Guest Post: Ghosts for Beltane by Andrea Lambert

Guest Post: Ghosts for Beltane by Andrea Lambert

My redemptive paradise begins with a Beltane flower crown. May 1, 2017. In the backyard of my House of the Rising Sun. Climbing the cherry tree to yank young green vines. I weave together a cherry blossom flower crown. Take a selfie for Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. It’s what you do. It’s practically required.

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Guest Post: Remaining Objects by Chloe N. Clark

Guest Post: Remaining Objects by Chloe N. Clark

Why are writers obsessed with certain themes and images? As someone who both reads and writes a lot, this is a question that often keeps coming back to my mind. When reading other people’s work, I like to try to spot recurring motifs and ideas. It’s like a puzzle where the reader never gets all of the pieces to fill in the picture, but can still see the border, the lines that shape and create a worldview. However, looking at one’s own work and seeing those same patterns of obsession can be a startling thing.

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Interview With Chanel Dubofsky (Writer & Creator Of The Marriage Project)

Interview With Chanel Dubofsky (Writer & Creator Of The Marriage Project)

When I'm alone, I'm always thinking about the same thing, which is the interior (and other) lives of the characters in the novel I'm writing. It's been this way for my whole life, not with these particular people, who have changed over time, but with imaginary people. It's one of the reasons I like being alone so much, because it's really hard to get a good grip on them when I'm with other people, and I'd almost always rather be with my characters than actual humans. If we're not together for a while, I miss them. I need a tremendous amount of emotional space to write fiction, and if I don't have it, I get very tense and sad and anxious and start acting like a complete garbage bag.

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Interview With Sarah Nichols (Poet & Author Of She May Be a Saint, Hermeneutic Chaos, December 2016)

Interview With Sarah Nichols (Poet & Author Of She May Be a Saint, Hermeneutic Chaos, December 2016)

This is an almost unbearably sad story. The case remains open sixty-nine years later. She was only twenty-two when she died! Before I started these poems, I wondered what the after-life would be like from her point of view. I imagined her angry at the men who speculated and fantasized about her, I imagined someone who wanted movie stardom, but who got infamy instead. Someone, who, in death, finally became herself. Towards the end of the project, I wrote two poems, "Elizabeth Short Dreams of Blade Runner" and "Elizabeth Short Visits the Black Lodge." Her story is a part of a kind of underground popular history, and I wanted to see her intersect with two things that I love, Blade Runner, which is set in the Los Angeles of 2019, and Twin Peaks, where Dale Cooper dreams of meeting Laura Palmer, who, even though she’s dead when we’re introduced to her, we see her in life, too. How would these women interact in this place which between 1990, when the show first aired, and now, has taken on a huge after-life of its own? Both Blade Runner and Twin Peaks are endlessly quotable; so I used a few lines of dialogue in both. Roy Batty’s line in Blade Runner, "I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe," struck me as particularly apt. As for Twin Peaks, the lines are almost too perfect: "She’s filled with secrets," and "sometimes, my arms bend back." I cited the original sources, but all of the words were also in Ellroy’s text.

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Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

I founded Quail Bell as a place to explore the imaginative, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. Soon after registering the domain name, I began uploading some of my work to the blog. It took about a year and a half before I decided to really involve other people with the project. I flew solo there for a while because I wanted to build the magazine’s foundation, but once I posted on Craigslist and Facebook to solicit submissions, people from all over the world immediately responded, saying they wanted to be a part of it. They connected with the themes and aesthetic. At first, I created a lot of work specifically for Quail Bell, collaborating with other writers and artists to produce photo and video shoots, illustrated stories, poetry series, and more. There’s still some of that and I’d actually like to return to that model, but for the past couple of years, the magazine has mainly published unsolicited submissions.

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Interview With Sarah Ann Winn (Poet & Author Of Portage, Sundress Publications, 2015)

Interview With Sarah Ann Winn (Poet & Author Of Portage, Sundress Publications, 2015)

I like to add humor to my pieces, and sometimes it works out better than others. I really admire Julia Child, and had just visited her kitchen in the Smithsonian. After a couple of false starts (poems that were probably fine, but really didn't feel true to who she was as a person), I started looking through Mastering the Art of French Cooking at the library, and realized quickly that although I admired her, these recipes were far beyond me. After that liberating realization, it was easier to invent advice she might give to me as a person, while cooking, which I think would not just be how to cook.

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