Well, it’s been a minute, right?! Pandemic has been rough. Really rough. But I’m happy to announce that I’ll be reading for Lover’s Eye Press at Rare Nest Gallery on Saturday January 14 at 5pm. Come out and support POETRY (hell yes!), a great little lit mag, and a fab-o gallery!
Something wonderful is afoot! First, a new journal is launching called Lover’s Eye Press: a Journal of Ardor. Second, it will be featuring three new poems of mine. Hoorah!
I’m really excited about this journal because there are some wonderful and talented people running it. I feel very honored to have been chosen to be the first feature poet.
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.
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.
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!
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.
If you’ve ever had an idea for a Digital Humanities project and just didn’t know how where to start, I have the perfect event for you!
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.
So EXCITED to announce that I’ll be the featured reader at The Poetry Salon this coming Tuesday, October 8. I’d love to see anyone and everyone at Uncharted Books at 7pm. We’ll be in my old neighborhood, Andersonville, AND it will be mere days before my birthday! (WHAAAAT?!) Sure, you can buy me a drink afterward. (Twist my arm, why don’t you!)
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!)