Chera Hammons: Poet and Writer

"…a slow shutter on ambulation…"

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Hello again, world!

I never realize how much time has passed since my last post until I remember that I have a blog (which happens almost never) and then go there and see the date of my last post. The passage of time does have the added bonus of giving me more material to write about,  though, right?

In news this, uh, year… I have some readings coming up in North Carolina! The first will be on March 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Durham Tech and will feature, besides Jeff Hardin and myself, readers from the …and love.. anthology. The second is also on March 14th and will occur at 7:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.  Jeff and I are the main event at that one. Books will be for sale as well. More info will be on the Flyleaf Books website as the date approaches. Additional readings may be scheduled through March 16th, so check back.

Finally, keep an eye out for the spring issue of Rattle, in which I am honored to have a spot. You can pre-order the issue at a discounted price right now here.

I plan to soon write a post regarding thoughts about my latest residency at Goddard, in which I met Nikky Finney and was told something odd by my cab driver. That’s for next time though. Gotta leave ’em (you) wanting more, right? I will do my best to write that post before, say, April.

I would like to leave you with a picture of my super cat, Butter, who does exactly what writers’ cats should do: keep our laps warm.

A Writer's Cat

Here’s a shout out to you, Butter. Even though when you sit in my lap I can’t open my keyboard drawer and have to set my keyboard on top of my desk where there is no space for it, you’re appreciated.

Greetings! And some news.

Greetings, my lovely readers! I have several news items for you.

1. Amaranthine Hour is out and now available from Jacar Press. Richard Krawiec and his team did a superb job on it. The book is beautiful, is put together well, and has a nice weight. I could not have asked for anything better than what was done. Many, many thanks go out to Jacar Press and to John Hoppenthaler for all of their support. The opportunity they have provided me is much appreciated.

2. I have one signing coming up soon. It will be at the Horsefeathers Studio in Sunset Center, Amarillo, Texas, on October 5th. I will be there from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., (hopefully) selling and signing lots o’ books.

3. Jacar Press will host a reading for myself and for the 2012 Jacar Press full manuscript winner, Jeff Hardin, in March in Durham, North Carolina. Check back for details.

4. On a related note, congratulations are in order for Jeff Hardin and his manuscript Notes for a Praise Book. He is an accomplished and deserving poet, and I am eager to read his book.

5. My dream of being in the Poets & Writers directory has finally become reality! Does this mean I can change my listed Facebook occupation from “Information Technology” to “Poet”? Or do you have to technically stick to what pays the bills?

6. On a sort of related note to the above post, I have discovered that the house cleaning schedule imposed by working full time and going to graduate school full time gives one the unique opportunity to really find out exactly how many tiny spiders died in one’s home over the past couple of months.

Take care, all, and keep writing!