog, loveinthetimeofglobalwarming.blogspot.com.
Jesse Bradley will post on December 19th at iheartfailure.net, where he will talk about his novella, Bodies Made of Smoke.
Martha Marinara will post on Dec 20 at marthamarinara.net. Here, she will talk about her forthcoming novel Breakfast in Memphis.
Kayla Roseclere will post on Dec 21 at thesecretlanguageofcrickets.wordpress.com. Here, she will talk about her book in progress, The Secret Language of Crickets.
After you died, I crossed seven state borders. I didn’t know you had left, then. Instead, the world shifted its weight. Maybe this is where it all began. Maybe this is where home knotted itself to me, said, I’m here, you’ve found me, now go
Maybe this is how I came to process movement–the change from one state to the next, the way the land curves, dries out, becomes wet again
I found home cupped inside of me like a constellation
You were there, you and you and you and you
You were all there, all of you, folding
into me as this country folds into one, great ageless workhorse
The wish of its landscape, its withers and mane—
A private, strong seed
A deep brown stretch of desert
A cool, blue sky.
In Idaho, a woman once told me we become these things when we die.
I didn’t disagree.
After I crossed all those borders again, I found out.
A gulp of air / The seed, beginning, again