Was granted a Bentley-Buckman Poetry Fellowship to attend Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts from July 6-10, 2015. Grateful to have a week out in the desert with Ed Skoog, Natalie Diaz, and Luis J. Rodriguez. This year has been such a poetry boon.
Always honored to be recognize--and I'm happy to be one of the two finalists for the PSA George Bogin Award this year--the winner Dean Rader was selected by judge (and favorite critic of mine) Stephen Burt.
I'm pleased to share that I received a call from Eleni Sikelianos on Friday evening inviting me to join the small poetry cohort starting this fall. It's the only program to which I applied and I'm nearly very certain I will accept this wonderful opportunity. And it's my dream program (hence--why I didn't apply anywhere else).
I'm excited to join some current poet friends there (Carolina Ebeid, Taryn Schwilling, Nicholas Gulig) as well as to get to know my cohort.
My heart brims.
This comes at the end of my Roth Residency at Bucknell, so I have so many wonderful months of writing to look forward to in the first half of 2015.
I'm grateful for these generous gifts!
George Washing University professor, Jee Yoon Lee, kindly asked to interview me while I was in Iceland, and the result is now up--apologies for the delay in sharing it. I'm not very good at timely updates.
I was accused of not reading my rejection email, but it's not true. I did! And didn't say anything about my being a runner-up. But the Cleveland State University Poetry Center website says so, so it must be true.
What an encouraging feeling!
And forgot to share the news here. Well, better late than never!
Also: ML emailed me the morning the link went live to thank me for writing the piece, which spoke to him. I had a total fangirl moment while reading the email in the local pharmacy.
That was a wonderful day! Which I am reliving 5% of today, months later.
EDIT: Just realized I mentioned it marginally, but I didn't talk about the ML email, so this post stays its execution.
I think I forgot to mention I did an interview with Cathy Park Hong, but just realized (belatedly) that Harriet (poetry blog) featured the conversation!
Thanks to my editor, poet Katie Ogle at Poetry Northwest for letting me take the reins and do this interview with whomeever my heart so desired. Full interview here.
Forgot to mention that I'm reading slush for Boston Review now (I love it! So much quality work in there), and will soon be writing micro-reviews for new site to be unveiled (founded by Kathleen Ossip and Spencer Short).
I needed to maintain my membership in poetry life, and this is one good way, I think. Am grateful for these opportunities.
Nearest and dearest:
Just bought my flight to Iceland! Will be doing a weaving internship/residency thing here from August 24, departing on November 15.
Wool! Dyes! Rhubarb! I cannot wait.
Thus begins the another segment of my art-pursuit. May it be fruitful and filled with good eats. And colors.
Somehow forgot to toot the horn about this, but found out 3 weeks ago that I was the first choice for the Roth Residency in Poetry at Bucknell University! I got to choose between either fall or spring semester during the 2014-2015 academic year and opted for spring.
They won't be offering an office this year, but will be offering a larger stipend. And I'll get the whole downstairs of the Poet's Cottage (2 bedrooms + scary basement) to myself! I'll likely set up an office in one of the bedrooms and make the rest of the house into a pup maze for Beckett.
I feel so honored! Thank you so much to everyone at the Stadler Center--Shara, Andy, Katie, Carolina, and the hard-working interns.
It's such a gift to not have to work next spring and just work on a new manuscript ...
At the eve of AWP (we fly out of Philadelphia tomorrow evening), it seems appropriate to provide an update. Apologies for the long interval between updates, but I swear--not much has been happening.
But now, so many upcoming readings! 2 this week in Seattle at AWP, then a Providence reading in March, and a Brooklyn one in April. It's like I'm on a slowly moving tour that mimics the trajectory of scattered pigeon poop.
And on the prose front, my disshelved prose debuted on the Poetry NW blog this past Saturday! You can check out my take on a "reading list" here. Also totally forgot to pimp my short personal essay on Mark Levine.
Hopefully upcoming is an interview series, and seasonal reading lists ...
This week (Thurs/Friday), you can find me at the Lana Turner booth. Please come say hello!
Proud to say that I'll be a contributor for Poetry Northwest 's blog in the near future, likely covering artist-writer collaborations + who knows.
And! Am reviewing books for Publishers Weekly.
Prose = a feat.
And it's really been a wonderful summer + season of publications & publication acceptances. I feel worlds of luck in me and know I'm undeserving.
Got a chance to be interviewed for The Collagist's blog last month and it's up! What a scary thing to do--(1) write prose (2) attempt to articulate self (3) expose self to internet.
For the interested, you may find it here.
Cal Bedient will publish my review of Swamp Isthmus by Joshua Marie Wilkinson in the next issue of Lana Turner! Very honored to have such a great publication host my first ever critical review. I hope I don't blow it.
Excited to be named as one of this year's participants for writer/artist collaboration with Flying House!
I've been partnered with artist Stoney Sasser and I can't wait to begin making art with her.
Our work along with the other collaborations will be on show in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday, October 19th! If you're in the area--please do come.
Yes! So excited! Squaw Valley is a week-long workshop where I'll be forced to write a new poem every day (only for 7 days? NO BIG DEAL--after this 30/30), and will be in workshop with Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley. Such an amazing opportunity. I'm so floored!
I applied back in 2010 and was duly rejected with a form letter (so cold). It's been my dream to go to Squaw Valley (in Tahoe) since someone told me about this back when I was a confused undergrad dabbling in poetry at UCLA.
And now I get to go! This summer is going to be fantastic--week in Tahoe, then a week in Provincetown, then Bread Loaf, then the world.