From time to time we’ll have guest bloggers here at Booklifenow during 2010. This next week, Tamara Kaye Sellman will be blogging. Be sure to stop by for her perspective on writing, the writing life, and much more!
If you’re not familiar with Sellman, here’s a short overview…
A Pacific Northwest native, Tamara Kaye Sellman is a journalist, creative writer, blogger, and publishing professional living and working in Bainbridge Island, Washington. She specializes in literary fiction, magical realism, short stories and flash fiction, food and garden writing, freelance feature/interpretive journalism, independent publishing, and citizen journalism. She also facilitates various kinds of writing workshops (generative, motivational or educational); specialty subjects include magical realism/”strangeness,” short fiction, revision, citizen journalism, and Web 2.0 concerns for writers.
Sellman’s fiction, poetry, columns, editorials, reviews, and other writings have been published widely and internationally.
Sellman holds a undergraduate degree with honors from Columbia College Chicago with an emphasis on journalism and a specialty in magazine editing and publishing. She also took extensive coursework in the Story Workshop undergraduate program at Columbia under Zoe Keithley and Shawn Shiflett and has since studied under such writers as Aimee Bender, John Crowley, Brian Evenson, Kim Barnes, Bruce Holland Rogers, and Michelle Cliff.
As the retired founder of the electronic anthology, MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magical Realism (http://www.magical-realism.com) and its companion interactive community, MRCentral.net, Sellman is now at work on a practical writer’s guide to literary magical realism. She has worked previously in cookbook editing, desktop publishing, print production, literary conference organizing and public relations/marketing. Sellman has held memberships with the Field’s End writer’s community of Bainbridge Island, the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, Jane’s Stories Press Foundation, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Associated Writing Programs, PEN-Washington, PoetsWest, Washington Poets Association, the Speculative Literature Foundation, and SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network).