I had the opportunity to read my poem “Hide and Seek in Haunted Spaces” for the HWA blog. Thanks so much to Angela Yuriko Smith for putting this together. You can watch the recording here: https://horror.org/roni-stinger-reads-from-poetry-showcase-ix/
If you’d like to watch the recording of the Fright Fest readings, you can find it here:
Don’t tell anyone I snuck into this reading with these amazingly talented writers…okay, tell everyone. Come hear them read, and then stick around and listen to me too. I’ll read a few horrifying poems and a scary little tale. Free registration through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fright-fest-horror-readings-thurs-oct-27-noon-1-pm-est-tickets-401426125347
Three of my poems are in this gorgeous anthology:
“Molting” – Releasing past selves and beliefs.
“Intimate Communion” – A visceral view of intimacy.
“Zombification” – Interconnection.
Available in eBook and paperback:
There’s been much buzz about this one and rightly so. I may be a bit biased as I am honored to have three poems, “Intimate Communion”, “Molting”, and “Zombification”, in this amazing collection, but the TOC, the sneak peeks, and the spotlights have been spectacular.
Until then, check out these spotlights and reviews:
April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.
Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.
I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.
For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.
The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.
So, I’m figuring these out as I write this. Not the way I’d recommend setting goals, but I don’t want to go into February without a plan.
Today I submitted the first 3,000 words of my novel to Futurescapes workshop. I was thrilled to be accepted and am both excited and nervous about workshopping my novel in March. My main goal this year is to have my novel ready to submit by June 1st.
Secondary goals are:
Write a poem a day in April for National Poetry Month.
Write, revise, and submit 12 new flash or short stories this year.
Revise and submit any previous stories that are worth developing.
Read 20 books. I’ve reduced this goal from previous years due to the hours of reading I do each week for Flash Fiction Online.
Still aiming for 100 rejections, and a handful of acceptances would be nice, as well. 🙂
Think that’ll do it for my writing life this year. Wishing everyone a productive and peaceful 2021!
Now available in paperback and on Kindle at www.amazon.com/HWA-Poetry-Showcase-Stephanie-Wytovich-ebook/dp/B08NP9CXQN
Honored to have my dark nature poem ‘Haunted Basin’ included in this volume, among so many amazingly wicked poems.
Happy to announce the Fall issue of Hypnos Magazine with my poem “Witch’s Garden” is now available as a free digital copy at: http://radiumtownpress.com/excerpts.html.
Paperback issues will be available to order soon.