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.
4. Reinventing Ever After: Women Reclaim the Fairy Tale: Creative Reading
(Donna Vorreyer, Sally Rosen Kindred, Stacey Balkun, Mary McMyne) 
Traditional fairy tales reinforce stereotypes and gender roles, but when reinvented, they can become vehicles of female empowerment and strength. Melding familiar plots and characters with issues and concerns of the modern age, four poets will read from work that weaves new meaning into old stories, exploring what it means to be both woman and wolf, both girl and witch, both hunter and prey. By bridging the mystic gap between imagination and reality, these poets reclaim the power of the story by being the tellers of the tale, the agents of the moral, allowing these stories to remain familiar while resonating with the challenges of today’s society.

Best New Poets, 2018

“Wolf-Girl” will be published in Best New Poets, 2018. She’s in good company; check out the complete list of finalists here, and learn more about this annual anthology here.

Speculative Poetry: Writing Past the Apocalypse
The Poetry Barn, November 2018

What’s left after the apocalypse? Binary codes, crickets, holograms, hope, tin horses, radioactive wolves, zombies? Since the age of HG Wells, writers have turned to dystopian narratives and imagery in order to make social commentary and come to terms with difficult political atmospheres and at-risk natural environments. From social structure to deep space, contemporary poets have contributed to the genre with poems that speculate on what it looks like to survive after the proverbial “other shoe” drops.

In times of great anxiety, the images and metaphors of our language and writing often focus on the end of days. In this four-week generative course, we will study poems in the apocalyptic canon, including works by poets including sam sax, Maggie Smith, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jamaal May, and Burlee Vang, and dream into the space we need to write our own vision for the end-of-the-world.

November 12-December 9, Online

More information here

New Poem in Thrush

I'm so pleased to have a poem in the September 2018 issue of Thrush! This is a new piece, written during my residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation this summer. It's written after a painting by Kay Sage, and informed by her biography, too. So excited my little poem is sharing space with amazing writers Sally Rosen Kindred and Ross White! Check out the whole issue. It's a good one. 

Nasty Women Reading, Tennessee Williams Fest 2018

You can hear me read along with other nasty women poets here!

Announcing Two New Fellowships

I'm excited to visit the Longleaf Writers Conference as the 2018 Poetry Fellow this May, then join the Wurlitzer Foundation as a 2018 Fellow for the summer! 

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! 

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.

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.