The end of the semester would’ve been busy enough, but we’ve also had my spouse’s surprise cancer, surgery, and chemo treatments. Although April and May haven’t been the most productive writing and publishing months for me, I do have some good poetry-related updates.
The PCA/ACA conference was wonderful as always. I loved seeing all of the poetry presentations and sharing poems from Tasty Other. I was also honored to receive the Felicia Campbell Area Chair Award!
I got to read on April 19 at the New Alchemy Poetry Series, which is newly relocated at Lestat’s West. What a cool venue, and what a great night of sharing my poems and hearing others read during the open mic.
In May, my poem “The Book of Icons” from my Bible word banking project was published in Unlost Journal.
This week, Tasty Other turned 6 months old! I joked about doing a mock-baby photo shoot with a chalkboard of fun facts about the book, but I’m not that silly (or perhaps I just don’t have the time right now… I am that silly).
Next up: I’ll be participating in a local author book signing this coming Friday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty Station, Barracks 16 (co-sponsored by SD Writers, Ink and Comickaze).
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!