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.