Announcements, Comics

Announcement: we’re covering comics on The Blood-Jet!


We’re expanding our coverage to include more comics (sequential art or graphic novels or whatever fancy name you want to call them) on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour!

Why comics?

Rachelle (the host/producer) grew up reading tons of them and then took a class on the graphic novel which renewed her interest in the medium.  Recently, she started teaching a graphic novel class and noticed an infectious  enthusiasm from her students that she didn’t see anywhere else.  She wanted to know more about the medium of comics, the writing and drawing processes involved in comics creation, and the writing and pop culture communities that rally around this medium.   The Blood-Jet Writing Hour wants to be a part of these conversations.

What will The Blood-Jet Writing Hour cover?

We’re interested in comics creators’ writing and drawing processes, the relationship between poetry and comics and how the image is distilled and rendered, and how participating in fandom communities relates to the creative process.  We’d love to cover poets who are interested in the poem-comic, or the visual poem and want to cover the work of Douglas Kearney, Kenneth Koch, Bianca Stone at some point in the future.  (Email us if you’re interested! See below.)

So, what should we expect in the next few weeks?

Plenty!  Coverage from guest bloggers on Comikaze Expo, a comic book convention in Los Angeles, interviews with cartoonists like MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, and more.  Stay tuned, and we hope you enjoy our upcoming content.

 Hey!  I like comics and poetry and all of the things you mentioned.  Can I contribute something?

If you’d like to write an essay that explores the relationship between comics and poetry, or if you’d like to interview a cartoonist, or write a review of a graphic novel, please email us at bloodjetradio {at} gmail {dot} com.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Announcements, Fall

Introducing new contributors for The Blood-Jet!

The Blood-Jet Writing Hour is growing!  We’re delighted to introduce our new contributors, Heather Buchanan, David Campos, Muriel Leung, Kenji C. Liu and Leah Silvieus to the podcast and the blog.

Be on the lookout for reviews of Matthew Zapruder’s Sun Bear, Fanny Howe’s Second Childhood, Karen Tei Yamashita’s Anime Wong and interviews with Sally Wen Mao, Andy Fitch and more!

Please welcome…

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Heather Buchanan

Heather Buchanan is the owner of Aquarius Press, now celebrating its 15th year. Willow Books, its literary division, develops, publishes, and promotes writers typically underrepresented in the field; recent collaborations include the publication of Cave Canem XII. A graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn respectively, Heather has taught Composition, English, African American Literature, and World Literature at several colleges and universities. In addition to teaching, Heather presents on arts and literature at conferences across the country, most recently for the Ragdale Foundation. She has directed many events and conferences, including LitFest Chicago, Midwest Poets & Writers Conference, and the Idlewild Writers Conference. A Poet-in-Residence emeritus for the Detroit Public Library system, Heather also served on the Board of Governors for UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts & Sciences Affiliate and was the COO of the Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities. A musician, she is currently working on a World War I centennial book and music project honoring the Harlem Hellfighters. She has been a reviewer for BlogCritics and MyShelf and has blogged for publications such as Poets & Writers.



David Campos

David Campos is the author of the forthcoming FURIOUS DUSK (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015) winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. His poems have been publish in The American Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Huizache, Miramar, and Solo Novo among many others. He is the Co-host of the literary radio Pákatelas on KFCF 88.1 FM Fresno where he lives and teaches.


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Muriel Leung

Muriel Leung is a multimedia poet and former teaching artist from Queens, NY. Her poetry and essays can be found or is forthcoming in Coconut, TENDE RLOIN, Bone Bouquet, Dark Phrases, and RE/VISIONIST. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship. Currently, she is a MFA candidate in poetry at Louisiana State University where she also serves as the Assistant Editor of New Delta Review.



Kenji C. Liu

Kenji C. Liu is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey, now in Southern California. His writing and art arises from his work as an activist, educator, artist, and cultural worker. A Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for the Poets & Writers 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, his writing is forthcoming or published in The Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, Barrow Street Journal, CURA, The Baltimore Review, RHINO Poetry, and others, including the anthologies Dismantle and Orangelandia. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoeswas nominated for a 2009 California Book Award. A three-time VONA alum and recipient of a Djerassi Resident Artist Program fellowship, he is completing a full-length poetry book. He is the poetry editor emeritus of Kartika Review.



Leah Silvieus

Leah Silvieus is a poet and interdisciplinary artist whose work has been featured at the O, Miami Poetry Festival and at the Asian American Women Artists Association in San Francisco. She also has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, Kundiman, US Poets in Mexico, and the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation. Her writing has been featured in Asian American Poetry & WritingCURAThe Collagist, and diode, among others. Currently, she divides her time between Florida and New York where she works in the yacht hospitality industry. You can visit her at

Announcements, Winter

The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on iTunes!

Dear listeners,

Did you know that The Blood-Jet Writing Hour is part of the World Wide Word Radio Network?  It’s just one of many fantastic radio shows on the Network about poetry and writing.

If you subscribe here to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on iTunes, you’ll be able to listen to other great shows, such as The Reading is Poetry hosted by AK Toney, The Moe Green Discussion with Rafael Alvarado and several others!

See you on iTunes!