Wow, it has been a hectic couple of months. To make up for it, here are a TON of writing updates, plus a brand new original poetry video!
UPDATE #1: Almost two months ago, I was announced the grand prize winner of the Serendipity Literary Agency's nationwide writer discovery contest. That has been the primary cause of my hecticness, because along with other great prizes, winning the contest meant that...
UPDATE #2: I've been granted a full editorial manuscript and consideration for representation with the Serendipity Literary Agency -- with one of the top literary agents in the country (who I have admired since I was a TEEN)! Which also meant that...
UPDATE #3: I finished and sent in a full manuscript of my latest project: a novel. This novel has been in the works for almost two years now, and I rewrote the whole thing with the help of a professional editor here in Boston before sending it in. The book went from 60K words to 50K words throughout that editing process, and most of those words were rewritten. But oh man, it is so much better than it was before. Editing is hard -- but it is AWESOME.
Update #4: Two of my short stories have been accepted into literary magazines based in Boston! A short story I wrote called God's Glitch is now published in the Stork Literary Magazine, and a poem I wrote called Routine will be in this year's edition of The Emerson Review.
Update #5: I have been working closely with the non-profit Writers Without Margins, this year working as an assistant editor. This meant designing their cover, checking for manuscript errors, and guiding the non-profit through the self-publication process. Their journal is now officially published and is available on all Amazon platforms, and will also soon be available at Barnes and Noble! Check them out at www.writerswithourmargins.org !
Update #6: For the last four months I have been working on a 20 page thesis paper that examines trauma theory in relation to expressive writing -- how expressive writing may have psychological benefits for trauma survivors, how that process operates, etc. In this process I've had the chance to interview survivors of trauma, attend writing workshops at a re-entry center, and examine my own experiences through a new lens.
Update #7: Check out my new poetry video below! It's a poem about always feeling unsatisfied, and running to a new place even when you are happy where you are. Basically, ambition that doesn't have an endgame. Fun stuff.
Anyway, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed all those updates. All is well here!
yours in haste,
kelsey day is a young award winning poet who grew up in the blue mountains of north carolina. she has received recognition for a collection of short stories, as well as two novels she published at the ages of 11 and 13. today she is studying creative writing in boston, massachusetts.