Monday, February 28, 2011
as much as I loved NACCs, I'm glad its finally over. My the time I left my book signing, I was exhausted, poetryed out, and ready for some respite.
Today I took a personal day from work, and decided to dedicate the day to me, not to writing, not to poems, not to cleaning or school work or anything in particular. So I'm blogging from my bed, under the covers, not wearing any pants (Gasp!), with my cat, Schnittie-poo, at my feet.
Life is good, joyous, wonderful... and peaceful moments like right now help me appreciate the ups and downs, the waves of life.
I'll post pictures soon, give a recap soon, reflect on my recent happenings soon. But today, I'm enjoying a moment of doing nothing, nothing, nothing at all :)
PS - No upcoming readings. I won't be doing any for awhile... I need to refocus, decompress, and get into create mode again.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I was checking out my spam inbox, and I see an email titled Congratulations from Front Porch! Hooray! They will be publishing my poem, "La Pulga Beauties"!
I was absolutely ecstatic, kicking and celebrating and wanting to dance but couldn't because I was laying down in the bed :-P
As I was writing to inform other publications that "La Pulga Beauties" is no longer available, I check my submishmash account and... I see that my work with WordRiot has the status of "accepted"! Whaaa? A second lovely surprise. I don't know which poems yet, and haven't gotten an acceptance email just let, so I'm not calling it official until I get more notification. But looks like a good sign.
And one more thing! I got a personal email from another editor today that they really liked one of my poems! Nothing about accepting or rejecting, but encouraging words always help.
So I've had some mad wild success today. And the day isn't even over yet! Tonight, I'm reading at Cosina del Caribe, along with my fellow poets from El Valle y Mouthfeel Press tambien!
I'm excited :) What a glorious day :)
Friday, February 18, 2011
Ok carry on with your regularly scheduled day people! I have to obsessively check duotropes digest for the nth time today....
Oh, before I head scoot off...
Today I joined a new website, called Writers of the Rio Grande Valley (visit them here: http://writersoftheriogrande.com/)
And now my poem, "Reflections in the Rio Grande", is featured on their site. Check it out! :-) Of course I must mention, this poem first appeared in my now world famous chapbook, Among the Mariposas (hah!).
LoL - have a good weekend, all :-)
Monday, February 14, 2011
maybe I should be a little bit more careful what I write X-D
LOL! Nah, it wouldn't be 'katie's blog' anymore if I was.
Happy V-day all! (Maybe that means vagina day to you, or valentines. whatever - i'm not here to judge.)
Today, I celebrate amazing love :) The amazing love between BruBru and I, the amazing love I have for my parental units and my bros, my friends, my poems, my life, the entire world.
Today - its easy to be happy because I know that I'm loved more than I'll ever hope to understand.
So this morning I wake up, and no there's nothing super romantic about my day. I went to my 'boot camp', surprised Brubru with some chocolates, and tonight I vow to dress very sexy. Other than that - normal day. I'm at work, writing poems, advising students, and blogging. My life is good.
Anyway~ all of this aside. Would you like to see pictures of me reading my sexy poetry? Why of course you would!!!
I loved this reading. Ambrosia is about the most lovely place you can hold a reading in McAllen. See them comfy sofas? I was surrounded by friends, family (my mommy!) and genuinely good company. Everyone drank and was merry. I was just missing BruBru - alas - he was with my daddy up in Austin picking up a new motorcycle.
I read "Garden of Dresses" and "Not the Sonnet you Dream Of" before my mom got antsy and wanted to go home. But it was a good night!
Want to know something even more exciting?
On Sunday I was out and about with my mom shopping (yay new clothes) and we're about to pay for hair dye (not for me I'm a natural blonde ehem!) when the cashier takes a close look at me. "Are you a poet?" she asks.
Why yes, yes I am! I reply - wondering what it is about me that gives away my poetic abilities (hehehe)
She proceeds to tell me that she's seen me at readings X-D and that she likes my work. Yayyyy!!!!!!!
So so so... I was a little bit flattered. This is the second time someone's 'recognized' me. It's good for the poet ego - just a little bit.
Hmm... what else? Oh, the program's up and ready for the Cosina del Caribe reading on the 24th. I'm indeed very excited about this. Here's the program. Are you ready for some PoEmS?!
NOCHE DE FURIA
FEBRUARY 24, 2011
@ Cocina del Caribe**
MC: Daniel Garcia Ordaz
8:00pm Featured Readers
Erika Marie Garza-Johnson
8:35pm Cosecha Voices
8:45pm Special Guest Reader
ire'ne lara silva
9:15-10pm Open Mic and Booksigning
*Sponsored by the Mexican American Studies program at UTPA in collaboration with the NACCS Tejas Regional Conference hosted by the Mexican American Studies Program at South Texas College
**About Cocina del Caribe:
Caribbean, Sandwiches, Entrees under $10, Vegan-Friendly, Beer and Wine Served. Please visit their website to view their menu: http://cocinadelcaribeonline.com/
Directions from STC to Cocina del Caribe:
Head West on Pecan BLVD.
Pecan BLVD will turn into E. Griffin Parkway
Turn left (south)on N. Conway AVE
Cocina del Caribe is at 523 N. Conway
One last thing before this girly signs off -
I wrote a new poem today and hmmm... well... here's a little peekie poo -
behind her Adan – his wild chest hair, his open
mouth grin - behind the swaying fronds
of palms that shield her eyes from Adan’s erect
OH MY! :)
Friday, February 11, 2011
My 'submission bomb' is in full force. Everyday this week I've sent out two packets of poems. I really hope I get at least one pub from all this work. I've already had a few rejections trickle in, but a particularly encouraging one from Barnwood made it not so bad.
Ok. So I'm doing a reading tonight. Yes, I know - late to be posting but just in case anyone's not busy...
My good friend Erika is organizing the event. That's her in the lovely picture :) I need to decide what I'm reading... shouldn't be hard, afterall - it seems that "all Katie ever writes about is sex"
see you tonight :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I've been away from the blog for awhile. Reason why? My hands have been positively full!
I'm juggling class, thesis, conferences, writing, submission (I've gone all wild submitting) and and and and and DrAmA of epic proportions. Aye...
You know its bad when foul language gets flung like dung in the chimp exhibit at the zoo : (
And I would know - while I'm definitely not a connoisseur of cussing (bad words make me blush people), I am a former chimpanzee behavior researcher ;) Chimps, IMHO, are more civil than some poets (ahem!) and even some profs (ahem ahem!).
Ok so now that's off my chest...
Tomorrow I'm presenting at EGADS, at the University of Texas at Brownsville. I'm a lil nervous - mainly because today I was running through my presentation in front of my #1 fan, and my poems make us both blush X-D
Geez, I knew they were sexy but not that sexy.
But it's ok. I'll be fine, as long as my dad is not in the audience. heh...
Nuff for tonight I need to scoot off to bed.
More updates soon - promise!!