March 23, 2017: A Zoologist Turned Crime Poet
Steph Post asked me some great questions for her blog, letting me praise rats and share the best advice I've ever received from students. Read the interview HERE.
January 1, 2017: Most Anticipated Books of 2017
Memorious is one my very favorite literary journals, so it means a lot to see my new poetry collection (All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, Black Lawrence Press) on this Most Anticipated Books list from Rebecca Morgan Frank.
December 21, 2016: Rosemary & Reading Glasses
The Granite Moth is included on this lovely Best of 2016 list!
December 20, 2016: The Granite Moth in Paperback!
Today The Granite Moth launches in paperback. Thank you for a year of support, everyone. ♥
December 2, 2016: Pushcart Nomination
Oh my! Storm Cellar nominated my poem "American New Year" for a Pushcart Prize. I'm so honored.
December 1, 2016: The 10 Best New Books to Read This December
I am a fan of the Chicago Review of Books, so what a lovely surprise to see The Granite Moth on this list!
October 26, 2016: Ravening on Ahead
I was happy to review Noah Warren's debut poetry collection, Destroyer in the Glass, for Chapter 16.
September 6, 2016: 9 Mysteries by Female Authors You May Not Have Read Yet
Blushingly happy to be included alongside Sara Gran, Lori Radar-Day, and other writers I admire. Read the full BookBub list HERE.
September 1, 2016: Irresponsible Reader
"Not since Stephen J. Cannell’s Wiseguy, have I seen something deal so effectively with the emotional toll of a double life—" I'm so pleased by this review of The Granite Moth on Irresponsible Reader.
August 30, 2016: Rosemary & Reading Glasses
"Are you looking for the right book during the transition from summer into fall? Look no further: with its page-turning plot and crisp autumn setting, Erica Wright’s The Granite Moth is the book for you." I love Rosemary & Reading Glasses, so obviously I'm over the moon that my novel is recommended.
August 26, 2016: Silver Falchion Award Finalist
I was delighted to learn that The Granite Moth was nominated for a Silver Falchion Award at Killer Nashville! Congratulations to winner Kay Kendall for her book Rainy Day Women.
August 25, 2015: Falling from Great Heights
I adored Melissa Ginsburg's debut crime novel Sunset City, and I was happy to review it for Chapter 16. Read my (enthusiastic) thoughts HERE.
August 22, 2016: East Side Storytellin' 89
I had a stellar time reading at the 89th(!) East Side Storytellin' event, hosted by Chuck Beard. You can listen to the podcast and hear Luke Amelang play his original tunes HERE.
August 17,2016: Rattlesnakes, Twitter, and You: An Amateur's Guide to Social Media
As someone who was intimidated by Twitter, it was fun to jot down my advice for writers who are hesitant to use different platforms. You can read the full article at the OneRoom blog HERE.
July 22, 2016: Sublimated Rebellions
It was a pleasure to correspond with André Naffis-Sahely about his translations of Abdellatif Laâbi, the risks of political poetry, and his childhood in Abu Dhabi. You can read the interview in Guernica Magazine HERE.
July 9, 2016: Stories, Not Textbooks
In his new poetry collection, Social History, Bobby C. Rogers celebrates the spirit that makes small towns in America so unique. You can read my review for Chapter 16 HERE.
June 24, 2016: Alligators and Poems
Have I mentioned how happy I am to be working with the lovely folks at Black Lawrence Press again? You can read the first poem of my new collection at the end of this Q & A.
June 16, 2016: Dear Poetry Editor
The world doesn't seem so pretty this week, but otherwise I stand by my answers. I'm grateful to Ruben Quesada for including me in this great series for Queen's Mob Teahouse. There's little I'd rather do than geek out over poetry.
June 12, 2016: Satiric noir dressed in comedic drag
Book bloggers are the best, and I was happy to find Ann Ronald's thoughtful review of The Granite Moth on Bookin' with Sunny.
May 31, 2016: All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned
I feel unbelievably lucky—and not a little emotional—that my second poetry collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2017!
May 4, 2016: Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
March 18, 2016: Need Out of Reach
In her latest poetry collection, Galaxie Wagon, Darnell Arnoult addresses aging with candid humor and moving insight. You can read my review for Chapter 16 HERE.
March 17, 2016: An Interview with The Native Society
Dealing with rejections, loving Parnassus Books, and hoping for sunscreen pills! It was a pleasure to chat with The Native Society. You can read the interview HERE.
January 28, 2016: "The 30 Best Books You Missed in 2015"
The Granite Moth is in some lovely company over at The Advocate. I'm grateful to see my name on any list with Nickole Brown (one of my favorite poets), plus Introducing Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen Detectives by Wallace Godfrey sounds fantastic. Read the full list HERE.
December 13, 2015: The Granite Moth in USA Today
USA Today calls The Granite Moth "brisk, dark, slinky," and I plan to live up here in the clouds! Let me know if you want to visit. I'll put the dog on for you. Read the full review by Charles Finch HERE.
December 8, 2015: If My Book
Writing something for Monkeybicycle's If My Book series was a lot of fun. Any time I can talk about champagne and corpse flowers, I'm a happy camper.
December 6, 2015: The Granite Moth is #1!
...on the Parnassus Books bestseller list. Whoohoo!
November 10, 2015: Karen Linton's Artist Interviews
Filmmaker Karen Linton included me in her delightful portrait series.
November 3, 2015: Writer's Bone Podcast
I chat with Daniel Ford about being kind to other writers, living off of $1 pizza, and writing Kathleen Stone.
November 2, 2015: Talkin' Tullahoma
My first talk show appearance! Big thanks to TUBLight TUBe for having me on their fun program.
November 2, 2015: New City, New Reading List
Shelf Pleasure published my love letter to writers in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
November 1, 2015: Interview in The Big Thrill
Jaden Terrell interviewed me for the International Thriller Writers' magazine, letting me yap about the Village Halloween Parade, my terrible singing voice, and Richard Hugo/trout. Read the whole exchange HERE.
October 29, 2015: Girl Sleuths: Defying Expectations Since 1930 (At Least)
Biographile let me write about one of my favorite topics: women in mystery. From Nancy Drew to Veronica Mars, there's just something about a plucky young heroine that I can't resist. Read more HERE.
October 27, 2015: 5 Books That Should be on Your Radar
I'm delighted The Granite Moth appears on this list from Writer's Bone alongside books by Jane Smiley, James Tate Hill, Elmore Leonard, and Kevin Keating.
October 6, 2015: Storms Will Come
In his latest novel, Greg Iles delves into the countless unsolved murders of African Americans in the decades preceding the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read my review for Chapter 16 HERE.
October 2, 2015: Recommended by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution
One of my favorite newspapers has recommended The Granite Moth alongside new titles by Heather Young and Karin Slaughter! I'm pretty sure I'll never get tired of being referred to as "a Nashville-based author."
September 24, 2015: Hot Chicken, Sara Gran, and Hidden Talents (Zero)
September 3, 2015: Kirkus Weighs In
A Kirkus review is enough to send the faint of heart (me) into hiding, but thankfully they like The Granite Moth! "More concentrated than Kathleen’s debut, Wright’s second entry begins to develop a detective who can shine through all those costume changes." Full review HERE.
August 26, 2015: Not a Partridge, or a Ruby
In her debut poetry collection, Caroline Randall Williams considers the identity of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady. Read my review at Chapter 16.
July 2, 2015: Where to Hide the Body: Starting a Mystery
I'm excited to teach a mystery writing course through OneRoom. This online class includes weekly live seminars (but sweatpants are still welcome). Click HERE for more information and to register. Starts in August!
June 11, 2015: The Granite Moth Cover
The Granite Moth (coming in November) has a cover! And it's gorgeous thanks to designer Charles Brock.
May 15, 2015: Paperback Release of The Red Chameleon
My debut crime novel, The Red Chameleon, is now CHEAP. Err, I mean, available in paperback. Thanks for reading!
May 3, 2015: T-Shirt Mantras & Good Will
I talked to Andilit about scarlet fever, writing practices, and (yes) t-shirt mottos. You can read the interview HERE.
April 29, 2015: 5 Books That Should Be On Your Radar
The Red Chameleon is in some stellar company over at Writer's Bone. If you haven't checked out this website, it's a treasure trove for readers and scribblers alike.
April 21, 2015: Master of Disguise
Writer's Bone is a terrific website, and I was delighted to answer a few questions about fainting goats, Sherlock, and soap opera villains.
April 9, 2015: A Sense of the Possible
"Poetry’s engine is empathy: the ability to feel what others feel, in permeability rather than judgment." Jane Hirshfield was kind enough to answer a few of my questions for Chapter 16.
March 25, 2015: Paperback Writer
Paperback copies of The Red Chameleon are now available for pre-order! Thanks, as always, for reading. I'm a lucky duck (lizard?): Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Parnassus Books, Union Ave Books, The Mysterious Bookshop.
March 24, 2015: Hive
In her debut poetry collection, Christina Stoddard grapples with the vulnerability of children in a violent world. Read my review at Chapter 16.
March 20, 2015: Many Small Fires
Charlotte Pence’s debut poetry collection examines the parallels between ecology and mental illness. Read my review at Chapter 16.
March 15-April 1, 2015: Goodreads Giveaway
Prefer hardcover but not the price? Win one of five signed copies of The Red Chameleon. Enter here.
March 10, 2015: The Poem as Pursuit
January 26, 2015: Do Not Rise
In her new collection, Do Not Rise, Nashville poet Beth Bachmann writes about war and its aftermath with unflinching insight. Here's my review of this wonderful book.
January 8, 2015: New Year, New Genre
"Around ten years ago, a friend suggested that I submit to a flash fiction anthology looking for writers. I’m embarrassed to admit my reaction now, but I laughed." In my guest blog for ITW, you can read my advice on genre hopping.
January 5, 2015: The Granite Moth
I'm not superstitious, but signing the contract to publish my second crime novel, The Granite Moth, is a pretty stellar way to begin 2015. I'm feeling super lucky to work with the talented folks at Pegasus Books again!
December 8, 2014: Poems of the American South
"From race to rattlesnakes, each poem reveals complicated truths about this region of the United States." I was delighted to review Poems of the American South, edited by David Biespiel. You can read the entire review over at Chapter 16.
December 6, 2014: Black Heart Magazine
"The Red Chameleon is the first of a fun new series. The writing is sharp and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and Kathleen (et al.) is a highly likable protagonist."
This review in Black Heart Magazine is a lovely surprise.
October 10, 2014: The City and the Writer
Nathalie Handal runs one of my favorite interview series, The City and the Writer, for Words without Borders. What an honor to be included! Although Atlanta was only my home for two years, I am glad that I had the opportunity to gush about the Big Peach before moseying along. Here is the full interview.
September 8, 2014: Verse Daily
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.
July 21, 2014: North Avenue Lounge
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.
July 15, 2014: Who Has the Right to Write About War?
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.
July 9, 2014: Poetry Society of America
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.
July 7, 2014: Heroic Journeys and Adult Literacy
"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.
July 2, 2014: New Review in Chapter 16
"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.
July 1, 2014: Facial Blindness & Ordinary Villians
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.
June 29, 2014: The New York Times
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.
June 21, 2014: Shelf Pleasure
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!
June 16, 2014: Thrillers, Sonnets, & Dionne from Clueless
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.
June 16, 2014: Oprah Recommended
I'm over the moon that The Red Chameleon is included in O Magazine's roundup of best summer books! (I'd also really like that adorable sun hat.)
June 10, 2014: Spinning Jenny
When I first started submitting poems, I sent to Spinning Jenny because I admired the journal so much. Fast-foward a few (okay, many) years, and I have two poems in the latest issue. The design is spectacular. Trust me when I say that you want to hold this friend in your hands. Plus poems by Natalie Eilbert, Ben Gantcher, W. M. Lobko, and Ryan Murphy among others. If you buy a copy at the practically free price of $10, you can read my poems "Migration of a Minor God" and "Zoology 101."
June 1, 2014: Wigs, Psychics, & Violence
Karen Harper asked me some terrific questions for the International Thriller Writers Organization. What a treat! You can read the full interview HERE.
May 17, 2014: Kirkus
"[a] fast-paced and quirky debut." Thank you, Kirkus! You can read the entire review HERE.
April 11, 2014: Alex Lemon: A Ferocious Kind of Music
"The only way to attend to the fractured world (or the fractured world I live in) is to write a ferocious kind of music, to sing that volatility." Alex Lemon graciously answers a few of my question over at Guernica.
April 7, 2014: A Shared World
"Your poems may be in the past. Your faults are always in the future."
April 3, 2014: A Poetry Playlist
When Nick Ripatrazone asked me to contribute a song to this list for The Millions, I knew there could only be Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain," which I listened to in a kind of fever while I wrote my long poem "Greece Is This Run-Down." Check out the choices from the other nine poets, including Mary Biddinger, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Adrian Matejka.
March 30, 2014: Publisher's Weekly
If you heard a loud, inexplicable whooshing sound of relief recently, it wasn't your neighborhood ghost, but me reacting to this first review of The Red Chameleon. In Publisher's Weekly no less!
"At the start of this riveting crime novel from poet Wright (Instructions for Killing the Jackal), PI Kat Stone, a former NYPD undercover detective, discovers the dead body of Stephen Kramer, the unfaithful husband she’s been tailing, in the men’s room of an Upper East Side bar..." Keep reading here.
March 4, 2014: Kingsnakes and Beauty Queens
I'm over the moon that my essay on the 2013 Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival found a home at Chapter 16, part of Humanities Tennessee. Who's up for this weekend's 2014 version?
"In Richard Avedon’s photograph of Boyd Fortin, the thirteen-year-old holds up a rattlesnake’s partially disemboweled carcass, the creature’s organs spread like a clothesline across a once-white apron. Avedon photographed Fortin in Sweetwater, Texas, at the annual rattlesnake roundup, an event that celebrated its fifty-fifth year last March. At these roundups, wranglers capture thousands of rattlers and bring them to an arena where they are brandished, mutilated, milked, sold, slaughtered, and skinned. Shortly after I moved to Atlanta in 2012, someone informed me that Georgia still hosts a yearly roundup, too. 'They even crown a beauty-pageant queen,' I was told. 'She kills the first snake.'" Keep reading here.