Monday, October 3, 2016

Amelia Receives Poetry Award!

I am proud to announce that last week I was awarded third place in the 2016 Haiku Society of America Best Unpublished Haibun Awards with my piece, "Anxiety." I have been writing and publishing haiku and other poetry for six years, and now have the honor of being an internationally published, award-winning poet.

A haibun is a short piece of prose followed by a haiku that expands upon the theme or depth of the prose, though it is not necessarily related directly to the prose. See my and the other winning haibun for examples. Also, haiku of publication quality are generally not written in 5-7-5 form. Learn more about what a haiku is, and is not, here.

I am very excited to be able to share this piece, along with the judges' commentary, and I hope to have more good news of this kind in the future!

Founded in 1968 to promote the appreciation of haiku poetry in English.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October News and Updates

Welcome and Happy Halloween!

Me, playing myself in real life.
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.
Upcoming Appearances

Chicago Ghost Conference with The R.I.P. Files at the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, Illinois
October 7, 2016, 2 p.m.

Haunted History of Chicago Presentation at Asbury Court Retirement Center in Des Plaines, Illinois
October 10, 2016, 3 p.m.

Haunted History of Chicago Stories at Adler Planetarium's Adler After Dark: Nightmare in Chicago
October 20, 2016, 6 p.m.

Breaking Fate Entertainment's 10-Year Anniversary Red Carpet Event at the Patio Theater in Chicago
November 19, 2016, 5 p.m.

Krampusnacht Chicago at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (Details Coming Soon)
December 5, 2016

Scary Stories: A Documentary
Coming in 2017

I am also available year-round for Chicago ghost tours! To schedule a walking tour of the Loop or Lincoln Park, for a group or as few as two people, contact me at

Upcoming Publications

Contributor to Haunted Bachelors Grove, by Ursula Bielski
October 10, 2016

Give Back, Get Involved

This month's challenge is simple. October 4 is World Animal Day. I love animals. I adopted my dog, Oskar, from the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago eight years ago. Jonathan and I also have an aquarium with a beautiful female betta. No one forces us to keep animals as pets. We don't give birth to pets. Pets are choices. There is no reason that any animal should ever be improperly cared for, because there is no reason to ever acquire an animal unless we can properly care for it. I challenge you to educate yourself and others, adopt, report signs of abuse and neglect, and get out there and give of your time or money to a shelter, rehabilitation center, nature center, or animal charity of your choice. For our pets and wildlife. Animals can't speak for themselves. Please, go forth and tell their stories!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amelia is the Official Jewelry Model for Sandpiper Imports!

This year I became the official jewelry model for the fair trade company Sandpiper Imports. I'm a size 10 with visible scars from having cancer. I'm super excited to be opening new doors for myself, and hopefully others, through this opportunity! Please check out their website, featuring their fabulous collection of sterling silver jewelry designed and handcrafted in Bali, Indonesia, and me wearing it.

One of my favorite featured shots.
All modeling photos by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Breakfast with Bigfoot Second Edition Paperback Released!

Bigfoot is back, and breakfast is served (again)! Following last summer's second edition Kindle release, Breakfast with Bigfoot is now available as a beautiful, full-color paperback. For Bigfoot lovers ages three through six 106!

Fun fact: based on an actual Bigfoot encounter reported to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.