Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Haiku #10: we hold hands

My grandfather passed away over the weekend. He was my last living grandparent. This haiku was inspired by my grandmother’s passing in 2014, shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary. I believe they are reunited at last:

we hold hands…
the coolness
of late summer grass

"we hold hands," copyright 2019 Amelia Cotter (first published in The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, 2014)

Monday, April 1, 2019

Poem #3: Him

April is National Poetry Month, and I wanted to share this piece with everyone. It is far from a cheerful springtime verse, but I encourage all of you to find creative inspiration in the dark places as well as the light:

He intercepts the blood flow with careful, gradual steps.
He seeps into the bloodstream,
Finds his way into the ribcage to wait and watch in safety.
He holds the heart between cold hands and demands the body speak for him.
"But don't worry," he says, climbing the chest wall on his rib ladder,
Up the larynx, the throat, and into the mouth.
From there he can make short, easy trips to the brain
       to light up a cigarette, maybe a fire, too, filling the entire cavity with smoke and fumes.
So often does he invade like a disease,
The count of blackened bodies stacking up—
       charred remnants under the terrified sun.

"Him," copyright 2019 Amelia Cotter (Second Place, Monsters Category by Adult Non-Resident, Highland Park Poetry’s 2018 Poetry Challenge and Chapbook)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Newsletter #4: March 2019

Hello friends! March is my birthday month and I am looking forward to celebrating another year of life and another awesome springtime lineup of events and publications. Here's the latest:

Recent Awards/Publications

Second Place, 2018 Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine World Haiku Competition, "a lizard drops its tail"
February 2019

"Illusion of Heaven," Highland Park Poetry Winter Muses' Gallery
Winter 2019

Upcoming Publications

apparitions: the haunting landscapes of anxiety is complete, and it is beautiful. I have entered the manuscript into some major competitions, and have a few publishers on deck that I will be approaching in the coming months. I have also been working on some old and new stories that incorporate supernatural elements into the broader exploration of anxiety and isolation. Additionally, I have been asked to contribute to and co-edit an anthology on the lives and experiences of children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. I am currently experiencing tremendous growth as a writer and hope to continue writing and sharing traditional ghost stories while having the opportunity to offer more high-quality poetry, short fiction, and writing in other genres. Stay tuned.

Recent Appearances

With my ball python, Sunshine, at ReptileFest.
This winter was otherwise quiet, and that's okay. I participated in the very cool Ghost Camp in the Dead of Winter event at the Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin, with a spooky storytelling session via Skype. In my pajamas. The Old Baraboo Inn was voted one of the ten most haunted restaurants in the country by Food Network. I had the pleasure of attending an event there in person in December and hope to make it back sometime this year! Season 2 and Season 3 of The R.I.P. Files are, as always, available on Amazon Prime Video. Season 2 is streaming, as always, on UKTV Play, and is now streaming on Pluto TV's Conspiracy Channel.

Upcoming Appearances

The Scary Stories documentary will become widely available on DVD and streaming services this year, hopefully in time for the summer release of Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie. I am also debuting a new presentation this spring, Snakes: Fact and Folklore, which includes a meet and greet with my friendly snakes and a donation from my sales and speaker fee to the Chicago Herpetological SocietySo far, my other 2019 appearances include:

Spirits in the Spring 2019 at Lake Villa District Library in Lake Villa, Illinois
April 13, 2019

ReptileFest, Chicago (with my friendly snake ambassadors Sunshine, Moonlight, and Miles)
April 14, 2019

Snakes: Fact and Folklore Presentation at Haunted Road Media ParaCon at Mineral Springs in Alton, Illinois (with Sunshine, Moonlight, and Miles)
June 1, 2019

Chicago Ghosts and Gangsters Panel at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago (TBD)
August 22-25, 2019

Thank you all for continuing to share in this journey with me. Explore more, keep creating, and Happy Hauntings, everyone!
~Amelia