• Iowa Bird of Mouth Project

    I just submitted a robin poem to this cool project, Iowa Bird of Mouth. IBOM is an online crowd-sourced poem honoring twelve Iowa birds between September 2016-August 2017. They seek the words and stories of bird lovers, bird watchers, writers, artists, musicians, teachers, students, scientists, non-profits, federal and state orgs, environmental stewards, and nature lovers from around the world—regardless of age, education, publication history, location or writing style. Text in the poems is open source and available to visual artists, musicians, other writers, orgs, etc. for use in creative projects. I just happened to have a robin paradelle hanging around (though the site couldn’t accommodate my lineation, but whatevs). Maybe you have a robin…

  • Plath Poetry Project Publications

    I’ve been involved in a new writing project that started in April, inspired by the poems of Sylvia Plath. The charge is to write a poem on the same day Plath did during the last year of her life, between April and February, using her poems as sparks in some way. Thanks to the editors of the Plath Poetry Project, M.J. Arlett and Leenie Moore! It’s gotten me writing for the first time since last fall, which hasn’t been convenient while still teaching this semester, but it did result in two poems being accepted for publication in their monthly retrospective. The first one, “Trigger,” was written in response to Plath’s “An Appearance.” My…

  • A poem of mine is out this month in Virga!

    My poem “Hurricane Necklace” was just published in the inaugural issue of Virga Magazine. It’s addressed to my daughter, for an in-between time we shared over twenty years ago, and it is also for my husband, who created this game with her.  

  • I’m thrilled to have a poem in the new issue of Mom Egg Review!

    I’m excited to announce that my poem “Malum” is being featured in the latest issue of Mom Egg Review. Mom Egg Review Vol. 15 is a unique literary collection about motherhood. MER is about being a mother in its many varieties; it is also about being a daughter, worker, partner, artist, a member of cultures and communities; MER explores how these identities can collide and coexist. The writers in MER consider the body, work, family and societal roles, sex, local and global crises, and making art. The stories and poems—intelligent, irreverent, lyrical, funny, sharp—cast light on the multifaceted life experience of motherhood, and out from it. The issue launches this April, but…

  • I have a poem up at Radar Poetry!

    My poem “Dressing the Wounds” has just been published at Radar Poetry, accompanied by a recording of me reading the poem and by the painting “Fall Birches,” done by my friend and former colleague Joyce Hayden. The poem addresses, in part, what happens when the unspeakable is spoken. It may be a universal experience to find yourself in the aftermath of a fight, having said something that feels like it crossed a line. How do you recover with someone you love when you’ve traveled together to the edge? It’s incredible how we can mend when we feel broken; how imperfect we can be in love, yet how strong love can be in spite of that.…

  • Queen of Cups literary magazine is featuring two of my poems this week!

    So happy to have two pieces musing on wedding dresses posted today in Queen of Cups, a cool publication created by my friend Sarah Sousa. Weekly issues of the magazine feature one contemporary writer matched with an eclectic image and a tarot card, which Sarah pulls and interprets, both for writers and artists, and in general. I got paired with “Strength” this week! Consider reading and sending your work too.

  • Post-election: Striving for the potential power of listening and empathy

    I wrote a guest column that was published today in the opinion section of my local paper with the intention of encouraging listening and finding empathy with those who may think differently in order to promote dialogue, discourage hypocrisy, and hopefully work toward affecting change. It’s not the most important voice, nor does it say all I want to or think, but I’m including it in case folks have the time or inclination to read.