I just finished The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune. As always, Klune creates quirky characters that reflect the individuality encompassing our reality. Even amidst the backdrop of a fantastic world, his characters are always grounded and relatable, making the world which they live within feel real. The Extraordinaries takes place in Nova City, where humans with superpowers can… Continue reading Banning books destroys worlds: T. J. Klune’s The Extraordinaries and Moms for Liberty
Bridgit Kuenning-Pollpeter is a mom and writer from Omaha, Nebraska but recently relocated to Urbandale, IA. When she’s not chasing children, picking up messes or reorganizing the house, she enjoys yoga or reading to relax. In her spare time (A.K.A. her dreams) she’s a Broadway star.
Kuenning-Pollpeter is a freelance marketer during the day, a creative writer at night. Her work has appeared in the Brevity blog, The Omaha World Herald, 13th Floor, Misbehaving Nebraskans, Hippocampus, Emerging Nebraska Writers and Random Sample Review. She has her BFA and MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her essay “The Body” was a McKenna Fellowship finalist, and her essay “Imperfection” was a 2020 Best of the Net Nominee.
She is blind and writes frequently about disability. She’s working on a memoir about the disabled feminine experience. With the kids though, expect it in stores in about a decade.
Feeding frenzy: stripping away LGBTQueue rights
Many of us knew in 2017 that an end of era was upon us. We were criticized and laughed at, even by other liberals, for our fear of a right-wing take-over. Comparisons to Hand’s Maid Tale became popular, but eyes rolled hard at this comparison. Referring to certain politicians and leaders as Nazis and fascist were… Continue reading Feeding frenzy: stripping away LGBTQueue rights
Book review of Morris bye Chris Kuell
Book review of Morris by Chris Kuell Morris is a collection of 15 short stories connected by threads of humanity. Chris Kuell adeptly shifts between generations and characters to illustrate the human desire to find love and be loved. From the first paragraph, we know we are in the hands of a wordsmith. His attention to detail is… Continue reading Book review of Morris bye Chris Kuell
Changé: dance and movement after becoming disabled
Changé: Dance and movement after becoming disabled *** this originally published in the 2022 fall print issue of Thiiird Magazine. Ballet dancer Bridgit Kuenning-Pollpeter’s personal experience navigating dance, blindness and chronic pain. Etendre (to stretch) A reach back into the past I remember when my body flowed in graceful arcs, pirouetting towards a distant point. My limbs a… Continue reading Changé: dance and movement after becoming disabled
#Blogjanuary How I’m Brave
I’m brave scrawling these words across the page. Reminding myself of language, I pluck words to find meaning, tone, imagery. I can do this; I do this. My words have power, and I need to express this power. 2022 was oppressive. It stuffed me down a dark shoot, wrestling with fears. I stopped blogging in… Continue reading #Blogjanuary How I’m Brave
Diamonds and pearls: the Met Gala, Kardashians and patriarchy, and everything wrong with this country
I used to be obsessed with fashion. Staring at magazines, learning new trends, it was exhilarating. It also fueled a skinny girls deathly desire to be thin. I watched celebrity award shows and the Met Gala with stars in my eyes. Glittering gowns cascading down red carpets. I dreamed of beauty and pearls and diamonds. Designer… Continue reading Diamonds and pearls: the Met Gala, Kardashians and patriarchy, and everything wrong with this country
Believing something doesn’t make it true
Since the beginning of Covid, we have seen cases of people wanting to believe something that just isn’t true. Covid was out-right denied. Despite thousands dying, its severity was denied. Public health safety measures have been doubted, questioned, debated and completely ignored for years. A couple of months ago, I noticed people who took Covid… Continue reading Believing something doesn’t make it true
I’m back but overwhelmed
I have not posted in weeks. Every Wednesday, I receive a WordPress notification, reminding me it’s time to blog. Every week, I’m determined to post something. But I’m so stressed, so overwhelmed, it’s difficult to unjumble the thoughts in my head. In the last several weeks, so much life has happened, personally and in the… Continue reading I’m back but overwhelmed
The mother curse
I never thought about being a parent; it didn’t cross my radar. I was not the girl who played with baby dolls and planned my wedding at age ten. I built a castle in the clouds, it just never contained children. Despite being raised with patriarchal standards of what women are and what women should… Continue reading The mother curse
Some archaic misogyny #Bloganuary prompt for Jan 23
This is an interview with Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. I sort of thought of the interview with Louie from Interview with a Vampire, and what Rice was doing with it as a plot device. I wanted to highlight something here, capturing Heathcliff’s voice. I don’t think I accomplished what I was going for, but without adieu, here’s today’s prompt.… Continue reading Some archaic misogyny #Bloganuary prompt for Jan 23