August 2021

While August brings its whiffs of endings–Midwest corn fields starting to yellow, the Olympic Games winding down, and smoke haze signaling areas lost to wildfires–these days offer small beginnings. Home from July wanderings, I resume a writing and making schedule. Lines captured on odd sized pieces of paper will shape into poems, maybe an essay. I rediscover recipes for pesto and zucchini bread. We eat from the garden and stock the freezer. And I begin to think about fall readings, submissions, and publications. Here’s a preview, with more to come.

“How to Keep from Keeping,” a poem extracted from Anna Botsford Comstock’s “How to Keep Bees” (1905), is now in Heron Tree, Issue 8.

On August 8, 5 – 8 pm CDT, I’ll be a featured reader with Benji Katz and Rose Smith for Uncloistered Online. I’ll read from my newest collection, The Feast Delayed, as well as debuting a few new poems. Event is free and open to the public. Registration details here.

Wishing you safe days and creative energy.