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27 October 2014:

I borrowed this from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network’s site on Kid’s Health because EXACTLY.

A few months ago, I was shocked, honored, and humbled to find out that my micro-essay, “About My Tenth Year As A Human Being,” was named the winner of the Flash Nonfiction category of the Prime Number Magazine Awards. It’s a piece about those inexplicable spaces in which adulthood and childhood clash, often violently, with each other.  In this essay, that clash is physical: it’s about experiencing puberty early.  It’s about having to deal with the Kotex transportation question when you’re the only person in your grade allowed to carry a purse because you’re the only person in your grade who has to deal with Kotex transportation.  It’s about learning how the human body changes, how it threatens itself and the life you’ve been living as a child, and how I as a child dealt with the fact that I not only was going through puberty, I was going through puberty with a severe case of endometriosis.

You can read the essay online here, and stay tuned for more information about Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selection Volume 4, which will feature the winners of the Prime Number Magazine awards!

20 October 2014:

It was a very good Monday for me, and that’s largely because my poem, “Of Blue Morning,” appeared in Rhino 2014 Issue 1.2.  You can catch a glimpse at my happy Monday here!

16 September 2014:

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I’m proud, honored, and thrilled to say that my nonfiction chapbook, Geography V, is now available for pre-order, with a release date of October 15th.  Geography V is a series of lyric essays examining not only how the relationships human beings build are fractured and fissured by distance, but how, in love, the self is so often distanced from the self.

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

Geography V  tells a story of the dissolution of love with exquisite, poetic precision. Heartbreaking and eloquent, Emma Bolden writes beautifully and fearlessly about loss of innocence and trust, as well as love, personal authenticity, and resilience.

Julianna Baggott, author of the Pure trilogy and Lizzie Borden in Love

Bolden is a cartographer of the heart, and Geography V is a roadmap across the interior–of a broken relationship, a complicated past and a woman you can’t help but fall in love with.

Chantel Acevedo, author of Love and Ghost Letters and A Falling Star

Geography V is a cartographical record of the heart as it goes up in flames.  The lyricism and humor are as exquisite and berserk as love itself.  I reached the last page and turned promptly back to the first.  The words and distances expanded me on the inside.  When I read any of Bolden’s work, I forget to eat, to sleep, to get off the plane.  After I read her, there is a part of me that hungers, goes sleepless, and never lands.  She is one of the finest writers – in any genre – working in America today.  Read this – I defy you to be unmoved.

Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, author of The Man Who Danced with Dolls and the memoir-in-progress  The Following Sea


Thank you, thank you, and again more thank yous to Teneice Durrant and the good people at Winged City Press for taking such good care of my words.  You can order the book from the Winged City Press website.

12 September 2014:

I’m proud to have two poems up at Sequestrum magazine: “Melancholy Between Bedsheets” and “Instructions (as to Winnowing)”

1 September 2014:

It’s a long Labor Day weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to read some short fiction.  Luckily, I have just the thing for you: I’m honored to have my short-short story, “Catechism,” in the premiere issue of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can download the PDF here, and you can also order a Kindle version — or a print version! — here.  If you’re driving to a bar-b-que, there’s a way to get the story without driving while reading, which is dangerous — you can check out the Tahoma Literary Review‘s SoundCloud page here, and a recording of my reading here.

25 August 2014:

It’s been a good month, to say the least, and I’m incredibly honored, humbled, and proud to announce that my micro-essay, “About My Tenth Year As A Human Being,” was named the winner of the Flash Nonfiction category of the Prime Number Magazine Awards.  Judge Dinty Moore writes: “The author tells a complex, compelling coming of age story with humor and surprise primarily though a listing of intimate details. Clever, original, and emotionally-charged, with a distinctive voice.”

I’m also excited to say that my short-short story, “Before She Was A Memory I Remember,” was a finalist in the Flash Fiction category.

You can learn more about the contest — and Prime Number Magazine! — here.

21 August 2014:

I am proud-beyond-proud, honored-beyond-honored, and humbled-beyond-humbled to announce that my poem, “It was no more predictable,” was chosen as the winner of the Spoon River Poetry Review‘s 2014 Editor’s Prize Contest.  This means that I’ll be heading to Blooming, Illinois to read in the Lucia Getsi Reading Series in April of 2015.  As an added bonus, my poem “My little apparition, my little ghost” (the title of which actually came from an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories) was chosen as an Honorable Mention.  You can find more information about the Prize and the Reading Series on the Spoon River Poetry Review’s website.

13 August 2014:

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT Update: Read Stephen McClurg’s awesomazing (yeah, I just made that word happen) refusal to turn down here!

The marvelously amazing Chantel Acevedo and I kicked off our TURN DOWN FOR WHAT Writers Blog tour today.  You can find Chantel’s answers here and my answers here.  Next week?  Another round of shots, of course!  At least, metaphorically — from Rachel Hawkins and Stephen McClurg.