Happy Tuesday, folks.
I'm giving away three signed copies of Underlife, my first poetry collection. All you have to do is post a confession on my blog (make it a good one!) and you'll be entered automatically. Names will be picked at random. All entries must be posted by Thursday, December 17, 11:59 EST. International entries welcomed. Winner will be revealed over the weekend.
I confess—I have a non-confession to make. I've waited months to reveal some very cool news, but I'm putting it off another day or two. Here's a hint: Inspiration. Now, discuss among yourselves.
On Wednesday, I'm having a book launch party to celebrate Underlife! Not only is this a book launch, but I consider it the 40th birthday party I never had. It's also the holiday party I've always wanted to throw but never wanted to host at my house!
So I am in the midst last-minute party planning. Fortunately, it seems like I'm in good shape. Here's the party menu: crab cakes, fried chicken, pulled pork, mac and cheese, cornbread, cheese and fruit tray, gratuitous veggie platter, cookies, and sparkling wine. The only thing missing—sweet tea! Tuesday night, I will be making the crab cakes, pulled pork, and cornbread from scratch with friends. Probably more eating going on than anything else.
Full recap with video from the reading to come.
Did I mention I look FABULOUS is my new dress?
Over the next two weeks, I'll start revising PAD poems and revisiting my second manuscript. It's also time to look at resolutions and goals for the New Year. I love the idea of letting go of old plans and making new ones.
On the poetry front, a few items of note:
- The Poetry Foundation has revealed their list of Poetry Best Sellers for 2009.
- Here's a sneak peak of Oliver de la Paz's forthcoming book, Requiem for an Orchard.
- Massachusetts residents: The 2010 Artist Fellowships guidelines and application are now available.
- Kundiman teams with Fordham to support Asian American poets.
Can you believe Christmas is next week? Yikes!