Queens, Poems and Job Searching

So, my first residency at Queens was basically amazing and I miss it already. I can’t believe I have to wait until January to return. The environment was so welcoming and I made some cool friends who love writing as much as I do! The faculty is top notch—I was in a large group workshop with the ever-lovely Cathy Smith Bowers (who is a riot, I tell ya). My small group instructor is Nick Lantz, who is a pretty cool poet. He knows Shara Lessley, who taught a four-week poetry class at Randolph, so it’s funny how it seems I was just destined to attend Queens, haha.

Anyway, I got some really helpful revisions and ideas on the poetry packets I submitted for workshop, so I’m itching to get back to the drawing board and really polish my work to send out to magazines.

Oh, and my poem “Action Painting” was a finalist for Blue Bonnet Review’s Spring Poetry Contest! I saw the email pop up on my phone, and I thought it to be just another rejection email…but it wasn’t! Definitely made up for the previous couple of rejections from magazines. I didn’t win, but the poem will be published on their site, so that’s pretty nifty. I’m hoping that I can submit my revised version, since I submitted an earlier draft of the poem that I find inferior to its current state.

Let’s see, what other news…well, I’m job searching. It’s a bit like setting myself on fire and hoping the flames can be extinguished. Excruciatingly painful. I’ve applied to about 10 places so far and it’s a bit depressing. The only interview I’ve had so far was that “interview” with Chipotle (what a joke). Sigh, the life and times of being an unemployed writer.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I only have 2 other magazines to hear back from, but of course now having my work reviewed and edited, I almost want to withdraw my poems because of how terrible they might be now…

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