I am so happy to be finding a home in the Miami writing community. It’s a wondrous (and terrifying) place to live, and I’m really grateful to the artists who are working to make it a wondrous place to write, especially Catherine Esposito Prescott and Jen Karetnick of SWWIM.
The good people at Aquifer, the online offering of The Florida Review, have published my poem, “Cocoplum.” This poem is a special one to me. It’s one of the first poems that I wrote in graduate school in which I felt really confident. It’s about the strange neighborhood in Miami that I grew up in. I hope you enjoy!
I was really happy to receive a contributor copy of the beautiful 2017 issue of RHINO today. I have a poem called "The Mosquito Bite" that I'm really proud of in this issue. And I'm thrilled to be published alongside a roster of really excellent artists, including my fellow Floridian Lola Haskins, who I saw read at the Betsy Hotel on South Beach recently as part of the excellent SWWIM Poetry Series.
I've been totally slacking on updating this blog for about two years now--basically since our son was born. My production has slowed considerably since I became a parent, but I think the quality may have improved. I certainly have to manage my time better. In the intervening years since the baby was born, I've published infrequently, but I've been honored to be among the finalists for the 2016 Sonora Review poetry contest and a semi-finalist for Nimrod International Journal's 2016 Pablo Neruda Prize. Why haven't I mentioned any of this? Mainly because I go to bed at 8:30 every night.
I'm very happy to share that "The Mosquito Bite" is a finalist for the 2017 RHINO Founders' Prize. It's about Zika and climate change and parenting-related anxiety--topics very much at front-of-mind-these days, since I trucked my little family down to my South Florida hometown. I hope you enjoy it.
So thrilled and honored to be participating tomorrow night in Emotive Fruition + Radiolab:
Elemental Poetry for the Masses! My poem "Calcium," written shortly before my son was born, will be featured in this innovative and hotly-anticipated (seriously! It's sold out!) live poetry event. The guys from Radiolab will be there recording and making chit-chat with the poets and the actors. I'd say "come on out," but it's sold out (what?!)
I just received my contributor copy of Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres, a new textbook from Oxford University Press. This was such a cool project to work on--really exciting to have contributed to a new teaching tool in creative writing. I'm very grateful to editor Lisa Roney for selecting my sonnet, "Moving Song." It's a true honor to have been included and to have my work introduced to young writers alongside so many literary greats.
I got some wonderful news back in January that I've been waiting for permission to share: my sonnet, "Moving Song," will be included in a new creative writing textbook forthcoming from Oxford University Press USA! Huge, huge. The book will be called Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres, and will be edited by Lisa Roney. It's scheduled for publication in December of this year. It sounds awesome, and will be chock-filled with the work of poets and writers I deeply admire. Truly exciting stuff.
The good people at Rattle have shown me incredible fellowship and support once again, this time by nominating "Crown for a Young Marriage" for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology. This year's judge is Dorianne Laux; I hope she digs it! I know I've said it a million times, but I feel so fortunate to have fallen in with the Rattle crowd. I'm excited to meet editor Tim Green in Los Angeles May and to thank him in person for championing my work. And the kind emails I've received from the magazine's readers have blown me away. It's really wonderful to know that people from all over the place are reading my poems and finding them meaningful.
Ok, enough feelings. Here's a picture of me on the bus dressed as a hot dog:
Today I got the exciting news that I've been accepted to the 2014 Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop at Reed College in Portland, OR! I am beyond excited. The poetry faculty this year includes Mary Ruefle, Kevin Young, and Matthew Zapruder. I'm not sure yet who I'll be taking workshop with, but with a roster like that I'm sure I can't go wrong.
I'm giving a reading in LA! I'm taking part in Rattle's Spring Reading Series on Sunday, May 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. My fellow readers are Love Poem Issue contributors Paula Bonnell and Richard Widerkehr. If you're in the LA metro area I'd love to see you!
I'll be reading my poem from issue #43, "Crown for a Young Marriage," plus some other stuff. I was really thrilled when this poem was accepted for publication. I was pretty sure that no contemporary lit mag would be interested in publishing a crown of love sonnets in rhyming iambic pentameter, so I was especially pleased and grateful when Rattle not only accepted it, but championed it (and me).
Jeremy Adelman, Benjamin Anastas, Greg Bachar, Mary Block, Emma Bolden, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Bourne, Maurizio Cattelan, Dan Chelotti, Paula Cisewski, CA Conrad, Leopoldine Core, Kay Cosgrove, Scott Dolan, Treasure Frey, Ari Feld, Zaccaria Fulton, Carmen Giménez Smith, Andrew Grace, Daniel Hales, Terrance Hayes, Bob Hicok, Lily Hoang, Mark Jenkins, Fred Kahl, Noelle Kocot, Purdey Lord Kreiden, Ted Mathys, Marc McKee, Wayne Miller, Eileen Myles, Tomaž Šalamun, Scott Vincent, David Welch, Wendy Xu, Dean Young.
Was so excited to receive my contributor copy of Weave Magazine in the mail last week. My poem "Lakeland" is featured on p. 11. If you'd like a copy, you can order it here. The Weave community is fantastic--vibrant, diverse, and supportive. And I'm looking forward to meeting intrepid editrix and poet Laura Davis in the flesh at AWP! Great stuff all around. Getting real jazzed for 2014.
I am going to AWP for the first time this year! I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and NYU. Also looking forward to visiting Seattle! I did an exchange program there through the Network of Sacred Heart Schools when I was in the seventh grade, but I haven't been back since. I remember being terrified on the elevator to the top of the Space Needle. To be fair though, I was terrified most of the time. I'm excited to explore the city as an adult, and for some good, lit-nerdy fun.
I recently got some very exciting news! My poem, "Crown for a Young Marriage" was accepted by Rattle for publication in their upcoming "love poems" issue (March 2014). And editor Timothy Green was kind enough to let me know that he plans to nominate my poem for a 2015 Pushcart Prize! My husband Sean spotted this awesome tweet on back in December:
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