Thursday, May 14, 2015

Poems in Lemon Hound, Poems in Verdad

I have poems in Lemon Hound. You can read them here.

I also have poems in Verdad which you can read here.

I had a wonderful time in Kansas. Here's Jen and I getting a shout-out from Jim McCrary.

I hope to have some downtime next week. I really need it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Superstition Review's New Issue, Poetry Video, Reading in Kansas, etc.

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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Second Book: Winner of the 2015 Vignette Collection Award (Book Forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press)

I am happy to announce that my second book The Crimes of Clara Turlington won the 2015 Vignette Collection Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press!

The book was selected by Sara Sargent (an editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and the Vine Leaves editorial team!

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.

I feel extremely grateful.

And feisty.

Very feisty.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AWP Photos

Dressing Room Poetry Journal at the AWP bookfair!

Thanks to Katrina, Gail Hosking, and Vanessa Jimenez Gabb for volunteering at the table! 

I picked up my copy of the gorgeous Painted Bride Quarterly print annual at their booth. Thanks again to PBQ for including two of my poems. 

My Minneapolis friends are amazing. Friends of friends in Minneapolis are the coolest too. At Katrina's...

Yes, I love dresses...

Up next: Kansas! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Poetry Forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal

Just got an acceptance from Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

I want a wall-size "to-do" marker board, but how would I travel with it? So...many...used up...notebooks...taking apartment...

See you at the bookfair!

New Interview Out (& Girl Time)

An interview I did with Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit about my book Inappropriate Sleepover is out now. You can read it here.

AWP being in Minneapolis this year means I get to see Ria Misra and Katrina Wollet!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

DRPJ at AWP, Book Finalist x 2, Forthcoming Poetry, etc.

I recently found out that my second book The Crimes of Clara Turlington was a finalist at Portage Press.

I also recently found out that the book is currently a finalist at Vine Leaves Press. I'm very flattered! 

Today I had a poem accepted by Eleven Eleven.

I was recently interviewed about Inappropriate Sleepover by the wonderful Jenn Monroe for Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit. The interview will be out next week.

AWP is happening soon! If you're at the bookfair, come visit Dressing Room Poetry Journal at table 854! 

Lately, things have been...busy... I'm...tired... I feel a little like this or this. Overdramatic sigh.

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!