• 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…

  • My poem “Pressed Flowers” is in the new Mom Egg Review!

    I’m excited to have a poem in Mom Egg Review Vol. 16, the “Work & Play” issue! My poem “Pressed Flowers” is in the voice of Clara Westhoff, Rainer Maria Rilke’s wife. I read his book Letters on Cézanne, in which he wrote to his wife about the artist, and his own artistic process, while in Paris, away from her and their daughter. While I appreciate Rilke and Cézanne and love reading letters between and about artists, I was most interested in the artist left at home, Clara, a sculptor. I found his words to her often lacking in inclusion, as if there wasn’t room for her work and thoughts…

  • I have a new poem up at Plath Poetry Project!

    My poem “I Bet Beavers Never Want to Live a Different Life” is included in the January Retrospective of the Plath Poetry Project. I was responding to Sylvia Plath’s poem “The Munich Mannequins,” which she wrote on January 28, 1963. My poem, written on the same day in 2018, adopts some of Plath’s structure and the word “glittering.” It’s an odd little duck, in which my friend Kathie and her dog Lily appear alongside Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and beaver lodges.   Photo credit: Bob Arnebeck

  • I have a poem up in the “Pictures” edition of The Ilanot Review!

    My poem “The Finding of Erichthonius”: A Study in Stages is published in the “Pictures” edition of The Ilanot Review! This poem is an ekphrastic response to one of my favorite paintings ever, “The Finding of Erichthonius,” housed at The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. By Peter Paul Rubens, the painting (which is only a fragment of the larger original) takes on the story of the discovery of the snake-legged infant Erichthonius, son of Hephaestus (aka Vulcan) and Gaia. In addition to being intrigued by the Greek myth, most interesting to me is the story of the painting itself, made in 1632-33, but cut into sections and later…

  • My poem “Malum” featured at Trubadour!

    My poem “Malum” (originally published in Mom Egg Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017) was highlighted in the Trubadour newsletter! Trubadour – “the poetry network” – is a start-up created by Rebecca Roach. As she describes it, it’s a space for poetry in a share-and-connect world, a platform for writing and finding poems by contemporary poets. Check out the newsletter for her profile of my poem and for all kinds of interesting poetry news and poems! Thanks, Rebecca Roach!

  • My poem “Ball & Chain” is up at Plath Poetry Project!

    I have a poem up once again at the Plath Poetry Project! My poem “Ball & Chain” is in response to Plath’s poem “Thalidomide.” In her poem, I was drawn to the adjective “spidery,” and to the language of spilled mercury, termination, and violent birth. I also really like her phrase “to carpenter a space”; there’s something powerful about the idea of creating room, physically or mentally or emotionally, though both her poem and mine are ultimately more destructive than creative.

  • My poem “Fawn” is featured in #MeToo online quarterly edition of MER VOX!

    My poem “Fawn” is up at the MER VOX folio, the Mom Egg Review’s online quarterly, assembled around a given theme for each season. The winter 2017 edition was curated beautifully, as always, by Jennifer Colella Martelli and Cindy Veach. This issue is representing the #MeToo movement, and I couldn’t be more honored to lend my voice to the mix of other voices telling our individual yet collective stories.