So, I’ve gotten reviewed, though I’ll admit they’re both people I know, they were willing to vouch for me publicly, which is more than I say for myself most days!
l’étoile magazine says:
“Sarar brought off a modern retooling of some timeless tales, seasoned with the energy of a slam veteran and the smart vision of a smart girl in a simple world, combining moth-style storytelling with Judy Tenuta’s delivery and all of the charm and darkness you would expect from Gaiman.”
My friend m’s blog (he works for Macmillan Publishers) says:
Faerie tales set on their side, retold with a cunning eye & a canny ear. Inky’s not afraid to lay down some beats: poems like “Cinderella” demand to be read aloud, the cadence luminous & dribbling off the letters.
So, that said, I’m up to my eyeballs in to-do lists that do and do not have to do with being a writer. More details later! We’ll see how much I want to avoid packing for the move across town.
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
8pm – 9:30pm
Kieran’s Irish Pub (New Block E location!)
600 Hennepin Ave Ste 170 (corners of 6th St & 1st Ave N)
Poet and spoken word organizer Cole “Inky” Sarar releases her first book of poetry, retelling, reinventing, and creating new fairytales and nursery rhymes. Joined by world-class poets and performers, come celebrate with us. Shá Cage, Kyle “Guante” Myhre, Wonder Dave, Aimee Renaud, Khary “6 is 9″ Jackson, Ruth F. Kohtz, and Beruch Porass-Hernandez are among the performers who will be bringing something to the celebration.
We’ll be taking over the new Kieran’s location, in their aptly named Poet’s Corner. Donations accepted at the door, books will be available for sale with cash or check, for $12. The book is 44 pages long, and each poem has been illustrated by a different, talented artist from around the world- Minneapolis musician and theatre technician Dietrich Poppen, Michigan cartoonist and illustrator Meredith Rogers, L.A. illustrator and collage artist Aaron Edelson, Saint Paul set designer Andrea Heilman, and Chilean illustrator and web comic writer Juan Santapau are among the artists represented.
“not just the quiet chronicler of the scene, but a luminary” – MinnPost
A few small edits need doing so far- the inside illustrations all need to be recalibrated in regards to their margins (all way low!) and one of my artist bios borders on incoherent, and another is missing the artist’s last name. But the thing sure. is. pretty.
Not something I’m ashamed to call my own. So much work, now just the polishing left, and then we release! Where should I have my chapbook release party?
All of the artworks received, all of the poems done, 80% of the formatting done! It’s well on its way. You can see over on the right side of the webpage, I’ve created pages to promote/support my chapbook attempts. I have the feeling, that I won’t always want my chapbooks to be such ENORMOUS undertakings, but I’m pretty certain that this is going to be something I’ll be happy to hold in my hands.
I’ve also got a new goal. One new science poem every two weeks. Initially, I’d gone for the very ambitious “every week”, but I know that’s not always going to be possible, and I’d like to start with a goal that’s attainable. I’ve been carrying around my college genetics textbook, with the hopes that I will be able to start working on new material soon, but it likely won’t get cracked open until after Wednesday.
I have to get up super early in the morning to go to work, so this is going to be a super quick little blog post.
1. I was interviewed for Minnesota Public Radio’s “In the Loop” today. They’ve got uncut video of the whole interview up online.
2. A couple hours after getting home, I got official word on the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for poetry. I have been approved for full funding for a tour of the upper midwest this coming autumn.
3. While I was writing my family an email telling them the good news, Marc showed up unannounced to give me fantastically adorable buttons, starring a breakdancing Cinderella who we know to be part of the upcoming chapbook. Marc and I walked down to a local bakery/coffeeshop to celebrate with vegan truffles.
4. Met up with the lovely Cynthia French at the Fringe Lottery. We both have our places on the waiting list. Saw many lovely Fringe folk, lots of people whose faces I am happy to see.
5. Fed Cali’s kitty, got scolded for not having a MN Mic blog up, drove home, and am now wondering where my phone is, such that I can set my alarm for *too damn early*.
Tomorrow- work, a few errands, and then South Dakota.
Third at last night’s slam, and September is flying by. Have two months to prep for semi-finals, four to prep for the Women of the World poetry slam qualifier. It’s so much easier to slam with a body of work to choose from, rather than what I managed to scribble out over the course of the week. I still need to work on performance and memorization, but I’ve decided firmly that it’s much better to have the paper on stage with me than find myself panicking and lost without it.
Scheming with bay area friends, it seems as though I might be haunting the Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley soon (with their very generous financing). Sending out millions and millions of coverletters and resumes in the meanwhiles….
Life feels back to the usual unusuals- drinking too much tea, spending time with Cali and Oliver, Ruth and Dave, never feeling quite like I’ve gotten enough done. I’m already much better about supporting myself rather than guilting myself all the time. Writing has been taking a bit of a back seat to getting a job, but that’s to be expected. Almost all of the writing for Army of Nursery rhymes is done, and I’ve been seeing Dax’s sketches for the cover and trembling with anticipation.
Life is back to usual, which is pretty great.
I’m in the process of writing my first “horror” poem, my first “persona” poem, too. I’m getting a real kick out of it, as it’s also got some dramatic irony running through it. This’ll definitely be in my chapbook this fall. It may end up at a slam this week, too. Here’s an excerpt:
A mother knows, when something is wrong in the home
and I knew,
knew I hadn’t left the door, hanging open
like a jaw or a cave,
this line between our home
and the rest of the world
broken like a line of chalk,
like a snapped thread.
Right now I’m slated for 9 poems and 9 illustrations- this is the shortest of the poems- others will be up to 7 pages long. I have no idea what the other images will look like- the illustrators all use very different styles, and are completely different types of artists. The most recent additions to my illustration team have been Juan Santapau of The Secret Knots and Courtney McClean of the Rockstar Storytellers and bluegrass erotica band “Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls”.
right through your fingers
i wanted to get
under your nails
you are the hoot
and holler of passing
you didn’t want
to get involved
you never expected
me to look at you
like you were really there
ask you about your grand
mother and make you
think there’s more to salt
than dinner and tears.
Something short and not my regular style. Things are moving along swimmingly- I’ve been getting out about one coverletter and resume a day, working on MN Mic posts, working on Army of Nursery Rhymes related projects (contact with artists, possible performers for the release party, writing a whole new poem?, etc.), writing letters and postcards, and working on a secret project for labor day weekend. Marc asked me to perform my science poems at his math music cd release party, which is pretty awesome- I think I’m going to try to aim the “Army of Nursery Rhymes” release at early November, so I can promote at his show.
I’ve kept up with my intangibles lunar cycle writing challenge, too. I’m currently working on a Goldilocks poem that has been eluding me for months… it wants to go in so many directions, I keep making notes and notes and notes.