About Colleen

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I have had a varied, artsy life and some would say I’m still bohemian. I graduated in photography (Visual Communications) and was about to come full circle. I bought a digital camera, went to Ireland and took some fun photos. I was still learning the camera but began to think that I should see about getting the better ones into some stock photo places. And then, four months after I bought the camera, my place was broken into and camera stolen. Alas.

I also later graduated with a degree in Creative Writing. That’s two BFAs; maybe I can trade them in for a Masters. Should I ever go back to school it’s as likely I’ll go for a religious studies masters or anthropology. There is a lot of interesting stuff out there and not enough time to take it all.

I have a strong sculptural design aspect. My ex was a cold-glass artist and I became more involved in the glass arts. I┬áloved glassblowing but really couldn’t afford to continue there. I did make this giant slug out of broken pieces of glass and had it coming out of a old wooden box. It was titled, “It Came From the Glass Studio” and was actually juried into an art show at the Vancouver Public Library. I never took a picture of it–stupid me, and I gave it to a different ex-boyfriend. I’m sure it’s moldered back to its original form by now.

I also made 1/4 of a six-foot pomegranate, seeds and all. It was put on a wood and chicken wire frame and then I covered it in foam and upholstery fabric of the slightly leathery type. I then painted over this. As well, I cut foam into large (about ten inches) seeds and covered each one into red, transparent cellophane. I put these down the middle slit. And then I took the thing over the border to a festival in the US. Again, I don’t have more than one picture of this. (What’s wrong with me?) and it now resides in the enshrined basement of a friend in Snohomish.

I keep making jewellery of late: watches, earrings and necklaces…and then I don’t sell them. It’s just beading but it’s another creative outlet from the wordcrafting.

One of my major loves is writing, obviously. And I seem to be opinionated…hmmm. I’ve been drawing since I was six and knew I first wanted to be an artist. I started writing around twelve, with poetry. I hid it for years until I took it off somewhere for a critique in my early twenties. Then I started taking writing courses. My “Muse” and “Worlds of What-if” blogposts talk more about those early inspirations.

These days I freelance in copyediting and writing, as well as editing poetry for Chizine and slush manuscript editing for ChiZine Publications. I’m a past editor for Aberrant Dreams. I have edited many first-time novels for individuals as well as working with publishers and magazines. If you are looking for an editor, you can contact me here. Information is screened and will not appear on the blog.

I work on several stories at the same time and a few poems. I also have a second novel in the works. My poem “Of the Corn: Kore’s Innocence” was nominated for this year’s Aurora Award in poetry. You can vote and see all nominated works here if you’re Canadian and it will cost you $5.50.

I think the world is an intricate and inherently beautiful place. I try to remember the sheer variety and ingenuity of humans when it seems that everything goes dire. It’s important to balance against the constant media deluge of doom and gloom. No wonder we have a depressed society. I still believe there is more good than evil in the world.

This, like my life, is a work in progress…

15 responses to “About Colleen

  1. Ingrid

    Are you the same Coleen Anderson who was part of WV Writer’s and did “MotherWit”? One of the members on the roundtable wondered, and as a fan of MotherWit, so did I.

    You have a great site and I love the photo at the top of your page.

    I’m in fact, the other Colleen. Our names our spelled the same but the only way I can use music is to dance to it. If you google our name, you’ll find that Colleen comes up with the Mother Wit site first. And thanks for the complement.

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  3. Kyle Stadnyk

    Too bad you’re not still a student in BC, you could submit a lot of your work and win the 2010 Learning Legacies Competition ($2,000 prize).
    I’m helping to promote the contest. If you are friends with any BC students can you please let them know about it? :) http://bit.ly/byAIjm

  4. Mick Sylvestre

    I have a question…is there a good place to get readers to critque work in progress?
    Perhaps even regionally (BC)?

    M.

  5. Adrian Wyatt

    Where and how can I purchase your book(s)? Please and thank you. I stumbled across your work here and I really enjoy it.

    • colleenanderson

      I don’t have any books out yet but a collection of poetry. I have stories and poems in various magazines and anthologies (a collection of stories by different authors). The current ones for this year include these anthology titles: The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies, Polluto #8 (UK magazine), Mirror Shards Anthology, Candle in the Attic Window (poem). There is another I think but I can’t remember. Under About Colleen you will find a list of my past writing and the magazine or anthology it was in. If you google the titles you should find most of these and I believe many are through Amazon.

  6. Colleen, nice blog and writing. Look forward to reading it more and have added it to my blogroll at OCanadaBlog. Best, Brett

  7. Hi Colleen, I really enjoyed your Don Quixote poem in HFQ. Sounds like you have your fingers in many interesting pies. Shame you live so far away or I’d be able to invite you to our local Bohemian poetry and storytelling nights. Looking forward to reading more of your work :)

    • colleenanderson

      Thanks, Lorna. Well I will be in the UK at the beginning of Nov. but in Brighton. I guess it all depends when and where you meet in the UK.

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  9. Any chance I can use the balls that spell out writer image as my comapny logo?

    • colleenanderson

      These days I try to make sure the images I use either belong to me or are creative commons. However, I’m not sure which post that one was with but I usually try to give credit. So at this time, you’ll have to track the image and see if you can find out the original owner.

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