Thursday, December 26, 2013

Spring 2014

I'm reading with Sophia Kartsonis at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop on Sunday January 19th. Time is TBA. Also going to possibly read for DHP at AWP and for Speak Social in Louisville over my spring break.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Image to Image at Noyes Museum

Very happy to have been asked by Dodge to facilitate a workshop on poetry inspired by paintings. Look here for more information on that program which earns NJ teachers professional development credits. The Noyes is a beautiful peaceful place to be, and I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone who attends.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Review

Thank you so much to Carleen Tibbetts for her review of Manifest in horse less press and congratulations on getting to review for The Rumpus!

Squaw Valley

In the beautiful Lake Tahoe area to attend the Squaw Valley writer's conference. Writing a poem a day then workshopping each morning with some incredible poets and a new teacher poet each day. Karma for all the October Madness assignments I give my students. Mwa ha ha! those students say under a supermoon.

I wish Hillary were here.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Kate and Max Greenstreet on the Conversant

I did an interview back at the end of April 2012 with Kate and Max Greenstreet and finally cut it into a podcast for the Conversant. Listen to it here. You can hear Kate read the dead deer poem, which of course will devastate you in the very best way.

Monday, May 13, 2013


Thank you Laura Straub for your kind review at Noo Journal. I am a fan of the prism, and how.

And thanks to Tony Mancus for his review of Manifest that appears in the new Diagram. That was really kind of you.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

California Tour

Wednesday 13 March 2013
with Kate Greenstreet
Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau Room)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA

Thursday 14 March 2013
with Kate Greenstreet
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Friday 15 MARCH 2013
7:30 pm
with Kate Greenstreet, Sarah Vap,
and Kristen Orser-Krouse
A New Cadence
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Saturday 16 MARCH 2013
5 pm
with Kate Greenstreet
Featherboard Writing Series
Aggregate Space
801 W. Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(entrance on West St.)

Lucky to be reading with all these talented poets.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Manifest is available for purchase from Switchback Books or at AWP Boston at the end of this week. Click here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

On the road

Bruce Covey mit amigarumbi at Emory University
Kate's hair in a bar of sun, on our way to Atlanta
My second book arrived at my friend Heather's house in Tuscaloosa.
More details on how and where to get it coming soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


This meme is going around. I was tagged by Hassen Saker whose upcoming work sounds wonderful.

What is the working title of the book?

Manifest. It’s at the printers, I think, so I guess it’s not really a working title anymore.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

From a collage of images forming in my head while I was in graduate school in Cincinnati. They included St. Francis, some deer, and my mother traveling. In school, we were revisiting British Romanticism in a pretty serious way. I was teaching The Scarlet Letter, and though I have loved many books, I think that one was the true love in my reading life. The notions implied by all these images yielded metaphors seemingly behind my back that came together to form a kind of system of meanings in the book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry/Women’s studies/Anthropomorphized Animals and Vice Versa Studies/Hermit Studies

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Sally Field would play my mom. That was decided and written down in the Book of Decisions long ago. Setsuko Hara would be played by herself or else my eldest niece. Houdini would be played by Casey Affleck because he can probably do sweaty contortionist with a big forehead.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I can't seem to do an answer to this question. (And I guess that *is* the synopsis).

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? 

Probably a year.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The noise in consciousness, the teeming Versailles of the mind hitting a lyric point. That was what I’d hoped for. I think the sublime also snuck in there after I read all the British Romantics.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

It has a love poem about Houdini and restraints in it.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

Harryette Mullen picked it as the winner in December of 2011 of the Gatewood Prize, news that almost caused me to faint. The book will be published by Switchback Books in February 2013. Soon. 

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are: Emari DiGiorgio, Meghan Privitello also available on Twitter , Paige Taggart, Ian Davisson and Soham Patel!