Thursday, March 28, 2013

Unrest Spring Book Tour: Photos

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has come out and supported Unrest since it was published earlier this year. I can't believe how time flies - I've read at six venues in five states and I look forward to reading at The Nora School in Silver Spring, MD, on April 18th. (More readings to be scheduled after our baby is born this summer.)

Find information on ordering your signed copy of Unrest here. 

Here are some photographic highlights from the tour: 

The first reading from Unrest at visarts in Rockville, MD

Finishing Line Press poets' reading at Big Blue Marble Bookstore 
in Philadelphia with Alison Hicks, Hila Ratzabi and David Ebenbach

Signing books at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. 

Reading in the Third Thursday series at the Takoma Park Community Center (MD)

Reflections at Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City

Photo Op at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, N.J.

Book display at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Book display at Words bookstore in Maplewood, N.J.

Do you follow my Writing Coach page on Facebook? Find photo albums from each of the readings, announcements, links to related articles and more there. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Unrest Tour T-Shirts

I couldn't be more tickled that my husband surprised me with t-shirts announcing my book tour for my first poetry chapbook, unrest. Thank you, love!

If you are in the D.C. metro area, I hope to see you for the final spring reading on Thursday, April 18th at the Nora School

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Unrest Reading Tour Returns to the D.C. Metro Area: Takoma Park's Third Thursday Series on Thursday, March 21st @7:30 PM

I'm looking forward to reading from Unrest and some new poems at Takoma Park's Third Thursday Series on Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 PM. I will be selling and signing copies of the book.

Takoma Park’s Third Thursday Series, Takoma Park, MD
Poetry Reading with Melanie McCabe, Carolyn Cecil, Chloe Yelena Miller & Elisavietta Ritchie
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Thursday, March 21, 7:30 PM

I really enjoyed taking part of this series in 2011 - what a great creative community Takoma Park has! I hope to see you there. 

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Here is the schedule for the rest of the season:

April 18: Open reading

May 16:
Donna Cowan
Rachel Adams
Kathi Wolfe
Meredith Pond

June 20:
Kaffeeklatsch Trio
Carol Peck
Amy Eisner
Martin FitzPatrick

Monday, March 18, 2013

Family History Resources

Some memoir projects include family history research. Here are some resources to get you started. For those websites that cost money to join, you may be able to access them for free through your public or local university library.

What other sites would you recommend?

US Government links to Family History and Genealogy (Links to census, immigration, and military records, and record-finding aids for genealogists and family historians)
United States Census Bureau

Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation's Genealogy Learning Center

Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research Databases (Hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They also have family history centers throughout the US.)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Poetry Reading at Big Blue Marble Bookstore on Sat., March 16th at 5 PM

The Unrest book tour will continue with a Finishing Line Press reading at Big Blue Marble Bookstore on Saturday, March 16th at 5 PM. I look forward to reading with Finishing Line Press poets David Ebenbach, Alison Hicks and Hila Ratzabi.

I hope to see you there!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore

551 Carpenter Lane 
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Saturday, March 16, 5:00pm

Finishing Line Press poetry reading. Featuring David Ebenbach, Alison Hicks, Chloe Yelena Miller and Hila Ratzabi.

Finishing Line Press, an independent publishing house devoted to the art of producing powerful, beautiful chapbooks, presents a reading with four exceptional poets hosted by Chloe Yelena Miller.

David Ebenbach is the author of Autogeography, a chapbook of poetry, and two collections of short stories: Between Camelots, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the GLCA New Writer’s Award, and Into the Wilderness, which won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. Ebenbach has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University. 

Alison Hicks is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, Kiss (PS Books, 2011), a chapbook, Falling Dreams (Finishing Line Press, 2006), a novella, Love: A Story of Images (AWA Press, 2004), and the co-editor of an anthology, Prompted (PS Books, 2010). She has twice received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and is the winner of the 2011 Philadelphia City Paper Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eclipse, Fifth Wednesday, Gargoyle, The Hollins Critic, Pearl, Permafrost, Quiddity and Whiskey Island, among other journals. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and is founder of Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, which offers community-based creative writing workshops and personal consultation.

Chloe Yelena Miller's poetry chapbook, Unrest, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her work is published or forthcoming in Alimentum, The Cortland Review, Narrative Magazine, Poet’s Market, and Storyscape Literary Journal, among others. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center residency and the A Room of Her Own Writers’ Retreat. Chloe teaches writing online at Fairleigh Dickinson University, George Mason University and privately, and leads writing workshops at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Hila Ratzabi was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers Union Poetry Prize, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received an Amy Award. Her chapbook, The Apparatus of Visible Things, is published by Finishing Line Press. Her book-length poetry manuscript, No One Blue, has twice been a finalist for the To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize. She is the editor-in-chief of the journal Storyscape. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Philadelphia.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"The Next Big Thing Interview Project": David Ebenbach

"The Next Big Thing” book interview project asks writers to answer a series of questions about their recent or forthcoming book, post it on their blog/web-space, and tag others for the next week. David Ebenbach will be talking about his recently published book, Into the Wilderness.


“The Next Big Thing” Interview Project

Thanks to Chloe Yelena Miller for having me here! Chloe tagged me for this “Next Big Thing” project, which is an opportunity for authors with new and forthcoming books (e.g., Chloe’s excellent chapbook of poems Unrest) to interview themselves and then tag some other authors with new and forthcoming books. It’s like a pyramid scheme, but where everybody wins, especially readers.

What is the working title of the book?

The book is called Into the Wilderness. I’ve gotten into some trouble with the title, because people assume it’s going to be a book about camping or something, when in fact it’s a book of short stories about parenthood. That said, when I tell parents that Into the Wilderness is my title, they all nod with solemn understanding.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The book came out of a failure—I spent two years writing a bad novel about parenthood, and then I finally realized that it was bad. Luckily, parts of it were not bad, parts that could be turned into a few connected stand-alone stories, and I also had other stories about parenting that I’d written during those two years as a break from novel-failing. With that much material already ready, I gave the idea of a parenting-themed collection my full attention, writing more stories from more perspectives, and only stopped when I had a solid book in my hands.

What genre does your book fall under?

Short stories.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

When I wrote Judith, the new-mother main character of four of the stories, I actually pictured Minnie Driver. Minnie would have to be able to pull off a convincing American accent, though—ideally an uneasy blend between Indiana and New York, if that’s a possible thing. And I was sort of picturing Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss when I was writing “Naming,” even though they’re not actors, and even though the characters in “Naming” can’t decide whether to have kids, while Foer and Krauss didn’t seem to have any ambivalence coming up with their own kids. Everybody else—even the children and babies—would probably be played by Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis, because those guys are versatile.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I think Stephanie Bedford of the Capital Times said it best, in her very kind review: “Each story in Into the Wilderness is like a sharp-focus snapshot of a moment of parenting: sad, funny, perplexing, but always honest.”

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two years, unless you count the failing-at-novel part, in which case it’s four years. And some of the stories actually go back farther than that. One story in the collection took me ten years to get right. But it took two years from the time I decided I was putting a collection together to the moment was finished.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Mainly my son, whose birth started the biggest and most profound experience of my life (and probably his, too). I’d written about parenthood before I became a father myself, but I pretty much didn’t know what I was talking about back then. The stories in this book come from starting to know something—something absolutely enormous.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Into the Wilderness was the winner of the 2012 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and so WWPH published it this last fall!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

According to Eve Ottenberg of the DC City Paper, “This fiction focuses on the most important human relations, the ones central to our conceptions of who we are and what life is about. Ebenbach does this all while playing to his strength: using the small, the ordinary, the everyday to give little glimmering glimpses of the enormous, the extraordinary, and the startlingly true.” That review piqued my interest, anyway.

My tagged writers for next week are:

Joseph BatesRu FreemanHarry Groome & Kathleen Hellen

David Ebenbach is the author of two books of short stories— Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers’ Publishing House) and Between Camelots (University of Pittsburgh Press)—plus a chapbook of poetry entitled Autogeography (Finishing Line Press), and a non-fiction guide to creativity called The Artist’s Torah (Cascade Books). He has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Ebenbach teaches at Georgetown University.  Find out more at

Monday, March 11, 2013

Published Poem & Poetry Prompt @ Poets Online

Thanks to Kenneth Ronkowitz of Poets Online for publishing my poem No Infinitive, along with a related poetry writing prompt: Chloe Yelena Miller and the Past, Present, and Future.

No Infinitive uses Esperanto and grammar to explore a short, fictional love story. The poem was published in my recent chapbook, Unrest. In the prompt, Ken includes a Blake poem and challenges writers to craft a poem that considers time and tense.

Check back into Poets Online regularly for poetry, prompts and more. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

VIDA'S 2012 Count: There's Still Much Work to Be Done

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts published their third annual count of women being reviewed, reviewing and writing in major national publications like the New York Times' Book Review and The Paris Review. The goal is to hold publications accountable for the gender inequality evident in what they choose to publish. As you might guess, the results are not always enviable. Women generally fall far behind men.

Click through to see VIDA's 2012 Count and charts offering comparisons over the last three years of collected data.

How can we work towards equality in these publications? Last International Women's Day (March 8), I encouraged women to continue to write, edit, submit and review. This is still true, as is our need to encourage publications to publish work by and about women.

Thank you to VIDA for their hard work.

from VIDA's three year comparison; click through for more