Been awhile …

So, life happened.

Where, in February, I was living in a small house in town, working at a newspaper, and just starting to promote my book, now we’re in August and we’re a world away from that.

My husband and cats I moved the same week I started a new job as lead copywriter at a marketing firm down the street from the newspaper’s office. That was … a lot.

To promote “Times Knew Roamin’,” I held events, did interviews (and interviews ), even talked a local market owner into carrying my book at her shop, and just when I was getting my breath back, I agreed to teach an intro to composition course at the university where I earned my master’s degree.

Classes start tomorrow.


I’ve taught before. I taught this very course as a grad student 5 years ago, but that was an in-person course, when I didn’t have a full-time job and a new house and a (pretty dang short but still) commute in the mix.

Still, I love a challenge, and it’s been my experience that the more I have to do, the more I accomplish. I wrote my book on evenings and weekends between exhausted naps, while I was writing five beats and editing a weekend section at a daily newspaper, after all.

And now that we’re a bit more settled in the house and I’m getting into the rhythm of my job, I’m feeling more coherent in general.

Let’s hope that’s evident externally too.

Times Knew Roamin' by Marybeth Niederkorn

Big Thursday

Thursday, Cape Girardeau radio host Faune Riggin was kind enough to have me as a guest on her show (link), and the Southeast Missourian newspaper (my employer!) ran an editorial partly about me and my book (link). I was honored and touched and a little bit overwhelmed, which is a lovely combination and I highly recommend it.

I am delighted that my book is getting so much attention. I really did not expect this, y’all. I’ve been a published poet for going on 20 years, sparsely, and I’ve been reporting the news for a couple of years now, but I didn’t really think people would be interested in a book of poems from a news writer.

I’ll admit when I’m wrong, OK. I was wrong. But pleasantly surprised.

I’m gearing up for an appearance on the Sanesplaining podcast, hosted by Dan and Margaret Crocker, this weekend, and I have a couple-few more promotional irons in the fire. I’m excited and honored and I keep saying “honored” but for the life of me, I can’t think of another word that encompasses what’s going on here. Every time someone asks to buy a copy or tells me they liked a poem (so far the consensus has been on the Bugs Bunny in drag poem), it just makes my little author heart well up with light.

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