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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Great News about throughsmoke!

For nearly four years, I’ve been working on throughsmoke: an essay in notes. The manuscript started as little meditations about perfume that I wrote on my now-defunct blog, “The Gefilte Review” (RIP). One day, a friend said to me, you should turn this into a book. I laughed, finding it difficult to imagine how these disparate essays […]

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New Headshots!

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of sitting for photographer Brad Taylor of Caprock Studio, who took my new headshots. Now, like a lot of people, I don’t love having my picture taken. I’m very hard on myself and have knack of picking out every one of my flaws in every photograph. But, […]

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New Review of Dots & Dashes

I first met Peter Molin when he was still active-duty and teaching literature at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I’m not sure who introduced me to Molin (perhaps it was Brian Turner or maybe Siobhan Fallon?), but it became immediately clear to me that he was a fierce advocate for contemporary war […]

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Interview in Memorious!

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Jessica Murray (an excellent poet and PhD candidate at the University of North Texas) about Dots & Dashes. The interview is now featured in Memorious, a literary journal that is edited by the very wonderful Rebecca Morgan Frank. You can read the interview here. And here’s my poem, “Scheherazade,” […]

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New Poem in Pleiades!

I’m so very happy to have another poem from my current manuscript-in-progress, Wild Kingdom, in the latest issue of Pleiades. The poem, “Portrait of an Administrator with Strategic Plan and Office Supplies,” came out of my study of Larry Levis: his handling of narrative, his excellent ear. I wrote the first draft in late November 2016, when […]

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New Poem in New Limestone Review!

When I moved to Texas, I fell in love with the strange, shimmering birds that I saw in every parking lot, their funny, crooked bodies hopping between the cars, how they bent to snag pieces of trash, bits of food dropped by passersby, their croaking, creaky voices. I was completely enchanted with what I understood […]

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New Poems at New Orleans Review!

A few weeks ago, when I was giving readings in Chicago and at Illinois Wesleyan University, I received a very unexpected and welcome email from New Orleans Review, accepting three poems from my manuscript-in-progress, Wild Kingdom. Interestingly, the poems are quite grim; they explore issues of bullying, misogyny, and antisemitism in academia. But if you don’t […]

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Review of Dots & Dashes in The Rumpus!

I’m thrilled and grateful that a new review of Dots & Dashes is now up at The Rumpus. Here’s the final paragraph of Heidi Czerwiec’s extremely attentive, nuanced, and thoughtful review: Before I go crawl back in bed with my snorer, grateful for his body beside me, his scent I can smell skin-to-skin, I need to say, […]

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A Poem for Veteran’s Day

It’s Veteran’s Day, which also happens to be my birthday! Although many of the poems in Dots & Dashes would be appropriate to honor Veteran’s Day, there’s one in particular that is particularly suitable. It’s a poem about all the things that happened on this day in history, weaving together disparate moments as well as language […]

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New Poems in Diode!

I am very excited that the most recent issue of Diode includes two poems from my in-progress manuscript, Wild Kingdom: “Field Notes on Mobbing” and “Field Notes on the Muted Brilliance of the Female.” While no one who knows me would ever call me outdoorsy, in these poems I use the language of a scientist to observe the fierce […]

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New Poem on The Academy of American Poets Website!

One of my favorite publications, The Southern Review, is now collaborating with The Academy of America Poets to bring poems from the journal to a larger readership. And, I’m thrilled to have my poem, “Sun Salutations with Betrayal and Departure,” which appeared in the summer issue of The Southern Review as part of a “sampler” featured on […]

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Poem Up at Verse Daily!

Today, a friend emailed me to tell me that one of my poems is up at Verse Daily. What a nice surprise! “Runaway Military Surveillance Blimp Drifts from Maryland to Pennsylvania” comes from the middle section of Dots & Dashes and takes its title from a New York Times article dated October 28, 2015. I remember being fascinated with this particular […]

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