I write to you today with good news. My chapbook, Kettle Whistles the Blues, was selected for publication by Robocup Press! I am quite excited about this because I will be working with the lovely Tamryn Spruill, and the illustrations in this chapbook were created by my talented cousin Johna.
A narrative disguised as a "How-To" manual for making a cup of tea, Kettle Whistles the Blues is scheduled for publication next spring/summer. If you want to read more about it, perhaps you'll visit this page on Robocup's website. After all, Tamryn did a fantastic job with the synopsis ("Kettle Whistles the Blues uses the process of tea-making to highlight the epiphanies often found in the mundane.").
Say you'll order a copy when it's time? I would really love for you to read and share it with others, especially those who, like me, cannot go a day without a cup of tea.
Sometimes I think I belong in England.
Anyway, I hope that all is well with you and that you'll write me sometime. In the meantime, I sure do send my love.
The super talented Ben Stainton was kind enough to share on Twitter the piece of artwork he created for A Permanent Income's inaugural compilation, "Frozen." Look for Ben's gorgeous collage on the left (the one with the blue background) to appear in the compilation. Woooo!
I am the founder of an artist collective called A Permanent Income! Check out our official website here!
Simon Pinkerton's "Follow," I'm told, was inspired in part by my debut chapbook, The Flexible Truth, and I am humbled and honored and grateful to him for one of the best "reviews" my book has yet to receive. Read "Follow" in Maudlin' House's beautiful July issue here.
Thank you to my editor, Bruce Siwy, for the review of my debut chapbook The Flexible Truth. The review was published in Our Town's AMPED section last week. Here's what Bruce had to say:
Intrigued? Still want to snag a copy? The pre-order deadline has passed but there's still time to place an order! Go here :)
Did you read my debut chapbook? Would you like to rate and review it? Here's the link you need to do just that!
Wanna make some tea-inspired art? Wanna come and purchase a First Edition copy of my flash fiction chapbook? Then mark your calendar for Friday, June 26 and plan to attend VOMA StudioPM!
Here are the details (Eventbrite link available here):
StudioPM - A creative studio experience to create art, play, drink and socialize.
SPRECIAL PROMO - $5 OFF REGULAR PRICE
Friday, June 26, 2015 ~ $30 ($5 OFF REGULAR PRICE) General Admission includes guided instruction, ALL materials and supplies.
ONE OF TWO ART CHOICES FOR JUNE 26 -- Take-Home Masterpiece: Tea Time Instructor: Karen Mesaros.
NOTE: There will be two separate art sessions happening at the same time on June 26 with SEPARATE ticket links --make sure to double-check Eventbrite when purchasing.
Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED for this event. Seating is limited. Payment options include credit (online), or check and cash (at the door). StudioPM welcomes all skill levels.
No artistic experience necessary!
This is a BYOB event for ages 21+ w/ID. Bring your own beverage of choice. IDs will be checked at the door. Light snacks will be provided, other savory or sweet treats are welcome to share but not required.
Event admission includes:
Great for community groups, fundraisers, corporate team building, reunions, non-profits and private parties. For private bookings and group discount, please email email@example.com to request details.
For more Venue of Merging Arts events, visit www.thevoma.com
Will the Second Edition of The Flexible Truth make it to print? Will you get to read a brand new piece of writing from me and hold in your hands a brand new illustration from my illustrator, Shayna Blackford? If you haven't pre-ordered already, YOU can help us reach the minimum number of copies we need to sell in order to go to print! Here's the link you need!
Many heartfelt thanks to The Sonder Review for their thoughtful review of my debut chapbook, The Flexible Truth:
Kayla Pongrac’s collection, The Flexible Truth, is full of strange, succulent little fictions, each one as startling and deftly crafted as the next. Pongrac’s stories are provocative, poignant and disarming. The twenty-seven pieces that form this collection are brief but luminous, deliberately worded and with marked intent. In these stories, a woman ponders the apocalypse, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex becomes a coveted house guest, the tour of a relative’s home reveals more than was bargained for, picnics are hosted on the backs of elephants, and an advice column dispenses answers in the form of cryptic vignettes. Pongrac’s voice is spare; her vision singular. With keen prose, and a penchant for thoughtful language and captivating imagery, The Flexible Truth shows us that there is power in brevity and meaning in every measured line.
CURIOUS?! Purchase a copy of the Second Edition here (deadline for pre-orders is June 15!).
Fiction, poetry, and all that good stuff . . .