New Essay in The Colorado Review!

This summer, I was absolutely thrilled when I received an acceptance from The Colorado Review, a journal to which I’ve been submitting for what felt like decades. I wrote “Portrait on metal with Patterned Scarf and Streak Light,” after sitting for a tintype portrait in Dallas. The experience was such an interesting and disorienting one […]

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New Poem in Gulf Coast!

I’ve always loved Gulf Coast, which is published by the creative writing program at the University of Houston. For years, it was one of my “goal” publication, a journal I dreamed of being in. After all, Gulf Coast is not only a beautifully produced journal, but it also has a tremendous track record for publishing […]

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New Lyric Essay in Image!

Although I am not a religious (or even spiritual) person, I’ve always loved the journal, Image, whose mission is to “engage with the religious traditions of western culture.” So, I was ecstatic when the recently appointed nonfiction editor, Lauren F. Winner, accepted one of my new essays for publication. “The Dead Class” is a braided piece, […]

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New Lyric Essay in New England Review!

New England Review is one of my all-time favorite journals, and it never ceases to be a thrill when NER accepts one of my pieces for publication. I was ecstatic to learn that another essay from Exhibition would appear in a journal I love so much. “Essay, Made of Antique Glass” is a lyric piece […]

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Poems on Poetry Daily!

I’m really delighted to have two poems from American Samizdat featured on Poetry Daily. The site has recently been revamped/remodeled/redone (what is the verb that we use for the overhaul of a website?), and it looks gorgeous. You can read my poems here.

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Poem on Verse Daily!

It’s always a thrill (and a surprise!) to have a poem featured on Verse Daily. So, I’m really happy to have something from American Samizdat posted on the site today. You can read the poem here.

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New Poems in Shenandoah!

I’ve always loved Shenandoah. When I first began writing poetry and dreaming about seeing my work in print, Shenandoah was one of my “aspirational” journals. I submitted poems to Shenandoah for many years before one was finally taken (“Bargaining with the Wolf,” which appears in my debut collection, The Hardship Post). So, when I submitted poems to the journal, […]

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The Mississippi Review Prize for Poetry!

Last spring, while I was working on the manuscript that became American Samizdat, I was also writing a book of sonnets and heroic crowns, Simple Machines. Because a heroic crown contains 15 individual sonnets, I knew that my four heroic crowns would probably be challenging to publish. What journal would be willing to devote that […]

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Great News About Simple Machines!

In spring 2018, while I was working on the manuscript that became American Samizdat, I also began work on another manuscript of poetry. At the time, I was teaching a class called Form & Theory and, because my students writing formal poems, I decided to return to received forms too. And this is how Simple […]

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New Lyric Essay in Poetry Northwest Online!

Now that I’ve found a home for throughsmoke: an essay in notes, I’ve begun work on a new series of essays. This project, tentatively titled Exhibition, a Self-Portrait, focuses on what it was like to grow up in a home with a very fine art collection. If throughsmoke gave me an opportunity to experiment with flash nonfiction, then Exhibition is pushing […]

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First Sighting: American Samizdat!

I’m currently suffering through a bad January cold. So, my mood was significantly lifted today when I found an advanced copy of American Samizdat waiting for me in my mailbox! The book won’t officially be released until the end of March. But, it’s already available for pre-order. So, if you feel like supporting your local poet, […]

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Book Cover for American Samizdat!

I’ve been keeping my head down the last few months, focusing on teaching and preparing for the launch of American Samizdat and throughsmoke,  This morning, I received the final cover for American Samizdat, this beauty designed by Diode Editions’ Law Alsobrook. I love it! I’ve quickly become a huge fan of Law’s work, and this might be one […]

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Great News about American Samizdat!

In early 2018, I began working–almost in a fever–on a linked series of lyrical fragments. I had been rereading Louise Gluck’s The Wild Iris and listening to Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, and suddenly I wanted to be back in a space of intense persona, a voice both mine and not mine. Years ago, when I drafted From […]

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New Review of Dots & Dashes!

A few years ago, when The Arranged Marriage was published, a beautiful review of the book appeared in New Pages (one of my favorite resources on the internet). It was written by a poet named Kimberly Ann Priest and made all of the kinds of astute observations that I hoped a reader would make about the […]

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New Review of Dots & Dashes!

I’ve said this before, but having a book of poetry published really is a strange animal. It’s not like publishing a novel, which involves the release of the book followed by a brief, intense period of publicity and marketing. If the novel “hits,” then it continues to receive attention and support from a press. If […]

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