I was recently asked to join the staff of Storyscape Journal as a prose editor, and their new issue that I helped choose work for is now live here! Check it out, especially James Gyure's story, "The Skunk," which I fell in love with for its layers. I love all the work I've gotten to read for Storyscape, so far, and I can't wait to work on future issues.
I wrote a lighthearted little piece about how I was convinced I'd always deliver a baby before forty weeks and the resulting anger when I was proven wrong, and Pregnant Chicken loved it enough to publish it. You can read it here. It's hard for women to justify any emotions other than joy during pregnancy, but the spectrum of feelings during that time is so large, and it's perhaps a little eye-opening to record those moments at very specific points. This essay was written a day or two before my due date, and really, how can one's emotions not be all over the place then....but my anger wasn't well received by all.
I'm so happy to have two lipstick poems (I know it feels like I have a zillion of these, I promise you I don't) in the new issue of Jet Fuel Review, which is packed with so much other great work, I'm honored to have a spot there. Definitely check out the whole issue, along with my pieces here.
Happy to share that another one of the lipstick poems, "Play Date Black," is in the new fabulous issue of decomP, and you can read it here. It's one of my favorites, as it features scared babies and black lipstick, so there you go.
I wrote a short review of Joanna Valente's e-book, XENOS, and interviewed her about how the book came together. You can read it over at Entropy, and you can read XENOS for free as part of the Agape Editions Morning House Series.
The super-cool Quail Bell Magazine has been publishing some poems from my upcoming pop culture, feminist chapbook, PLAYING ONE ON TV, so I'll be sharing them here in the coming weeks.
Today, feast your eyes and brains on two (TWO) poems about Lisa Turtle, called "Lisa Turtle's Fashion Show" and "Lisa Turtle Comes Out of Her Shell." I've always felt Lisa got the short stick on Saved By the Bell - she rarely had any lead story lines and certainly no big romance arcs. This is problematic, considering she's the only woman of color on the show, which is something I obviously didn't think too much about when watching it as a kid. Now, however, it's become something I can't stop thinking and writing about. Damn feminist enlightenment.
The new issue of Gigantic Sequins is alive and in the world and packed with more good lit than ever. This remains one of my favorite print journals to read and to read for, and I'm excited about the nonfiction we chose, this time around. Purchase this issue and/or past issues here!
I always love the kooky work Queen Mob's Tea House shares with the world, so I'm pretty excited they published my flash story, "Texas Homecoming," today. As a native Texan, this was a fun, satirical story to write, about the ridiculous high school mum culture in the south that has seemingly become more intense and high-production over time. I'm lucky to have escaped the long-term back pain effects of mum wearing, as I was never asked to a Homecoming dance.
I feel like I've been sending work to interrupture forever, and I can now happily share my poem they published in their latest issue, called "Poison Pink." It's one in a series of feminist poems I wrote after a discussion about, believe it or not, lipstick.
I wrote a humorous piece about how the Gilmore Girls would react to the 2016 election results, called "Binge-Watching White Feminism", that Heavy Feather Review was kind enough to publish as part of their #NotMyPresident series. Because making people laugh is kind of how I deal. :)