Over the past couple months, I’ve been dealing with so much. Ignoring mental health issues for so long has a consequence and for me, I had to pay some of those outstanding bills from years and years ago. Therapy is helping, and I’m working through things very, very slowly, but progress, I’m told, is progress nonetheless.
Most of my time is spent working through issues and trying to live life: not an easy balancing act. However, a few good things happened. My first chapbook, “Gymlationship,” was released by Arroyo Seco Press. I’m glad this was my first publication, as it taught me so much already, mostly that I wasn’t prepared for it. There is a lot of work and effort put into a manuscript, but so much more in marketing and talking and selling it.
I also attended my first AWP Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) to great general success. Lots of networking, new and familiar faces, and of course picking up some good tips on writing life—not to mention the large sack of reading material to add to my list.
This journey is more difficult than I expected, more painful than I want to admit. I can only hope the rewards are worth it.
Take care, friends. I’ll be here, writing and working to get better.
I’ve updated a few of the events I’ll be reading and/or teaching at on my events page. Click below for more details. I will also be teaching a workshop in May, details to come later.
Sunday February 21
San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival—Reading at 3:00 pm
Sunday March 6
Poetry Workshop: The Senses—Workshop at 1:00 pm
My poem “Our Judgment” was a semifinalist for the 2016 Luminaire Award, a poetry contest by Alternating Current. I believe it will be published in April in The Spark. I will link and let you know when that publication comes in.
Thank you all for your support in this journey. And let us hope for more awards in the future!
I’ve updated the publications menu. The Publications page is still a full list (though I have added a second link for that under the menu for easier access). I’ve also updated the links and made sure they work on that page and on the page of the work itself. Whenever I have a new publication, I will add it to the full list. In respect to the publisher, I wait before posting it on my website.
Short Stories added:
- Blue Moon
- The Magnificent
- Men Are Predictable
- Second Sunrise
Poetry added (plus a direct link to my Patreon feed):
- Exposed Brick
- fading life
- Haiku 99
- I Cannot Afford
- I don’t invite family to poetry readings
- On Loneliness
Patreon is a website focused on allowing artists of all types to connect with their audiences in a meaningful way. Fans or supporters pledge a certain amount per piece of work or per month (decided by the creator) to access work posted to that website.
On Patreon, I write poems and post them only so supporters may see. Many of the poems I write do not make it to readings or to publishers. My goal is to help support myself as an artist with the help of those that believe in me. You may support as much or as little as you wish. Patreon allows supporters to chose the maximum amount to be billed per month per artist. I think this is a fantastic way to show support for any type of artist. Click here to support: www.patreon.com/katurner
I would appreciate any amount you could contribute. I have several levels and will be offering others soon.
Welcome to my updated website! I’ve been spending a few hours here and there to get this new layout ready for your eyes. I think it’s pretty fantastic. Before, it was fairly difficult to update my site and keep everyone up-to-date on events and news. Besides, this is a little more flashy! I hope you like it as much as I do. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be continuing to update and add events as I know about them.
You can always sign up in the sidebar to your right for the latest publication news, readings, and workshops.
- Updated Mentoring information.
- Updated Editing information. New exclusive offering: First Chapter Critique!
- Updated Events page.
- Updated Publications and links: check out to read!
- Updated About page.
- News Page.
I’ll be continuing to update and tweak the site to reflect new information. When there is news, I’ll post another update through the News page. When there are new events, I’ll post them up here as well. I’ll be adding new features to the website—including support for orders, so where there are books or merchandise available, the support will be there. I’m also considering putting mentoring hours as purchasable content!
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