On the end of a year & a decade: 2019

In this last month of the year, I've had five poems accepted by three different literary journals and two new reviews of my book appear in The Cincinnati Review and Harbor Review. I also completed the letterpress printing of the Rossetti Prize broadside for American Literary Review, designs for four more digital broadsides, and the initial edits & contributor proofs for Cherry Tree's sixth issue. Whew! It's been an amazing and overwhelming and utterly fulfilling year; and I'm riding into the new year on 2019's coattails. 

One of my favorite December inventories will always be reflecting on a year's worth of personal accomplishments and progress. By the time the end of the year arrives, it's so easy to forget all that happened just a few short months ago. Making a list has a way of bringing it all into perspective. Here's my roundup for the year:

2019 Retrospective
I released my debut full-length collection, Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of…

Fall is for poets (but so is winter)

Titles are hard. It's been another busy couple of months since my last update. Here's a quick recap of the fall so far: 

Book News September and October were full of readings at home and in the Philadelphia area. I celebrated my dear friend Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach's book launch for her collection The Many Names for Mother. And Julia and I read with our friend Nancy Reddy for our (M)other(ship) events. 

I've still got one more reading coming up. If you're near the Washington, DC area, mark your calendars for December 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Zed's Cafe in Silver Spring, MD. See you there!
I visited a very welcoming English 101 class at Washington College and talked to them about Catechesis and poems and fairy tales. They were such a smart, curious, and very insightful group. 

I was also lucky enough to receive two very generous book reviews for Catechesis so far this fall. Here are some highlights: 
This collection is a stunning pastiche, interwoven with references to Grimm…

Summer of my postpastoral

It has been the busiest summer that I can remember—I've finally met my book! There were a couple of printing delays along the way, but then that turned into a last-minute color printing allowance for the visual poems in the book. So all worked out even better than I could have imagined.

My book—Catechesis: a postpastoral—has taken me to a few new and familiar places this summer. I got to meet my book for the first time in Hillsborough, NC at the Bull City Press House Party Reading on July 27. They were sent ahead directly from the printer and my Bull City Press hosts even wrapped the box in Christmas paper for me! I got to open it among some wonderful new friends and then read from it to a very gracious audience, alongside Jonathan Farmer, Jennifer Funk, and C.T. Salazar

Back home in Chestertown, MD, I hosted family and friends for my hometown book launch on August 15 at the Rose O'Neill Literary House. Poets & friends Erin Dorney and Sally Rosen Kindred shared the mic wi…

On looking up and looking ahead

And just like that, here comes summer. Somehow, it is almost time for my book—my debut poetry collection—to be released. I've been reviewing a second round of proofs, as well as the full cover, and it's all looking amazing! Catechesis: a postpastoral is due out next month; and the closer we get to June, the less real all of this feels. I think it will only be truly real to me when I have the finished book in my hands. 

I've been working hard to line up as many readings as I can for a summer/fall book tour. I've got eight readings scheduled so far, with another in January. And I'd be thrilled to do more! You can always reach out to me by email, if you're interested in booking me. 

Although my Chestertown book launch party in August is easily the event I'm most excited for this summer and fall, I'm also really looking forward to a mini reading series that I'm doing with friends and poets Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach and Nancy Reddy: "(M)other(ship): A …

On everything and all at once

It's been another busy couple of months since my last update. Here's a quick rundown: 

Book Progress
I received the first proofs of my book a few weeks ago, made my corrections, and returned them to the press last Friday. We are currently on schedule for the book to be released in June! 

I've solidified plans for my hometown book launch party & reading! Poets and friends Erin Dorney, Sally Rosen Kindred, and Emma Sovich will join me on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rose O'Neill Literary House to officially welcome my book to world. We will each read a few poems, then there will be a book sale & signing, as well as refreshments. Mark your calendars! 

Last week I received word that the first review for Catechesis has been lined up with a fantastic literary magazine. The reviewer will take a peek at the current proofs and the review itself should appear some time in the fall in this magazine's next print issue. And speaking of magazines, Catechesis

On my book promotion and booking me

In anticipation of my book's release in late spring, I am beginning to work more on some promotion and marketing, which is an inextricable part of being a publishing writer now. I've started putting out the word that I am booking readings and other events for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, so others can get in touch about booking me or putting together joint readings. 

I'm going to start initiating conversations with some other poets and writers with whom I would love to read and venues I'd love to visit. I'm also working on planning my official hometown book launch reading/party for Catechesis, which will probably be mid-August. For now, if you would like to book me for a reading, or you know someone else who might, or if you want to plan a joint reading with me, send me an email and let's get talking!

I'm also doing some other little fun things like designing and ordering book business cards! 

The book promotion circus is just getting started and it's very e…

On 2018 and my year in poetry

These end-of-year personal inventories are something I really look forward to once December arrives. Some years feel so incredibly long because of everything that manages to happen in world news in a twelve-month period, so it becomes really easy to forget about the things I accomplished just a few months earlier—especially when my work life is so busy that it feels like I barely manage to lift my head up enough to work on any of my personal goals. These inventories give me back a much-needed sense of perspective that I can so easily lose sight of. So, here are all of the poetry accomplishments I managed this year:

I had poems published in print journals Passages North and The Cincinnati Review. My first visual poems were also published online in Dream Pop Press and Duende. My second chapbook was published by Porkbelly Press in April: Blackbird Whitetail Redhand. Each copy is hand-stitched with a beautiful letterpress cover. 

In September, I read from this new chapbook alongside fellow …