Poetry from the Basement

I just started a poetry blog, to help motivate me to write new things while I’m grappling the thesis-monster. If you’re into that kinda thing, you can find it here: bonesandbasements.tumblr.com  

Readings, Readings, Readings

Hi gang, Just a small update to let everyone know I’ll be doing two readings in the near-ish future. Next Saturday, March 22nd, I’ll be reading at Cafe Istanbul for Mad Zineious Wordz and Muzic, featuring The Shiz and Jonathan Brown. I’ll be reading a poem inspired by The Talking Heads, so basically, you should probably come and see me stutter my way through a poem about serial killers and dead bodies. Starts at six, ends at ten, you can probably drink all the beer forever, so really, why not? The next weekend, I’ll be joining some other staff members from Quaint Magazine as well as some of the lovely ladies from Belle Journal at the GCACWT Conference in Fairhope, Alabama. At 10am on Friday the 28th you can come see our panel on women in...

Claiming identity: gender and how we name ourselves

I have been meditating recently on my decision to brand Quaint Magazine as being “for ladies”. Really, it wasn’t a decision so much as it was a natural reaction, a knee-jerk to my own personal feelings about the word “woman”. I didn’t want the magazine to be “woman’s writing” because I had not yet – still have not fully – reconciled my complicated feelings about the word “woman”. “Girl”, however – up until recently my gendered noun of choice – seemed suddenly inappropriate for the depth and scope of what I wanted Quaint to be. I feared that branding the magazine as “girl’s writing” or “girl words” was to trivialize and make juvenile...

Crowdfunding VS Charity – where do we draw the line?

I debated on and off whether it was a good idea to write (or to publish) this article. I handed it to a few people, all of whom were wary to touch it due to the fact that it names and shames a particular individual who is quite popular in hip young publishing circles. I second guessed myself a lot. I wondered whether I was just bitter, or resentful – if that was what had spurned me to write such a searing critique of one dude’s attempt to raise money for his mental health treatment. After all, getting help/treatment is good. Charity is good. Why was I being such a jerk about it? Then I read this, and the statements of Kat Dixon, and I realized: it is okay for me to feel angry about this shit from a personal perspective. It is okay for me to be extra...

Updates

Updates

Good lord, I haven’t written in this blog in over a year. I started this blog as a way to document my move to the States, to talk a bit about the culture shock, and the differences between American and Australian culture (which are, I have realized, both not that great, and pretty fucking great, simultaneously). However, graduate school and life got in the way. And now here the blog is, absorbed into my main website, sitting here doing very little. It will probably become a space for my ramblings about all sorts of things, as and when I get to it. Currently, I just wanted to update and say that myself, and a few of the most badass ladies I know, have started a literary magazine: Quaint. We launched the site a few days ago and have had an overwhelmingly...

Forgive us our trespasses

During my not-relationship with he-who-must-not-be-named, I planned to do many fun, exciting things.  One of those fun, exciting things was to FINALLY go and explore the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans East.  Sadly, this never eventuated (the perils of having a best friend/not-boyfriend who works super late and sleeps all day), and so months passed without my setting foot on the property (probably for the best, since they were filming the new Percy Jackson film there until late August). For those not in the know, the Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans began life as a theme park known as ‘Jazzland’, which opened in 2000.  It officially became a Six Flags park in 2003, the Six Flags people brought in a few character-based rides...


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