Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's Actually Not about Hate at All

This site is dedicated to poet and editor of Dancing Girl Press, Kristy Bowen. She's my sister, best friend, and maid of honor in my upcoming wedding. She's the hardest worker I know: Running the web zine Wicked Alice, Dancing Girl Press, her own online shop, authoring the books The Fever Almanac and In the Bird Museum, and earning her MFA, all while working a full time job and funding her projects out of her own pocket. Her passion for the arts is incredible and no words can describe how proud I am to be associated with her.

Not only is she an exceptionally talented poet, she is also an amazing person. Anyone who takes the time to get to know her can attest that she might be shy and a little quiet at first, but she's one of the most real people you'll ever meet. Her trademark sarcasm and snarkiness is hysterical, but always intended in fun. She is one of the most unselfish women I know, helping me at times by literally giving me the shirt off her back or her couch for the night. If you love Joss Whedon, Rum-n-Coke's, and horror movies, she'll be your best friend for life.

Don't believe any of the recent negativity being spewed forth by her self-proclaimed enemies in the poetry scene. I know the real Kristy.

To those who disagree, just remember that when you're fucking with her, you're really fucking with her, me, my fiance, my friends, and all of the women in our large, extended family. We don't let things go that easily.
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