I'm in a strange place right now. A lot is changing. I'm due to give birth in about a month, and to be honest, that is taking up most of my brain space. But I am still working on writing and other creative endeavors. Here's what I'm currently working on: Getting rewards packages together for my newest Patreon patrons. Finishing up the prizes for the winners of the recent Pioneers Press contest. Finishing Reckless Chants #25. And these are some of my plans and intentions for 2
I've been doing a lot this year, writing/project-wise, and I have been very bad about keeping this website updated. So, this is me playing catch up. -I was part of the GREAT poems project and the Milwaukee Resists project. You can order the GREAT collection here; if you want Milwaukee Resists you'll have to make a trip to Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee. -I put together a Writers Resist event here in Racine. Someone was kind enough to record it, so if you're curious as to what
It’s Like The ‘Watch The Throne’ Of Tender Punk Poems is a split chapbook, written by myself and Misha Bee Speck. It contains poems both short and long–16 poems by Misha, 12 by me. It is the first official release put out by Bone & Ink Press, my new small press that will be publishing chapbooks of poetry, non-fiction, and experimental genres. These tender punk poems are about gender and sex, about blood and heat, about dreams and anger and aching. They’re about what it means
I haven't posted here in a while, but I have had a lot of stuff going on. So here is some information about recent poems & zines & interviews, upcoming events, and more. The biggest news is that in October I finally, finally finished Reckless Chants #23. It took me four months, and it was a challenge the whole time, but I'm pretty proud of the result. Reckless Chants #23 is a long-form personal essay about loss, grief, violence, trauma, and mental illness, and also strength a
Love letters to way-too-late whiskey-drunk nights, stolen hearts and stolen kisses, small-town parking lots and bad decisions and even badder girls, WWTAWWTAP is a gritty and gorgeous series of riffs on living and loving punk. Like your very first show all over again, it’ll set your blood on fire. -Sarah McCarry, author of the Metamorphoses trilogy and publisher/editor of the Guillotine series PREORDER AVAILABLE HERE #jessielynnmcmains #rustbeltjessie #indiewriters #pioneersp
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A lot of big news here at Reckless Chants HQ - the biggest news being that I've recently been crowned 2015-17 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin! I have big plans for the next two years, so stay tuned. Here's the current haps - I've had two more poems published in Rising Phoenix Review - "All Through the Town (On a Bus in L.A.)" and "How to Build A Clock That Isn't a Bomb." I'm working on a chapbook called The Girl With the Most Cake: poems about Courtney Love. You can read
Major Arcana of The Punk Rock Tarot, a zine by Rust Belt Jessie, now available for pre-order! $2 + shipping // Storenvy In September, I embarked upon the DIY Tarot Project, wherein the goal was to create the Major Arcana of your own tarot deck over the course of the month. I started on the Punk Rock Tarot, which is something I’ve been dreaming about and writing about for over a decade, now. I finished the first half of the deck in September, and I have now finished the seco
God, I drank so much that summer. On the rare night I spent at home, I holed up in my room, wrote long, sad, tales of people in the legend of my life, and drank blackberry brandy mixed with Sprite. Something like that would taste over-sweet to me now, make me shudder, but maybe the same part of me that craved sentimental poetry also thirsted for sugary drinks. And most nights, I wasn’t at home. Most nights, I changed clothes in my car after work. I swapped my reeking-of-pizza
Photo of Pistofficer, by V'ron KHCP, Track #2: "Punk Life" I was drawn to the sound of punk, which had, to quote Rebecca Solnit, “a tempo and an insurrectionary intensity that matched the explosive pressure in my psyche.” And its trappings, the things that punks did when they weren’t playing music, those appealed to me, too – getting wasted, smashing shit. I know, those are some of the more boneheaded aspects of punk, but god, they were great outlets for the explosive pressur