Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Culbertson/Levato reading!

Hello all!

If anyone is in the Chicagoland area this Sunday, loves poetry, and wants to see my cute new dress....

Myopic Books in Chicago / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor


Myopic Poetry Series, curated by Larry Sawyer – a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 pm – Melissa Culbertson & Lauren Levato

When she's not busy being a woman-in-tights superhero, perpetual student, and college sports TV network freelance guru, Melissa CULBERTSON moonlights as a writer. A recent grad of Lewis University, Melissa currently and perpetually lives in Homewood, Illinois, which is about as interesting as it sounds. Her work has recently appeared in Flyway, Windows, Pebble Lake Review, Barn Owl Review, Wicked Alice and [GROWLING SOFTLY] from Juliet Cook's Blood Pudding Press. Her debut chapbook, the fire-wife, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press and should be hot and ready this August! She also co-edits the online literary journal blossombones with her good friend and fellow writer, Susan Slaviero.

Artist and poet Lauren LEVATO is the author of two chapbooks, Marriage Bones and at the hotel andromeda, a collaborative text/visual project with Kristy Bowen. She holds degrees in political journalism from Georgetown University and in writing and women's studies from Purdue University, where she was also a mid-level champ in cricket spitting and discovered she's quite good at hatchet throwing. Her visual art is exhibited internationally. She currently works for Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago. For more, visit laurenlevato.com

Lauren is an amazing poet - but you guys would know that! Check her out in the blossombones archives :)

Hope to see everyone there!!!

New email addresses!

Due to some hard-to-eliminate spam problems, Melissa and I have decided to set up new email addresses.

While the old ones will remain "active" until the end of the current reading period, we do request that all new submissions be sent to the following addresses:

poetry & hybrid pieces: susan.blossombones {at} gmail {dot} com

fiction & creative non-fiction: melissa.blossombones {at} gmail {dot} com


Sunday, July 20, 2008

A (yellow) room of one's own....

After several months, one major overhaul, one new dog, and of course, one famously yellow paintjob.....

My room is actually finished! There are a few minor decorating tasks to finish, like hanging pictures and my mirror. And actually I have to find a space-efficient DVD shelf or something for all my DVDs. But, for the most part, my room is done and looking good! I LOVE my new bookshelf, which I got from IKEA last week. It doesn't hold ALL of my zillions of books, but it holds a lot of them! And it's really saving me a lot of room, which is always good :)

And actually, I've grown to really love my yellow walls. It's really reminiscent of the room I shared with my sister as a kid:

(That's me on the right!)

Of course, without the stuffed animal hammock. Really I think every kid from my generation had a stuffed animal hammock :)

Anyway, long story short, I love my room!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Okay, this is just awesome...

So catch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog before it's gone!

(I think it goes *poof* rather soon--like tomorrow.)

Joss Whedon and Neil Patrick Harris! How can you go wrong?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Have you ever been so stressed out...

...that you crocheted a series of small gnomes?


Things are a little chaotic right now....okay, a LOT chaotic. Let's just say that there's a possibility that I will have to move hundreds of miles away. The prospect of leaving Chicago is something that both excites and terrifies me.

So I crochet.

And, apparently, write a lot. Luckily my recent bout of insane stress has yielded some particularly interesting (and by interesting, I mean weird) work. I even went on a bit of a binge, sending new and newer work out to journals. I haven't done that in several months! That's at least exciting :)

On the blossombones front, I wanted to warn all of you out there that my blossombones email box has been on the fritz for awhile. If I haven't gotten back to you, don't worry, I will. I'm struggling under the weight of receiving over 2000 spam emails A DAY, even though my spam filter is apparently working. Ugh. So please, hang in there - I will get to you eventually! I promise!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

quick update

Psst! We've accepted a few poems for winter 2009. I'll do a bit of shameless name-dropping soon! We're reading for the January issue through November 1st.

If you submitted a ms for our fall feature, we'll be responding to those by the end of September!

Deadline for digital chaps by women poets (special fall issue!): September 15th.

Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!