It can be pretty difficult to keep up with these updates when I have actual work to do! But, hey, here are six quickies about living the artist life in Brooklyn:
1. My Radio Free Brooklyn show is airing now!
Damn! My talk show, "The Badass Lady-Folk of Brooklyn," has finally premiered on Radio Free Brooklyn. Learn more about the show here and also like us on Facebook. Contact me if you'd like to appear on the show.
2. I have a chapbook coming out!
Dancing Girl Press of Chicago has very kindly accepted my chapbook, Ova, and will be releasing this collection of fiction and poetry in the spring of 2017. That's all I can say for now, except WHOO-HOO!!
3. I'm officially a Good Housekeeping writer.
I finally snagged my first Good Housekeeping byline and my essay has been rather popular (as it's been syndicated on Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Yahoo!, and MSN.) If you don't go "aww" when you read it, you'll definitely find yourself in the minority.
4. I'm a finalist for Artbridge's "Brownsville Matters."
Thanks to the curators at the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council for choosing my photo collages for ArtBridge's Brownsville Matters competition. Please come to the Langston Hughes Senior Center from 5-7 pm on Dec. 1st to cast your vote for your favorite entry. The winning submissions will get printed on a billboard-sized mesh covering for a fence at a local housing project in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood.
5. This is my favorite piece of fiction published in a while.
I've had several essays, poems, and short stories published in the past month alone, but the piece I'm proudest of as of late that's actually available online is "Naomi." Read it in Vanilla Sex Magazine.
6. My photo collages of the Valente sisters are DONE.
I had the pleasure of photographing sisters/poets Joanna Valente and Stephanie Valente in Greenpont, Brooklyn earlier this season. This weekend, I finished the photo collages featuring these beautiful, brilliant women. I'll be submitting a few to literary magazines in addition to publishing two on Quail Bell Magazine. The ones forthcoming on Quail Bell will be accompanied by poems written by the Valente sisters. I can't wait to see what they pen!
I absolutely love fall! It never comes soon enough for me and always ends far too early, but I'm relishing it while I can. Here are two things I want to announce on this lovely autumn day:
Over the summer, I sold my first-ever story for Teen Vogue and am thrilled to see it on the website today. Orange Is The New Black fans, please give it a read:
And then in art news, I've entered the Library of Virginia's REMIX competition for archival collages and digital art. Please take a look at my entries and vote for them by "hearting" or reblogging them on Tumblr:
So much has happened in the ten days since I last wrote. I showed my work at an art festival in Piermont, New York, a gorgeous little Hudson River town; the official opening for my show at the Queens Lyceum took place; Literary Mama accepted my pitch for an interview of Sally Brown Deskins; Quail Bell Magazine was listed in Poets & Writers; I received updates for my fiction pieces forthcoming in anthologies by ELJ Publications and Paper Nautilus; Ravishly published an essay of mine that makes me especially proud; and more.
This is the Brooklyn life I always imagined for myself. My day job involves creative, meaningful writing and after work, I still have plenty of time to read, write, make art, and spend time with my wonderful husband. David and I are exploring the city bit by bit and it's thrilling. Now that fall weather is here, everything's even better. I would be lying if I said this whirlwind lifestyle weren't exhausting at times, but I'm doing my best to get enough sleep, eat well, drink plenty of water, and do ample exercise (guess who's doing yoga and kickboxing these days?)
I almost didn't have enough energy to to read at Cake Shop in the Lower East Side last night, but I'm so glad I did. What stories and what an atmosphere! Breadcrumbs Magazine, an online magazine that has a pretty cool concept, invited me to share a piece of fiction that's in Vol. 3 of their print 'zine. Event photos and even a recording are forthcoming, but, for now, here are a couple of photos from yesterday:
Somehow it's already mid-September. Equally astonishing is the fact that Fabulously Feminist, a web magazine about art for social and eco justice, recently did me two honors. First, they published my short story, "The Red Sea." Then they interviewed me about Quail Bell Magazine and my other creative work. How happy am I? Very, very happy! Check out the two pieces below:
Many thanks to Feminist Wednesday and Across the Margin for promoting my work in their newsletters today. My Forget Fairytales comic will be running in Feminist Wednesday every, well, Wednesday, from now until who knows! Meanwhile, I'm the featured author in Across the Margin's latest newsletter for something a lot more serious: my essay, "La Hija in Spanish Class." All in all, another good day in the neighborhood, folks.
My latest Forget Fairytales comic got a bit of love with Facebook shares over Labor Day weekend. I'm a lucky lady. Check out the latest doodle/musing I've put out into the world:
Many thanks to Across the Margin for publishing my creative non-fiction piece, "La Hija Mixta in Spanish Class," today. It's about time I put some of this work out into the world.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's marshy adventure at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel (IND Rockaway Line). My husband and I stopped for ice cream at nearby Ragtime Lotto Cafe in Howard Beach. New York City's diversity never fails to amaze me.
I went a little riot grrrl after seeing how many people were attacking the United Nations' recent endorsement of "brelfies," or breastfeeding selfies. Here's my latest for Berry:
Content Notice: Sexual assault, rape.
Today Quail Bell Magazine published an anonymous confessional that may be uncomfortable for some, but I'm proud of The Quail Bell Crew for putting out this kind of brave work. If you wish to read it, it's now live. Before you share the piece, please tag a content warning on it for those that may be triggered by certain references and descriptions: