I've had my poems published in literary journals of renown (e.g.: Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Sonora Review, The Pinch, Best Experimental Writing anthology, Best New Poets anthology) and I have been awarded a number of accolades such as writer residencies (The Millay Colony, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, among others). I've also published two poetry chapbooks.
Your support will help me get to completing my first novel, my first short story collection, and my first book of poetry.
I'm at jdscott.com if you'd like to dive deeper into my CV & read samples of my work.
I think there are a lot of cross-over between my poetry & my fiction, but also that they are different beasts. Here's some more detailed info on each genre I write in to get a feel for my work:
FICTIONS & STORIES
Here's what my stories often have:
- winding, poetic language
- non-realist components (slipstream, magical realism, fabulism, whatever you wanna call it)
- generally longer word counts (I do write flash fiction too, but most of my work is long-form)
- some experimental qualities, while still being pretty traditionally narrative
- inquiries about identity, power, oppression, and existence—often in 1st person POV
Here's what some of my stories are about:
- a florist-cum-perfumer boyfriend micro-doses his live-in boyfriend with poison to prevent the b.f. from ever leaving him
- a campy gym bunny chops down a tree in the Garden of Eden and is later crucified upon it
- an 18-year-old pet chinchilla dies after rolling around in a pile of cocaine, mistaking it for his dust bath & this chinchill-death acts as the catalyst for a break-up
- a child of a hairdresser/witch joins a band of pirates, visits a fox shrine in Japan, and becomes a barback at a discothèque in Europe, all to escape their mother's legacy
- a bratty 20-year-old deals with her waterlogged twin brother returning from the dead
- the world exists as a single-interconnected shopping mall & a teen boy comes of age in it
- a mother uses a magic scroll when her son texts her there's an active shooter on campus at his high school
POEMS POEMS POEMS
Here's some elements of my poems:
- formal and textual experimentation
- voice-driven & image-driven narratives
- fantastic, biblical, occultish qualities
- sad gay feelings
Here's some types of poems I write:
- tarot poems (my second poetry chapbook was mostly Major Arcana poems)
- persona poems, often in the form of the monstrous, the queer, and the mythic
- ekphrastic poems (writing off of visual arts and other fine arts)
- lyric poems about personal experiences with people, place, and myself
I am also working on a NOVEL ("CDGC") about magical boys that you can learn about below!
I will be posting at least four times per month, five with the bonus category. My goal is to post once from each of the main four sections below to make up each month's worth of content:
① THE VAULT ① — The vault contains published stories, flash fiction, & poems. My publications are scattered about online magazines, print magazines, chapbooks, zines, and anthologies, so this gathers them in one curated place for you. Occasionally there may be unpublished work from The Vault, but I consider anything from this category a finished, polished piece.
② DRAFTING TABLE ② — Straight from the drafting table: unpublished poems and stories (flash and long-form) that are freshly written. You get to see what new material I'm working on and working through. If I'm publishing a poem from The Vault, I'll try to share a story from the Drafting Table, just to get the genres varied.
③ POTPOURRI ③ — Much like the miscellany, catch-all category from Jeopardy, this is a sort of "chef's pick" containing anything of the above, but also might be fragments and an assorted brew of other genre work: visual poems, text experiments, nonfiction, plays, journal entries, personal ephemera, lists, playlists, or any sort of "other" thing. I'll most likely try to mix this up so it's varied from whatever I'm posting from The Vault + The Drafting Table that month.
④ CDGC ④ — CDGC is the code name for my in-progress first novel. If you're familiar with the magical girl genre (Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica) or Super Sentai shows (made famous by the Power Rangers in the U.S.), then you are familiar with some of the tropes I'm trying to engage with in my novel. CDGC is a coming-of-age magical boy (there are magical girls too, but they're ghosts—it's, uhh, complicated) novel set in the subtropics of Tampa. It's a concoction of lyrical literary fiction, YA genre, magical realism, and a swampy Southern Gothic—and also deals with themes of identity (sexuality, gender, race). The novel is very much so at a drafty, blueprint level with vignettes and chapters constantly moving around, but I will be posting a chapter once a month starting at the beginning. This is my first attempt at writing a novel, so it's very raw.
⑤ Book Talk ⑤ — This post category is for backers at the $3+ tier list. It contains micro-reviews & me just chatting about what I've been reading & what I recommend. Backers are always free to leave comments asking for topics, genres, or types of recommendations for future Book Talk posts.
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