Friday, June 15, 2018

Newsletter #1: June 2018

Hello friends! This has been one of the busiest and most exciting springs of my life and I wanted to give you all a recap of all of the wonderful projects I've been part of since the beginning of the year, as well as what's coming up next for me:

Recent Awards/Publications

I have received a total of seven accolades during my writing career, four of which I received since March of this year. It's been quite a few months! They are:

Judges' Favorite, 2018 Golden Haiku Competition.
Runner-Up, Haiku Master of the Month, Haiku Masters"jazz guitar" with photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock
May 2018

Editor's Choice, Haibun, cattails April 2018 Edition, "We Are Made of Star Stuff" (pg. 74 and with editor's commentary pg. 98)
April 2018

Second Place, Monsters Category by Adult Non-Resident, Highland Park Poetry's 2018 Poetry Challenge, "Him" with photos by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock
April 2018

2018 Golden Haiku Competition"blue planet"
March 2018

(Please note that most published haiku do not follow a 5-7-5 syllable, single-sentence structure. Learn more about this beautiful and meditative poetry form starting here!)

Upcoming Publications

The Apparitions project is still a work in progress. I'll be wrapping up through summer and fall and shopping the book around to publishers shortly after. My husband Jonathan Montgomery Pollock is curating photography submissions. Authors and photographers who have submitted work will hear from us with final selections by the end of the year.

Recent Appearances

I spoke in front of hundreds of people in person and thousands in film and online this spring, sharing my passion for the folklore and haunted places of Chicago and beyond, as well as my love of poetry, nature, and animals...especially reptiles. Meet my snakes Sunshine, Moonlight, and Miles on The Edge of the Rabbit Hole. I also got to see myself on the big screen in the Scary Stories documentary and fulfill a childhood wish to appear in the same space as some of our generation's most respected children's literature and folklore writers. And I got to do my best Robert Stack impression as the host of Michael Kleen's Tinker's Shadow documentary. Here are the highlights below:

Screenshot from Scary Stories: A Documentary.
The Edge of the Rabbit Hole, Ep. "Paranormal Investigator and Author Amelia Cotter"
May 22, 2018

Haiku Masters on NHK World-Japan, Ep. "Haiku Masters of the Month"
May 2018

Windy City Horrorama Presents: Scary Stories at Comfort Station, Chicago
April 17, 2018

SYFY WIRE, Ep. "C2E2 Live Stage (Day 3)" (starting at 45:25)
March 2018

Upcoming Appearances

Another round of film and television releases are on deck for this fall. All seasons of The R.I.P. Files are now available on Amazon Prime Video! You can watch me on Season 2 and Season 3, and stay tuned for more news! The Scary Stories documentary will also become widely available. I've got the next two months blocked off for summertime fun, but have some great late summer/early fall appearances lined up for after that. They are:

The R.I.P. Files on Amazon Prime Video.
Chicago's Graveyards and Haunted Burial Grounds Panel at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 
August 25, 2018

Behind the Scenes: The Real in Paranormal Reality Television Presentation at Mather's—More Than a CafĂ© in Portage Park, Chicago
September 17, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Monsters: Fact and Folklore Presentation at Illinois Paranormal Conference in Rockford, Illinois
September 29, 2018

Haunted History of Chicago Presentation at St. Charles Public Library in St. Charles, Illinois
October 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: The Real in Paranormal Reality Television Presentation at Afterlife Paranormal Conference in DeKalb, Illinois
October 6, 2018

Thank you all for sharing in this journey. Have a fantastic summer and Happy Hauntings, everyone!