Amanda Bubble Has Had a Really Good Year

A few years ago, I invented a persona named Amanda Bubble, in whose voice I’ve written a couple of dozen poems. Gradually, hers has become the most frequent voice in my full-length manuscript (the latest iteration of which I’ve given the working title “Amanda Bubble and the Wild-Caught Gods”). Like me, she asks a lot of questions about God, ethics, and poetry. Unlike me, she’s young (probably late twenties), sassy, and frustrated about not being able to write novels. I’m having a lot of fun with her voice, which I imagine includes frequent uptalk at the end of her sentences? And those sentences, sometimes fragments, like she’s just tossing off remarks.

Amanda Bubble has had the good fortune of making a lot of friends in the past year. Four of her poems have been published in two different issues of Clover: A Literary Rag, and another in the 2013 Floating Bridge Review. This year, Floating Bridge Review has chosen another for the forthcoming issue. She has received many kind compliments from audiences at readings, and most exciting of all, she’s become the star of her own chapbook manuscript. (She likes that very much, but is just a little uncomfortable with all the attention?)

That chapbook manuscript, titled “Amanda Bubble Is Nearly on Fire,” was one of five finalists for this year’s Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, open to Washington-State poets. I’m thrilled that I’ve been invited to give a reading with another finalist, Michael Schmeltzer, and the winner, John Whalen, at the Seattle launch of his winning chapbook, Above the Pear Trees.

That reading will be Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. at Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

I’ll also be reading a couple of Amanda Bubble poems at a multi-author reading from the current issue of Clover: A Literary Rag on Sunday, September 21, 4:00 p.m. at Village Books in Bellingham.

If you’re in the area, please come to one or both of these events and enjoy the celebrations!

15 comments on “Amanda Bubble Has Had a Really Good Year

  1. Pooja Alok says:

    Wow.. Kudos! I invented a person called as Sara and I guess it’s only she who’s survived out of me..

  2. Jennifer, kudos all around! I am very likely going to attend the Hugo House reading on Sept. 29. How exciting! I’ll be sure to come up and say hello. P.S. We have a common friend now in Laurel Leigh 🙂 I just met her about a few months ago at my reading at Village Books. She’s wonderful!

  3. Laurel Leigh says:

    Congrats, Amanda! (and Jennifer!) How awesome to read at Hugo House. That is a prize venue. And so well deserved after all of your hard work. I’m excited for you.

  4. Congratulations! Will there be more Amanda Bubble poems, I hope?

  5. Wonderful, Jennifer! A much deserved congratulations to both you and Amanda.

  6. susanissima says:

    Cheers and congratulations, Jennifer/Amanda! Break a leg on the 29th in Seattle. We sure missed you at the Clover reading, and hope you’re feeling better.

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