New Online Workshop: The Contemporary Ode
Starting June 4th, I'll be leading a brand new, beginner-friendly writing workshop online through the Loft Literary Center! Focused on generative prompts, this course will examine how writers have used art as inspiration, and how we can use similar techniques to tell our own stories in poetry and prose, from happy memories to difficult topics. Find out more about this affordable online workshop here.
New Online Workshop: Everyday Ekphrasis
I'll be leading an exciting new workshop online at The Poetry Barn this July! This four-week generative course is a crash course on the 21st and 20th century history of the ode. We will examine the expectations set by titling a poem “Ode” and investigate a diverse selection of contemporary odes, such as those by Fatimah Asghar, Ross Gay, Thomas Lux, John Murillo, Angel Nafis, Sharon Olds, Patricia Smith, and Kevin Young. Find out more info about this affordable online poetry workshop here!
Announcing Two New Fellowships
Nasty Women: Unapologetic Performances at TWF2018!
I'll be joining several amazing poets on stage at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival on Saturday, 3/24 at 1:00 PM! Read more about this fantastic event here.
2017 Charter Oak Award for Historical
I'm so excited my poem "Baroness & The Fountain," about amazing artist & feminist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who may have actually been the creator of Duchamp's famous artwork, The Fountain. Read more about The Coil & see the other finalists here!
2017 Poets on the Coast Fellowship
I'm thrilled to have been selected for the third annual Rich & Russell Fellowship for Poets on the Coast! I've always wanted to go to this writing retreat: great company, great scenery, and a museum writing day--what more could you ask for?
2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize: First Place!
I'm honored to announce that my Little Red Riding Hood remix, "When I Am Red and the Moon, Full" has been awarded First Place in the 2017 Women's National Book Association Prize! Click here for more details.
Two Chapbook Elgin Nominations!
Both Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak AND Lost City Museum have been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's annual Elgin Award for books published in 2015 & 2016! Read more about the prize, and wish these book babies luck!
Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak a Local Bestseller!
I'm thrilled that Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak has been named a 2016 bestseller at local bookshop Tubby & Coo's--and in great company!
Eight Fresno State Alum Release First Books
Jackalope-Girl & Lost City Museum are in great company: this year, eight Fresno State alum have celebrated their first books--a record!
2016 Pushcart Nominations!
I'm so grateful and proud to announce that Porkbelly has nominated my poem "Love Letter to Galileo: Axis" (forthcoming) AND ELJ Publications has nominated my poem "Abandonarium" for the Pushcart Prize! You can read "Abandonarium" where it was first published on Devilfish Review here.
New Blog Post up at "On Place"
"Place lives half in the imagination. We hold place in the palms of memory and expectation; it’s never quite how we remember it or what we wish it. We don’t see the place that’s physically before us but rather what we believe and feel, our experience with place tinted by our emotional memory." --Stacey Balkun, "The Poetics of Place: On Writing Memory as Imagination"
Thanks to Kelly Ann Jacobson for letting me guest blog about writing imaginatively about place on her blog, On Place!
Book Launch Party for Lost City Museum, December 22, 2016
Join me for a night of craft beer, giveaways, and book signings at Demented Brewery in Middlesex, NJ on Thursday, Dec 22 from 6-8 PM! Free and open to the public. 21+. For more information, see "Events."
"Gretel at Menlo Mall, 1996" Wins Second Place
My fairy tale poem has placed second in the SFPA's Annual Contest for a short-form poem. Read the entire poem, along with the other winners, on their website.
Meet Sundress Publications's New Chapbook Series Editor
I'm so excited to be joining Sundress to take on the role of Chapbook Series Editor! Find out more about the press the amazing work we do here.
Poem Feature on Verse Daily!
My poem "Rift" is featured on Verse Daily's Web Weekly! This is one of those dream accomplishments. SO many thanks to Tinderbox Poetry Journal for having faith in my work! Click here to see it, in good company!
Upcoming Online Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry
During the month of October, I will be teaching "Ekphrastic Poetry: Turning Visual Art into Verse" online at The Poetry Barn. Click here for more information on what the course covers and registration info!
BIG News! "Self-Portrait as Surrealist in Mexico (2015)" is a Finalist
"Self-Portrait as Surrealist in Mexico (2015)" is a Finalist for the inaugural Real Poem Prize from Workhorse & Rabbit Catastrophe! Congrats to all the other finalists!
New Review of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak
Gratitude to Tiegan Dakin over at Heart What Art Are You? for writing a beautiful, thoughtful review!
New feature on WTH
Special thanks to Cassie over at Witty Title Here for featuring me this week!
Jackalope-Girl's First Review
Thanks to Tom Holmes over at The Line Break for writing about Jackalope-Girl and adoption.
New interview with Catherine Moore
Check out our dual interview on what domestic fabulism is and our new anthology project on Trish Hopkinson's blog, now live here !
New poem up on Crab Creek Review
My poem "1955," published in the Spring 2016 print issue of Crab Creek Review is now live on their blog, here !
New poem up on Hermeneutic Chaos
Carpe Noctem Interview now live!
The amazing Nicole Ross Rollender asked me some questions about Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak on her blog, Carpe Noctem, here!
Signed copies now available!
Buy a copy of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak from my store and I'll mail you a signed copy.
Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak now available
at dancing girl press! Pick up a copy today!