Sunday, August 22, 2021

Photos (8/19/2021, Dusk) & a Statement



Side eye.
All the side eye.




I'm doing okay. The covid surge is obviously distressing. I’m working remotely. I still have to go places sometimes, and I have to be around people who have more chances of covid exposure than me on a regular basis.  

 

So much of my life, since early 2016, has been about trying not to die at a relatively young age. (Off and on for over five years.)  

 

I'm not going to deny that I'm angry. How could someone who is immunocompromised not be angry at this point?  

 

Fairly early on, the Guillain-BarrĂ© Foundation approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for people who have had GBS. I don't know why anyone who has had GBS, even with long term residual effects, would say they can't be vaccinated. That’s incorrect. You can't get a flu shot or a tetanus shot if you have had Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, but the covid vaccine is strongly encouraged. Especially because GBS affects the heart and lungs, so heart and lung problems from covid could very likely be fatal.  

 

I received two shots of Moderna this past spring. (I was hospitalized with GBS in 2016. I've had autoimmune issues since I was around eleven or twelve.) Two weeks after my second shot, I was feeling very optimistic about the pandemic and things becoming safe. That phase of excitement was brief. 

 

If you haven't already, please get vaccinated. Please keep wearing masks in public places. Vaccines and masks help protect against the Delta variant, and lessen the severity of breakthrough infections. 

 

I definitely plan on getting a booster when it’s available.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Poems in Rabid Oak

I have two new poems in the new issue (Issue 22) of Rabid Oak. You can read the poems here. The issue came out yesterday.

There are tornado watches, warnings, and sightings happening in the midwest right now. I was afraid of tornadoes as a little kid, but then I spent a long time not worrying about them. Now they make me nervous again because of last summer's derecho. The power was out for seven days. It happened around the height of the pandemic in the U.S. (Before the vaccine.) It was hot. I couldn't even go places that got power back before me because I'm immunocompromised. It probably makes sense that I pay more attention to storms now.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Late June 2021

I have a new piece in The Daily Drunk Mag which you can read here. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Gorgeous Books

 I'm so excited to read these books...






















I also want to read Animal by Lisa Taddeo.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Two Poems Out, Two Forthcoming Poems

I have new poems you can read online published by Little Old Lady Comedy. One came out on June 3rd. One came out on June 8th. 

I have two poems forthcoming in Rabid Oak in July.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 24, 2021

New Piece Out, Books I Want to Read, Etc.

I have a new piece out. It was published by Little Old Lady Comedy and you can read it here. I have another poem forthcoming on the site, and I think it is coming out this week sometime.

Right now I'm reading The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood. I'm really enjoying it so far.

Books I want to read include...

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Vasectomania by Matthew Guenette

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy

Dead Souls by Sam Riviere

Everybody: A Book about Freedom by Olivia Laing

These photos are from yesterday/Sunday (05/23/2021). If I look crabby in these pictures, it's because my wisdom teeth are really bothering me and I need to have them removed. Yes, I'm in my thirties and I still need to get my wisdom teeth out.




Friday, April 23, 2021

"Interview with..." Series

I recently answered some questions for Annalisa Crawford's "Interview with..." series. You can read it on her site, Blogging with My Fountain Pen.

A couple days ago, I finished reading Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin. The author really took her time with the story, and I wasn't sure why it was unfolding as slowly as it was, but once I finished reading it, I felt the pacing made sense. I wasn't sure if the ending would be satisfying, but I felt that it was.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Interview & Reading Replay



















I recently answered some questions for Andrea Blythe's interview series which you can read here. Also thanks to Andrea for writing a bit about Without: Body, Name, Country earlier this year. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Raven Book Store reading (online) in February. It was fun. If you missed the reading & mini-talk/q&a and would like to watch it, this is the link. You can watch all of Raven Book Store's past events and check out their future events here.

Update (3/25/2021):
Check out this article about Raven Book Store in The New Yorker. Something nice to read compared to the rest of the news in the U.S.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Poem on Verse Daily (2020)

I have a poem on Verse Daily which you can read here. It is my third time on the site. Thank you to Verse Daily for featuring this poem, and for their support over the years. You can read more here and here.


Also, I want to say thank you to Daniel Handler, the NEOMFA, and everyone who watched on zoom for such a wonderful event last week