• 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.