Written on the Skin: an erotic poetry series

I am pleased to announce that i am coordinating a new erotic poetry reading series at Self Serve! The first one will be Sunday, July 21st, 3:30-5pm. The second will be in late January, and we hope to keep it up every July and January thereafter, as long as the juice lasts. I have a spectacular list of performers on board for July, and am now accepting submissions for performance in January. if you want to submit something and maybe perform, send me some poems at yarrow at sunflowerriver dot org!

and if you’d like to attend, mark your calendars! seating is limited to 30 people. tickets will go on sale next month, $10/each on the Self Serve website (linked above), and if we don’t sell out beforehand, they’ll also be available at the door.

see you there!

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Sunday Chatter, May 19th

I will be performing at Sunday Chatter on May 19th. The event is at 10 a.m. at Las Puertas, and tickets nearly always sell out in advance, so if you want to come, get yours today!

May 19, 2019

I will have some new work, and some work from The Bones of This Land. This will be the second time I’ve performed at this beautiful venue, and I am really looking forward to it. I hope to see you there!

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publishing news!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve had some work accepted for publication recently. The newly formed Erotix Literary Journal of Somatics includes four of my pieces: “sluice,” “the silence shapes the rhythm,” “flame to ash,” and “when you fall.” Three of these were written at or in response to Body Trust workshops; the other is a love poem, but it fits. I’ll let you sort out which ones are which.

The editor, Zaedryn Meade, describes the work in the journal as, “works focused on describing transformative experiences and methods through erotic embodiment explorations.” This journal is print-only — for a more somatic reading experience. Buy yours today! https://www.amazon.com/Erotix-Literary-Somatics-Zaedryn-Meade/dp/0990762882/


And, Sky Island Journal will be publishing my poem “permeable” in the fall issue! it comes out October 20th, and you can read it there then!

The editors included in their acceptance letter this wonderful review of the poem:

“Permeable” is an intimate, yet wildly accessible, journey through the interior and exterior landscapes that are close to our hearts. The emotional and intellectual transport it provides is nothing short astonishing. Vivid imagery saturates our perfectly paced experience. Your craft is tight and elegant. Like all great art, “Permeable” is a gift that keeps giving; we discover more about it, and ourselves, with every reading. We are beyond excited to share it with the world.

I am so delighted and touched by this praise! I hope very much you will seek out copies of these works and enjoy them!

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book trailer for The Bones of This Land

Gina Falcon and Swimming With Elephants Publications released this wonderful little trailer for my book:

check it out!

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Out In Print reviews “The Bones of This Land”

Out in Print published a review of my book! Here’s an excerpt:

Divided into two sections, “Everyone’s Father Dies of Something” and “Desert Solitaire,” the intent of this chapbook is clear from the outset. This will be about death, grief, and the aftermath of both. “This Aching Echo” lays out the specifics: you were fifteen when the doctors/cracked your father open like a broken heart,/declared him inoperable,/gave him six months, and stopped caring. The language is plain and all the more meaningful for it. What struck me more, however, were the life lessons learned in the reminiscences, the childhood scenes of “Reading Together,” for example–a beautiful piece that parallels the act of reading with her father as a child and then again at his deathbed. […] The Bones of This Land is a remarkable tribute, filled with longing, regret, and elegiacal beauty.

You can read the full review here.

You can purchase your copy directly from the author at yarrow@sunflowerriver.org, from the UNM Bookstore if you are in Albuquerque, or online at amazon.com (print and Kindle editions available!)

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you could be anywhere
suspended in limitless dark
but in fact you’re on a bridge.
the dark is as necessary
as the river.
everything that lives
grows from both.

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new review of “The Bones of This Land”

Lisa Gill writes,

Turn these pages and “the barrel jumps/ in your hand and the stock / kicks your shoulder.” Inside The Bones of This Land, you’ll find a love taut as cells on the brink of dividing. Whether cancer, death, compassion or even affection rips humans apart, we’re all gonna get there. As Heatherington writes, “Everyone’s father dies of something.” These poems share one woman’s journey and let each of us decide how we feel –and perhaps even see what we missed out on. Kudos.

You can get your copy here — and if you get a copy, don’t forget to leave a review on amazon! i learned recently that if something listed on Amazon gets 50 or more reviews, it will show up in the “also bought” reccomendations. let’s try to make that happen! thanks!

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The Bones of This Land

The Bones of This Land is available for purchase!

You can get it on Amazon.

or Barnes & Noble!

The first full length publication by author Kat Heatherington. This collection won the Swimming with Elephants Publications Chapbook Competition of 2017.

“The Bones of this Land is an exquisite collection of poetry and craft at its apex. Heatherington is an expert at subtle but powerful verse. Her words read like a whisper but resonate like a bomb. Here is a book that will leave you satiated, but curiously enough, hungry for more. ” Jessica Helen Lopez, author of Always Messing With Them Boys, cunt. bomb., Language of Bleeding and a recipient of the Zia Book Award

i am so proud of this tiny powerful book.

if you buy it, please consider leaving a review on amazon or goodreads! reviews do a world of good in helping books sell. thank you! i hope you like it!

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Book Release!

I should have the final proof of my book sometime this week, and I’m extremely excited. Meanwhile, I have two events planned so far for the release of The Bones of This Land.

Book Release Reading & Celebration
Saturday, October 21st
Tortuga Gallery
901 Edith SE

Kat Heatherington will speak about and read work from her newly published volume of poems, The Bones of This Land, published this fall by Swimming with Elephants Press. Hosted by Katrina Guarascio.

Potluck snacks! Music by Kalina! Copies of the book will be available for sale. Come celebrate with me!


I will also do a reading & book signing on Tuesday, November 7th, at the UNM Bookstore, 12-1pm, hosted by Katrina Guarascio. We will have copies available for sale at this event as well, and copies will be available in the bookstore following the reading.

I hope to see you there!

Gorgeous cover art by Gwendolyn Prior of Five Lines Studios

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Book Contract!

Swimming with Elephants Publications had a chapbook competition this summer. I spent the last weeks of May working my tail off to send in a manuscript. Winners were announced last weekend at the Power to the People Poetry Slam, which included a performance by the Abq Slam Team. I’ve been increasingly nervous as my book made it into the finalists lists, one after another, over the course of July.

I also hadn’t attended a slam in many years. The Abq Slam Team, who are heading to Nationals this month, were truly amazing, performing several powerful, dynamic, affective group pieces, finely crafted, on potent topics. I am so glad the SwEP contest got us out to experience this work! As a friend put it, we were in church.

and my book, The Bones of This Land, won first place! it will be published this fall by Swimming With Elephants Press. It will be a smallish volume, around 40 pages. I will keep you all posted on the details as they emerge! I am so excited!

here’s a video of the contest winner annoucement.

The Bones of This Land

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