Showing posts from September, 2015

Three new poems at Third Point Press!

"Treasure Beach Goat Skull," by Michelle Johnsen. Third Point Press, Issue 2. My first batch of Silence of the Lambs poems has been published in the second issue of Third Point Press ! You can now read "That is rather slippery of you, Agent Starling," "How do we begin to covet, Clarice?" and "Have the lambs stopped screaming?" here . I really like the way poems look on the site but I really love the art they used to pair with them. It's called "Treasure Beach Goat Skull," by TPP art editor Michelle Johnsen, and it is so perfect. Seeing these poems and this art together just make me even happier that we have now officially entered autumn territory and Halloween's a-coming. Cozy and creepy. Another fun thing about this publication is that one of the poems also happens to be my second-ever perfume poem. Remember The Book of Scented Things , the anthology that I co-edited with the amazing Jehanne Dubrow? Well, it is the pro

Historical [Re]tell: Panel at the Steel Pen Writers' Conference

On Saturday, October 10, I will be joining writers Laura Madeline Wiseman, Cat Dixon, Britny Doane, and P. Ivan Young at the Steel Pen Writers' Conference in Merrillville, Indiana to present a panel called "Historical [Re]tell: The Writing and Craft of Telling Retellings of the Historic." This is an area of poetry-writing that has been my focus for a long time now, so I'm very proud and excited that Madeline invited to me to be part of this event. Although I don't usually dabble in the historical, my poetic focus has primarily been retellings of folk and fairy tales. I've even branched out recently to other retellings of well-known, more contemporary fictional stories, like  The Wizard of Oz  and (most recently) The Silence of the Lambs . To prep for this panel (my first!), I am currently rereading and highlighting the hell out of Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale , by Elizabeth Wanning Harries. Since I'll be talking on

Forthcoming! Third Point Press

Three more of my Silence of the Lambs poems have found homes at a literary journal! "That is rather slippery of you, Agent Starling," "How do we begin to covet, Clarice?," and "Have the lambs stopped screaming?" have all been accepted for publication in the next issue of Third Point Press . Hurrah! As of now, five out of my six total SotL poems have been taken by literary journals. It's really great to be back in the world of the actively-published. After taking nearly a year off from submitting poems in order to focus solely on generating new work, I'd almost forgotten the busy, heady rhythm of it all. These acceptances are the best kind of confirmation that I am truly headed down the right path with this new work.  Now back to the writing desk (er... bed).