“Perhaps the World Ends Here”: Reflections on a Favorite Poem by Joy Harjo
I’m so grateful to have a blog post live at The Arizona Poetry Center’s blog, 1508, about one of my favorite poems. We recently welcomed Joy Harjo into the role of US Poet Laureate, and so in celebrating her, here are some thoughts on her poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here.”
We sit at the kitchen table to unload our heartache, to bandage our cut fingers, and to slice vegetables. We brush the crumbs away, refill our cups, and open mail. After all, the kitchen is a space of ritual; of sharing and nourishment. It is the space where change is born through the nurture and passing of knowledge from generation to generation.Click through to 1508 for the full post.
Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry
The anthology Catherine Moore and I have edited is out now from Liminal Books! This extraordinary collection brings together poets writing in the fabulist tradition: fable, myth, fairytale, or magic. Both an introduction to and a survey of the ways women poets reclaim the domestic sphere and define a genre, poets representing all regions of the continental U.S. and abroad spanning four continents find home here. Contributors include Kelli Russell Agodon, Jennifer Givhan, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Carol Guess, Akua Lezli Hope, Colette Inez, Melinda Palacio, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, Cecilia Woloch, and many others.
Carmen Maria Machado, multi award-winning author and Guggenheim Fellow, says, “Every page of Fiolet and Wing brings some new magic: birds and blooms, fairy tales and fabulism, the border between the domestic and the wilderness, the dream and nightmare of womanhood, the home as prison and liberator. I love these fierce, vibrant, luscious poems.” Get your copy (print and e-edition available) here!
New Poem in Zocalo Public Square
It did not win the annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize, but it was chosen for publication! Read “No Books Would Tell Us Our Stories,” a poem documenting a few moments of childhood in Possumtown, here.
New South 2019 Poetry Prize Announcement
I am honored to be awarded the New South 2019 Writing Contest Poetry Prize! About my poem “Bloodline,” Natalie Eilbert says: “The difficulty in contrapuntals is the planning it requires, understanding already the full breadth of its shape, knowing—at least in an abstract sense—its tenor and melody. It's a metaphor reverse engineered, operating in threes. I love "Bloodline" because it offers this difficulty with control, ease, and finesse. We feel its origin story in the chasm of meaning, between "I was born" and "guilt, skinned," between "a rib, a dozen ribs" and "a sonnet of bone caging." This poem's quest for meaning makes the contrapuntal a perfect form; our names grow beyond what we are called, we are the subversion of our identifiers, and this is what charges our anger and our love for a deity, a figure that looms beyond our names. This poem is also its resistance to any one fixed metaphor. We watch as they deny their own guesswork, then double-down on it: "womb, a bat, no a"...The womb cannot be a bat, we see this in the real time of the poem. It can be either "a / colony of bats" or "a / whole sky of bats." Better yet, The womb is the single bat, the colony, and the entire contents of the fluttering bat sky. It is the electability of this poem that brings us to earth, where it beholds a beautiful, terrifying future.”
This poem is in fantastic company. Check out the Finalists and other winners here.
Little Red Riding Poems
Visit 1508: A Blog Where Poetry Lives to read about Little Red Ridinghood and how she finds her way into contemporary poetry by women writers like Jennifer Givhan, Vievee Francis, and Sally Rosen Kindred. Special thanks to the University of Arizona Poetry Center for giving this little essay a home!
Three New Poems in Menacing Hedge
“A Short Narrative of an Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbits,” “Possum Sapphic,” & “Possum Women” are in fantastic company in the latest issue of Menacing Hedge!
CD Wright Women Writers Conference 2018
I’m excited to be joining the CD Wright Women Writers Conference in Conway, AR on November 10 to both present on ways women use the fairy tale in contemporary poetry, and to read selections from my long poem, “From The Book of Red,” which won Second Place in the 2018 Nan Snow Emerging Writer Awards! More info can be found here.
Best New Poets, 2018
Nasty Women Reading, Tennessee Williams Fest 2018
You can hear me read along with other nasty women poets here!
Announcing Two New Fellowships
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.
"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!
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!
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.
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.
Guest Blog on Mockingheart Review Now Live
Many thanks to Clare L. Martin for inviting me to think about how fabulist elements can help a writer tackle difficult subjects! Now live on the Beats Blog here.