A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to read from my two chapbooks at Litcrawl, thanks to Robin Ekiss’ generous invitation. I read with three other inspiring poets, Dina Hardy, Sarah Maclay, Amy Maclennan, and Genine Lentine, who also have chapbooks available, and I’m grateful to them for their work: http://litcrawl.org/sf/events/chapher-verse/ I was also very impressed by the gorgeous simplicity of PRESS: Works on Paper (on 24th Street), an eclectic, creative bookstore that sells hard-to-find texts on everything from poetry to 70s Playboy anthologies, along with one-of-a-kind backpacks and stationary. Thanks to the graciousness of PRESS, you can buy my chapbook at this beautiful store.
I am fortunate and thrilled to share that that my second chapbook, in the way of harbors, has been accepted by Dancing Girl Press and will be published in early 2013! I am in love with Dancing Girl’s vivid, vintage aesthetic and gorgeous covers; plus, they publish many inspiring women writers. Please check them out and support them if you have not yet! I am also happy to announce that a few of my new poems are now available at Diagram and Realpoetik! Thanks especially to Lily Brown for all her warm support.
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the readers at the Lone Glen prose night that I curated at the end of July. Matt Martin, Paul Ocampo, and Anna Pulley all gave inspiring and diverse readings: Matt gave us hilarious rules on “How to be an Eccentric,” Paul read image and dialogue rich lines from his moving memoir, and the infamously witty Anna gave us an unexpectedly serious and naked view of unsent love letters she once wrote to a married woman. And the charismatic Rose Tully, often bent over with laughter at her own story, gave us this: “Earwigs”
Join us in our garden from 7-8:30 pm on Friday evening July 27th to hear seductive and scintillating prose from four inspiring, mind-bending writers: Matt Martin, Paul Ocampo, Rose Tully, and Anna Pulley. Expect a prose gamut, including essay, memoir, experimental fiction, and stand-up comedy lines that are sure to bring you to laughter and tears! For complete details, go to LONE GLEN. Please feel free to bring a friend who creates or admires those who do. Meet us at our home at 239 Cotter Street, SF, 94112. We will provide wine, soda, and simple treats but if you have the means or memory, please bring something to share. Don’t forget to bring a coat in case we are blessed with Twainian fog!
Lone Glen is a reading and art series motivated by a love of creative community and a passion for all art forms. We seek to create a space in which diverse artists, writers, and genre bending creators can mingle, share, and inspire.
I love the journal alice blue, with its crisp images and simple, streamlined look. I also love that alice blue has featured poets and poet friends I admire, like Val Witte and and Ed Smallfield. You can find three of my new poems here in Issue 17, with thanks to Amber Nelson and the alice blue staff. For those who are curious, “Eros” was written with two constraints (Petrarchan sonnet and an exercise given to me by Carolyn Forche). Camus’ L’estranger first inspired “The Day Before the Burial,” and “Reconstruction” is based loosely off of engineering notes my partner took during his site visit to Christchurch (after their big earthquake).
I recently reviewed poet Arianne Zwartjes’ first book of poetry, The Surfacing of Excess, winner of the 2009 Blue Lynx Prize. Zwartjes writes with only the most gorgeous excess. You can read my review here, thanks to Issue 19 of Word for Word. I really loved this book!
I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Lindsey Tony Anthony on Sunday morning while the rain pummeled San Francisco. Lindsey interviewed me about poetry, art, and teaching, and she was kind enough to make some sense out of my answers to her daunting (but important) questions. Thanks again for the support, Lindsey! Lindsey writes a fun and smart little blog called “Rewind Revise.” Each Tuesday, she features a different artist that she’s interested in. Scroll down to read about our conversation re: the muse, fear, MFA programs, and my inspirations: “Tuesday Treats with Lindsey Anthony”
I am very excited to receive encouragement from 1913 Press. Fanny Howe selected my first manuscript, honest as any treeless place, as a finalist for their 2011 first book competition. I adore the whimsical and “modernist” flare of 1913. They’ve already published several poets whom I admire (such as Andrew Zawacki). Check out the journal and the blog if you haven’t already:
If you happen to be in the New York area, come check out the Black & White Summer Art Show at BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition). While this show primarily features mixed media art including paintings and sculptures, BWAC will also host my poem, “Inside the Construction: The Brain.” Find my work as you enter the gallery and in the show’s catalog. It’s a beautiful, pre-Civil War era space right on the water. The show’s abstract posits a fascinating view of our primal, unconscious perceptions: