• LINEA Volume 2 Online Readings

    Look at this beauty that arrived in my mailbox! LINEA is a hand-stitched, limited-edition journal of micro fiction (pieces are 180 words max), featuring a letterpress cover and made with love in every way by Simian Press. The picture doesn’t do it justice; inside there is visual and written art, including a gorgeous fold-out set of drawings by publisher Adell Donaghue (made in honor of her sister who died of COVID-19 in 2020, created with brushes made from nature, and harnessing joy in the midst of grief). Deep gratitude to Donaghue and editors Carol Edelstein and Elizabeth George for giving my piece “Grady’s Heart” a home in this jewel box.…

  • “Poet Spotlight” Interview w/Andrea Blythe

    Poet Andrea Blythe featured me in her “Poet Spotlight” this month to discuss my chapbook Dressing the Wounds, teaching, editing, writing community, what I’m reading, and who I recommend others should read (hint, this would be ALL Perugia poets, including our latest poet Jackie Balderrama, and, other current faves: Eve L. Ewing, Marilyn Nelson, and Kwoya Fagin Maples). An excerpt: In response to Blythe’s question “What keeps you writing?” I answered, “It is my primary creative outlet and way of understanding my environment, and my place within that. [What] keeps me writing is both the unexpected beauty and brightness of the everyday as well as the inevitable brinks and plunges into…

  • Emerging from the Rabbit Hole

    This spring found me digging deeply into teaching remotely through COVID-19, and this summer I’ve been learning how to do so more effectively before the fall semester. I’ve also been working on projects for Perugia Press, including editing our latest publication, launching our new website, and working with our first-ever intern. In both of my jobs, much time has been invested in reflection and action in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd and renewed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. Consequently, I have not been focused on highlighting my own work as a writer, but I do have some things…

  • Going Virtual with Emily Dickinson

    Hello friends. It’s been since February since I’ve written here. I’ve been consumed by other things, many of them the same things you have been consumed with as well, I’m sure. My last post was about 6 upcoming readings, only one of which was able to happen before COVID struck. But I wanted to let you know that one of the other five canceled readings has been rescheduled and re-imagined. I’m reading this Thursday, August 6, with Omotara James and Leah Umansky, for the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Virtual Amherst Arts Night Plus. The reading will take place on Zoom from 6:30-7:30 EST. It is free, but you need to register…

  • Some 2020 Readings for My New Chap!

    My first chapbook, Dressing the Wounds, was published by dancing girl press in October of 2019. To keep the celebration going, I’m reading this year in some great places with some great folks! Check out the list below, and check in the “Readings & Events” tab for more details and new additions as I add to this list… * February 11, 7:00-8:30pm: Unbuttoned Series at Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, MA. I’m the featured reader, so come listen, grab a drink, and take the stage yourself in the open mic! * March 11, 7:00-8:30pm: Coolidge Room Collective: A Trio of Local Poets at the Forbes Library, Northampton, MA. I’m thrilled to be reading with local…