author, instructor, editor, partner, motorcyclist, dog-mom, human

Tall, heavily tattooed caucasian woman with pink hair in a white tee shirt standing outside before an eggshell blue door.
Tall, heavily tattooed caucasian woman with pink hair in a white tee shirt standing outside before an eggshell blue door.

Humans love categorization — it’s how we make sense of the world around us. Placing ourselves into various categorical roles demonstrates that which we value about our individual circumstances. It shows the world around us how we consider ourselves to be amongst the masses.

And I am no different.

I occupy various roles at any one given time: author (my first poetry book was just published by Cathexis Northwest Press!), English instructor, editor. These are the roles I use to codify myself in a professional and creative way. I’ve been writing since I can remember and it is my one…


In Etheree

Fear
is not
always a
moving train or
the static of night.
No, sometimes fear is the
upsweep of wind on the far
eastern Colorado plains right
after a track meet in your boyfriend’s
old truck when being lost means giving up.

~

The etheree is a strict syllabic form and for a free verse/prose poetry writer, it was a fun challenge to adhere to such parameters. Fortunately, this one effortlessly flowed out of me onto the page. …


My baby has arrived in the world

That’s right, folks: On June 1, 2021, my first traditionally published book was born. southern atheist: oh, honey is a memoir in 29 free verse poems. It is neither an advancement of atheism nor a condemnation of religion; it’s an expression of my life and experiences ages 1–29.

I am SO EXCITED to introduce this baby to the world! She’s my passion and if you’d like to obtain a copy all your own, check out the links in my bio at the bottom (the publisher is offering a few ebook copy when you purchase the physical one).

THANK YOU SO…


Things you never consider until after the contract is signed

I’ve only ever had a single dream in life: to have a manuscript I wrote accepted for publication. In January of this year, that dream came true.

And I still reeling from the back currents of what this means for my future.

My book under contract is a chapbook of memoir-in-poetry — one poem for each of the first 29 years of my life. The small press publishing it (Cathexis Northwest Press) has been more than accommodating and lovely along every step of the journey thus far. They even allowed me to work with a friend to create my own…


Digging into memories can be really tough

No matter how much you think you’ve dealt with a thing, it can come back and smack you when you least expect.

The scene: I’m working on a new manuscript.

Said manuscript is a collection of lyric essays centered on the topic of sex and how sex has manifested itself in various ways throughout my entire life. It’s not erotica, nor graphic in any way — just ruminations about various encounters, thoughts, experiences, and feelings from childhood into my 20s.

I started scratching down my own rabbit hole of memory last fall when I put together my chapbook, southern atheist


Get Inside will stay; newsletter will go

Friends and followers of Get Inside,

As you all know, times here on Medium are changing. Many of my favorite writers are taking off for different endeavors; the landscape shifts once again.

Further, my life beyond Medium is rendering me too strapped for time to continue with this newsletter. I am a full-time English instructor at a large university, an editor for an educational website, and am in the second year of my doctoral program. There simply are not enough minutes to do it all.

I want to humbly thank the few of you who read the newsletters I put out this summer. And more than that, I want to thank my incredible writers. I will continue to manage Get Inside, just sans newsletter.

I hope you are well and safe.

Your editor,
D. E. Fulford


Featuring Medium’s best in first-person poetry, nonfiction, and fiction

Happy Friday, readers!

It’s a strange summer. There is no denying this. My partner and I sneaked off on a very brief (but brilliant) five-day long motorcycle trip to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and the world feels a little less oppressive since we returned.

I even tossed a couple of my own poems onto the page in the last few weeks (“Tuck Your Face Behind Your Leaving,” and “Habits are Subjective When Everything is Bad”).

I hope you all are finding some comparable levity.

Without further ado, here are this edition’s featured writers!

Fiction

Mimi Bordeaux is one of…

d. e. fulford, ma, macw

Instructor, editor, and author of forthcoming poetry chapbook — southern atheist: oh, honey — by Cathexis Northwest Press

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