I'm really thrilled to be part of the latest issue of The Conium Review, with my flash story, "Copy Machine." It features some other fabulous work, including a story by one of my favorites, Shane Jones. You can order a copy here.
I had the pleasure of talking with poet Katie Manning about her chapbook, A Door With A Voice, and she grilled me some about The Birth Creatures.Grist was awesome enough to publish the interview, which you can read here. Katie and I are press-mates over at Agape Editions, which means you can read both our chaps there for free!
You guys have some pop culture goodness to look forward to from me next year. My poetry chapbook, Playing One on TV, has been selected for publication by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017!
This book started out as a NaPoWriMo project, four years ago. A fun, lighthearted project turned into a manuscript with deeper feminist explorations of girlhood, womanhood, and race. HGP is the perfect press to publish it, not to mention one of my favorite chapbook publishers. I can't wait to see it in print and share it with you all.
Received a nice surprise this week that the lovely folks at Posit nominated my poem, "A Spill on the Grid," for a Pushcart Prize. I'm especially excited to see one of my "Malala poems" get this honor. In case you missed it, you can read the poem here.
I recently had a couple of pop culture poems go up at Public Pool that you can read here. The first one, "Angela Chase Weather Report," is from my chapbook, PLAYING ONE ON TV, about iconic female television characters.
I'm also super excited to have a flash story called "Copy Machine" forthcoming in the next issue of The Conium Review alongside some fabulous writers, including one of my favorites, Shane Jones. Check out the full contributor list here.
Once upon a time, I had a dream I opened a chapbook store with Jeff Goldblum. I wrote a poem about it (obviously), which turned into a short story, which Meridian chose to publish in their latest issue. They have a free epub version available on their site, in addition to physical copies for sale.
This is my favorite story I've written, and I couldn't be more thrilled that such a great journal loved it as much as I do.
Fox Foley (who published my e-chap, The Birth Creatures) has been doing a great poetry Spotlight Series, this year, over at The The Poetry Blog, and I'm excited she chose to feature my work at her Infoxicated Corner. I have three new poems up about various bags I've owned (yes, one of them is a Jansport backpack, obviously) that you can check out here. I also did an interview and talked about my influences, creative process, and generally felt like an imposter poet, as per usual. :p
I'm a big fan of Luna Luna Magazine and poet Joanna Valente and was thrilled that she interviewed me about The Birth Creatures for Luna Luna. You can read my answers to questions about pregnancy and the process and style that shaped The Birth Creatures here.
I have two new poems in Issue Nine of Posit that you can read here.
"Resolutions" was written at the beginning of 2015, when I was thinking a lot about the quietness and safeness of my writing and how I wanted that to change (which, I think, it has for the better). Nothing wrong with quietness in writing in general, but in my case, there was a comfort level in my creative space contributing to that, and I've recognized a need to step outside of it if I want to improve my craft.
"A Spill on the Grid" explores a similar theme and is another one of my "Malala poems" - I've always been fascinated by her father's encouragement of her outspokenness, as it contrasts what I was more or less instructed to do when I was her age, and I look to her courage and intelligence often when navigating a more outspoken creative path for my own writing.
Big thanks to Susan Lewis and Bernd Sauermann for including me in this issue.
My magical realism e-chapbook, The Birth Creatures, is out today from Agape Editions! It is available as a free download here. Here's what some poets have to say about it:
"Something fantastic mixed with the plundering lowing of pregnancy and early motherhood is present here. We have the surprise mixed with trim rhyme: 'I'm pulled into the rhino / nestled in its crib of ribs' and we think of this grotesque comfort, the body as push and pull and grasping. So much is about consumption and aggressively so: the moon is devoured and 'a peat bog / where the kitchen table was' becomes the murky counterpoint. This is a geography that lurks, that is an extra self within the realm that is the deep loneliness of early motherhood. I too felt consumed while reading this chapbook, but in the best, most delicious way."
—Molly Sutton Kiefer, author of Nestuary, Tinderbox Editions EIC
"How a woman's body turns alien, fantastical, so foreign to herself when s…
This is me stopping in to report that I've been busy and THINGS ARE AFOOT.
- If all goes according to plan, my new chapbook, The Birth Creatures, will drop NEXT WEEK from Agape Editions (that's right, I said "drop," like I'm a god damn rock star and not, er, the opposite of that). It's a kooky little book I wrote last year, and I couldn't be happier that Fox Foley picked it up for her new Sundress Publications imprint. This is my first foray into e-chap publishing, and I'm super excited to reach a wider audience through this medium. Look for the link, soon, y'all.
- The awesome folks at Stirring published my poem, "Color Wheel," in their February issue that you can read here. It's the second published poem from my 90s batch that I wrote last year. The first was "Juliet," which you can check out in Really System here. The overarching theme in this batch is, as always: I still want to be Claire Danes when I grow up.
The lovely Flapperhouse published my flash story, The Playground, in their Fall 2015 issue, and you can now read it online, here. So excited for this pub, as it marks my return to fiction, my primary game.
New year, aka, time to throw a book list wrap-up at you.
Fiction highlights were Amelia Gray's new one, Gutshot, which I'm fairly sure I can credit with kicking my ass back into fiction-writing gear, and beginning Karl Ove Knausgaard's opus, My Struggle, which I think most people either love or hate for its painstaking attention to mundane detail. I don't know what it says about me, but I love it and can't wait for the U.S release of all its volumes. Poetry is, as usual, all over the map, but a standout for me was discovering the badass that is Cate Marvin. Similarly, with chapbooks, Amorak Huey's The Insomniac Circus slayed me with its cleverness. I often have a hard time finding nonfiction that blows me away. Jan Bondeson's Buried Alive was great for its subject matter and intrigued me enough to want to read more on the longstanding fear of being buried alive. Five Days at Memorial also drew me in - a good work of journalism that isn't totally without…