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On forests and fairytales

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This week, my contributor's copy of Porkbelly Press's new limited-edition anthology Bramble & Thorn arrived at my door. I have three fairytale-girl poems in this collection alongside twenty-one other fantastic poets, including Sally Rosen Kindred, Phoebe Reeves, Sonja Johanson, Rebecca Macijeski, Sarah Ann Winn, Donna Vorreyer, Jenn Givhan, and E. Kristin Anderson. This is such a beautiful little hand-bound book full of poems about fierce and dangerous fairytale women and girls in their dark forest landscape. The lush cover art is from photographer Olivia Rose Edvalson. It's also available now for pre-order

I've always been a poet with a fairytale aesthetic and I've gradually been finding and connecting with more and more fellow faerie-poets. Finding a home among these poets and fairytale-minded publications like Fairy Tale Review, Faerie Magazine, and the anthologies and chapbooks at Porkbelly Press feels like I'm right where I'm supposed to be. 


On Alien and The Account

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I have two new Alien poems out now in the Fall 2017 Issue of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought! "What's the story, Mother?" and "You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you?" are the first and third poems in my series inspired by the Ridley Scott movie. An extra fun part about publishing in this journal is that the editors also ask for and publish an "account" of the poems, describing some aspect of the thought process behind the writing of them. I enjoyed digging back into the seed ideas for these poems and rediscovering those influences. 

I am so grateful to editors Tyler Mills, Brianna Noll, and Christina Stoddard for supporting these little poems and for taking such care with them. I'll be spending time with this new issue of The Account this weekend, reading all of the amazing poems, stories, and essays inside by contributors like Lee Ann Roripaugh, Paul Otremba, Lisa Marie Basile, and many others. If…

On fallow times and a fruitful fall

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Happy fall, poetry people! I am currently a couple months into a post-book writing dry spell. I'm trying to be patient and ride it out, but it's hard not to be frustrated at going so long without writing any new poems. Fortunately, there are a few things coming up this fall that I'm excited about and are keeping me going:

Two of my Alien poems will be in the Fall 2017 issue of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, & Thought! My poems "What's the story, Mother?" and "You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you?" will be published in November, along with an account describing the ideas that went into the writing of these poems.My three poems "Trespass," "Trade," and "Tremble" will be published in a new anthology of "fanged and fierce women and girls" from Porkbelly Press called bramble&thorn. The anthology is currently in the final proofing stages and will be released this fall.…

On successful experiments and my sudden excitement

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I am so thrilled to share that the first five of my visual poetry (or poem-collage) pieces have been accepted for publication! "(Hooded skullcap / plate 171)," "(false dragonhead / plate 170)," "(jack-in-the-pulpit / plate 2)," "(round-leaved sundew & venus flytrap / plate 74)," and "(swamp pink / plate 35)" will be appearing in a future issue(s) of Duende


More than being excited, it is such an incredible relief to have this new experimental work validated by other editors and publishers. Making these pieces was a great leap for me—I did not have a map for how they should be and how they would fit with with my purely textual work. I am also unfamiliar with the landscape of publishing such hybrid pieces. I was confident in my need to create them because the impulse came from the same place that pushes me to write a particular poem about a particular thing with those particular words. But after that, it was like sending out my first…

On visual poetry and vivisecting language

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Last month I finished my second series of six poem-collages. The first were paired with my Silence of the Lambs poems. These are paired with my Alien poems. 



I used the same source materials for these as I did for the previous series, which are primarily The MacMillan Wild Flower Book and Gray's Anatomy. Using the same sources helps to connect both series, make them part of a greater narrative that is explored in my full-length manuscript, Catechesis



These are the six poem and collage pairings of this series:

What's the story, Mother? + round-leaved sundew & venus flytrap / plate 74
Wait a minute, there's movement. It seems to have life—organic life. + jack-in-the-pulpit / plate 2
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? + false dragonhead / plate 170
I can't lie to you about your chances, but you have my sympathies. + swamp pink / plate 35
We've got this far—we must go on. We have to go on.  + scarious blazing star & blazing star / plate …

Good news for National Poetry Month!

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First piece of good poetry news: last weekend I finished the last piece forCatechesis, my first full-length poetry collection! It is a total of 27 poems and 12 poem-collages: fairytale-girl poems, Silence of the Lambs poems & collages, andAlienpoems & collages. I'll give the manuscript a little breathing room, and then I'll start looking for open calls at presses.

Second piece of good poetry news: my poem "Wait a minute, there's movement. It seems to have life—organic life" has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2018 Issue of Passages North! This is the first out of my six Alien poems to be taken by a literary magazine, so it is very encouraging for the rest of the series. Riding the high of this acceptance, I've just submitted the remaining five poems to another crop of journals.

After nearly four years of working on this manuscript, it's a very strange feeling to be finished. I've been entirely project-focused in my writing for such …

Blackbird Whitetail Redhand

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I am so thrilled to announce here that my second chapbook Blackbird Whitetail Redhand will be published later this year by Porkbelly Press. Congratulations to my new pressmates, whose chapbooks will also be appearing this year: Maggie Woodward, Eloisa Amezcua, Kristi Carter, and M. Brett Gaffney! Funny-but-awesome-side-note: We just published Eloisa Amezcua's poem "Mission Bay" in issue 3 of Cherry Tree! So I am especially excited to be in the same lineup and, eventually, to read her new chapbook.

There are fifteen poems in this chap, all of the poems about my three fairytale-girlsfrom my nearly completed full-length manuscript: the Girl with no Hands, the Girl with Cloven Feet, and the Girl who Gave Birth to an Apple. Although they are a significant chunk of the larger manuscript (and there are certain publishing downsides to this), I decided after much internal deliberation that these poems deserved to have their own separate platform, showcasing them as a tightly-woven…