Bone Song won the Liam Rector First Prize for Poetry in 2014. The prize included publication and copies will be available from April 2015.
Sarah Kennedy nailed the essence of the book in her jacket blurb. Bone Song IS about scars, about how childhood leaves its mark on us forever. Some of those marks become silvery with time, more shadow than scar. Some remain livid. Others, like oysters building pearl around the irritation of sand, form layers of padding against future damage.
B.A. Goodjohn’s first novel, Sticklebacks and Snow Globes (Permanent Press) made the Kirkus Best of 2007 list. Her second novel, The Beginning Things (Underground Voices) is due for publication in November 2015. Her collection, Bone Song, won the 2014 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry and will be published through Briery Creek Press (Longwood University) in April 2015. She teaches English at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia and is the Director of the Writing Program and Tutoring Services. She has also published poetry and fiction in various literary journals including The Texas Review, Zone 3 and Connecticut Review. http://www.bagoodjohn.com
“Most of the time, for me, writing is about sitting down and tapping on a keyboard. It’s not fun, and I can tap for hours before a decent word, let alone a line, appears on the screen. But sometimes, something happens when I’m at the keyboard. I start to type and I think it’s going to be one of those tapping days, and suddenly, it starts. It’s almost audible. Like something crawls up onto my shoulder and whispers, “go go go go go go go go go” in my ear and then slides away. And I pause for a moment, then the words and images start piling up in that weird place between my ears and my eyes, and then they’re there, on the screen and I don’t really feel as if I’m the one typing them but I’m the only one in the room, the only one with my fingers on the keys and the words are about me and mine and people I’ve never ever met before…it’s magical. That’s why I do it.”