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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Poem Up at American Life in Poetry!

There are certain poetry sites that I visit every week, places like Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. I love reading what’s happening right now in poetry, what’s catching editors’ attentions. So, I’m thrilled to have “From the Pentagon”–one of many sonnets in Dots & Dashes–featured as this week’s syndicated column for American Life in […]

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The Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry!

During the spring semester, I undertook a very odd, intense project. I gave myself six weeks to draft a new poetry collection, a link sequence of lyrical fragments that imagined a particular what if: what if we suddenly lost the First Amendment and American poets had to learn to write the kind of coded verse that […]

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New Interview at the Military Spouse Fine Artists Network!

A few months ago, I came across some wonderful online interviews with military spouse writers like Siobhan Fallon and Lisa Stice at the Military Spouse Fine Artists Network (a.k.a. MilspoFAN). I reached out to Jessica Goodin, a modern dancer, choreographer, and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist who is also a military spouse and the founder of MilspoFAN; […]

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New Poem in Birmingham Poetry Review!

I’m so happy to have a new poem, “Minutes,” in the most recent issue of Birmingham Poetry Review. As the title indicates, this poem is inspired by the “received form” of departmental minutes. For many years, I was tasked with keeping minutes, a chore that I never imagined would eventually result in an actual poem. Who […]

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