News: Award Nomination

I’m excited to announce that Whale Road Review has nominated my poem “Porcupine Denies His Vulnerabilities” for the Best New Poets anthology! A huge thanks to Founder and Editor & Chief Katie Manning and Managing Editor Ellen Huang for the nod. Here’s the poem. Please go read (and submit to!) the lovely Whale Road Review.

Porcupine Denies His Vulnerabilities

He is monogamous, but always stands quill-
length from his mate. Only the pads of his foot

are naked, his tongue, the nervous sentinel
of his eye. When she cries, he whirrs

his bristles like rainfall on the dust-
packed savanna. She forgets

their distance. She burrows while he collects
the bone-wrought scaffolding of lesser

plantigrades, builds a shrine
to what is hard.

News: Award Nomination

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.

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News: Pushcart Nomination

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!