Life has been full of the very bad and the very good. I’ll share some of the good…
On Oct. 29, I was a featured reader at the Nevermore Free Poetry Festival in Van Nuys, and it was an amazing experience. Thanks, Nicelle Davis, for making magical things happen. I definitely need more full-day poetry festivals and Poe-inspired costumes in my life. I probably need to wear black lipstick more frequently too…
Photo by Edwin Vasquez
In the last few weeks, I’ve been the featured poet in WTH Weekly (thanks, Cassie Paton!) and A Door with a Voice has received a review in Mom Egg Review. Speaking of Marvels also just published an interview with me about A Door with a Voice with some deeply thoughtful questions from R Vinoshini Naidoo.
I’ve had a few poems accepted for publication in the last few weeks too, which feels great, of course. Thanks, Yellow Chair Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Candlesticks & Daggers!
Next up: Tasty Other, my first full-length poetry book, will be released next week! I’ve been setting up readings and will soon create an Events page with all of my “book tour” information (and I will let myself feel like a rock star for at least a minute).
This was such a fun interview that I did about my forthcoming book Tasty Other (and other poetry-related things). Thanks, Nicole Ross Rollender! Here’s one of my favorite parts…
Do you think poets have a responsibility as artists to respond to what’s happening in the world, and put that message out there? Does your work address social issues?
I don’t think poets have to respond directly to current events, but then I don’t think poems have to have a clear message. Some poems show us an image like a painting. Some play with sound. I do think that creating poems—and any act of artistic creation—is a way of responding to what’s happening in the world regardless of the content of those poems. To say that beauty and art matter in the face of violence and fear is radical.
The past two weeks have been some of the worst of my life. My mother-in-law was killed in a car crash that put my father-in-law in the ICU, and now it looks like he won’t make it either. We are so heartbroken.
I’m thankful right now for any happy news that I can get, and I have three pieces of good poetry news today.
- Five poems from A Door with a Voice were published in Eunoia Review.
- Erika Dreifus posted a review of A Door with a Voice.
- Nancy Chen Long posted an interview with me about A Door with a Voice.
And if you’re interested, you can read the poetry collection itself: A Door with a Voice.
My poem “No Place Like” from The Emerald Issue of the Fairy Tale Review is now available to read online alongside the strangest interview I’ve ever done, which includes my take on a Cyclone Greek Chorus. Take a look!
Here’s an interview up at Poets’ Quarterly with the wonderful Nicelle Davis about The Living Poetry Project. I’m honored to be mentioned in her “currently reading” answer.
If you’d like another behind-the-scenes look at The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman, there’s a new interview with me up today at The California Journal of Women Writers.
Thanks, Jennifer Carter and the rest of the awesome staff of TCJWW! I’m honored to be featured.
In all of the bustle at the end of November (the end of my busiest semester, Granny’s surgeries, the holidays), I completely missed sharing this interview on Speaking of Marvels about my chapbook The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Thanks to William Kelley Woolfitt for curating this interview series and asking interesting questions!
I’m the new featured writer on Editing Addict. Thanks, Billi Joy Carson!
I am the featured poet this fall for Point Loma Nazarene University’s Poetry Day. In addition to some student events throughout the day on Thursday, Sept. 26, I’ll be giving a public poetry reading and interview that evening at 7 p.m. in Crill Hall on PLNU’s campus.
I’m so thrilled and honored to be invited by my alma mater for this annual event, which has featured poets far cooler than me in previous years (Annie Finch and Carolyne Wright were a couple of my favorites).
I’ll be interviewed on The Lone Writer radio show this Thursday evening. Who knows what ridiculous things I might say about poetry… tune in to find out!