Yesterday I announced that Finishing Line Press will publish my first-ever chapbook of poems, GLIMMERGLASS GIRL this year.
Y'all, I literally don't know how to process this. I've known since earlier this year, but I was waiting to announce until I sent off my contract. Then the I realized that I had to get all my materials in for the book by March 15! So I've been busy working on that. The responses to my announcement have blown me away. Thank you to everyone who has left me a kind thought and shown their excitement in my work.
It's so strange, I never really thought I would be a person to publish a book. I sent GG off to FLP on a whim. I thought, I wonder if I can make a chapbook. I chose some older poems that seemed to fit into a theme and create a narrative and was very much surprised when my acceptance came back. Guess I learned my lesson.
Perhaps the weirdest feeling is resurrecting these poems. Some of them are from as far back as 2013 and before. In fact, I distinctly remember writing one of them in college. It's almost like resurrecting a ghost of myself, the ghost of a young woman who I feel somewhat distant from. Revising and prepping the manuscript has reminded me about that person who I was.
Glimmerglass Girl is a negotiation of the world of women as other. It is about womanhood, but that exploration is merely through my own lens. My Glimmerglass Girl asks no questions, she flits through the fairy-tale world on broken bottle glass. I hope you will take her gently into your hands.
I have more news and updates about Glimmerglass Girl coming your way soon, including a preview of the stellar and weird cover, awesome pre-order bonus gifts, and more, but for now, please join me in celebrating this exciting new adventure!
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Whew, this month is full of updates!
I've started a new Instagram account. I decided that I wanted to start posting more poetry online and this is a way for me to do that. I'll be posting excerpts of my poetry as I'm working on it.
Basically, I've had a personal Instagram for years but never really did much with it but post cat pictures. :) Now I have a poetry-only dedicated account for you to follow.
I hope to see you there!
I've got a new post up at Curious Fictions for subscribers. This one's about how we can learn to love ourselves as artists. How do we negotiate the market and the successes of others? Once you start publishing your work, where do you go from there?
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
I've got a new subscriber-only post at Curious Fictions about Tolkien, managing your career as a writer, and basically launching my new and exciting stuff for 2018! Read it here.
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I was interviewed by the SFPA - Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association about my writing background, my favorite trends in poetry today, being a Texas writer, and my love of dragons.
Read it here!
I'm really thrilled to announce that I'm guest editing the next issue of the Science Fiction Poetry Association's online journal, Eye to the Telescope! This is a fantastic online journal for poets who write speculative, cross-genre, and straight up scifi/fantasy genres!
This issue of the Eye to the Telescope explores the theme of “Time.” The editor seeks poems about time travel, time machines, time lords, history-hopping, alternate timelines, clocks, white rabbits, the quotidian, and odes to years past and future. Send poems that cover a single life in a few lines, broad interpretations of the theme such as characters who have little time or eternity to live, or quantum theory and continuums. Any genre or form, writers of all backgrounds encouraged to submit.
Eye to the Telescope is a paying market!
I look forward to reading your work :) Please note, it's likely that shorter poems will fare better in the submissions due to the limitations of budget.
I'll be attending Illogicon January 12-14th in Raleigh this year. I'd love to meet you if you'll be there!
As the end of the year draws to a close, I'd like to share with you the works I published in 2017 that I'm proud of. 2017 was a great year for me and I'm so grateful to the editors who have taken my work under their wings. I wrote a lot more experimental poetry this year, which people seem to enjoy, and I published my first full-length story, which was pretty exciting to me.
If you've read my work or nominated it in the past, I am truly truly thankful. I couldn't get by without the support of my amazing writer friends and the writing community as a whole.
Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor and author of poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath
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