Poetry Night: Things As They Are, 8/31

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Hello friends! I will be reading poems as part of Things As They Are: A Reading Series of Immediate Poetry, a series that features poets “with distinct voices whose writing is firmly rooted in the now.” Things As They Are was the title of one of Gertrude Stein’s earliest collection of prose, an affirmation of a demonstrative individuality in a constant struggle against convention.

When: August 31 at 8pm
Where: Omar’s La Ranita in NYC

This event is free but RSVP is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-night-things-as-they-are-tickets-37147666671
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I’ll be reading with some pretty awesome writers: Camilo Roldán, Madeleine Mermall, Tatiana Eva-Marie, and JC Hopkins.

I’ve never had to say this before, but: Parlor & Omar’s are private members clubs and all members and guests will be required to wear either formal attire, or upscale / business casual attire. Guests seeking entrance who are underdressed may be denied access.

So get fancy. I am so excited about this and hope to see you there. ♡

Plath Poetry Project

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Hi friends, I’m a Featured Writer for the Plath Poetry Project for the months of July-September. On each day that Plath wrote a poem in 1962, I will, too! This is a generative project that focuses on practice, not polish—I strongly encourage writer friends to engage with this & follow Plath’s schedule with me. You’ll be able to see my poems in response to hers at the end of each month, & you can submit your own work to the retrospective. Thank you, Leenie Moore and Megan Arlett, for this exciting challenge.

Update: You can check out my poems in the July Retrospective here. ♡

Interview With Poetry Editor Daniel M. Shapiro

IMG_1824.jpgEarlier this year I was over the moon to have two poems published in the Pittsburgh Poetry ReviewI’m still not over it. So you can imagine how much fun I had answering four questions for PPR Poetry Editor Daniel Shapiro! The interview was posted today on his site, Little Myths. I enjoyed having the chance to share some of my opinions and hopes for the future of poetry. Thank you Dan, for giving me a space to talk about the subject closest to my heart. The other interviews on the site are also wonderful to read, so check them out. Thanks for reading. ♡

Cover: Washington Square Review

17991933_1427546620642142_1217412367986774236_n.jpgIt’s such an honor to see my artwork on the cover of Washington Square Review again. I loved creating this octopus embroidery! Thank you so much to the editors who commissioned this piece. The poet Javier Zamora and other fantastic writers have work in this issue, and I can’t wait to pour through it. I hope to see you at the journal’s launch party this Friday, April 29th at 7pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House. There will be readings by Jeremy Michael Clark, Andrew Mangan, and Kamilah Aisha Moon, contributors to the nationally distributed literary journal. There will also be octopus temporary tattoos, drawn by me. Enjoy!

Writing Residency at the Vermont Studio Center

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In September I will be attending a two week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. This has been a dream of mine ever since Major Jackson spoke highly of VSC to our craft class at NYU. I know a few artist friends who’ve attended in the past and they had a wonderful time there. It’s going to take a bit of bravery but I’m gearing up for some solitude and hoping to tie up a project I’ve been working on for seven years. No pressure, right?

Cover: Cimarron Review

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This month you can find one of my photographs on the cover of Cimarron Review! This picture was taken in Lima, Peru. The flowers, colors, and angles caught my eye one gray day as my partner and I explored Miraflores. I think dogs are more wonderful than humans; I’ve heard it said that owning a dog is a happiness you never knew you could have. My landlord doesn’t allow pets, so I survive by hanging out with other people’s animals. One day, though, I will have five hundred dogs. Mark my words.

Shop Launch: One Gold Canary

I am very excited to announce the launch of my embroidery shop, One Gold Canary. Here are a few pictures of pieces I’ve made so far. I’m currently accepting commissions, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like something custom-made.

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Enjoy! And happy holidays.

Pittsburgh Poetry Review

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OMG, it’s me, out in the wild, reading things into a microphone, how terrifying! The Pittsburgh Poetry Review Launch Reading was actually super fun. I always love traveling back to the 412—I miss it dearly. When I arrived I was pretty shocked to find my friends (and even some of my high school teachers!) seated at a table with fries and beer, and that gave me all the courage I needed. The reading took place at Neid’s Hotel in Lawrenceville. The issue is gorgeous and I encourage my writer friends to subscribe and submit. If you were at the event, thank you for listening to my poems. ♡

Dead Rabbits Reading Series: Featured Artist

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Hi friends, I feel so lucky to have been the featured artist at the Dead Rabbit Reading Series‘ October reading! Some photographs from my Light Experiments project were projected over the following brilliant readers: Laura Cresté, Jose Olivarez, Maria Fernanda Snellings, David Olimpio, and Vivian Lee. It was truly magical. Thank you so much to Katie Rainey and Devin Kelley for putting this together, and to DTUT for having us.

Rogue Agent Featured Artist

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I had the honor of being the featured artist in Issue 15 of Rogue Agent! Many thanks to Jill Khoury and Jen Stein for making this happen.

Boxcar Poetry Review

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This month my artwork is featured in BOXCAR Poetry Review issue #37! Two photographs from my ongoing project “Light Experiments” are featured on the cover and among wonderful poems.

Boxcar asked me to recommend three must-read poets, and I named Jim DanielsDeborah Landau, and Jericho Brown. Special thanks to Neil Aitken. Check out the issue here:

http://www.boxcarpoetry.com/

Photography Series Forthcoming in Heartbeat Literary Journal

March has been a month of great news, and I’m looking forward to having photographs appear in the April edition of Heartbeat Literary Journal. I’ll post a link as soon as the issue is live. Thank you so much, Heartbeat!

Photography Series in Stanzas

On St. Patrick’s Day of all days, I have a black and white photo series forthcoming in the publication Stanzasa chapbook based in Limerick, Ireland. There will be a launch party on March 25th in Hook and Ladder Cafe in Limerick City. More than anything I wish I could travel back to Ireland, and it means a lot to me to be part of Stanzas, even from afar. Special thanks to Shane Vaughan for setting up this collaboration.

The Grief Diaries

Image 2016-02-01 at 1.25.45 PMToday I have a new poem in the latest issue of The Grief Diaries. Click here to read the poem and here to check out artwork and writing by Ira Huff, Jonathan May, John Sibley Williams, Katia Noyes, Tanya Couch, and Maia Evrona.

The Grief Diaries has an all-female editorial board that aims to publish work by and for communities who are often underrepresented in the arts—women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ community, disabled persons, etc. So, I am especially proud to be part of this publication. Thanks again to Carlie Hoffman and the editors!

Cellpoems

Check it out: new poem up on Cellpoems, a poetry journal distributed via text message! Very cool to see this poem alongside work by the poems of Kimiko Hahn, Aimee Nezhukumatahil, Matthea Harvey, Sherman Alexie, Nomi Stone, and so many other poets I admire. Thank you Cellpoems!  Everyone should submit.

http://cellpoems.org/2016/01/22/a-place-without-a-person/

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Brooklyn Poets Audio Recording

Many thanks to Jason Koo for adding this audio recording of my poem “Remembering What the Body Is” to the Brooklyn Poets Soundcloud Archive. This poem was featured when I was the Brooklyn Poet of the Week in April 2014.  Check out the article here.

Michelle Maher Poetry Reading

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My amazing mother is giving a poetry reading on Saturday February 27 @ 7pm at the East End Book Exchange in Pittsburgh!  She’s reading in the company of Ellen McGrath Smith, whose first full-length collection, Nobody’s Jackknife, was recently published by West End Press. Check out the book here.  Ellen and my mom also share the pages of the most recent Pittsburgh Poetry Review, an excellent journal, so this is going to be an all-around stellar reading.  Finally, check out my mom’s interview on NPR.  She’s in the company of Natalie Diaz and Joy Katz.

Master’s Thesis

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Today I handed in my Master’s Thesis, Little Vices. My time at the NYU MFA has come to a close. I’d like to extend infinite thanks to my family, my friends, my teachers and students, and to Deborah Landau, the best advisor anyone could ask for. And to Bryn Dodson, wherever you are.

Throwback: Print Oriented Bastards

Today I learned that Print Oriented Bastards, a literary journal founded by my Carnegie Mellon friends Ines Pujos and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, recently launched an online version of the journal.

Here’s issue 3, which features my poem “Drive to the Airport” alongside work by Guillermo Cancio-Bello, Zachary Green, and others.

Check it out here:

Print Oriented Bastards, Issue 3

Poem in riverSedge Literary Journal

I’m pleased to announce that I have a poem in riverSedge Literary Journal alongside my fellow MFA colleague Henry Mills.  I look forward to reading the whole issue when my contributor copy arrives in the mail.

“On behalf of riverSedge, thank you all for your prose, poetry and art. We’ve worked hard to put together a second consecutive scintillating issue, and each of your contributions have helped us exceed that goal…we are excited to continue to re-envision the journal’s 38-year old tradition of publishing only the very best literature and art from South Texas and beyond.”

I’ll be sure to post a picture as soon as possible.  Thanks again, riverSedge.

Fields Magazine

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I’m grateful to have a poem in the expertly designed Fields Magazine. 

From the magazine’s website:

“Issue 4 features profiles of New York-based conceptual artist Kate Weigel and Chicago poet and filmmaker Dakota Loesch; interviews with Austin slam poetry champion Loyce Gayo, Montreal’s dark synth chanteuse Marie Davidson, artist David Kramer, and authors Nick Jaina and Lily King; a portfolio of work from colored pencil master Joe Sinness; short stories from Elisabeth Murray, Jo Vraca, and Torrie Jay White; and poetry from Madeleine Barnes, Ally Covino, Brett Foster, Brad Liening, Jake Matkov, Austin Rodenbiker, and Cassandra Verhaegen. It also features artwork from Kimberly Benson, Diane Englander, Maggie Hazen, and Manik Raj Nakra, whose piece Untitled (from The Tigering! series) adorns the cover.”

Many thanks again to the editors of Fields.

YEW Journal

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Hey all, super excited to have poems in Yew Journal alongside beautiful paintings by my dear friend / former Carnegie Mellon University classmate / New York roommate Jiyoo Jye. This year I want to make more visual artist/writer collaborations happen – many thanks to Yew Journal for giving us a space to do this. Thanks also to Catherine Barnett’s writing workshop for inspiring and editing these poems.

Jai-Alai Magazine, Issue 5

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Very excited to have a poem in Jai-Alai Magazine.  My poem, “Place of Shelter” is among drawings by Bianca Stone, “Lazarus in the Sprinkler” by Jim Daniels, and poems by Carlie Hoffman, Frank Baez, Catherine Pond and others.  To the Editors, thank you so much for including me in this beautiful publication.

Voices from the Attic

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Both my mother and I have poems in the newest edition of Voices in the Attic, a journal based out of Carlow University in Pittsburgh.  I love sharing the pages of journals with her and hope we’ll continue appearing in the same publications.

The Looking Glass Magazine

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Hot off the press! The Looking Glass: Volume Three Issue Two will be out tomorrow afternoon in Ireland with my cover design on the front. There are a limited supply of hard copies available in Trinity College Dublin. The rest of the copies go to various children’s creative workshops around Ireland.

People Like You

Once upon a time at the AWP in Chicago circa 2011, Sally Mao and I were frozen and admiring the fur coat of poet and Rookie writer Jenny Zhang.  The three of us wound up squished into the back of a taxi cab with an editor who told me about the word “sheleighleigh.”  Although this incident pales in comparison to the AWP where we brought a houseplant to a bar and bought it a drink and/or won a pole dancing contest by accident, it was a prelude to an upcoming event:

“People Like You Should Fuck People Like Me” will take place on FRIDAY May 9 at Goodbye Blue Monday Bar in Brooklyn, New York at 7:00 pm.

LINEUP:
Jason Koo 
Sally Mao
Sampson Starkweather
Amy Rose Spiegel
☆ Madeleine Barnes
☆ Peter Friedman

Hosted by Jenny Zhang

Reading at KGB

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I will be reading with three emerging writers and poet Dana Ward this FRIDAY, APRIL 16 at 7 PM at KGB Bar, located at 85 E 4th St, New York.  If you’re up for spending an evening with whiskey-fueled MFA students, please stop by and/or buy me a shot because it is the right thing to do.