“Through a yin and yang beaded curtain, the guide led them up a narrow staircase to a black room, two women on tights suspended on aerial cables. No music, no voice, a white light on black encased muscle and bone twisting around thick wire, arms pulling the other closer until torsos and heads melded, energy flowing through them like a circuit with no breaker.”
–Chella Courington, from the poem, Sudden Horripilation Love Letters to Biology 250
- Click the above link (blue title of book after quote) for the very inexpensive poetry chapbook, Love Letters to Biology 250, published on Pork Belly Press 2014, and of course written by a Santa Barbara English Professor/writer/poet, Chella “Doc” Courington.
I went to Santa Barbara City College for two and a half years and this incredible woman was one of the reasons why I actually lasted that long in an organized enviroment. Chella let me write the way Jon Vreeland writes, without a single display of negative judgement, just perpetual encouragement and motivataion. She even published my very first publication, a short story called Spotlight, on the student run journal Painted Cave, which gave me the confidence to write a thousand more stories and poems and to become a writer. And I am forever in her debt for that very reason.
Her dedication to her career is incredible.
She treats each and every student equal, is fair and always has the student’s best interest at heart. She spends a great deal of her time helping others, especially with the art of writing, so she often forgets what an amazing writer SHE actually is.
So I am reminding her AND the world of that right now, with, personally, my favorite Chapbook of poetry, and by one of my favorite ladies on the planet.
Below is her bio from her website which tells you so much more of her accomplishments.
Chella Courington earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Carolina and an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College. She is a Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College. Her prose and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Los Angeles Review, lo-ball magazine, Gargoyle, The Tusculum Review, Danse Macabre and SmokeLong Quarterly. In 2016 Courington published was it more than a kiss (Flutter Press), a chapbook of poetry. In 2015, she published Love Letter to Biology 250(Porkbelly Press), a chapbook of microfiction, and Flying South (Kind of Hurricane Press), an e-chapbook of poetry. In 2011 she published Paper Covers Rock (Indigo Press), a flipbook of lined poetry; Girls & Women (Burning River), a chapbook of prose poetry; and Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana (Musa Publishing), an e-book of linked microfiction.In 2004 Courington published her first chapbook of poetry entitled Southern Girl Gone Wrong(Foothills Publishing). Her work has been honored by Camroc Press Review, The Collagist, Qarrtsiluni, and Main Street Rag, and nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets Anthology.
(I hope you are able to purchase this wonderful chapbook)