I am so excited to be part of Elizabeth Kirschner’s
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR
Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts
This tour began November 1st - thank you WOW! Women on Writing for the invitation to take part!
Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts is a raw and intense collection of intricately layered short stories that touch on the recurring themes of sexual violence, domestic abuse, mental illness, and addiction.
The characters are often cruel and inhumane with parents speaking in riddles to their abused children. The narrators are all women, usually unnamed, who have a lost, dissociated quality to them, as the details of their lives seem to fray.
As the stories develop, some of these narrators find love and normalcy, though not always happily. Violence pulses steadily throughout the collection, but it is the author's hope that the stories not only reveal the breadth and power of her poetics, but also give voice to the disturbed, the dispossessed and the lowly in an elegant, lyrical form.
About the Author, Elizabeth Kirschner
Elizabeth Kirschner is the author of Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts. It was brought out by Atmosphere Press in June, 2021.
Kirschner has published five volumes of poetry, most recently, My Life as a Doll, Autumn House Press, 2008, and Surrender to Light, Cherry Grove Editions, 2009. The former was nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Patterson Book Prize and named Kirschner as the Literary Arts Fellow in the state of Maine, 2010.
Her memoir, Walking the Bones was published by The Piscataqua Press, February, 2015. It was the winner of the North Street Book Prize for best work of nonfiction by an Independent author.
Kirschner has been writing and teaching multi-genres across four decades. She served as faculty in Fairfield University’s low-residence MFA in Creative Writing Program and has also taught at Boston College and Carnegie-Mellon University.
She has collaborated with many classical composers and this work is featured on numerous CD’s, including The Dichterliebe in Four Seasons, Schumann/Kirschner.
She currently serves as a writing mentor and manuscript consultant and teaches various workshops in and around her community in Kittery Point, ME.
--- Upcoming Blog Tour Calendar
TODAY @ Bring on Lemons
Stop by Crystal's blog today and read her insights into Elizabeth Kirschner's book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts.
November 9th @ Mindy McGinnis' Blog
Join Mindy as she shares author Elizabeth Kirschner's guest post about how one’s thematic concerns or obsessions are presented, not stated.
November 10th @ Madeline Sharples' Blog
Join Madeline as she features author Elizabeth Kirschner's guest post about the invention and supremacy of character.
November 11th @ The Frugalista Mom
Join Rozelyn as she reviews Elizabeth Kirschner's book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts. You can also enter to win a copy of the book for yourself.
November 15th @ Memoir Writer's Journey
Kathy Pooler shares author Elizabeth Kirschner's guest post about how the short story evolves.
November 19th @ CK Sorens' Blog
Join Carrie as she shares Elizabeth Kirschner's guest post about the mind behind the story, it's circular as opposed to linear nature.
November 21st @ Word Magic
Join Fiona as she features a guest post by Elizabeth Kirschner about her obsession with language.
November 25th @ The Good Book Nook
Visit Polly's Instagram page where she reviews Elizabeth Kirschner's book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts.
November 27th @ Lisa Haselton's Book Reviews and Interviews
Jon Lisa as she interviews author Elizabeth Kirschner, author of the book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts.
November 30th @ Author Anthony Avina's Blog
Join Anthony as he reviews author Elizbeth Kirschner's book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts.
December 1st @ McFly Book Bliss
Join Marisa as she features author Elizabeth Kirschner and an excerpt from her book Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts.
5 Star Book Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto
Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts is a lovely collection of intimate stories. I was uncomfortable reading each short story - but in a way that made me more aware as a human. I find it interesting to learn more about other people, and each story in this collection brought it's own pain and it's own story giving a voice to those who aren't always able to speak up for themselves. Kirschner's ability to draw me into the world of each character speaks to her ability as an author.Because the Sky is a Thousand Soft Hurts is very well done. I comment Kirschner on her writing ability and her bravery in sharing such uncomfortable stories in a beautiful way!