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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

My First Pandemic Poem

 New pandemic poem in One, thanks to Jacar Press and editor Richard Krawiec. Beautiful issue with a glowing cover, and work by Thylia Moss (swoon), Gary Fincke, Jen Karetnik and more. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Links to My Interview at Rattlecast

 If you missed my live interview with Tim Green at Rattlecast, you can still watch it recorded at one of these links:

I won't be listening; I find hearing myself kind of horrifying, but you can listen if you'd like, and you can even reassure me that it went well, if you are up for that kind of consoling! 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Hybrid Piece at the Los Angeles Review

 I have a new hybrid piece in The Los Angeles Review, called 'The Discovery of Hands.' I'm not going to lie--there's something special to me about this piece. If you have a moment and are up for something a little different, I hope you'll read it. I'm grateful to the editors for giving it a chance. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Rattlecast #63

 Friends, I'll be interviewed by editor Tim Green on Rattlecast #63, the podcast of Rattle Magazine. It will also be broadcast live on YouTube and archived there at It will also livestream on Facebook and Periscope.

The live event is on 10/20 at 9 pm EST. 

And you can download it from wherever you get your podcasts later. 

So, there's that. 


Cumberland River Review Pub! and Pushcart Nom!

 Hey friends, new poem up at Cumberland River Review (out of Trevecca Nazarene University), and they've nominated it for a Pushcart!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Comedy and Poetry

 I have long thought that writing poetry might have as much, if not more, in common with writing jokes than with other forms of creative writing. There is the need for the right word, for the sense of timing and rhythm, and often there's a desire to stick the landing.

Here's a poem I wrote recently called 'Gmail Critiques My Performance as a Daughter' that seems to me like it might have just as easily and as validly been made into a joke. Thanks, One Sentence Poems, for publishing it today. 

Saturday, August 29, 2020


Remember when you were in elementary school, and kids would taunt one another by saying things like, "In the dictionary under 'stupid,' there is a picture of you"? 

Well, I'm actually in the dictionary now. Or, at least, a line from one of my poems is an example sentence for the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary for the word 'taproot.' Better hurry if you want to see it though, because it seems like the dictionary has an algorithm that plucks these example sentences from recent publications. Who knows how long 'recent' lasts. 

How did this happen? Well, I'm not sure but my guess is that Scientific American, the publication the poem appeared in, is on a list of publications that the dictionary's algorithm routinely pulls example sentences from. I bet they'd be surprised to find they've pulled a line of poetry--but then again, this is just my guess of how the process works. 

Anyway, it's kind of fun for now. (And I'm in the definition for 'madly' and 'black spruce' too, but it's the same line of poetry.) 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Poem in Scientific American

Friends, I can hardly believe it, but thanks to editor Dava Sobel and friend Dave Zobel, I have a poem in the June issue of Scientific American, in their recently revived poetry column called "Meter." Please have a look.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What about THAT?

New cento in THAT Literary Review, volume 5, p. 32 If you are inclined. This volume includes strong work by Laurie Kolp, Tobi Alfier, C L Bledsoe, and Cameron Morse, among others.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Verse Daily Today

Friends, my poem "Orange," originally published in the Bennington Review, is featured today on Verse Daily, thanks to editor J. P. Dancing Bear. Please have a look if you have a moment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

UNcalCulabLE Recalibrated

Columbia College Literary Review has selected my poem 'UNcalCulaBle' from its Spring 2016 as its representative poem for that issue on its website. This poem is included in my book Whiteout (University of Alaska Press, 2017). It's rewarding to see this poem have a new online life as well. Check it out if you are inclined.