A Teacher and A Poet
It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover for A Teacher and a Poet by Cy Blanca coming March 14th from Dreamspinner Press
Shawnee County, Kansas, might not be the most accepting place for a gay couple, but boyfriends Antony James and Curtis Ramírez have made it their home. Both of them work at Pauline Central Primary School, and while Antony is content teaching, Curt would rather pursue his passion: poetry. He plans to resign, but he doesn’t get the chance.
Working together has its risks, and when a student witnesses Antony and Curt sneaking a kiss in the workroom, they’re reprimanded. The school board’s punishment is mild, but some members of the community aren’t willing to let the indiscretion go. That small mistake could cost Antony and Curt their home—or it could remind them that home is in the heart, and as long as they stay strong in their love, they’ll always have a place to belong.
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Hi there. I’m Cy Blanca. I’m ridiculously excited to reveal the cover for my first ever novella!
Firstly I’d like to say thank you to Alpha Book Club for offering to do this cover reveal.
This story is very dear to me, both because it’s my first and it has to do with my former primary school. Because I took so much care to ensure I got the school and my birthplace as accurate as I could, I wanted the cover to be simple, nothing over-the-top. I wanted to emphasize the characters and their closeness to the school.
What was even more important to me was to show my characters. It was crucial these men, both of whom are black, were prominent and foremost in readers’ minds. My wonderful cover artist Brooke Albrecht was so helpful in making sure that everything about this cover centered on my characters—from the font to the coloring. She was also so patient with me, and I can do nothing but thank her for gifting me such an accurate visual representation of these men and their life together.
Cy Blanca has enjoyed words since she was in elementary school. They hold magic powers for her, and she loves playing with them to see just what they can do. She got her degree in English poetry, but she’s been doing mostly editorial work for online magazines YAM Magazine, Rock ’N Seoul, and SeoulBeats (yeah… she loves Korean music and gets to interview folks and write about it). She’s exceptionally blessed to actually be able to do exactly what she went to school for, and fiction is a new avenue she’s trying to explore. Hopefully she can make some magic happen with the words she’s been in love with since she was in elementary school.
She’d love to hear from people who want to know a bit more about her, or just want to become homies.
You can reach her on Twitter: @madcywhite
You can also reach her on Instagram: @mindless_cy
(For K-music related fangirling, venture over to @mindlesscy if you dare.)