2017: the best of a bad year
This has been a stressful, overwhelming, and horrifying year for most of us as we stare daily into the void of the pre-apocalypse. Although keeping calm hasn't been an option, we have been carrying on. So, reflecting on everything I've accomplished in my writing life this year has been a welcome boost.
- I finished writing my first full-length poetry manuscript Catechesis: a postpastoral, and I've begun sending it to small press open reading periods and contests.
- My second chapbook Blackbird Whitetail Redhand was accepted for publication at Porkbelly Press and it is in production right now.
- I had new Alien poems accepted in Passages North and The Account, two journals that I admire.
- My first visual poems were accepted for publication. These five pieces will appear in an upcoming issue of Duende.
So despite all of the terribly traumatic global goings-on, 2017 has been a huge writing year for me. My writing goals for 2018 are not modest, but they are fairly simple: I'm hoping that my full-length manuscript will be accepted for publication at a great small press and that I will get a lot of new poems written.
I hope 2018 greets all of us with open arms. Happy New Year!