The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Conference Just Released Their 2021 CFP

Heads up, y’all! The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) is accepting proposals though January 1 for the spring 2021 symposium. This a great conference for a couple reasons: 1) SSML is a small and welcoming organization, and (2) you can propose a reading of creative work (as well as critical work, if that’s your jam), which makes it a great way to get a conference presentation on your CV.

Take a look at the CFP here.

Two New Poems Out in the World November 1st!

Hey, hey! This fall is shaping up to be ok, despite all the HORRIBLE that sometimes seems to be closing in on every side. Covid is still with us, unfortunately, and still taking its toll. But the trees are beautiful and there seem to be adorable little deer everywhere! (Be careful on those country roads at night, folks.) AND November 1st you’ll be able to read two of my poems, “Ghost” and “Grown Wild,” in the fall issue of HeartWood Literary Magazine. These two poems were inspired by my grandmother and are therefore very near and dear to my squishy little heart. She was originally from Kentucky, so I’m glad these two pieces were picked up by a journal housed in a university in Appalachia.

 

New Poem at the Highland Park Muses’ Gallery “Trees” Exhibition

Are you familiar with Highland Park Poetry‘s Muses’ Gallery? No?! Well, friends, you have been missing out! The Muses’ Gallery is a revolving exhibition of ekphrastic poetry that are published on temporary signs installed near sculptures– or, in this case, trees–as well as on Highland Park Poetry’s virtual Muses’ Gallery. Roots will be available to read October 1 both online and on an actual tree (I LOVE it!) somewhere in Highland Park.

If anyone stumbles across Roots and its tree, do let me know the location!

This Upcoming Digital Humanities Conference Will Knock Your Socks Off!

I know, I know.  Soooooo many virtual events happening. Do your eyes feel like they’re going to fall out of your head? I can commiserate.

BUT, now hang on a minute! The formidable Hannah Huber (now at Sewanee. Go Hannah!) and I are hosting a Digital Humanities conference on October 22 and 23 that you must check out.

Learn more about the Resources and Visibility in Digital Humanities conference, and don’t forget to register!

Two New Digital Humanities Projects in the Works

Hello from the home office where I–and I’m sure all of you–have been working (somewhat) diligently since early March. What an odd place the world has become since my last announcement! It’s important to remember that we’re not the first to endure quarantine. Hemingway continued to be quite prolific while in a rather complicated quarantine situation in 1926. If Hemingway can do it (while navigating a love triangle, no less), so can we, people!

This entire year is a wash as far as readings and conference presentations are concerned. I take solace in the fact that there are other means of getting our work out into the world. Which brings me to the announcement!

I’m working on two digital humanities projects right now that might interest some–The Endo/Exo Writers Project: Computing Class in U.S. and U.K. Novels, on which I’m co-investigator, and Redacted: Suicide, Big Ag, and Climate Crisis / Elegy for the American Farmer, on which I’m principal investigator. Both of these projects have a projected completion date of summer 2021.

Stay safe, all. Mask, wash, and mind the 6 feet.

Two Upcoming Readings…One with Art!

For real! I’ll be one of five readers at the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s monthly event Art Speaks! Come on out September 14, from Noon to 1:00 pm to hear poetry, prose, and possibly some experimental performancey type stuff, while also perusing some freaking fantabulous art. This event has everything!

If you’re affiliated with the English Department or the LatinX program at UIC, drop by the Latino Cultural Center at 6:30 on September 19 where I and a couple other PhD students in the Program for Writers will be reading with Javier Zamora. (Woot! Woot!)

And the Winner Is…

Hey, Hey! Guess who won the David Diamond Student Writing Prize from The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature! That’s right!

I’m incredibly honored to be recognized by a society I so much admire. Talk about validation!

Be on the lookout for the winning poem, “Witness,” in the 2019 issue of MidAmerica. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll be over here basking in the fact that I’m kind of a big deal. ;-D