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October 26, 2014: The Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX
I'll be signing at the Writers' League of Texas booth in the vendors' tents on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. I will have chapbooks for sale as long as some postcards and stickers to give away. Come see me!  (I'll also be at the festival all weekend hanging out with the Yellow Bird Editors team at our table in the vendors' area.  Feel free to come ask me about editing services, or just say hi!)


November 15, 2014, 5pm: The YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX
I'll be signing DEAR TEEN ME at the Author Blitz event on Saturday night!  I'm so excited to see all you teachers, librarians and readers. I'll also have info on my new poetry books with me, including shiny new reading guides for your classrooms and book clubs!

November 15, 2014, 7pm: Poetry Reading at Malvern Books in Austin, TX
I'll be reading from A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE and A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY at 7:00 p.m. Malvern is Austin's newest indie, and they have a very specialized inventory of quirky and literary books from small presses. I'm so excited to be invited to read, and I hope you'll join us!

November 22, 2014, 3pm: Chapbook Release Celebration at The Book Spot in Round Rock, TX
The Book Spot will be hosting me for a celebration of my recent poetry chapbooks, A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY and A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE. I will have some fun found-poetry related giveaways and will be sure to tell you some of the spooky tales behind the poems in my sci fi chap. There may or may not be pumpkin bread. There will definitely be good times.

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DECEMBER THINGS

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 12, 2014, 12:58 PM
FROM THE DESK OF E. KRISTIN ANDERSON:

Hello Everyone!

So a few things are going on this December. It's been pretty crazy in my personal life -- prepping for the holidays, friends getting married, meeting deadlines for editorial clients, this whole thing where I had a birthday and instantly became super mature:


EmilyBirthdayWolverine by PinkyMcCoversong
Photo by StJoan.

But, no matter how busy we are, there are lots of things right here on dA that both YOU AND I should be doing.

There's Critmas, soon to launch (keep an eye on Beccalicious and CRLiterature), in celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. (Except here it's CRITmas, obviously). What's a better gift for a writer than a nice critique? I can't think of much. AND, there are some great prizes for critiquers courtesy of various awesome folks in the community. Not that you should need prizes as motivation. Becoming a better writer through reading others' work is prize enough, amirite?!

There's also December Book Club! HtBlack is hosting a reading of National Book Award winner Louise Glück's Pulitzer-winning collection THE WILD IRIS. It's one of my personal favorite collections, and I know y'all will dig it. (We thought we'd give you some poetry for December, since it's a faster read and it's a busy time of year. YOU'RE WELCOME.) There are some seriously great prizes for our top participants, as always. We're also giving away a giant box of books to the top participant over the first six months. SO. Get on that. Plus, you know, if you're writing, YOU SHOULD BE READING. May as well read with us, right?

Here's a break for a picture of my giant cat trying to fit in a tiny box:

Filename by PinkyMcCoversong
Turkleton.

Let's continue!

Our beloved neurotype has a new writing prompt group, SadPrompts, which posted its first prompt within the last week or so. KISS -- Keep It Simple, Stupid! Go write something! Go write a couple somethings! The only prize is the satisfaction of knowing you've been productive. That's actually a pretty fantastic prize. I'm going to go be productive right now. ...After I finish this post.

Over at theWrittenRevolution, HtBlack & team are bringing back The Mentorship Project. Which I think is pretty fantastic. I know I wouldn't be where I am with my writing or my career if it weren't for guidance I received both here on dA and in my local writing communities. Go check out the project, and see if it's something that you can participate in. I guarantee that, mentor or mentee, it will be a rewarding experience.

Still need something to do? I DIDN'T THINK SO. Go participate. Get active within the community. Write more. Write better. Read more. Read everything. Give back. Write, write, make, do. You know what I'm talking about. I'm off to get back to work.


http://www.ekristinanderson.com


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E. Kristin Anderson
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My name is Emily, but if you're looking for my published work, you should Google E. Kristin Anderson. (Ask me and I'll tell you the why-I-need-a-pen-name story.) I write poetry (for everyone) and fiction (for young adults and children) and nonfiction (sometimes). I'm the co-editor of the nonfiction anthology DEAR TEEN ME (Zest Books, 2012) based on the website DearTeenMe.com, where authors write letters to their teen selves. I have two poetry chapbooks out: A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press) and A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks). I'm an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review . I blog at EKristinAnderson.com about books and writing and my bizarro life here in Austin, TX. If you're looking for editorial or mentoring servies, I'm a member of Yellow Bird Editors, a group of industry professionals offering these and other services for professionals as well as beginning writers and teens.

I grew up in Westbrook, Maine and went to Connecticut College in the beautiful New London, CT, and have a fancy-sounding degree in Classics. Once upon a time I lived in Brooklyn and worked at The New Yorker magazine and sometimes I have dreams that I have to go into the office and make the magazine and can't remember how. ATX, though? It's a great home. I like to take photographs with toy and vintage cameras. Don't listen to anyone who says watching television will rot your brain -- some of my best ideas have come from TV.

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DECEMBER THINGS

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 12, 2014, 12:58 PM
FROM THE DESK OF E. KRISTIN ANDERSON:

Hello Everyone!

So a few things are going on this December. It's been pretty crazy in my personal life -- prepping for the holidays, friends getting married, meeting deadlines for editorial clients, this whole thing where I had a birthday and instantly became super mature:


EmilyBirthdayWolverine by PinkyMcCoversong
Photo by StJoan.

But, no matter how busy we are, there are lots of things right here on dA that both YOU AND I should be doing.

There's Critmas, soon to launch (keep an eye on Beccalicious and CRLiterature), in celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. (Except here it's CRITmas, obviously). What's a better gift for a writer than a nice critique? I can't think of much. AND, there are some great prizes for critiquers courtesy of various awesome folks in the community. Not that you should need prizes as motivation. Becoming a better writer through reading others' work is prize enough, amirite?!

There's also December Book Club! HtBlack is hosting a reading of National Book Award winner Louise Glück's Pulitzer-winning collection THE WILD IRIS. It's one of my personal favorite collections, and I know y'all will dig it. (We thought we'd give you some poetry for December, since it's a faster read and it's a busy time of year. YOU'RE WELCOME.) There are some seriously great prizes for our top participants, as always. We're also giving away a giant box of books to the top participant over the first six months. SO. Get on that. Plus, you know, if you're writing, YOU SHOULD BE READING. May as well read with us, right?

Here's a break for a picture of my giant cat trying to fit in a tiny box:

Filename by PinkyMcCoversong
Turkleton.

Let's continue!

Our beloved neurotype has a new writing prompt group, SadPrompts, which posted its first prompt within the last week or so. KISS -- Keep It Simple, Stupid! Go write something! Go write a couple somethings! The only prize is the satisfaction of knowing you've been productive. That's actually a pretty fantastic prize. I'm going to go be productive right now. ...After I finish this post.

Over at theWrittenRevolution, HtBlack & team are bringing back The Mentorship Project. Which I think is pretty fantastic. I know I wouldn't be where I am with my writing or my career if it weren't for guidance I received both here on dA and in my local writing communities. Go check out the project, and see if it's something that you can participate in. I guarantee that, mentor or mentee, it will be a rewarding experience.

Still need something to do? I DIDN'T THINK SO. Go participate. Get active within the community. Write more. Write better. Read more. Read everything. Give back. Write, write, make, do. You know what I'm talking about. I'm off to get back to work.


http://www.ekristinanderson.com


Things I Did In November (Sorry, NaNoWriMo)

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 1, 2014, 8:11 PM
FROM THE DESK OF E. KRISTIN ANDERSON:

This November was possibly the busiest I've had in years -- maybe since the release of DEAR TEEN ME in November 2012. (Shout out to my peeps at Zest Books!)

I figured I ought to do a round up since a) radio silence on the blog has been killing me and b) when I don't post anything my grandmother thinks I might be dead. (Luckily, Facebook solves the b problem most of the time.)

First, I want to tell you what I didn't do that I meant to do:
1. Write a NaNo novel. SORRY. It wasn't in the cards this year. But I still love my idea and intend to write it at some point in 2015.
2. Catch up on writing book reviews. I read some awesome books this fall, and hopefully I can tell you about them in December and January.

ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!

Cicada Magazine, November/December 2014. 
Cicada Magazine, November/December 2014.

So, the first super cool thing that happened in November is that I was published for the first time in Cicada! Cicada is probably the first magazine I've been in that my mom has actually heard of, so that was pretty cool. I also grew up reading its sister magazine Cricket, which makes being in Cicada extra special. I mean, it's already pretty special. Have you read Cicada? It's an awesome mag!  They published three of my erasure poems and hosted an erasure contest for teen readers, which closed yesterday. Oh, and, yeah, I said "for the first time" -- this is because a) I have more poems coming up in a later issue and b) I love working with Team Cicada and I hope they'll want to work with me again down the road! <3

Crazy author copy face!
Crazy author copy face!

The next super cool thing that happened in November is that my second chapbook, A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY came out. This book, as you know, has been blood, sweat and tears. (Mostly sweat, let's be real.) And being able to hold it in my hands, and to see other people holding it in their hands, has been AWESOME! If you don't have a copy yet and you'd like a signed/personalized copy, email me at e.kristin.anderson AT gmail DOT com and we'll make arrangements for that happen -- I have copies leftover from events. AND, since 'tis the season and all that, I'll throw in some treats.

Right on the heels of the release of URGENCY came the YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium! I was only able to attend the Book Blitz on Saturday evening, but it was so fantastic getting to chat with some of my favorite out of town friends, local pals, and librarians and educators! Thanks to all who came out and got a copy of DEAR TEEN ME.

At the YALSA symposium!
At the YALSA symposium!

On the same night as the YALSA event, I read for the first time in Austin with fellow Austin writer Tatiana Ryckman at Malvern Books here in Austin. (I felt very fancy jumping in a cab to go from one event to the next. Also stressed. BUT FANCY.) Team Malvern was so gracious, and I had so much fun meeting folks from the literary community. I was crazy nervous, since the only other poetry reading I'd ever really done was at AWP last year at the Pulitzer Remix/er with like 10 other people, with a crowd full of buddies. Apparently, I wasn't terrible. Here is a video -- judge for yourself!  Malvern has copies of A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE which I am sure they would love to sell you. And they also have a lot of other awesome books and literary journals from small presses. It's a truly wonderful store!



PAUSING NOW to let you know that at the above events I debuted TWO brand new reading guides written by local educator and writer Colleen Conrad. Colleen is the genius behind the DEAR TEEN ME reading guide, and the ones she did for ABDUCTEE and URGENCY are just as excellent. If you're looking to have poetry in your classroom this year, check these out. You can download all of my reading guides on my educator resources page. And, as I told all the educators at the YALSA event, I Skype in for free when you buy a class set of any of my books for your classroom or book club.

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I REGISTERED FOR AWP 2015. That's right, y'all.  See you in Minneapolis! I may or may not be on the look out for Prince the entire time I'm there.

My pals and I went to a HUNGER GAMES trivia night at Opal Divine's Marina and had an absolutely awesome time. We came in 6th, which isn't bad, since I think there were like 30 teams. We also forgot to study MOCKINGJAY because we misinterpreted the "no spoilers from MOCKINGJAY" warning to mean "we won't be doing any MOCKINGJAY questions." Woops.

Team Peetaphiles! (I'm told that the goal of your pub trivia team name is to make everyone else a little queasy.)
Team Peetaphiles! (I'm told that the goal of your pub trivia 
team name is to make everyone else a little queasy.) 
Photo courtesy of Geeks Who Drink.

We then went to see MOCKINGJAY PART I the next night, dressed up like Capitol citizens, because that's how we do. Here's me and my pal Alicia aka StJoan:

It took two days to get the purple out of my eyebrows.
It took two days to get the purple out of my eyebrows.

My last event of the month was the celebration of my two 2014 chapbooks, which was hosted at The Book Spot in Round Rock, TX. I've always loved The Book Spot -- they hosted my DEAR TEEN ME launch as well, which was so fun! We had a small crowd, since that Saturday was a day of torrential rain and flood warnings all over the city. So, it was definitely intimate, but very fun, and I'm so grateful to the folks who came out. And I'm also grateful to the folks who wanted to be there, but couldn't because, you know, danger. I know The Book Spot has some signed copies left, so be sure to stop by!

The lovely crowd who came out to my Book Spot event. Thanks guys! (Yes, I'm wearing Prince.)
The lovely crowd who came out to my Book Spot event. Thanks guys! 
I made this pie:

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Pie.

This is an Early Grey cream pie. I found the recipe in the Austin American-Statesman in April. (Yep, during Oulipost. Ha!) Upon further research, I discovered that it comes from TEENY'S TOUR OF PIE. I must have this book. So must you.

I finished my inadvertent Prince chapbook and handed it over to two critique partners (sup, Amberlouie and tiganusi). Hopefully I can start submitting by the new year. I also began organizing my full-length erasure collection. And by "began organizing" I mean gave it to a CP and said "please please please help me this is a mess." So, you know. I also keep writing new pieces for that collection, because magazines keep coming and I am terrible.

Throughout November, I had a lucky streak of poetry acceptances. I'll let you know what and where when they come out. It was pretty wild, since a) it was all for experimental/found poetry and b) they were all accepted at more mainstream journals. So I'm pumped about that! Just to keep it real, though, I got WAY more rejections than I did acceptances. Here is a pile of rejections just from the month of November.  (And these are just the ones that came in the mail -- you should see my email inbox!)

A nice big pile of NO.
A nice big pile of NO.

Just this past weekend, I found out that I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the poetry editor at Abyss & Apex. I'm effing excited. What's even more exciting is that fellow Found Poetry Review team member Douglas Luman was nominated by the same magazine. Also, my good pal Emma Fissenden was nominated (by a different magazine). I'm so happy for all of the nominees, and I'm still sort of in this weird place of disbelief that I got a nod. The nominated poem is "At that age when we girls become fairies," and, just FYI, I probably sent this to at least a hundred magazines over three years before A&A picked it up and championed it. Just goes to show, y'all: a) don't quit & b) all it takes is one yes.

Today, it is technically no longer November. But I wanted to share that the new issue of Halfway Down the Stairs launched. I have three poems in the issue and I am so proud to have them there. Shout out to my girl Roxanna Bennett who is on the HDtS team and also has an awesome new collection out. Anyway, HDtS is a wonderful online magazine and I'd love for you to give it a gander.

That's all for now. And, damn, that's a LOT! Thanks to the folks whose photos I, er, borrowed from social media for this post. And thanks to everyone who has supported me this year, last year, all the years -- GROUP HUG. Happy Holidays. Watch out for Krampus. I'm off to send out some more submissions.

http://www.ekristinanderson.com


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happy birthday, you beautiful being, you! :huggle: <3
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Happy birthday dear!!! :love: 
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happy birthday to you!  :cake:
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Why wasn't I watching you, srsly. :no:

WHAT. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY. *jumps on the comments bandwagon*
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