I loved being part of the SD Writers, Ink local author exhibit and featuring at the (Not) Dead (Yet) Poetry Society’s reading on February 3 with Ron Salisbury and Anthony Conwright.
I also had a wonderful time as a featured reader for Non-Standard Lit on February 5 with Kaia Sand and Suzanne Stein. (Yes, we had a poetry reading during the Super Bowl. I did read the closest thing I have to a football poem…)
My next local reading will be with the New Alchemy Poetry Series on April 19 at Lestat’s Coffee House.
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).
I had such a great time at AWP! There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by thousands of fellow writers and editors. I got to reconnect with grad school friends and meet some writer/editor friends in person for the first time.
I also got to talk with some of my rockstar poets, including Carolyn Forche and Elizabeth Alexander (pardon the blurry shot).
I participated in the off-site reading “One Poet, One Poem” on Friday night, and it was awesome. I read my poem “God in the Shower.” Thanks to Thom Caraway and Rock & Sling for inviting me!
I also presented in a panel on Saturday called “Wild Equations: A Math Poetry Reading.” I read several poems, including “Week by Week” (my poem that uses the Fibonacci sequence for its line-by-line syllable count). I was so impressed by the work of my fellow panelists and honored to present alongside these intelligent, creative women. Thanks to Carol Dorf and Talking Writing for including me!
I also sold, bought, and traded many books, of course. 🙂
I had so much fun reading from my Bible word banking chapbook, A Door with a Voice, this past Thursday at the PCA/ACA conference in Seattle. It’s a pleasure to hear people laughing at these poems that I feared might be inaccessible to everyone but me! I’m so excited for them to be published with Agape Editions in May.
It was a joy to read alongside incredible poets from all over the world. I love how friendly and engaged the poets and audiences are at the PCA/ACA conference, and I have so much fun overseeing the poetry area. Poetry is clearly a living, vibrant part of pop culture and American culture.
I also had a fantastic time reading from The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman and I Awake in My Womb with Nicelle Davis and company at the Hugo House on Saturday afternoon. We even got to tour the basement and see the baby coffin before the house is demolished and they move to a new space.
Here are the images for my poetry trading card! Nicelle Davis created this card as a ticket for my reading at The Poetry Circus. Join us at the Griffith Park carousel on the evening of February 28. More details here.
I got to visit my poet-friend Nicelle’s class yesterday evening at Antelope Valley College, and her students were so wonderfully engaged and thoughtful in their observations and questions about The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Then Nicelle took me out to a fantastic Thai dinner with two of her high school poetry club students. For someone who loves poetry, people, and Thai food, this was as close to perfect as an evening gets. 🙂 Thanks, Nicelle!
55 poetry presenters on 16 panels over 3 days: 2014 Schedule
I was so busy organizing and attending the Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry sessions at the PCA/ACA Conference in Chicago mid-April that I never posted about it on here. It was fantastic! I fully intended to see more of the city and to take naps while I was on this conference trip, but I couldn’t tear myself away from the poetry panels. I was so impressed with the presentations: readings and performances of original poems, paper presentations, discussions about teaching and community involvement, and more. One of the extra special highlights was getting away from the conference hotel for an off-site poetry event: we saw Kate Gale and Nicelle Davis read at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, followed by a delicious dinner at The Nile Restaurant. I loved getting to know some new poet-friends and getting to visit with some already dear ones.
I look forward to helping poets further infiltrate the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans next year…