It’s been a while and a while before that. So, I thought I would introduce myself to newcomers making their way here from the BBC3 interview that aired today, “I Arrive Without Leaving–A Discussion on Women Surrealist Poetry.”
I am a writer, a lit nerd, music and art lover. I studied Art History in college with an emphasis on Poe and French Symbolism, Dadaism and Surrealism. This is when I first began my studies of the women surrealists, but I had fallen in love with Mina Loy at the end of high school, which I shudder to think was about 22 years ago.
I get bored easily, so I am enthusiastic about a lot of different things. I think that is reflected in my eclectic career in publishing over the past 18 years. But for the sake of algorithms, let’s say I’m a Weird Surrealist Grrl who likes to write about women’s history and lost history in general.
My work has been translated in France, Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and has been published in the U.K. and Australia. It has been nominated for the Pushcart, Colorado Book Award, Best of the Net, the Hugo Award, and World Fantasy award (twice). Recent bylines include Literary Hub, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, The Debutante: Women Surrealists Art Journal, and BBC3.
My recent works/projects are:
Calls for Submission, my weird historical fiction collection from Pelekinisis, which you can buy here.
33 1/3: Babes in Toyland’s Fontanelle, out January 2023, and available for pre-order here.
“The Lillith Assimilations: An Exkphrastic Appreciation,” will be appearing in modern surrealist painter Carrie Ann Baade’s forthcoming book, Carrie Ann Baade: Scissors and Tears.
Band Together is my free spin-off Substack based on my research from the Babes book, and traces the history of the all-girl band from ancient time to right meow. That launches mid-May, but you can subscribe now.
Most of my writing on surrealism is internalized within my fiction, which you can find in the above mentioned short story collection. In the BBC3 discussion, I discuss my need for a Women Surrealist Survival Kit. This was for an essay/listicle turned manifesto that was publish on Literary Hub in 2017. My other writings in this vein include a meditation on Leonora Carrington and Brexit for the amazing feminist surrealist arts journal, The Debutante.
I am not terribly active online. The best way to keep up with me is either by subscribing or dropping a comment on this blog, subscribing to my Substack, or following me on Twitter where I check DMs @BasBleuZombie.
Thanks for visiting!