• 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.  

  • Wanderlust is featuring my poems & photos!

    I’m so excited to have some pieces in Wanderlust, an online journal “dedicated to travelogues, trip reports, photographs and nonfiction essays taken from unique experiences on the road. In these stories there’s an open sense of adventure and innocence, one that takes a personal experience and taps into something universal. A narrative map is the result.” They are featuring three photographs and two poems: “Make Believe” (written about a trip to Rome I took in 2016 with my husband, son, and daughter, who joined us from Turkey where she was on a teaching Fulbright) and “How, Drinking One Monday in Massachusetts, I Remembered What I Felt on the Carrer de Mallorca in…

  • Three of my poems are up in Hedge Apple’s “Mix Tape” issue!

    Over the last weeks I’ve had three poems related to music published in an evolving themed issue from Hedge Apple Magazine – the “Mix Tape Issue.” The faculty and students at Hagerstown Community College, where this publication is based, have done such a cool job curating this issue. Each poem is enhanced by a visual and paired with a song inspired by the poem (and chosen by the editors). I’m so happy with the choices they made for my poems “A New Song” (paired with Plini’s “Every Piece Matters”); “Soundtrack for Growing Up” (paired with “Cemetry Gates” by The Smiths); and “Avian Envy” (paired with “Carolyn’s Fingers” by Cocteau Twins). Of…

  • My poems “The Snail” and “Untethered” are featured in the final Plath Poetry Project Retrospective!

    It has been an honor and an inspiration to write “alongside” Sylvia Plath this last year while participating in the Plath Poetry Project, which followed the poems she wrote between April 1962-February 1963, the last year of her life. One of the coolest things was knowing that I was writing in real time alongside other contemporary poets, all engaged in reading Plath’s work deeply and writing the best we could into the space made after our hearts and minds had been cracked open by her work. Thanks to editors Megan J. Arlett and Ellene Glenn Moore for being the sparks for our tinder, and for curating the monthly retrospectives to…