• Two New Publications to Announce:

    I’m honored to have my poem “Tahlequah” published in the anthology For Love of Orcas, a collection that showcases poetry and prose about the endangered Southern Resident orcas and their extended ecosystem. Thanks to editors Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson for making this important anthology. And, I’m so excited to have a poem in the latest Crab Creek Review, always a beautiful publication. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief Jenifer Brown Lawrence and the Crab Creek Review staff. “Wrecked, Off Pavilion Beach” is a piece I started in a workshop with Tom Daley at MA Poetry Festival in 2018, in which we were taking a deep dive into Sylvia Plath’s poem…

  • Poetry Month News, Part II

    Spring has sprung, the forsythia in my front yard are halfway through their weeklong yellow outburst, and I have a few more National Poetry Month announcements regarding publications and public readings this April. As I said in my last post, I’m sharing the pages and stages with many friends and writers I admire, which makes this news all the sweeter. First, my writing partner Elizabeth Paul and I have a guest blog post on text-and-image work up on the See Double Press blog today. See Double is an “independent press dedicated to innovative interfusing of text and image.” The piece references some publications we’ve had of collages and poems from…

  • Poetry Month News, Part I

    April is National Poetry Month, and I am lucky to have several things to announce regarding publications and public readings this month. The best part is that I’m sharing the pages and stages with so many friends and writers I admire.  First, I have a short, ekphrastic fiction piece entitled “Fainting Couch” in the inaugural issue of Linea. Thank you to Editors Elizabeth George & Carol Edelstein and Publisher Adell Donaghue. Check out the website for Simian Press to find out more about this limited-edition gem. I’ll be reading at the launch party for Linea on April 26 from 7-9 at the Northampton Center for the Arts.            …

  • New collaborative poems & collages

    I’m happy to share that some pieces from a collaborative project created by Elizabeth Paul and me have been appearing online this year. Our process involved the exchange of collages we made over the course of a year, along with poems we wrote based on the other’s collages. This became our latest manuscript, Our Edges Away. It was so much fun to work in both text and image and to explore the ways that each of us–and each medium–inspired, intersected with, and interrogated the other. To check out our creations, you can find one collage and its response poem in the “Renewal” issue of petrichor (mentioned in my last post;…

  • Happy New Year News: A Forthcoming Chapbook & a New Collaboration!

    I have two exciting things to share at the start of 2019. First, a college/poem collaboration made with my writing partner Elizabeth Paul is just up at petrichor in their themed issue, Issue IX: Renewal. Liz and I have a new collection created over the course of a year, between August 2017-August 2018. For twelve months, we made collages and sent them to each other. The following month, after receiving each other’s visual work, we’d send back a new stand-alone collage as well as a poem written in response to the collage we’d received the previous month. This pair is the first to be published from our manuscript and features…

  • My poem “The Whale” is “Poem of the Day” at SWIMM!

    I’m honored to have a poem up today at SWIMM Every Day, a journal I really admire. The poem, “The Whale,” was written when I was involved in the Plath Poetry Project last year, writing poems in response to Sylvia Plath’s poems that she wrote in the last year of her life. My poem was written after reading “Daddy,” which Plath closes with, “Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.” Reading her poem, I feel gratitude for my own relationship with my father, for my father himself, with whom I never wanted to be “through” and feel I won’t be, even though he died almost six years ago.  

  • I’m featured in the “Art Maker” column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette!

    I’m grateful to writer Steve Pfarrer, photographer Sarah Crosby, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette for including a profile of me in their “Art Maker” column, up today. Pfarrer also did a review of Perugia Press’s latest book, Girldom, in today’s “Book Bag” column. I enjoyed being able to talk about the work I do with student writers at Westfield State, with women poets through Perugia Press, and about my own work, especially ways I love collaborating and writing in community with fellow writers. Speaking of collaboration, my writing partner Elizabeth Paul and I have just had selections from our manuscript How the Letters Invent Us published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology…

  • Collaborative work is up online at Duende!

    My creative partner Liz Paul and I wrote a book together, How the Letters Invent Us: A Correspondence, composed during our final semester in an MFA program at VCFA and continuing over the following year. The first seven pieces in our manuscript have been published at Duende literary journal in their “August Monthly Spotlight.” How the Letters Invent Us is a collection of hybrid pieces that cross between the genres of creative nonfiction, prose poetry, collaborative work, and the epistolary tradition. We envision our collection as a testament to the importance of forging community as writers, and to the fun that can be had when trust and play join hands on the…

  • I’m reading at White Square Books & the A.P.E. Gallery this week

    I’m excited to be reading twice this upcoming week. Hope to see you there! On Thursday, July 26, I’m reading at 7:00pm at White Square Books in Easthampton, MA with Janet MacFadyen and Sarah Sousa. And on Friday, July 27, I’m reading at 7:00pm at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA with four other poets as part of the art exhibit “Gathering Light.”

  • A poem for my father is up at Literary Mama

    I have a poem up at Literary Mama in their June issue, which focuses on fathers. My poem, entitled “What the Digital Sign Flashed at Me as I Drove Downtown,” was written on my birthday in 2012, a week after my dad told me that his lung cancer had returned, this time in his spine. Only six weeks after writing this, he was gone. I don’t have the picture described in the poem handy, but here’s one of us in 1977 at my grandparents’ house, with me congratulating my father on a running trophy.