Posts by J.L. Smith

I am a writer/political scientist based in Eagle River, Alaska. I hold a BA degree in English/Creative Writing and a MA in International Relations. Best of both worlds, I write everything from naturalistic poetry to Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Recent publications: Academic Nonfiction: The Syrian Dilemma: Moscow's Motives in the Syrian Uprising (2013). ISBN: 9781304283931 Creative Nonfiction: "The Important Things" - Alaska Women Speak - Winter 2015 issue Fiction: How to Eat a Bagel - 50-word Stories - Sept 15, 2015 The Devil and the White Room - Down in the Dirt - July/August 2016 Poetry: "Sara" - Grassroots - Fall 1999 "Femininity" - Cirque - Summer 2015 "Sitting in the Bathroom" - Yellow Chair Review - July 2015 "A Happy Poem" - Eunoia Review - August 2015 "Willow Rebuilds" "Spectators" "Fire Angels" - Alaska Women Speak- Fall 2015 "Dark Clouds Descend Low" - Three Line Poetry - Issue 33 - Sept 2015 "Da!" - Peeking Cat Poetry - 8th issue - Oct 2015 "Three times my baby's stroller passes by" - Eunoia Review - Oct 2015 "Babushka's Samovar", "If I May Speak", and "High Tea and Fancy Things" - Alaska Women Speak - Winter 2015 Issue "Joanna's Child" - Cirque - Winter Solstice issue 2015. "Away with the Bitterness!" - Peeking Cat Poetry - 9th Issue - Dec 2015 "Away with the Bitterness!" - Alaska Shorts (49 Writers blog) - December 22, 2015 "The Reflex", "The Drop Off", and "Crossed Eyes" - Eskimo Pie - Feb 2016 "The Fragments You Carry", "The Fireweed Dies", and "Crabapples" - 13 Chairs - Spring 2016

Exciting News for 2019

Coming soon! Be on the lookout for something special from the creator of this blog, me! Yes, I am a writer. I am focused on my own goals, but enjoy helping others reach their goals as well. Keep a lookout for something special that I have to offer to help you reach your goals.

Be the best for 2019!

JL

 

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2019 Special

For the new year, I would like to extend the following special. Get either of my two books for a special price of $9 shipped. Save $10 over regular price with shipping. Check the links below for descriptions, but email me directly at jennsmithak at gmail.com to take advantage of this offer. I accept PayPal. And, yes, I will sign them.

Medusa: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624291272

Weathered Fragments: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624291524

Welcome to 2019!

Today is the day we think about goals for this new year. Think about it, what do you want 2019 to bring to you? What do you want to make happen?

I was blessed to publish my second book of poetry, publish 17 individual poems and hold my first reading. Yet, there will be more to come in 2019.

My goals for 2019:

Set up my writing coach boot camps and anthologies (more on this later)

Convert my poem series Medusa to prose (novella). I started work on this yesterday

Finish the Fleeting Lights, a book that I started long, long time ago

Publish the family cookbook (this has been sent to the publisher)

Complete poem collection, Beyond the Pink

Publish a minimum of 5 blog posts a week (been slacking here).

How about you?