Kevin Shlosberg

Biography

Kevin Shlosberg received his BA in English Studies from Rutgers in 1999. He currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife, J. When he's not working at Smashwords, he enjoys falling asleep on the couch with their blind cat, Brie.

Feel free to email him: bibliomaniaphobia at gmail dot com.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd say it's the process of writing itself. The flow and play of words. The subtle balance between loss-of-control and complete control, however that works.
What is your writing process?
I reap a lot of my lines and images from the space between waking and sleeping. Whether it's that ripe hypnagogic state when I'm falling asleep, or leftover hypnapompia (I think that's what it's called) from dreams when waking --or the general buzzing of thought and image of insomnia, I like to save as much of this un/subconscious dribble as I can for my poetry.

Meditation has always been a great source of lines bubbling out of nowhere. Also, lately I've been running in the morning (what can I say? I've been getting fat from sitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day!), and this has been a surprising inspiration for me.
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Where to buy in print


Books

Pahoa Village Utility Poles
Price: Free! Words: 200. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(5.00)
A photo essay in a hybrid-spirit of Aaron Siskind and Edward Ruscha. Contains about 20 color images. An exploration into texture, variegation, and color, this book has left the author's mother saying, 'Tut, why can't you take normal vacation pictures?'
To Say This is the Way One Man Went: Selected Poems 1999-2012
Series: To Say This is the Way One Man Went. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00)
Join award-winning poet Kevin Shlosberg as he chronicles coming-of-age in his newest poetry collection To Say This is the Way One Man Went. Hailed as "superbly disturbing" and "beautifully crafted", To Say This is the Way One Man Went is the quintessential collection from a fresh voice in contemporary poetry. 90+ poems, approx. 100 pp. Themes include: travel, relationships, philosophy and dreams
Afterwards
Series: To Say This is the Way One Man Went, part 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00)
The final installment of award-wining poet Kevin Shlosberg's coming-of-age poetry arc "To Say This is the Way One Man Went." This chapbook rounds out the journey w/ reflection, contemplation, and humor. This is not center-justified poetry, if you know what I mean. Heavy on Imagery. Light on rhyme. Fun times Guaranteed!
Heartbreak and Other Travels
Series: To Say This is the Way One Man Went, part 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Part 1 of award-wining poet Kevin Shlosberg's coming-of-age poetry arc "To Say This is the Way One Man Went." This collection of memoir-like poetry chronicles his continental travels and relationship debacles. This poetry is not center-justified, if you know what I mean. Heavy on imagery, light on rhyme. Fun times Guaranteed!
Some [Soul-] Mapping
Series: To Say This is the Way One Man Went, part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Part 3 of award-wining poet Kevin Shlosberg's coming-of-age poetry arc "To Say This is the Way One Man Went." These poems chart the author's journey from clinical depression to spiritual ease, but with a twist. This poetry is not center-justified, if you know what I mean. Heavy on imagery. Light on rhyme. Fun times guaranteed!
Hypnagogic Exploits
Series: To Say This is the Way One Man Went, part 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Part 2 of award-wining poet Kevin Shlosberg's coming-of-age poetry arc "To Say This is the Way One Man Went." 20+ poems either inspired by or hijacked from the dreaming mind. It's not center-justified poetry, if you know what I mean. Rich in imagery. Light in rhyme. Fun times guaranteed!

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Smashwords book reviews by Kevin Shlosberg

  • Vietnam War Elegy on June 30, 2014

    an unexpected gentleness flows through these words.
  • Constant Animals on April 27, 2015

    A refreshing collection of short (micro?) fiction. So many funhouse mirror insights into relationships and human psych, each masterfully constructed with crisp language and fresh metaphors. By the time I finished reading it, I was a little dizzy. And who said literature was dead? "Tell the truth, but tell it slant." Highly recommended. Thanks for the fun read, Ken!
  • The Samurai Poet on May 13, 2015

    3.5 stars Although an engaging, well-written historical novel I fear the author didn't know when to stop. The tight narrative and sympathetic character of part 1 are both missing from part 2, which is comparatively directionless. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Belrose. I believe this is a writer to keep an eye on.
  • Political Power: Bernie Sanders on March 08, 2016

    a good intro to Bernie's story for those who don't like a whole lot of words. "First they ignore you. Then, they mock you. Then, they attack you. Then you win." -attributed to MG