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New Poem: “American Rattlesnake”

Thank you to I am not a silent poet for publishing American Rattlesnake, a poem about the US President’s recent pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Here’s news that inspired the poem:

“a federal investigation found that deputies had used stun guns on prisoners already strapped into a ‘restraint chair.’ The family of one man who died after being forced into the restraint chair was awarded more than six million dollars… The family of another man killed in the restraint chair got $8.25 million… after the discovery of a surveillance video that showed fourteen guards beating, shocking, and suffocating the prisoner, and after the sheriff’s office was accused of discarding evidence, including the crushed larynx of the deceased.”

—evidence against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as reported by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker

Read the poem here.

Daily writing prompts for September from #51writers

I host #51writers, a Twitter hashtag for writers. Here’s our calendar for September! We’re having a virtual potluck, celebrating holidays for hats and cheese pizza, and staking out controversial opinions about semicolons… 🙂

Hope to see you there! You can follow @51writers for daily prompts at http://twitter.com/51writers

New poem: Siren

Today I have a new poem out—about a boy surviving trauma.

“Siren” is out in issue 5 of Awakened Voices.

SIREN

Loud red,
fire-engine red
alarm on his arm
screaming.

Emergency dispatch, please send one of each:
a cop, an ambulance, and a fire-truck.

We might need everyone…

Read the rest…

Meet a Young Writer: Morgan AB Saddleson

Morgan and me—a young writer talks desserts, Dr. Who, and writing about disability.

On August 14, 2017, I got the chance to interview Morgan, a fantasy writer and college student.

Anna Kander: Introduce yourself!

Morgan AB Sadddleson: My name is Morgan AB Saddleson, and I’m a young writer, lifetime reader, and college student. I’m also an uber-nerd and can’t seem to figure out how to leave Star Trek references out of my writing.

AK: Cake, cookies, or pie? Continue reading “Meet a Young Writer: Morgan AB Saddleson”