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.

Blowtorch: Trinity College Dublin

Today in the mail I received a copy of Blowtorch, the anthology from the Masters of Philosophy in Creative Writing anthology at Trinity College Dublin.  I have a few poems in here alongside poems and stories written by the other M.Phil students, which causes my heart to ache a little bit–I miss our workshops dearly.  Huge props to Christina DowlingOliver Revolta and Katie Phelan for putting together such a classy, well-designed publication.  I’m also glad that my “argument” with the Trinity Halls warden provided its title.Image

The Bookmark, the Poems, the Light

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I’ve been meaning to share this poem by David Ades for a long time now.  “The Bookmark, the Poems, the Light” was published in Australian Poetry this past December, David sent me a link to the journal with a happy belated birthday message attached. His poem references my chapbook, which is now available on Amazon, and the new book by my dear friend and teacher Joy Katz, “All You Do Is Perceive” (Four Way Books, 2013). I am so, so thrilled to know David, whose work I’ve loved since hearing him read in Pittsburgh, PA several years ago, and feel honored to be in this poem.  Thank you David!

 

Bare Hands Issue 18

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The brand new issue of Bare Hands Poetry launched today featuring photography by Roberta Winters, Liv Monaghan, Lisa Griffin, Danny D Ford and Hannah-Clare Gordon, and poetry by Cal Doyle, Kira A, Alan Jude Moore, Allison Grayhurst, Alvy Carragher, William Taylor Jr, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, EM Reapy & Catherina Behan, and yours truly.

You can subscribe to their mailing list here! Thanks so much to Kerrie O’ Brien and Colm Keegan in Ireland for including me in this issue.

Chapbook Available for Preorder

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My poetry chapbook, “The Mark My Body Draws In Light,” is available for preorder from Finishing Line Press!

You can order it here.  It is $14, and ships on Jan 11, 2014.

The book features cover art by the amazingly talented photographer Olivia Locher and blurbs from two of my all-time favorite poets, Jim Daniels and Terrance Hayes.

Pleiades: Vol. 33.2

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The summer edition of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing is out, and I am excited to have my poem “Smallness” published in the company of Ellen McGrath Smith’s review of Judy Vollmer’s The Water Books.  This edition also features wonderful poems by superstars Tomaz Salamun, Mark Irwin and Traci Brimhall.

Pleiades is the University of Central Missouri’s literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays and reviews by authors around the world.  Visit the journal’s website to order a copy of this edition, subscribe, or submit.

Independents Day 2013: D.I.Y. Zine Fair

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On Monday Oliver and I adventured through the city’s side streets in search of the Dublin Food Co-Op’s Zine Fair.  I spoke to artists from all over the city and looked through records and handmade jewelry and booklets.  There were people dressed in costumes and bands playing near the back.  In the end, I wound up collecting only four things: a free screen-printed map of a Feminist Walking Tour of Dublin, a book of collages featuring women’s body parts and ribcages expending flowers by Martha Daly, a shark hand-painted onto a miniature piece of plywood, and a zine called You Are Among Friends: Advice to the Little Sisters I Never Had by Lindsey Markel.

Markel writes in her zine, “Do more of what you love.  Once you identify what you want to do, do it relentlessly.”  As long as I can keep writing poetry and illustrating in Dublin or New York City, I will be happy.

NASA

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My mother’s cousin from New Castle, PA, Dr. Drew Morgan, was just selected to be one of the eight new astronauts for NASA.  This group, which includes four women, are headed to an asteroid and Mars.

I can’t believe that someone I know is going to space.  My dream as a child was to be the first astronaut concert pianist poet journalist — and this was something the adults in my life actively encouraged.  I imagined playing recitals on a floating piano, reading poetry inspired by zero-gravity, and reporting everything that happened to our crew to a webcam that was broadcast live to earth.

Though it seems a little too late to perfect the piano-playing skills and mathematical abilities that would render this dream attainable, I still can’t wait to interview Dr. Morgan and follow his experiences with NASA as part of the next generation of space explorers.

Ireland

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It struck me today that I should have been keeping some sort of travel journal this year.  I think I was so swept up in the chaos of leaving my hometown for the first time in my entire life and coming to Ireland that recording the experience was almost impossible. Now that a few months have passed (eleven, to be specific) and I am preparing to leave again, a lot of my experiences are becoming cohesive.

One thing I love about Ireland is how complicated the sky tends to be.  One moment it’s bright and serene and the next it’s black and tempestuous.  The wind will rip your umbrella right out of your hands.  I’ve seen many people slamming their umbrellas against walls and stuffing them into bins, and have also been a victim of several umbrella disasters.  It doesn’t really help to prepare for the weather in any way because it will do what it wants.

Anyway, these are photographs I took when the sky was being particularly dramatic.  I’ve never lived in a place where rainbows just randomly shoot out of the mountains, but it’s great.