All Glitter, Everything
5" x 7"
(Limited Edition of 300)
All Glitter, Everything is a book that has everything and nothing to do with glitter and Kesha. Consider it an exercise in shine theory. It's an entry point to a world where glitter is a verb, noun, and adjective. It’s instinctive and messy and everywhere, much like Kesha.
Kesha is an emblem, indicative of the carnivorous joy of womanhood. She’s every woman cast in every role – a friend, a confidante, a conflict, a resolution. Kesha is sorry. (But Kesha is never sorry.) Kesha is you and me. Each story in this book is emblematic of an inspiring or empowering woman.
All Glitter, Everything is a collection of 50 stories, which graduated from a chapbook of the same name, and a portion of which will be featured in the third volume of The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (forthcoming, March 2015). These are the stories of one woman’s embrace of her whole self and the whole world – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the glittery.
All Glitter, Everything was Laura Relyea’s first chapbook and is her first book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Relyea is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a gold bear head on her mantle named Boris, and [sometimes impertinent] dog named Wolfman Jack. She is the Editor n’ Chief of Vouched Books, and the Managing Editor of Scoutmob. She both fears and respects glitter.
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR ALL GLITTER, EVERYTHING
“All Glitter, Everything is a series of love letters masquerading as adventure stories. Relyea’s Ke$ha can do anything: sing karaoke, survive the zombie apocalypse, wear a derby hat, and get unfathomably drunk. But she also listens, loves, waits and quietly understands. Underneath the careful, lyric language of All Glitter, Everything is a story we all know: a story about our personal heroes—the ones who love to make us laugh but aren’t afraid to see our tears.”
- Aubrey Hirsch, author of Why We Never Talk About Sugar (Braddock Avenue Books)
"Like Ke$ha (the bizarre grit-pop singer with a 140 IQ), Laura Relyea is both super badass and genius—All Glitter, Everything’s sparkly little pieces (poems/prose blocks/hybridites) carry hidden weapons. Alternatively these sentences crack me up, kick my ass, and hold my hand. Who wouldn’t want this Ke$ha—the Ke$ha of this book—as her tag-team partner, doppelganger, fashion consultant, or spirit guide? All things to the book’s I, Ke$ha is a one-woman gang—a community’s best gestures molded into a single character. Wherever Ke$ha and the narrator connect, there are kinetics; when they blow their glitter into our anticipating faces, they cut us with our own emotions, with enough juice to charge a juggernaut: ‘Good thing we are not soldiers, Ke$ha—our unbridled enthusiasm would either get us both mortally wounded or would end every war!’”
- Bruce Covey, author of Glass Is Really a Liquid
"In All Glitter, Everything, Laura Relyea writes: ‘Ke$ha brims with ambition. It rolls and boils over the sides of her kitten-glittered dreams.’ But really, Relyea could be talking about herself here; Ke$ha is merely the pivot for a series of ambitious, passionate love letters to the women she admires most. Refreshingly old-fashioned in its optimism, written in the bling-filled language of our modern pop culture, this book gets into the blood and burns there like a beautiful kitten-glittered dream of Relyea’s own.”
- Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
"There is no other writer I know of that believes in women the way that Laura Relyea does; in their strength; in their resolve; in their capabilities. In these pieces, scars are not reminders of past wounds, but beauty marks, like dimples, or freckles, or a well-placed grey streak in a beautiful head of dark, wavy hair. Her characters are elegant but fierce, fragile as any of us, but fearless and completely unwilling to let life pass them by. The Ke$ha in ALL GLITTER, EVERYTHING is of course Ke$ha, but also every other woman alive today, embodying all of the beauty that Laura Relyea sees when she looks at her friends; her family; herself.”
- Riley Michael Parker, Founder of Housefire Books and co-author of Selfies: a Hashtag Tragedy