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Meet the Flock: Kalcie Smith

Name: Kalcie Smith

Role at Red Bird: Publishing Intern

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
I found Red Bird through my previous internship, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. I adore their support and effort to make authors' experiences with publishing as pain-free as possible. They are a wonderful resource to the community and continue to provide authors with the resources they need for their voices to be heard.

Recent Red Bird project(s):
I have just started here in 2017, but I will be assisting in many projects for Red Bird. This will include making the books, grants, and marketing.

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I write open-form poetry, but I hope to start developing skills to produce formal poetry. I also write non-fiction pieces; however, recently I have been interested in writing creative nonfiction and nonfiction. I am fascinated with the world around me and love hearing other perspectives that differ from my own. I am working towards applying to schools in England for Spring 2018, where I plan to finish my English and Business Degree.

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:

I love classical books like The Odyssey or Chaucer’s works. These can easily be found online or even on eBooks. 

 

Meet the Flock: Danielle Bylund

Name: Danielle Bylund

Role at Red Bird: Designer

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
I am a student at Hamline University in the Masters of Fine Arts for Creative Writing program. Sarah Hayes and I were in Landscape and Memory together. After having a couple of conversations with her, I volunteered to take on some design projects. Being a graphic designer by trade I was happy to become involved with such an interesting organization. I love Red Bird’s author centered ethos and the creativity that we use to translate a writer’s work to the world.

Recent Red Bird project(s):
I have covers forthcoming.

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I am primarily a writer of short fiction. Right now I am working on what I like to call my “Western Cycle,” which is a collection of short stories based in the Western United States. I am interested in placing complex and dark personal stories against the beauty of the American landscape.

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:

I always find inspiration from Joan Didion. This is a wonderful “starter kit,” for her work:
http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/read-17-joan-didion-essays-free-online-1966-to-2013.html

I can always find something visually stimulating at The House of Illustration:
https://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/home

And I can’t quite shake my punk rock roots. Here is a zine library from Barnard that I am obsessed with:
https://zines.barnard.edu/

Meet the Flock: Haley Lasché

Name: Haley Lasché

Role at Red Bird: Board of Directors, Vice Chair

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
I’ve been a fan of Red Bird for years. I began my work as an editor in 2000 with the now defunct AGS Publishing. My career in editing sent me back to graduate school in the Hamline Creative Writing Program. During my graduate studies, I shifted into teaching. I’ve been both a student and faculty editor and board member for a number of student run literary magazines, and I have published poems here and there, but until recently never published a chapbook of my own. I was so pleased to have my first chapbook accepted for publication by one of my favorite poetry editors in the Twin Cities: Red Bird editor-in-chief, Sarah Hayes. Shortly after that acceptance, I was invited to join the board, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Recent Red Bird project(s):
Getting to know the lay of the land. Reading and re-reading our older publications with new eyes as a part of their vision, not just as a fan.

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I’m a poet who tends toward the lyric. I just finished my second chapbook and am currently working on a series of poems without people in them.

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
http://www.omnidawn.com/
http://www.vallummag.com/
http://www.jubilat.org/jubilat/

Meet the Flock: Nicola Koh

Name: Nicola Koh

Role at Red Bird: Fiction Editor

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
The first literary event I went to in the Twin Cities was a reading by one of my teachers at Hamline, the inestimably great Deborah Keenan. It was for her collaborative chapbook, so she had the world, which placed her poems beside paintings from Susan Solomon that inspired the poems. Reading through the chapbook hurled me across my preconceived borders of what literature was and could be—and what it could be was beautiful, both in form and substance. Over the course of the next year, I learned more about Red Bird and its outstanding mission and dedication to literature, and finally summoned the courage to approach the Red Bird booth at the Rain Taxi Book Fair.
To my immense surprise and pleasure, they were happy to add me to the flock!

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I have been writing a lot of literary fiction because it forces me to work on aspects of writing other than plot, which tends to be my strongest point. I’ve also been dabbling in poetry and nonfiction, also to strengthen my skills. But I also have a great fondness for the fantastical and young adult, which probably explains why I’m writing a novel about a group of disgruntled Christmas icons recruiting a teenage girl to help them sabotage Christmas.

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
So many things!
I’ve love finding spoken word on YouTube (a great channel is run by Button Poetry-- https://www.youtube.com/user/ButtonPoetry)
I’ve spent way too many hours developing my sense of irony with the stripped-down daily comic, xkcd-- http://xkcd.com/

And my very favorite thing which in my wildest moments I believe improves my writing, self, and the world in general is playing Tetris on http://tetrisfriends.com , where I can clear 40 lines in under 43 seconds.

Meet the Flock: Tami Mohamed Brown

Name:  Tami Mohamed Brown

Role at Red Bird:  Non Fiction Editor

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it: 
I was very taken by Red Bird’s beautiful broadsides and chapbooks at an event I attended and eventually made my way to the website. I loved the idea of “possibilities” and emailed Dana a short essay I had written, wondering if there was something different that could be done with it.  It became a Red Bird pamphlet titled Three Oranges, which I love as a vehicle to get shorter work out into the world.  When she asked if I’d be interested in serving as a non-fiction editor, I was thrilled. 

Recent Red Bird project(s): 
I’m new to the editorial team and am extremely excited to have the opportunity to take on manuscripts of creative non-fiction—more to come!

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on: 
I have a long-term memoir project that I am working on, slowly and not always so steadily.  I’m always working on shorter pieces to keep me energized, inspired, primarily, by place and happenings of the everyday. 

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
https://orionmagazine.org/place-where-you-live/
http://kaxe.org/programs/the-beat.aspx
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/blog/beautiful-things

Meet the Flock: Beth Mayer

Name: Beth Mayer

Role at Red Bird: Fiction Editor, Author

How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
When Redbird Chapbooks took my long short story, Niagara Falls, as a chapbook, I had an opportunity to work closely with Fiction Editor Evan Kingston. This was such a collaborative process, and Evan helped made my story what I really wanted it to be. My experiences in publishing so far have been good, which is lucky. I found Redbird Chapbooks remarkably committed to honoring my intentions as a writer, while not being afraid to tell me the truth. After working closely with Evan and Dana on my chapbook, I knew that Redbird Chapbooks would be the right place to share my own gifts as an editor.

Recent Red Bird project(s):
I am new to the editorial team, but I am still partial to my beautiful chapbook Niagara Falls.

A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
As a reader, my current aesthetic is an unpredictable mix-tape of old-school folk, alternative rock, and show tunes. I am a 2015-16 fiction winner in the Loft Mentor Series, so this year I am refining my collection and writing new short stories.

My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
“Guy In Your MFA” https://twitter.com/guyinyourmfa
McSweeny’s Lists http://www.mcsweeneys.net/columns/lists
Mind: http://www.mind.org.uk/
The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/

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