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On my book promotion and booking me

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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

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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 …

"Practice Makes Published" & other upcoming poetry events

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On Saturday, November 10, I will be giving a talk on poetry & publishing with my good friend and colleague James Allen Hall at 11:00 a.m. at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown! Do you have questions about how to get started with publishing your poetry and how to go about getting it out in the world? Then please come to our event and bring your questions with you! James and I will be giving advice from our experience on both sides of the fence—as writers and as editors. I'm finishing up my notes and handouts this weekend.



In other news, book production for Catechesis is moving along at a very steady pace! I've secured blurbs from two dream poets. The University of Utah Press has sent me a draft of a cover design that I absolutely love, as well as a sneak peek at the foreword Kimiko Hahn has been writing for it. Soon the UUP 2019 catalog will be out with the very first preview of the book as object—as more than just manuscript. All of these beautiful and exciting t…

On the best of news

On August 20, I received a phone call from The University of Utah Press with the most amazing news. My manuscript Catechesis: a postpastoral was chosen for the 2018 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize by Kimiko Hahn. My debut poetry collection will be published by UUP in June 2019. 

This past month has been the most wonderfully surreal one of my life. I've been working on my UUP author questionnaire with things like cover art ideas, names of writers to ask for blurbs, and drafting some promotional copy for the book. The latter was quite a challenge—thinking about my own work from the outside, as a reader and a marketer. But it ended up being a pretty fun exercise. I feel like I have a better understanding of my own work now; and I'm better able to explain what my work is "about":

If Clarice Starling and Ellen Ripley could warn the girls and women to follow, what would they tell us? “A girl has two choices: / to be a tree or / to be the forest.” Catechesis combines Grimm fairy…

On summer writing and fall reading

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Somehow it's already mid-August. I've spent most of the summer laboring (read: obsessing) over the writing of a single new poem. "Presswife" frames the story of six colonial American printers' wives who took over the business when their husbands died as a kind of retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales, "The Crane Wife." It weaves (fairytale pun intended) together letterpress printing, strong women of history, and fairy tale, with a diction and narrative that leans toward the witchy. And I'm almost finished writing it. 

It was another busy summer at the Rose O'Neill Literary House, the highlight of which was our third annual Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference—a 4-day, 3-night marathon with 16 (amazing!) high-school creative writers. We also spent a little time in the print shop, printing one brand-new broadside and the second edition of a bestseller broadside. Now, we're two weeks into the open reading period for Cherry Tree's …

On my (national) poetry month

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The past month has been so full of personal poetry goodness! Here are some highlights:



On April 11, my second chapbook Blackbird Whitetail Redhand was released from Porkbelly Press! It is a beautiful handmade book with a letterpress cover & stab binding. Copies are available for purchase directly from the publisher. If you are interested in reviewing this chapbook, you can contact me about a review copy. If you've read & liked it, please feel free to leave a review on Goodreads. (Thank you so much to fabulous fellow poets Sally Rosen Kindred & Kate Gaskin, who have already done so!) I'll also be reading from this new chap for a Tea & Talk event on September 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O'Neill Literary House with poet, colleague, & friend Kimberly Quiogue Andrews. Kim's new chapbook Betweenis out very soon from Finishing Line Press!



On April 15, I received news that my poem "Wait a minute, there's movement. It seems to have life—organic life&qu…

On letters from the editors

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It's been a year since I finished writing my first full-length poetry manuscript Catechesis: a postpastoral. It's been a little less than that since I started sending it out to open reading periods and book contests. And it's been a fairly vulnerable process, more so than submitting individual poems to lit mags, to which I've mostly numbed myself after ten years. Every time I submit my manuscript to another press, I'm sending out four whole years of my writing life at once. It feels like I'm sending Everything That Means Anything To Me; this project that has been the center of my creative life for so long that I didn't know what to even try writing about when it was finally completed. And, of course, it's the first time I've ever done this. 

I've now submitted my manuscript to 24 book contests and open reading periods. I've spent $529 on submission fees. From these, I've received thirteen form rejections and there are nine places that I&#…