30 December 2013

A good bet

A couple years ago, amid all the woe-is-books despair over e-readers, I made a prediction here on this blog about how the growing presence of electronic books might positively impact the quality of paper books. According to a recent Salon article called "The year the book became a luxury object," it looks as though I may have been correct in those assumptions. Good news for books arts to ring in the new year!

20 December 2013

Pretty good year

Time to put it all in perspective, so I can put my feet up for the holidays and feel content with my lot in life.

Highlights of the Year 2013:

  • I had poems accepted for publication in 5 literary magazines this year: decomP, wicked alice, Midway Journal, The Lumberyard, and  drumroll please  Fairy Tale Review!!!
  • My chapbook manuscript Imago was accepted for publication by dancing girl press! It will be released in early 2014 (perhaps in time for my first-ever AWP Conference in Seattle fingers crossed).
  • I took my first real vacation in several years and it was full of letterpress and book arts goodness against a gorgeous mountain backdrop. In August, I traveled with my best poet-printer friend Emma to the Appalachian oasis that is Asheville, North Carolina.
  • There was quite a bit of letterpress-printing fun back home as well.
  • I attended my first poetry conference in June and made some fabulous new poetry-friends. I'll be back at the West Chester University Poetry Conference again next year as well.
  • Annie and I held our second type-in and letter-writing social at the 2013 Chestertown Book Festival, though it couldn't beat the success of the first one. 
  • And even after a full year, I am still in love with my job at the Rose O'Neill Literary House.

Oh, to be relatively young and in poetry.