My short, sexy little poem “Confessional” is up at Up the Staircase Quarterly today:
Visit the site to hear audio and see the lovely art accompanying it, and read the rest of the issue!
Another poem of mine is up at Columbia Journal. It’s called “The Privacy Rights of Individuals” and is about North Carolina’s HB2, otherwise known as “the Bathroom Bill.” The title is taken from the ironic statement of Governor Pat McCrory in defense of the bill:
I’m proud of us protecting the privacy rights of individuals and not putting burdensome regulations on business and letting them make the decision, not government make the decision.
The poem begins:
There’s this line of white faces
in cisgender suits standing
in front of the toilet
at Safeway. Their arms are locked
together but it’s not in a gay way
they’ll tell you
without being asked.
My poem “Make America Literal Again” is up today at the Columbia Journal. I wrote it in a huff a few months ago after reading news of a 15 year-old girl who was allegedly groped and definitely pepper-sprayed while protesting at a Trump rally in Wisconsin.
It may go without saying that this election cycle is heartbreaking and disturbing to me for myriad reasons. I hope that, as in times past, poetry can act as a vehicle for social change.
My essay “Snowstorms and Trigger Warnings” was recently nominated for a Best of the Net award by cahoodaloodaling. This nomination really means a lot to me; the essay addresses a topic that’s very personal to me, and which has recently become germane again with the University of Chicago’s recent statement to its incoming freshmen that it does not support trigger warnings or “safe spaces.”
If you’d like to read the essay, it can be found in cahoodaloodaling’s “Trigger Warning” issue on page 6. Download the free pdf of the issue by clicking here. TW: the essay contains content potentially triggering to survivors of sexual assault.
cahoodaloodaling has always been an absolute joy to work with, and consistently supportive of my work. I highly recommend sending them your writer things, and reading their written things, as often as practicable.
This is super late news, since it was announced last November, but I only just found out that my poem “Negotiating your Absence via Ghostbusters 1 & 2” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by IDK Magazine.
Each year, The Pushcart Prize publishes an anthology of the of the best work featured in literary journals run by small presses as nominated by the journals and selected by the Pushcart editorial staff.
I’m very excited to have been nominated!
I’m doing two readings this Wednesday, April 27 in South Bend. The first is a reading for Analecta, the IU South Bend student literary journal. I have 3 poems and an art piece in this year’s journal. That reading starts at 5 pm in the IUSB library atrium; I’ll be reading my pieces from the journal, and I’ll start at around 6:20.
After that, I’m headed to The Well, a not-for-profit coffeehouse in South Bend’s River Park neighborhood (just east down Mishawaka Avenue from IUSB) for an open mic that starts at 7:30. I’ll be reading at 8:00 or so and will be reading some new work that I’m really excited about!
Both readings are free and open to the public — that’s you!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Also, just a reminder that I’ll be reading Saturday night at the Blotterature issue launch party in Highland, Indiana.
Here’s a poem for you:
My poems “Self-Portrait as Infinite and Infinitesimal” and “Why I Won’t Yet Say I Love You” appear in the forthcoming issue of Blotterature, and they’re having a release party on March 19 at 6:00 pm (Central time) in Highland, Indiana. And I get to read! Here are the details – hope to see you there!