This has been one of the more challenging semesters, but quite fulfilling. Many of the classes I taught were filled with freshmen, excited, then nervous, then exhausted, and now feeling the pinch of the final week. I rode through this roller-coaster with them, while offering encouragement, guidance, and (of course) lessons along the way. This week has been filled with meetings with students looking for guidance with the final drafting of essays, watching student presentations, and a great meeting at D Acres. While I have enjoyed all of the classes this semester, I am thankful for the up-coming break, and the chance to work on my writing.
I have somehow managed to compose a chapbook over the semester. It would be lovely to get it published, but where to send it? I have been looking at the chapbook publishers, and many require a reading fee. This is something that I am not opposed to, but rarely have extra income to use in this way. There are a few things to consider. First, I want a chapbook publisher that has some sort of distribution. Second, it would be nice if the publisher provides a few copies as “payment” upon publication. Yes, I know…I am asking a lot since the economy is still in the proverbial toilet.
I did receive fantastic news just last week about Any Other Branch. Salmon Poetry has rescheduled my release for the end of 2012 with a launch at the Boston AWP in 2013! This is thrilling. Even though it means that I have to wait almost another year for the book release, it also means that I will have a local launch! That means all of YOU are invited.
Off to grade a few papers…
Here is hoping you are warm, writing and happy!