Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I found out on Saturday that my second book The Crimes of Clara Turlington (formerly titled Butter Sad) is a semi-finalist in the Pamet River contest at YesYes Books. This is the eighth time the book has been named a finalist or semi-finalist in book contests.

On March 8th, Jennifer L. Knox, Blueberry Morningsnow, and I were the judges at the Poetry Out Loud state finals for Iowa. It is always really fun to hang out with Jen and it was great to meet Blue.

It is the time of the year when writers recently accepted into MFA programs make decisions about where they will go in the fall and people have been asking me about the NEOMFA Program. Talking to people about the NEOMFA is making me miss Mary Biddinger even more than usual! I can't wait to see Mary at AWP!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter (Sigh)

I'm trying to decide if I want to cut my hair and if so, how much. Yesterday morning I took these photos before I left the house to go teach. I laughed when I looked at them because they are so obviously pictures taken in the wintertime. (Sweater, pale skin.) Oh, winter.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Finalist Again

My second full length manuscript The Crimes of Clara Turlington (formerly known as Butter Sad) is a finalist again.

I'm ready for spring break.

Next weekend Poetry Out Loud is happening (the state finals for Iowa) and I'm one of the judges.

Here's the info if you want to check it out:
Iowa Poetry Out Loud State Contest
Sunday, March 1, 2015 (snow date March 8, 2015) | 1 pm
Iowa State Historical Museum
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0290
The Iowa State Poetry Out Loud Finals are free and open to the public. 
Please plan to turn off your cell phones.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Two Poems in the New Issue of Painted Bride Quarterly and Two Poems Forthcoming in Superstition Review

I have two poems in the new issue of Painted Bride Quarterly. You can read them here and here.

I found out almost a week ago that I had two poems accepted by Superstition Review. The issue will be out this spring. The magazine has an iTunes channel so I'll be either making a video or audio recording for that.

Also... Lately some people have been asking me about this (and the internet can be a strange place) so I thought I'd mention it. I don't have/use a lot of usual social media (facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, etc.). I post things on this blog and have a website. I have some poetry videos on YouTube. I do have google plus and linkedin. My book Inappropriate Sleepover has a site and the url of Dressing Room Poetry Journal's site is still the same. (Visit Dressing Room at the AWP bookfair in April!)

Valentine's Day was this weekend and kitschy things were happening.

So much to do this week...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Two Poems Forthcoming in Verdad

This past Saturday I had two poems accepted by the journal Verdad. I'll let you know when the poems are out.

I've been having insomnia and weird dreams this week. It might be because of the bad winter weather and the trucks beeping and shoveling snow on my street in the middle of the night. It might be because I watched Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the first time last weekend. You can't unsee that one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two Poems Forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly

I found out early this afternoon that I had two poems accepted by Painted Bride Quarterly. I'm very excited about this! The journal has such a cool history.

I can't believe this is only the second week of the semester... I need more caffeine.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cider Press Review Book Award Finalist

My second full length manuscript The Crimes of Clara Turlington (formerly known as Butter Sad) was a finalist in the recent Cider Press Review Book Award contest.

The manuscript has been a finalist or semi-finalist six times now. Thanks to the presses that have shown interest in it so far!

On Wednesday I am going to see All About Eve at Cinemark/Movies 12 in Ames. Bette Davis on the big screen. I can't wait!

Three Poems Forthcoming in Chiron Review

I found out yesterday that I had three very new poems accepted by Chiron Review.

Here's some information about Chiron Review from the journal's website:

Chiron Review presents the widest possible range of contemporary creative writing – fiction and non-fiction, traditional and off-beat in an attractive perfect-bound digest format, including artwork and photographs. Each issue will have news, views and reviews of interest to writers and the literary community.

Past contributors include Charles Bukowski, William Stafford, Jan Kerouac, Marge Piercy, Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel, Edward Field, Elizabeth Swados, Antler, Robert Peters, Lesléa Newman, Lyn Lifshin, Erskine Caldwell, Janice Eidus, Felice Picano, Will Inman, Richard Kostelanetz, d.a. levy, Lorri Jackson, James Broughton, Wanda Coleman, Charles Plymell, Hugh Fox, Charles Harper Webb, Quentin Crisp, S.A. Griffin, Michael Xavier, Tony Barnstone and a host of others, well-known and new.

Chiron Review is indexed by Humanities International Complete. Issues 18-81 were indexed by Index of American Periodical of Verse. CR is microfilmed by ProQuest, Ann Arbor, Michigan and its archive is housed at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Literary sass, yes. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Inappropriate Sleepover Excerpt (3 Poems) Featured on Extract(s)

Inappropriate Sleepover is featured on the literary blog Extracts(s). You can check it out here.

There will also be an interview with me coming out on Extract(s). I'll let you know when it's out.

Thanks to the editors!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Some December Photos

December 8th:

December 14th:

Yes, I took a selfie...
...wearing antlers...

I'm so excited for Christmas!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Poems in the New Issue of Anthem Journal

It looks like the new issue of Anthem Journal is out now. The theme of the fall issue is "Day of the Dead." You can read my poems here and here.

Anthem Journal published two of my poems in their summer issue. The theme of the issue was "Heat." You can read those poems here and here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I am so excited for Thanksgiving. Hoping to sleep a lot. Or more than usual...

Reading in Des Moines later this month.

It's sweater dress season.
Rush, rush.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Poem in Ping Pong & Dressing Room Poetry Journal at AWP

I have a poem in the newest edition of Ping Pong. You can order copies here. The issue is awesome!

Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be at the AWP Bookfair in 2015! Visit Dressing Room at table 854.

Congrats to Dressing Room contributor Michael Patrick Collins! His book Psalmandala is now available from ELJ Publications. Order it here.

Here I am on Election Day. It was a warm day. Probably the last warm day we'll have for a really long time...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3 Poems Forthcoming in Lemon Hound & Oct. 18th Photos

I found out this morning I had three poems taken by Lemon Hound. I'll let you know when they are out!

Here are some photos from Saturday.

Patrick Stephenson
Katrina Wollet

Brian Beatty
Ashley Cardona
Eliese Goldbach

Meg Johnson

Ria Misra, Ashley, Meg, Katrina, Patrick, Brock Petrie

P.S. Congrats to Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor, Ha Kiet Chau, on the release of her chapbook, Woman Come Undone, out from Mouthfeel Press! You can order a copy here. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


If you are looking for a library copy of Inappropriate Sleepover, the libraries where you can check one out/get it through interlibrary loan (that I know of) are the Iowa State University library (Parks Library), the Ames (Iowa) Public Library, and the Williamsburg (Iowa) Public Library. Of course, it can still be ordered from the press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

This past week, the Octagon Center for the Arts started selling copies of Inappropriate Sleepover. It's cool to have copies of the book in such a lovely space.

Over a week ago, I found out that my second full length manuscript Butter Sad was a semi-finalist in the Press 53 competition. Butter Sad has been a finalist or semi-finalist five times now. I'm glad various presses are connecting with it.

On May 3rd, I will be reading at the Taproom Poetry Series in Lawrence, Kansas with the wonderful Jennifer L. Knox.

I'm reading in Minneapolis in less than two weeks.

Things have been so busy lately that I feel a little bit like this.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review in Flyway

There is a new review of Inappropriate Sleepover that just came out in Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. You can check it out here.