Best of the Net 2018 Finalist!

Many many thanks to the wonderwomen at SWWIM for nominating my poem, “I Want Some Land,” for Best of the Net 2018, and thanks to Sundress Publications for naming it a finalist!

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.

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"Cocoplum" on Aquifer!

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!

Not Cocoplum, but similar

Not Cocoplum, but similar

Emotive Fruition + Radiolab: Elemental Poetry for the Masses!

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?!)

Best New Poets 2014 Nomination!

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:

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Reading in Los Angeles

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).

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Failing Famously

I'm in Conduit's 25th issue! The magazine just posted the contributor list for its blockbuster compilation of poems about failing, failures, and ways to fail:

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.

Holy guacamole.

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I'm in Weave

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.

Headed West

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.

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Upcoming Publication in Rattle/Pushcart Nomination for 2015!

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: 

I'm very grateful to Tim, Alan Fox, and everyone at Rattle for their support of my work. This kind of encouragement really means a great deal to an emerging writer. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Rattle community of poets. Follow them @rattlepoetry and at