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?

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.

Rogue Agent

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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!

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.

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

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.