Friday, July 18, 2014

Finalist: Butter Sad

Butter Sad (my second full length manuscript) is a finalist again. Very exciting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Austin Weekend

This past Saturday I read with Abbey Chung, Ginger Ko, and Victoria Sanz as part of the SUNCHILD Reading Series. Thanks to Blake Lee Pate and Taylor Jacob Pate for putting together such a great reading. Thanks to Meg McKeon for hosting me in Austin. I've done nine events since the release of Inappropriate Sleepover and they have all been really fun. 

Before flying to Texas:


The reading:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Issue Eight: Dressing Room Poetry Journal

The new issue of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. Issue Eight features poetry by Stephanie Bryant Anderson, Maggie Blake Bailey, Katie Berger, Robert Lee Brewer, Robert Cole & Juliet Cook, Juliet Cook & j/j hastain, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Rebecca Hanssens-Reed, Ted Jean, Jill Khoury, Jean Prokott, and Milla van der Have.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Four Poems Forthcoming in Anthem Journal

I had four poems accepted by Anthem Journal today!

I really like this journal and I really like three pieces they recently published by Nin Andrews. (Of course.)

Two of my poems will be in the summer issue. The theme of the summer issue is "Heat." The other two poems will be in the fall issue. The theme of the fall issue is "Day of the Dead."

I guess if I had to describe the poems forthcoming in the "Heat" issue I would say they are edgy. If I had to describe the poems forthcoming in the "Day of the Dead" issue I would say they are very edgy.

I'm currently reading Flappers by Judith Mackrell.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Butter Sad Update

I found out last Thursday that my second full length manuscript Butter Sad was a semi-finalist (one of the top twelve manuscripts) in the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry contest. I was excited to get this news so soon after the collection was a finalist and honorable mention in another contest this spring. I'm so happy that people are enjoying and connecting with the manuscript.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Three Pieces in Cease, Cows

I have three pieces in Cease, Cows. You can check them out here.

Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor Leah Browning has a new chapbook out from Dancing Girl Press that includes her poem from Issue Four. The chapbook is called In the Chair Museum and you can order it here. There are also broadsides of "Any Day Now" (the poem from Dressing Room) with artwork by Sarah Browning.

Things have been so busy this spring that I have been slower than usual reading and responding to Dressing Room submissions. I am starting to pick up the pace though and I am excited about Issue Eight. I'm flattered by the high number of submissions.

Late night submission reading

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Verse Daily

My poem "44306" from my book Inappropriate Sleepover is featured on Verse Daily today! You can check it out here and here. You can currently see it on the home page and tomorrow you can see it in the archives. Very excited!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Had a great time last night before, during, and after the reading. It was great meeting Rochelle Hurt.
Before heading out
The Big Big Mess Reading Series
One of my favorite parts of the night was hanging out and hula hooping after the reading with Katie Mertz, Nathan Kemp, and Frank Giampietro. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

July 12: SUNCHILD Reading in Austin, Texas

I'll be reading in Austin, Texas on July 12th in the SUNCHILD Reading Series, the new reading series from the magazine Smoking Glue Gun. I'll post more details later.

I'm reading this Friday at Quaker Square.

Saturday I'm reading at The Big Big Mess with Frank Giampietro, Rochelle Hurt, and Carter Strong.

More dates TBA.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Poetry Videos

I've posted a few more poetry videos on my YouTube channel.

As always, I'll keep posting updates on this blog and on my website. I've said it before and I'll say it again... Watch out for catfishing and other strange online behavior.

I have received some very sweet emails from people saying they enjoyed Inappropriate Sleepover. Thanks everyone!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Madison & Columbus Photos (& Next Weekend's Events)

I had a great time in Madison reading for the Emerging Young Poets Reading and doing a reading and answering questions for the poetry class at Madison College. My presentation/teaching at the Columbus State Writers Conference went well. The participants in my workshop were fearless. It was fun being part of the book fair as well. My luggage will be a lot lighter on the way home after selling books. You can still order a copy on amazon if you were unable to buy one at the recent Akron, Madison, and Columbus events. In Columbus, I stayed at The Lofts hotel and when I arrived I found out I had been upgraded to a suite for free. Yes. 


My former teacher, Matt Guenette (Thanks Matt!)

Sarah Levine

My friend Elizabeth's window decals
Late night...
...trench coat party

NEOMFA ladies at the Whiskey Island Magazine table

Next weekend I have a reading on Friday evening at Quaker Square and a reading Saturday evening at Annabell's. (Both in Akron, Ohio.) I have readings and events in different states this summer. I will keep posting updates.