Summer Updates

Well, I skipped winter because there weren't many updates, and spring because there was a pandemic. But lots is happening behind the scenes, such as doing poetry line edits on Continuity with Harper Quinn. This book has been in the works for a long time and I'm really proud of the work that's being done right now with Harper. We've been editing for about an hour at a time for a week or so. Our talks, she in Portland (between work and protests) and me in Kentucky--I call it poetry therapy. She is able to convey the difficult outside reader's view very clearly. Our pro tip to everyone is that if some lines from your poem went viral on Tumblr--they might need to be taken out of the poem. Think about ittt!

At any rate, I'm also pleased to say that the Betweens found a publisher and that edits are also going to be in progress as soon as Continuity goes to the designer.

Meanwhile, I've had some long stewed poems in The Georgia Review, and a poem on the backpage o…

Fall Updates

Marion Bell and I had a great reading with Lee Bricetti and Airea D Matthews at Antidote Books in Putney VT. This reading was sponsered by the Ruth Stone Foundation. Great to read to a full bookstore on a Saturday night. And hanging out with Marion over the weekend as the leaves were turning a little red and a cord and a half of wood got dropped in our host's yard--we felt as Marion said rejuvenated.

The Ruth Stone Foundation will be having an auction to raise money this fall and I'm offering a manuscript consultation as one of the items. I'll post more on this when a link develops. I would love to offer one to an auction customer and one for free to a poet from a marginalized population (i.e. I pay the fee). Stay tuned.

Just over the weekend at the &Now Conference in Bothell, Washington, 1913 Press assembled a selection of dozens of positively scrappy, deadpan, in literal holes in the ground people reading the Muller Report and I was one of them. I think somewhere in …

The Sealey Challenge

Looking forward to spending time this month reading books I haven't gotten around to this year, especially wonderful new books I bought/hoarded at AWP in Portland. It's a great way to explore new work by poets of color and to think about the ways we can speak from our own truth rather than the standards that help us no longer, in life and in poetics. I did it last year and loved it so much and am lucky I have the time to do it. Thanks Ms. Sealey. You can follow people doing this challenge on Instagram at #thesealeychallenge and read some great recommendations here.

On a side note, I did update the blogger template for this blog for fun. It reminds me of the late eighties and orange-y lipstick, old houses in Louisville, oilcloth. I'm closing up the older pages for now and will repost them here or they'll appear on a new blog.

Tomorrow I'm heading to DC for the Asian-American Poetry Festival in DC, sure to be incredible and powerful. It'll be good to see artistic…

Summer Updates

Just wanted to put a summer update out there:

I enjoyed a month residency at Somos Artist House in Berlin. I enjoyed being around multidiciplinary visual artists, living with and exchanging ideas with them. When I was leaving for the residency I had planned to draft two short stories which I did, but it felt more like a time to think over my practices as an artist, the worth of political art and art in general, and ask myself what would I do if I were not a writer? Marcia Vaitsman and I had a great time thinking about games, labor, women and group dynamics around handicraft given my experience with teaching Quilts and her interest in interactive and game oriented exhibitions. I also was so lucky to witness the performative art of Alison Matthews who performed a dazzling one woman cabaret that incorporated ideas from John Berger, Twin Peaks, and her own life. Not to be missed!

The dreamy art of Dongyan Chen amazed me with its interrogation of how we know when we are awake and when we a…

Radiator Press has distribution!

Just wanted to mention that Futureless Languages by me and Austerity by Marion Bell are now available via Small Press Distribution here.

Here are bookstores that currently sell Futureless Languages:


A Novel Idea
1726 E Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Penn Book Center (soon!)
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Mount Airy, PA


Amherst Books (soon!)
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002


Malaprop's Bookstore Cafe
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Labyrinth Books
Princeton, NJ


Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 24th Street
Seattle, WA 98103


Woodland Pattern
720 East Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI


Fork Knife Book
224 Augusta Avenue 2nd Fl
The Dark Side Studio
Kensington Market
Toronto, Canada


University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street
Tuscon, AZ 85721-0150

The book is also available at the Free Poetry Library of Nashville. You can also ask for them to special order it pretty much wherever books are sold as…

Reading in Stockholm

Dear poets in Stockholm. I'll be reading Saturday June 2nd with Agri Ismael at the English Bookshop of Stockholm. Please feel free to drop by and listen. The FB event page is here.

Readings for Futureless Languages

It means a lot to me that Ian Davisson and Ryan Eckes, the Philly poets behind Radiator Press have brought Futureless Languages into the world. I'm focusing my readings this spring in the Philly and South Jersey area. I'm glad to set something up in the fall as well at your school or via Skype farther afield.

Friday January 25th with Marion Bell, Radiator Press launch
Frank O'Hara's Last Lover series
run by Jason Mitchell
Morning Glory Diner, 7PM
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday February 16th
with Alina Pleskova and Berry Grass
A Novel Idea on Passyunk, 7PM
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday March 20th, with the best open mic around
World Above Reading Series
run by Emari DiGiorgio
Noyes Arts Garage, 7PM
Atlantic City, NJ

Tuesday April 2nd with Ryan Eckes and Ian Davisson
Poet and Student Series
run by Maya Pindyck and Nicole Steinberg
Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, 6PM
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday April 6th with *the* Emily August
Big Blue Marble Reading Series
run by E…