I finished quite a few books recently but I only talk about the good ones in my round up and not the “eh” ones or the ones that I decided to not finish because they were WAY boring.
First up, let me mention a poet: Helen Losse. For those of you who might not know Helen she, not only a poet, but also the Poetry Editor of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, a really fun online zine where I have had two sets of poems published.
Helen has been the author of several chapbooks and recently her first full length collection was released. I had the chance to blurb the book for her and this week I finished one of her chapbooks so I thought I’d give her a shout out. You can read her blog and find out how to get her book by visiting her here.
Next up: Some of you read my post last week about censorship. The author who presented that video, Maureen Johnson, is a really fun to read YA author. I had already read one of her books so I decided to read the second one I was able to find The Key to the Golden Firebird. I don’t want to give away too much here about what happens in the book, but I wish I had had a book to read like this my senior year in high school when I went through a lot of what the main character goes through who incidentally has the nickname of May (short for Mayzie) and, before I was married, my middle name was Mae .
Finally in my stack is the short story collection, Women Up on Blocks, by Mary Akers. This is a terrific short story collection. There was maybe one that I just wasn’t engrossed by. Mary’s characters are so real and she is fearless in the subject matter she tackles. This is a nice slim volume that I think would make a great beach read even though many would consider it literary fiction. Highly recommend you guys to pick up a copy.
So now that I have rounded up some books, I get to start some new ones and putter away at trying to get my own writing revised and out into the world.
Oh yeah, and I’m still researching that whole PhD thing. Last time I had it down to 17 schools that specifically offer the PhD with creative dissertation but I also have notes on a few programs that are more local where I’d be involved in more of a regular Literature or Rhetoric PhD. I’ll keep you posted! And probably too posted if you are my friend on Facebook