Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019! (Writer-in-Residence, Forthcoming Poems)

I meant to blog about this before 2019, but December flew by because of the holidays, then I had some freelance writing deadlines to meet, and now I'm dragging a little because of a cold.

I'm excited to share that I have an upcoming residency! For the month of August 2019, I'll be the writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, Alabama. I'll be staying in the Wolff Cottage. I found out this fall and I'm really excited. The board of directors has already been really welcoming long distance. The Emeritus board members are amazing too, and include Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump, and Sonny Brewer, the author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park. The first writer to stay in the Wolff Cottage was Rick Bragg in the spring of 2004. I am so looking forward to getting lots of work done and exploring Fairhope.

The day after Christmas I had a poem accepted by Hobart. It is scheduled to come out in late March. I am really looking forward to this particular poem being published, but I don't want to give away too much about it before it comes out. It's very different from the poems of mine they published in 2013.

On December 30th, I had a piece taken by Maudlin House. It comes out January 17th. So soon! This piece could be considered flash fiction or poetry or a monologue. It might be the craziest thing I have ever written, and I'm pretty sure I've never said that before. So... Brace yourself? Maudlin House published a poem of mine, "Betty White," in 2016.

About six months ago, I had two poems accepted by MAYDAY Magazine which is published by New American Press. The poems will be in the Speculation issue, but I'm not sure when the release is. I wrote these two poems about a year ago. I guess I would classify them as Trump era poems, although they are not directly about Trump or the GOP, etc. (Gross.)

In the final months of 2018 I continued on with my secret/"secret" nonfiction project. One essay was recently on a Best of 2018 list. The year before, a different essay was on a Best of 2017 list. (I know that's vague. Maybe I will eventually write more about it on this blog.)

Happy 2019!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I got my hair cut for Thanksgiving. I don't think it has been this short since the mid-90's. It feels really good. Happy Thanksgiving Eve!



Sunday, November 4, 2018

New Video & VoteVoteVote & Books I'm Reading

Thank you to Vine Leaves Press for this new The Crimes of Clara Turlington video. I'm not sure what the quality of the video will be like on this blog when I post it below. You can also watch it here or here.





I voted early. Have you voted yet? Vote!

Right now I'm reading Baby, I Don't Care by Chelsey Minnis and Nicole Chung's All You Can Ever Know. I'm really enjoying them both so far. 

I keep forgetting to say that a few months ago (four? five?) I read Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier. It's one of those books that I think everyone should read.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Current Reads

I'm really excited about the books I'm reading right now.

You Play the Girl

Sharp

The House of Impossible Beauties

2666

So far, I recommend reading all of them.

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I'm trying to decide what I want to do with my hair for the summer. Right now, it's really long, and the ends are unintentionally lighter. I was trying to get a clear photo of the length and the ends. Wasn't attempting to look angsty with my head tilted. No filter. I am that pale right now.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Poetry in Sprung Formal

I have a poem in the new issue of Sprung Formal: The Kansas City Art Institute's Literary Journal. Issue XIII is really fun, and even has a poem by Mark Leidner. I've been a fan of Leidner's work since undergrad. I remember being really pumped up about the poem "Charismatic Ambulance Driver." I wish I could have bottled that baby poet excitement so I could douse myself with it now.

The issue is in print and online. You can read it online here. Here's a sneak peak of the print version.








There is a release event tonight in Kansas City.




The Sprung Formal editors are also charismatic ambulance drivers.



In other news, a poem of mine is being translated for the journal Gard. It will be the third time my poetry has been translated into/published in Turkish.

I've also had a few pieces of writing published this year that I haven't shared on this blog because the overall project is its own thing. Just thought I'd mention it because I haven't posted on this blog in a few months.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Interview Out

I answered some questions for Vending Machine Press this fall, and the interview came out last week. You can read it here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Nonfiction (For Makeup Lovers)

Earlier this fall, Superstition Review asked me to write a guest post for their blog. I wrote about a lifelong love of makeup. You can read the piece here. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Mike Pence Watches Me Eat a Milkshake" & "Someday I’ll Love Meg Johnson"

I just realized how late I am updating this blog with these poems.

A few weeks ago, I had two new poems published by Vending Machine Press. You can read them here.

I might be the last person on earth still updating a blogger/blogspot blog.