Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Barely South Review

Just found out I had a new poem accepted by Barely South Review. It will be in the Spring 2014 issue.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Issue Seven Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Seven of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. The issue features poetry by Paul David Atkins, Emily Grace Bernard, Kristy Bowen, April Michelle Bratten, Janet Butler, John Estes, Ruth Foley, Ricky Garni, William Greenway, Gail Hosking, Peycho Kanev, Dan Sicoli, Aden Thomas, Elizabeth Weaver, and Laura Grace Weldon as well as an interview with Kate Greenstreet by Sarah Dravec.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


My book forthcoming from the National Poetry Review Press is coming out in 2014.

My MFA thesis is a whole new full length manuscript. I graduate in May.

Issue Seven of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be out very soon.

I'll post more soon about some upcoming readings.

Enjoying the holidays...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Two Poems Forthcoming in Sugar House Review

I found out this evening that I had two new poems accepted by Sugar House Review. I'm really excited about this! Yeah!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview in The Town Crier

I have a new interview out in The Town Crier which is the blog of The Puritan Magazine. The Puritan published a poem of mine in their recent issue. Thanks again to the editors!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Poem in Squalorly

I have a poem in the new issue of Squalorly. You can check it out here.

The editors asked the writers for recordings of their pieces. I don't know if or when they plan to release the recordings. I uploaded mine online so you can listen to the MP3 now here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Four New Poems in Alba

I have four poems in the newest issue of Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry.

The issue came out in August. Oops. Meant to post this as soon as the issue came out!

Upcoming Reading (Akron)

I have a poetry reading in Akron next week. I'm reading with Mary Biddinger and Kate Greenstreet.

Here's the when and where:
Wednesday, October 16th
7:30 pm
Quaker Square
Ballroom C

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Squalorly

I found out this morning I had a poem accepted by Squalorly. I'll let you know when it comes out!

I have a reading in Akron in a couple of weeks. I'll post more info about it soon!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Issue Six Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. The issue features poetry by Amanda Chiado, David Chorlton, Susan Grimm, j/j hastain, Jenn Monroe, Eric Morris, Amanda Oaks, Teresa Petro, Thomas Piekarski, Kushal Poddar, and April Salzano as well as an interview with Elizabeth Ellen by Jacob Euteneuer.

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Poetry in The Puritan

I have a new three section poem in the new issue of The Puritan which just came out today. You can check it out here. There is also an audio recording of me reading the poem. You can also listen to the audio here.

I was interviewed for The Puritan's blog, The Town Crier, about the process of writing the piece. I'll let you know when that comes out.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


I've been feeling a little better the last couple of days. I hope this continues. Yesterday, for about an hour, I felt almost peppy.

Issue Six of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be out soon. Speaking of Dressing Room Poetry Journal, I have some exciting contributor news. Terry Godbey, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, and Valerie Wetlaufer all have books coming out in the next year that include poems that originally appeared in the journal. So you can get a taste of their forthcoming books by reading their poems in Dressing Room Poetry Journal and then you can pre-order their books/find out more info here and here and here.

Update (9/20/2013):
Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor Sarah Cortez is editing Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance, an anthology forthcoming from Texas Review Press. You can see the info for submissions including the deadline here.

Update (10/4/2013):
Exciting news from another Dressing Room Poetry Journal contributor! Sara Biggs Chaney has published a new chapbook of poems. You can find out more info and order a copy here. All royalties for this collection will be donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Saturday, August 31, 2013


My brother is engaged! Congratulations Alec and Miranda! The proposal happened yesterday. I wish I could be there to celebrate with them. They are currently living in Austin, Texas where they have been the last couple of years. They will be moving to the Des Moines area in Iowa in two or three weeks.

I found out that the third issue of The Alarmist which includes a poem of mine will be on sale in the UK and Europe starting in mid-September. It will be available internationally starting in October.

The day the issue launches there will be a release party in London.

It looks like it will be a great event! I would love to attend, but I will be in northeast Ohio. Sigh.

Anyway, Happy Labor Day Weekend!

P.S. Just found out The Alarmist is now available in over 200 stores internationally and you can also order it online. 

P.P.S. I don't have a facebook account or a twitter account. I have this blog and my website. Just sayin'. Some people have asked. And you know... Beware of the catfishing epidemic.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

San Pedro River Review

I have a poem in the new issue of San Pedro River Review. Thanks to the editors!

I start my full fall 2013 schedule on August 26th. Here we go...

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I'm feeling a bit better! I'm still experiencing some physical pain and I definitely still need to rest more than usual, but I'm glad I'm improving.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in Ping-Pong

Just found out I had a poem accepted by Ping-Pong: The Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library.


You can read more about the journal here and here.


I'm grateful that the results of my MRI were good/normal.

Still resting and recovering.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Poetry Forthcoming in The Puritan

I have poetry forthcoming in The Puritan. I'm very excited about this.

In other news, I have to have an MRI this week. Hello fear.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Issue Five Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Five of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here. The issue features poems and essays by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess as well as poetry by Michael Collins, Donavon Davidson, Sarah Dravec, Terry Godbey, Howie Good, Robert S. King, and David Rutter.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in San Pedro River Review

I found out this morning I had a poem accepted by San Pedro River Review. I'm excited! The poem will be in the Fall 2013 issue.

I had fun reading in Iowa City this past weekend.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Four Poems Forthcoming in Alba

I found out today I had four poems accepted by Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry. I'll let you know when the poems come out!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dressing Room Poetry Journal: Issue Four Release

Issue Four of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now. You can check it out here.

The issue features poetry by Elizabeth Ashe, Leah Browning, Jackson Burgess, Sara Biggs Chaney, Sarah Cortez, Katie DiGangi, John Farmer, Emily Lake Hansen, Scott Hartwich, Wess Mongo Jolley, Robert S. King, Rebecca Ligon, Ellene Glenn Moore, Eric G. Müller, Mirissa Rini, Claudia Serea, Alexandria Simmons, and Sara Williams.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Poem in Atticus Review

I have a poem in this week's issue of Atticus Review. You can check it out here.

Joseph Gross wrote about each of the pieces in this week's issue which you can read here.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Poem Out (The Orange Room Review)

I have a poem in the new issue of The Orange Room Review! You can check it out here.

Also, I recently discovered some of the best chocolate ever.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Upcoming Reading (Iowa City)

I'll be doing a reading with two other Midwestern Gothic contributors on July 19th at 7 p.m. The reading will be at the bookstore Defunct Books (1650 Sycamore Street) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013

Today may or may not be my birthday. I'll never tell. I will say that today requires multiple outfits.

Earlier this week I started reading this awesome book:


The fourth issue of Dressing Room Poetry Journal will be coming out in mid-June. I have a poem coming out soon in Issue 39 of The Orange Room Review.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in The Orange Room Review

I found out this evening that a new poem of mine was accepted by The Orange Room Review. I'm excited.

The poem will be in the June issue. It's called "Breaking Up with Marc Summers."


My Hobart poems will be out next week.

I feel good and summery.

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Poem Out (Atticus Review)

I have a poem in this week's issue of Atticus Review. You can check it out here. Editor Joseph Gross had some nice things to say about the poem which you can read here. Thank you to all the Atticus Review editors. Don't forget to check out Atticus Books as well. Atticus Review also accepted another poem of mine and I'll let you know when that one comes out.

I found out today that a poem of mine was a winner in Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts' Academy of American Poets Prize competition judged by Shane McCrae. Recently another poem of mine received a prize in the Sam Ella Dukes Memorial poetry contest for grad students at the University of Akron. Those two poems along with two other poems are forthcoming in Hobart and will be out sometime in May. Speaking of Hobart, be sure to check out Jacob Euteneuer's recent piece.

Since my book is coming out before 2014 and I don't graduate until May 2014, my thesis is going to be a new manuscript. I'm really excited about the book and the new manuscript.

I have one more week of teaching and classes until finals week... I am ready for this semester to be over.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I have short hair now! Well... Short for me, at least. It feels really good.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poem Forthcoming in The Alarmist Magazine

Earlier today I had a new poem accepted by The Alarmist. I'll let you know when the new issue comes out! Issues of The Alarmist can be ordered online or you can purchase a copy at these stores as well as these stores.

I'm on a panel about publishing that will be happening on April 19th at 3:00 pm at Quaker Square Hotel (Plaza A & B) in Akron, Ohio.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Issue Three Release (Dressing Room Poetry Journal)

Issue Three of Dressing Room Poetry Journal is out now.

The issue features poems by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Anne Barngrover & Avni Vyas, Brian Beatty, Richard Carr, Anne Champion, Ha Kiet Chau, Lisa J. Cihlar, Howie Good, Genevieve Jencson, KJ, Krystal Languell, Robert Lietz, Kellie Nadler, Krysia Orlowski, Danielle Pafunda, Frederick Pollack, Sarah Sarai, Katie Jean Shinkle, Erin Virgil, Megan Volpert, and Valerie Wetlaufer.

You can check it out here.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Busy day. Still more to do. I even had to break out my drugstore reading glasses. Ready for vacation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SAGES Interview

I was interviewed by SAGES: The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars. You can check it out here.

I'm excited about what's coming up in Issue Three of Dressing Room Poetry Journal. More soon...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Four Poems Forthcoming in Hobart

Today I had four very new poems accepted for publication by Hobart. They are scheduled to be out in May. I'm so excited!

Be sure to check out a poem by Mary Biddinger on Verse Daily tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I'm in NewPages in a review of Rufous City Review. You can check it out here. You can read all the recent reviews here. 

I am going to be up all night to get all of my work (writing, reading, grading, etc.) done... Oh my goodness...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Poetry Forthcoming in Wicked Alice

Got an acceptance today from Wicked Alice!

Busy, busy day...

I'm ready for late March...Austin, Texas...sunshine...