New Poem in The Southern Review!

Another poem from my manuscript-in-progress, Wild Kingdom, just came out in the summer issue of The Southern Review. “Sun Salutations with Betrayal and Departure” emerged from my recent obsession with Larry Levis’s long, narrative poems. I have been fascinated with Levis’s ability to tell extended stories while also sustaining a lyric voice, vivid imagery that is rooted in the physical world […]

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New Review of Still Life with Poem!

In October 2016, as I was just beginning to settle into my new life in Texas, Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse, was released. This is the second anthology that I have co-edited with the wonderful poet (and my dear friend) Lindsay Lusby. As with our previous collaboration, The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary […]

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First Sighting: Dots & Dashes!

When I first starting submitting poems to journals in the distant year of 2000, I loved going to check my mailbox. At the time, I lived in Annapolis, Maryland, in a ratty apartment on Cathedral Street, a block away from the local hospital. My place had no air conditioning, the windows leaked when it rained, […]

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Russian Red

This has been a summer of lipstick for me. I can’t get enough of red and fuchsia and coral and purple. For several years, I gave up on wearing lipstick and wore mostly tinted lip balms. Lipstick just seemed like so much work, always requiring reapplication, a perfectly smooth canvas of skin. But, recently, I’ve […]

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Private Mentoring & Poetry Consultations

For many years now, I’ve offered private mentoring and consultations to poets at all stages of their development. But, it’s only in the past few months that I’ve begun to advertise these services more publicly. If you’re interested in sending out work your work to journals, in drafting new poems, or in preparing a book-length […]

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Poem on Verse Daily!

Last summer, I wrote sonnets, lots and lots of sonnets. It was a time of exciting transition for me. I left one life behind. I started another. And, because sonnets have always been at the heart of my development as a poet (when I first decided I wanted to be a poet, I wrote a sonnet […]

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Poem in The Jewish Journal!

Over the years, The Jewish Journal has been very supportive of my work, often republishing poems from my earlier books. Recently, The Jewish Journal reprinted “Shabbat Prayer, on the Occasion of War,” which is the closing poem in my third book, Stateside. “Shabbat Prayer, on the Occasion of War” is a sonnet that begins with a line from Siegried […]

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Back from the Tupelo Truchas Poetry Conference

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my many years as a student. As much as I love leading a classroom, I sometimes miss the vulnerability, excitement, and growth that comes with being a student, how the student can feel herself changing and developing with each semester, how her teachers become essential figures in the story of […]

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New Poem in Southwest Review!

Last summer, as kind of poetic palate cleanser, I wrote dozens and dozens of sonnets, mostly about the ordinary objects that surround us. One of those poems, “Wireless Doorbell,” appears in the current issue of The Southwest Review. This sonnet came out of a creepy thing that kept happening in the first months after I moved into […]

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Back from Poetry by the Sea

I’ve just returned from Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. And, as is always the case after a poetry-related trip, I am exhausted! I had a wonderful time at the Conference, serving as the first Poet in Residence. I was also lucky to be accompanied by my husband, who so many people know from […]

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