I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to be a part of Carrie Ann Golden’s Interview Series. Carrie Ann did a guest post here on my blog and I adore her and her writing. This truly is an incredible community and I am so grateful to be a part of it. If you are interested in reading the interview, you can so so here.
I have come across so many talented, kind and generous writers during my time on WP; I am proud to be a part of such an incredible community. There are so many of you who I want to write about, to honor for your spirit and your work, I could write a post every day for the entirety of my time in the blogging world.
Today, I want to write about Suzanne Craig – Whytock. Suzanne is the real deal in every way. She makes us all laugh every week with her blog, My Dang Blog, she has written 2 novels, Smile and The Dome, countless short stories, and now her first poem, Dryad, has been published. She has incredible range and depth, and to top off her immeasurable talent, she is a kind, generous, supportive and absolutely lovely woman. She also has purple hair, which gives her that super cool awesomeness factor!
As a writer myself, there are writers who I can’t help but be in awe of, writers who teach me and make me want to be better; Suzanne is one of those writers. Her range is something I believe to be a rare gift; a person who can so seamlessly go from writing humor, to fiction, to poetry, and do all of it well, is extraordinary. As someone who aspires to write fiction, I look to Suzanne’s mastery of story telling, and it inspires me. As a poet, I can’t help but love the dreamlike quality of her poems, which are also beautifully crafted. As far as the humor, I just want her to keep writing her blog so I can keep laughing every Sunday!
Thank you, Suzanne, for everything you write and for all of the wonderful things you bring to the lives of so many! I am proud to know you!
My latest recorded poem is up on YouTube. It is the third of six poems originally published in Chanterelle’s Notebook. Kendal Bell, editor of Chantarell’s Notebook, chose to nominate this poem for a Best of the Net award, which was a huge honor.
All of the credit for visuals goes to my amazing husband Joe Richardson!
As a writer, my ultimate dream is to one day have a book published, and this year, that dream is coming true. In July, my first full collection of poetry will be released! What makes it even more special is that it has ties to the incredible community that has embraced me and my work, here on Word Press. I am honored that my book will be part of the gorgeous catalog of work being published by River Dixon of Potter’s Grove Press and The Stories In Between. He has been an inspiration to me since I first read his work, and he is a dream publisher and editor as well. I feel incredibly lucky, and am thrilled to be able to return to WP with such amazing news.
I have been absent, from here, from my life and my writing. For now, breathing is about the best I can do and poetry is the only thing I have to share.
I haven’t written or submitted much at all this year, so I am thrilled to have 2 poems in Chantarelle’s Notebook today. If you would like, you can read them here.
I am overcome with emotion and joy today at the publication of my dear friend, Sarah Doudna’s poetry and fiction in the current issue of Mojave Heart Review. Sarah’s voice is saturated with a richness of clarity and an aching honesty. She is one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people.
In addition to being a brilliant writer, Sarah is also a ballet dancer and teacher, and you can find her on her blog, On the Way to the Barre.
Sarah, you inspire me to be a better, more courageous person and writer. I am so grateful for you. You are kicking some serious ass, BB!!!! I am so thrilled for you and so proud of you!!!!
I have long been a fan of the literary journal Anti-Heroin Chic! I even quoted it’s editor in a recent guest post on my friend Bryan’s blog, A Crack in the Pavement, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have two of my poems in their January issue.
If you would like to read my poems, you can do so here.