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!)
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
As some of you probably know, Woman Made Gallery hosts these wonderful poetry readings in conjunction with a current exhibition. I’ll be reading one of my poems for the Building Blocks and Elements event from 2-4pm on Sunday, July 14. I’m not sure who the featured readers will be (alas, I am not one of them!) but I’m sure they’ll be amazing!
Poet Carrie McGath is hosting the inaugural Poetry Salon at Uncharted Books tomorrow night, January 8, at 7pm. Adam Edelman is headlining and yours truly will be reading two brand spanking new pieces during the open mic.
Wine and poetry–what could possibly be better than that?! See you there!