Woot! Verse Daily has shared my poem "Spontaneous Human Combustion," which originally appeared in one of my favorite journals, Gulf Coast. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that I'm not testing fate by saying that I don't believe in SHC. That's not how I want to go.
On Monday, host extraordinaire Charlie Bennett welcomed me to his radio show North Avenue Lounge, which airs Mondays at noon on WREK. We talked about poetry, mysteries, unicorns, farms, and arcade games during a terrifically fun hour. You can listen to the archived recording HERE.
I've been pondering this question a lot lately, after interviewing Shelly Taylor about her wonderful collection Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books, 2014). These poems deal with the challenges faced by the loved ones of those who serve and have served:
Aye, there they are, the shells of men unburied, dead men & horses. She never meant her children be nursed by fruit trees, the very carcass of. There is no upshot to war, the sun is a porch-lamp.
While Taylor was reluctant to write about her own story, I'm glad she did. We corresponded via email about taking ownership, living with a veteran, and wishing to “Eternal Sunshine ourselves.” You can read the entire interview HERE.
One of my favorite organizations, the Poetry Society of America, gamely let me give away all of Guernica Magazine's secrets, including why we hate robots and love magic. I also share Fiction Editor Meakin Armstrong's advice: "From our point of view, it's marketable if you're unpublished. We can then claim you later." You can read the entire interview HERE.
"Get kids energized from an early age that reading will be the most important skill they have because to read is the same verb as to think; you can’t do one without the other."
When I sent bestselling thriller writer David Baldacci questions for Chapter 16, I was expecting terse answers. After all, he must be a busy man. Instead, I was impressed by his generous responses and passion for literacy. He’ll be discussing his new YA book this Thursday, July 10th, at the Nashville Public Library. You can read the entire Q & A HERE.
"This first outing in crime proves that she is also one of the rare mystery writers who can infuse the genre with both smart humor and artistic prose—all without sacrificing plot. The Red Chameleon is the kind of well-crafted and expertly conceived title that might make thriller fans wish more poets would venture into mystery writing."
Liz Garrigan wrote such a thoughtful review of The Red Chameleon for Chapter 16. This organization supports "education in the humanities to Tennesseans" and, in my (okay a little biased) opinion, is a model for regional publications. Here is a link to the review, but take a peek at some of the other recent pieces, including a tribute to Tennessee native and new poet laureate Charles Wright (no relation) by Maria Browning.
Diane Slocum asked me some great questions for Authorlink, letting me talk about my love of ordinary villains, the ones who are frightening because they seem a little bit like us. Plus, who isn't fascinated by facial blindness? Thanks for reading! Here's the interview.
Basically, my book The Red Chameleon being reviewed in The New York Times is the wildest thing yet to happen to me. Rookie mistakes notwithstanding, I'll take any praise from the venerable Marilyn Stasio: "there’s still something very appealing about Kathleen Stone, a quick-change artist who can slip into the persona of Katie, Kat, Kitty, Kathy, Kate, Katya — or her personal favorite, 15-year-old Keith — at the drop of a hat or, more likely, the switch of a wig." You can read the entire review HERE.
Thank you to Shelf Pleasure (the website with the cutest logo in town) for asking me some questions about The Red Chameleon! I get to blame Truman Capote for my crime obsession, thank the Guernica staff for being awesome, and recommend the new Veronica Mars. You can read the entire interview HERE. Thanks, as always, for your interest!
Author Exposure asked me a few questions about The Red Chameleon for their helpful website. In addition to talking about poetry and thrillers, I enjoyed reminiscing about my first Atlanta memory: cruising along I-75 on my way to see the Indigo Girls with my brother. You can read the entire interview HERE.