Sunday, May 13, 2018

Current Reads

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

You Play the Girl


The House of Impossible Beauties


So far, I recommend reading all of them.


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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Book Review, New Poetry Video, Dance & Fashion Article

A new review of The Crimes of Clara Turlington came out today in Glass: A Journal of Poetry. You can read it here. I really appreciate all the reviews of this book. You can read earlier reviews of The Crimes of Clara Turlington here, here, and here.

I'm in this article about dance and fashion that came out in Racked on February 15th. It's a really fun piece.

Earlier in 2017, Vending Machine Press published some of my poems, and the journal now has a channel on dailymotion. You can watch me read my pieces from VMP here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Book Review, New Poems

There is a new review of The Crimes of Clara Turlington out in the current issue of Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal! You can read it here.

On Inauguration Day, three new poems came out in Vending Machine Press. You can read the poems here.

Another poem of mine is forthcoming in the publication Print-Oriented Bastards.

Am I forgetting anything?

I'm working on new pieces so that's where my mind is right now.

Also... I've been walking around with a shocked look on my face since the election. I'll leave it at that.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nonfiction in Bustle, Reading at Beaverdale Books, and JT LeRoy Madness

This weekend I watched two documentaries about JT LeRoy. When I was growing up, I didn't hear about "his" breakout as a literary star, so I learned a lot of shocking information in one weekend. Author: The JT LeRoy Story is fairly sympathetic to Laura Albert, and The Cult of JT LeRoy is very critical of her. Both documentaries are fascinating on their own, but I definitely recommend watching them together. 

In December I had new nonfiction come out in Bustle which you can read here. It's about late summer 2016.

On Sunday I am reading at Beaverdale Books. Here's the info:



Des Moines will host a Writers Resist Event on January 15, 

Part of a Nationwide Movement to Reclaim Democracy

Des Moines, Iowa, January 4 2017 — What began with an idea on social media by a writer in Florida has spread across the nation to Iowa.  Writers from Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are joining together to host local events as part of  an international Writers Resist movement being held on the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Writers across the nation and Europe will gather as part of a a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. 

The Des Moines event will be held at Beaverdale Books located at 2629 Beaver Ave. from 1-4 p.m. on January 15, 2017. Writers will read from a selection of diverse writers’ voices that speak to the ideals of Democracy, compassion, and free expression. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Internationally published readers and speakers include:

Ned Balbo, Evan Burger of Iowa Citizen Action Network, Paul Brooke, Jim Coppoc, Heather Derr Smith, Marc Dickinson, Meg Johnson, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs of the Catholic Worker House, Jennifer L. Knox, Kyle McCord, Yasmina Madden, Blueberry Morningsnow, Ebonesiah Morrow, Akwi Nji, Jane Satterfield, Brian Spears and Phoebe Wagner.

There will also be an open mic with a five-minute limit.

In Cedar Rapids, the event will be held at Coe College’s Dows Fine Arts Center from 2-4:30 p.m., and at Iowa City’s Englert Theatre from 2-4 p.m.

Poet, and founder of the Writers Resist movement, Erin Belieu, grew increasingly concerned during the recent Presidential campaign over public cynicism and how disdain for truthfulness seems to have eroded democratic ideals. When asked why her initial outreach to fellow writers the day after the election seemed to elicit such a strong response, Belieu, who also co-founded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, said, "Writers are acutely aware when the uses of language are empty.” She continued,

“Whether you live in a red or blue state, or another country that cares deeply about the American experiment, there is no more important battle than our right to truth.” 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pushcart Nomination, New Issue of Dressing Room, Etc.

I haven't blogged in over a month. The aftermath of the election has really been on my mind. I try to keep this blog mostly focused on the arts, so I'll put it this way... The first time I saw this piece I was 13 years old. I think it is always relevant, but it feels especially fitting right now. I also recommend watching this and this. 

On November 20th I read with Jennifer L. Knox and Kyle McCord and we read some of our work as a reaction to the election. 

On November 29 the new issue of Dressing Room Poetry Journal came out. The issue features poetry by Geoff Anderson, Roy Bentley, Ace Boggess, Robert Lee Brewer, Anne Champion & Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Jim Daniels, Holly Day, Riley Gable, Howie Good, Samantha Guss, Katie Irish, Robert Karaszi, Gabrielle Lessans, Marie Marandola, Ken Meisel, Robert Miltner, Hannah Nahar, Rachelle Pinnow, Jackson Sabbagh, John Walser, Laura Grace Weldon, and Francesca Wilkin. You can read Issue Eleven here. Over three thousand poems were submitted for Issue Eleven. Thanks to everyone who sent poems. Also, check out this article about Dressing Room contributor Brian Beatty. 

Earlier this fall, I worked as an external reviewer for University of Akron Press for one of their forthcoming books. I'm excited about their forthcoming titles.

Thank you so much to The East Bay Review! On November 30th I found out The East Bay Review nominated my work for a Pushcart Prize!

My second book, The Crimes of Clara Turlington, will be one year old tomorrow! (Released December 11th, 2015.) 

I hope I'm not forgetting any updates. 2016 has been a strange year so please bear with me.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Vote! (Plus a Poem)

I have a poem in the new issue of The East Bay Review which you can read here.

Please vote if you haven't already. I voted a couple weeks ago.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nonfiction Forthcoming in Bustle (& Other Projects)

I have new nonfiction forthcoming in Bustle. I'll let you know when it comes out! Writing nonfiction is sort of addicting.

Last week I read at the launch party for a new project headed by Jennifer L. Knox. You can read one of the poems I wrote for the launch party here.

On August third I became an aunt. My nephew's name is Elliott. He is extremely cute and cuddly! (I'm not going to post photos of him on this blog though because I believe children should have privacy, especially online. If I wasn't a performer turned writer I wouldn't post very much about myself on the internet. I'm an introvert.)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Nonfiction in The Good Men Project

I have new nonfiction in The Good Men Project. You can read it here.

I really appreciate the response to the essay so far. Thanks so much!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Poetry on Verse Daily

Hey, hey! I was recently on Verse Daily. Thank you to the editors for selecting my poem "Sasha Grey and Megan Fox" from The Crimes of Clara Turlington.

I'm honored to be on Verse Daily a second time. The first time was in 2014 for my poem "44306" from Inappropriate Sleepover.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Poem, New Review, Etc.

A new (and very thoughtful and fun) review of The Crimes of Clara Turlington was recently published in Queen Mob's Tea House. You can check it out here.

I have a new poem published in Maudlin House. You can read it here.

There are currently book giveaways happening on Goodreads. To enter to win a copy of Inappropriate Sleepover go here. To enter to win a copy of The Crimes of Clara Turlington go here.

I have a poem forthcoming in The East Bay Review. It will be out this fall.

More of my poetry was translated into Turkish. (Photos of the Turkish literary magazine at the bottom of this post.)

I recently joined Instagram. (A couple of my Instagram photos at the bottom of this post as well.)

In terms of my Guillain-Barré recovery, things are going well. I recently was able to work out for an hour and today I had my last physical therapy appointment. I still have some pain and some days I am still really tired. The fatigue is worse than the pain at this point. Overall, lots of improvement. It's a slow process though.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Updates (Where Do I Start?)

I am currently recovering from Guillain-Barré. I was admitted to the hospital on February 29 and had IVIG treatments. I was discharged from the hospital in March and recovery is going well. I have been able to walk up stairs at a regular speed without holding onto a railing for a couple weeks. I can do short workouts. I am not back to 100% yet. I am still experiencing some pain and my full range of motion isn't quite back to normal. I am still on some medications and have several doctors appointments a week. Overall, I am so grateful for my recovery so far. I am currently writing about my experience with Guillain-Barré so I won't go into too much detail here on the blog. Thank you for all of your love and support and wonderful presents (thank you notes coming soon) and lovely cards!

I hope to reschedule the readings I was supposed to do in New York in March. It was the first time I ever had to miss a performance or reading in my entire life. It was really hard for me not to be able to go. Pretty soon I should be able to travel out of state again for readings. This Tuesday I am reading at DMACC's Celebration of Literary Arts with Jennifer L. Knox. Here is the schedule.

During all of this craziness, I had nonfiction come out in BUST and Ms. Magazine. You can read the essays here and here.

Some of my poetry was recently translated into Turkish. I posted some photos of the literary magazine at the bottom of this post.

I'm the guest judge for the 2016 Vignette Collection Award so I'm reading manuscripts for Vine Leaves Press. Congratulations to the quarter finalists!

After the Vine Leaves contest, I will finish reading submissions for the next issue of Dressing Room Poetry Journal.

I recently updated my website (which you can see here) so things are finally up to date on it...I think...