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Book Spotlight | Plucking Poetry from the Air by CS Reid

Plucking Poetry from the Air

by CS Reid




“Plucking Poetry from the Air was written with the intention of inspiring teenagers to create their own original works,” said Reid, who is herself a poet. “Young adults who practice the discipline of writing are not only developing themselves creatively, but are also giving themselves the opportunity to discover their own distinct voices.”

Plucking Poetry from the Air follows the story of Calliope, a sixth grader who has trouble making it to school on time (she's always oversleeping and missing the bus) but wouldn't dream of missing her first period class, which is studying poetry and getting ready for the Shining Voices poetry contest, which was organized by the teacher, Mrs. Rutherford. Calliope faces some tough competition from one of her classmates, whose father is a well-known writer. And if that weren't enough, Calliope realizes she left her poetry journal in the public library downtown—the night before the contest! How will she get her journal back? She needs her journal, which holds all of her poems, to be able to participate in the Shining Voices Contest hosted by a local coffee shop noted for its support of the literary arts.


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Excerpt


Calliope tossed under her bedcovers, refusing to open her eyes inside her sunlit-filled room. Monday mornings were always the worst! Soon, her mother would be pounding on her bedroom door, shouting: “Rise and shine, C! Rise and shine!”
It would make getting up an even harder endeavor.

Tap! Tap! Calliope recognized the familiar tapping reverberating from her bedroom windowpane. She forced one eye open and centered on two beaming faces, laughing hysterically through the window. 

The faces belonged to none other than Paisley and Stevie—her closest amigos since the first grade. The three friends knew everything about each other. Calliope sauntered slowly across the floor and pushed the window partially up. A cool breeze stirred the curtains, and Calliope wished she had stayed under the covers.
“Are you planning on going to school today, C?” asked Paisley.”

“Thanks, Stevie. That’s why you’re the president of my fan club. How’s membership?” said Calliope, smiling in a condescending manner.

“Three members and counting, yourself included,” chuckled Stevie.

“Well, you’re going to have to drum up some more members,” said Calliope, sliding her closet doors open.”


About the author



CS Reid holds a MFA in Writing & Critical Theory from Otis College of Art & Design; M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Teaching/English from National University.

Her work has appeared in diverse publications—most notably are: The Truth About the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction Anthology, Shadowtrain, Blue Fifth Review, Burner Magazine, and Monkeybicycle; chapbook, Walking Near the Precipice (Lily Press, 2007) and ebook, Intonations Heard in the Desert (Gold Wake Press, 2008); YA book, Plucking Poetry from the Air (Paraguas Books, 2010).

Reid is a freelance writer, educator, and Jazz composer/musician in Los Angeles, CA.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An interview with CS Reid, the author of Fiction At My Fingertips

Fiction At My Fingertips

by CS Reid


“Lois Mc Allister typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a child,” according to CS Reid.  


“All YA writers have a childlike, inner voice that shines through their main characters.  Lois personifies a brilliant, budding writer who acknowledges her eccentricities and her burgeoning, literary talents.”

Fiction At My Fingertips illustrates the narrative of Lois Mc Allister, a charismatic bibliophile, who is a voracious writer.  Truth be told, narratives pour out of her being with ease and she recognizes that she is developing into a writer with a singular voice. 
When her language arts teacher, Ms. Williams, informs the class that they will be,
submitting original narratives to a regional contest, Lois is catapulted into the stratosphere.  However, an unfortunate mishap could derail Lois’ literary debut.

Interview with the author


1. What inspired your book?

Lois Mc Allister is based off of my character.  Lois typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a teen. There was a need for readers to read narratives that encourage
them (readers) to want to become actively involved in the writing process.  Fiction At My Fingertips encourages teens to acknowledge that their voices and opinions are worthy to be shared on the page.  


2. Why did you pursue a writing career?

There is a “voice” infinitely circulating inside my being.  Essentially, I write to allow said voice to air itself via narratives that are identifiable and resonate a contemporary language to the YA reader.

3. Why are female characters important to you as an author?

Female characters are vital to the narratives that I compose.  Female readers need to be inspired to want to be creative and intelligent beings that are far more, than just supportive individuals, who have been relegated secondary positions.  It is integral that female readers are nurtured to explore all the avenues that are available to them; and to veer into areas that are foreign to females.  It is high time that females are afforded opportunities that display their brilliance and capabilities.


4. What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?

I am passionate about encouraging young people to develop an interest in writing.  Writing is a means to self-empowerment.  


5. What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I am wrapping up a YA narrative that centers on encouraging teens to want to study Jazz; and to learn about the exceptional artists that were the pioneers of this innovative art form.  Additionally, I am working on a short film that captures how survivors of a cataclysmic event, must adapt to their circumstances by implementing Spartan-like modes of behaviors.


About the author



CS Reid holds a MFA in Writing & Critical Theory from Otis College of Art & Design; M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Teaching/English from National University.

Her work has appeared in diverse publications—most notably are: The Truth About the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction Anthology, Shadowtrain, Blue Fifth Review, Burner Magazine, and Monkeybicycle; chapbook, Walking Near the Precipice (Lily Press, 2007) and ebook, Intonations Heard in the Desert (Gold Wake Press, 2008); YA book, Plucking Poetry from the Air (Paraguas Books, 2010).

Reid is a freelance writer, educator, and Jazz composer/musician in Los Angeles, CA.



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