Tomorrow I’m heading to Minneapolis for AWP. If you’re headed that way too, say hello, show me your nail polish, tell me what you’re reading. I’ve been once before, in 2012, so I still feel like a bit of a newbie to the whole thing. These are some things I will be doing if you would like to say hello.

Thursday evening I’ll be attending the offsite reading for Black Lawrence Press, The Spoon is Too Big

On Friday afternoon, I’ll be hanging out at the Gold Wake Press table (table 1727) from 3-5. There will be copies of Wilderness Champion for sale, as well as the other wonderful titles from GWP.

On Saturday night, I’ll be reading at the Big Lucks/Magic Helicoptor/Black Cake extravaganza.

Looking forward to seeing friends and making new ones and buying all the books and journals and chapbooks. See you in Minneapolis, friends! Oh, and here’s Hester blessing my books and wishing everyone a wonderful AWP.

“Assemblage Best Seen” in Best of the Net

The 2014 Best of the Net Anthology from Sundress Publications went live today. I’m thrilled that my poem “Assemblage Best Seen” was selected by Kathy Fagan to be included. Enormous thanks to Mark Cugini and Big Lucks for publishing this poem in the first place and nominating it for the Best of the Net Anthology, and to the readers, judges, and editors at Sundress. You can read the whole anthology here.

Things I’ve read lately and am currently reading include: Sarah Gerard’s Binary Star, Sarah Jean Alexander’s Wild Lives, some poems from Roethke’s Collected (maybe it will bring the spring for good? and death. and roots. and earth-stuff), and Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation (whose structure and logic make me think of Renata Adler’s Speedboat, which I kind of now want to re-read, which I kind of always want to be reading and re-reading.)

Since we last spoke, Wilderness Champion made its way into the world. I had fun chatting with Emily Coon about the book for the PANK blog. We discussed important things like the craft, dreams, and animals wearing clothes…all of which somehow belong together.

This summer was a summer of firsts. I cooked and ate my way through a CSA share from one of Ithaca’s local farms. (I had some help from Dave and we got up to the farm a few times for some you-pick flowers, tomatoes, and herbs.) I made homemade pickles and even tried some canning, so when winter comes we won’t have to miss the awesome produce too hard.

I also received the happy news that my first chapbook–Here is my adventure I call it alone–will be published by dancing girl press in early 2015. I’ve got a lot of love for the presses that commit to publishing chapbooks, but dancing girl holds a special place in my heart because it was one of my earlier introductions to chapbooks.

Some new poems have appeared in a few publications online, a poem from Wilderness Champion was featured on Verse Daily, and I have a few other things in the works.

Also, I have an office in the apartment that Dave and I moved to this summer. It’s a pretty awesome space.

Wilderness Champion Released!


I’m super excited that Wilderness Champion is now available for purchase. If you’re looking to purchase a copy, check out the Gold Wake Press books page. I hope you’ll also check out Gold Wake’s other titles and maybe add a few to your stack of summer reading. I will be reading in Ithaca on Sunday, June 22nd at Buffalo Street Books and I hope to add a few more readings to my summer.

I’m also stoked to spread the word about Literary Mothers, which launched on Mother’s Day and continues to blow my hair back. The site is updated daily with thoughtful and interesting essays by writers on their favorite women writers, or “mothers.” Added bonus: LM made it to Buzzfeed. Check out Literary Mothers here.

Phantom Limb, Wilderness Champion, and Party Fawn

The last few weeks have seen some really exciting things. 

On April 19th, I hosted an event called Party Fawn Salon at Lot 10 in Ithaca. It was a lot of fun to read with Hajara Quinn, Kit Frick, and David Nutt, and to hear awesome live music from the Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band. The hope is to turn Party Fawn into a regularly occurring series of parties, a few readers and a band. I don’t mind if it changes location or if I’m hosting in my living room. It would be great to see it happen more often.

Phantom Limb‘s latest issue was released and it’s a beauty. I’m honored to be in such wonderful company and that interview with Jean Valentine is so thoughtful and expansive. Just rad.

Last but not least, I received the news that Wilderness Champion is on its way to online booksellers, so it should be available soon.

Also, we had a terrible thunderstorm the other night in Ithaca. 

Love for Girl Canon

I’ve seen links to Girl Canon pop up on my Facebook newsfeed several times in the past few weeks and I think it’s a wonderful thing. Inspired by n+1’s book No Regrets, Girl Canon encourages female writers to send in their canons. Most writers pair each book in their canon with a brief description, or an anecdote about when they first encountered the work. Have your “To Read” list handy when you visit Girl Canon, because you’ll be adding to it. (Or for those people who have read everything ever written, a “To Re-Read” list.) 

It’s a somewhat gloomy first day of spring in Ithaca, but I came home from work to the news that a few of my pony pieces are live over at Juked. That definitely brought the sun. 

You can get some pony times here

I also want to mention that if you have a shorter manuscript (under 60 pages), Gold Wake Press has a new imprint, Light Mansion. Check out a few of Gold Wake’s titles and send something awesome their way.

If you have a longer manuscript, Black Lawrence Press is accepting submissions for the Hudson Prize until March 31st. Send us your rad work.

Happy spring.