Writing Residency at the Vermont Studio Center

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I just found out that I’ll have the honor of attending a two week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center in September! I’ve wanted to go ever since Major Jackson told my craft class at NYU that we should all apply there after graduation. Anyone have tips on what to see and do in VT, or what to expect about the residency itself? I’m hoping to finish the manuscript here and, if I can, find time to work on some photography/embroidery projects.

I’ve heard such great things about VSC, and this will be my first writing residency. I look forward to meeting the other residents!

Cover: Cimarron Review

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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. It is an honor to see this photograph on the cover of Cimarron Review, and I send my warmest thanks to the editors.

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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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.