I was tagged in the five day poetry challenge where you post a poem everyday for five days. I missed sharing poems over a span of five days, but I have five links to poems below. These poems will give you a tiny taste of what The Crimes of Clara Turlingtonis like.
The Crimes of Clara Turlington is scheduled to be out before 2016! You can see the cover(!) and read more about it here.
Thanks to everyone at Vine Leaves Press! I love working with my editor Jessica Bell!
Vine Leaves Press may or may not have asked me to get a facebook account. I may or may not have created one. I'm better at remembering to post updates on this blog and also on here than other places. I communicate electronically the most with people through texting (lots of texting!) and email (email@example.com). I need to get a new computer so my mind is on that right now.
I have a poem in the new issue of Tinderbox Poetry Journal.You can read it here. I believe the issue just came out today. Thanks to the editors! The poem (and the bio) are from this past winter. I wrote the poem after becoming friends with more people from California this past year. I thought about how much the midwest is part of my identity and how midwestern winters can be brutal even when you are used to them.
This poem might go into my third manuscript. I'm writing new poems, but the third full length manuscript is way in the future. Like, it will be The Jetsons era before it's finished. Or at least that's how it feels.
On Wednesday an article came out in the Iowa State Daily about my second book, The Crimes of Clara Turlington, which is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press. You can read the article here. Congratulations to Stephanie Bryant Anderson who was published in Issue Eight of Dressing Room Poetry Journal. Her first poetry manuscript, Monozygotic | Codependent, will be published by The Blue Hour Press in June 2015. You can order the book here.
I am reading tomorrow (Sunday) in Lawrence, Kansas with Jennifer L. Knox and Rich Smith in the Taproom Poetry Series. You can read more about it here and here and here.
The new issue of Superstition Review is out now. You can read my poems here. There is also a video of me reading the poems on Superstition Review's iTunes channel. You can access it here. My vodcast is #142 and it was filmed March 14th or 15th. I can't remember. I do remember it was the middle of the night.
The news about the new book is still sinking in. I got these pretty flowers from my parents on Thursday.
Congrats to Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor Genevieve Jencson on the release of her chapbook, Lanugo, from dancing girl press! You can order it here.
I am so honored! I'm so excited to work with Vine Leaves!
When I first heard about this contest, I was really excited to enter. I love line breaks, prose poems, writing that doesn't fit into genre boundaries, poetry, nonfiction, fiction... (Can you tell I went to the NEOMFA?)
An earlier version of this book (at the time titled Butter Sad) was my MFA thesis. Halfway through my MFA program, my first book Inappropriate Sleepover was accepted for publication by The National Poetry Review Press and came out during my last semester in the program. (At the beginning of the program Inappropriate Sleepover was my thesis.) When my first book was taken, I started writing a new manuscript. My thesis director was Mary Biddinger. Frank Giampietro and David Giffels were also part of the committee. Best thesis committee ever. I continued to work on the manuscript this year. This fall, I was lucky enough to meet and become friends with Jennifer L. Knox. Jen has been extremely supportive of me during this process which has been so helpful.