News & Upcoming Events

February 2021

New or coming in late winter/early spring, depending on where you’re reading:

Tinderbox Poetry, 6:6 is now live. In addition to the wealth of poems and reviews, I’ve reviewed Alyse Bensel’s Rare Wondrous Things: A Poetic Biography of Maria Sibylla Merian, Green Writers Press, 2020. Readers seeking science, art, poetry, and biography, this is a book for you.

In March, I’ll join writers and visual artists for Ruminate Happenings. During this annual fundraiser, March 6 – 13, 2021, participating writers and artists go live on Instagram to create poems, stories, short essays, and art for ticket holders. I’ll be live on March 7, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST writing poems in response to images and memories from ticket holders. If you’d like an artifact created just for you by any of the participating writers or artists, get your ticket here.

The Feast Delayed, a new full-length collection is forthcoming from Terrapin Books in April 2021. Check back for the cover reveal in a few weeks.

A few other creative things are in the works, so please check in again.

January 2021

Like many friends, I’ve been waiting for this transition, rehearsing the sound of “2021,” and preparing to leave a difficult year behind. So here we are: January 2021. A new calendar isn’t magic. The old problems exist. But measurable change is possible and happening.

Meanwhile, the year has begun with new publications that introduced me to new editors and writers while connecting me to longtime friends in new ways.

Eastern Iowa Review posted “Winter Self,” a prose poem in which I am “a cave dweller in January.” This issue’s theme is “Winter,” and new selections will appear periodically through the coming weeks.

In the the inaugural issue of Book of Matches, a brilliant new journal edited by Kelli Allen and Nicholas Christian, my poem “The End of Early” is in stunning company.

The coming months will bring several more publications, including The Feast Delayed, a full-length poetry collection forthcoming in April 2021 from Terrapin Books.

Please check back for updates.

November 2020

Two weeks ago, a surprise arrived at my door. The connection it carried began much earlier, in March, when I saw a friend from a distance on the prairie, each of us walking with our dogs. Coronavirus was new and masks not yet mandatory, so we kept our distance. I went home and wrote a poem for this friend, and months late later she delivered a commissioned broadside by Minneapolis artist Marni Kaldjian. I’m grateful for these moments of humanity and art in the midst of so much uncertainty.

So while September and October slipped away in a blur of pandemic-response teaching, all is not lost. Sheltering and staying safe have opened opportunities for virtual lectures, literary events, and classes at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

I’ve also begun the reflection and work that prepares the way for publication of a new book. A full-length poetry collection, will be published by Terrapin Books in 2021. If you’re not familiar with the gorgeous books they produce, please check out their titles.

Take care, be well, and, as always, check back for news of forthcoming poems and essays.

August 2020

August is usually a quiet month of transition as I reflect on summer travel and prepare for a new academic year. This summer, travel was limited, and classes begin in mid-August. With less time to write, I’m grateful to prompts, themes, and opportunities such as Rattle’s Poets Respond, Poets and Writers’ The Time is Now, and so many more coming my way on social media.

Thanks to all who responded to “Convergence” on River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things.”

More publications are forthcoming, so please check back.

In the meantime, be safe, be well, be creative.

July 2020

This month I’m going to stop asking, “What day is it?” and just go with rhythms of the humid hours and short nights.

Along the way, moments of wonder arrive on Monday mornings when I read River Teeth‘s “Beautiful Things.” Compressed, dense, never ordinary, these essays are 300 or fewer words. In late July, “Beautiful Things” will publish one of my flash essays. To subscribe at no cost or read archives, visit River Teeth.


June 2020

Canceled. Canceled. Canceled.

That’s been the theme song of 2020. Meanwhile, many organizations and publishers are opening virtual spaces where artists and communities may gather to share pandemic experiences, to grieve and speak back to racial violence, and to sustain creativity as a response to destruction. I’ve been following The Social Distance Reading Series hosted by The Vermont School and Green Mountains Review, where poets are launching new books.

My time at home, though Zoom-intensive, has enabled observation and reflection, time to write and keep my hands close to ink, paint, and paper.

A new poem is forthcoming in Passager, with others on the way. Stay tuned, stay well, and create.

April 2020

The crocuses are blooming, despite lingering ice and snow. I notice daily changes even more since I’m  home during this pandemic. The urge to read and write poetry is heightened, with a lot of generous informal sharing happening.

Meanwhile, Tinderbox Poetry 6:3 is live. It includes a selection of poems from a variety of poets and checks in with some past contributors, including me. You’ll find recent publication information and short reviews of what we’ve been reading.

A new essay, “Tethers,” appears in Green Mountains Review, online April 22, 2020.

More poems and essays are forthcoming. Please check back for updates.

December 2019

Bellevue Literary Review, Issue 37, “The Good Life,” is now available and includes my poem “I Paint His Absence.”

Cimarron ReviewIssues 206, 207, and 208 in a single volume, is available. I’m grateful to receive a Pushcart Prize nomination for my essay “Separates.”

More news is forthcoming. Please visit again.

As days grow shorter and darkness deepens, words and images are my constant.