The Next Big Thing?

So, there’s been this thing going around the internet…

Amy Lawless tagged me.

I’m going to tag three other poets who also have books forthcoming, etc., etc.

Here’s the self-interview:

The Next Big Thing

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What is the working title of the book?

 Aphoria

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I don’t know if I had an idea for the book per se.  I couldn’t really write individual/independent poems for a while.  I had a bunch of chapbook length manuscripts that I was looking for a home for (I Live Here Now ended up finding a home with Lame House Press) and I just sort of realized that there was a sort of natural arc or connection between what are now the three sections of the book.

What genre does your book fall under?

 Poetry

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Hm, maybe Jim Carey and Kate Winslet, but only if they were the characters they play in Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind.  Or maybe these guys:

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

 Most grateful, most private plea, be spared

the embarrassment of expectation.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I guess once I realized that I wanted to string the three shorter manuscripts together I worked on the manuscript as a whole for like three to five months.  I would say overall (between the writing of the poems and the manuscript being published) has been about four years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I have always hoped that one day I would publish a book of poems.  But really, I think the thing that kept me going despite all the times the manuscript was rejected or was a finalist in a contest was my friends.  I am lucky to have a lot of really talented poets as friends and I think their ambition became my ambition and hopefully vice versa.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My book will be published by Brooklyn Arts Press on March 1!  I am so thankful to my editor Joe Pan for all his hard work and dedication to my manuscript.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Ana BozicevicClaire Donato, Laurie Filipelli

Post-New Year’s & The Year Ahead

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That’s me before reading at The Poetry Project on New Year’s Day. I was pretty nervous.  I totally didn’t take any pictures at all.  I had meant to take a shot of the room right before I read.  It was packed!

My mom however took this shot and videoed my reading, which you can see below.

Pretty neat overall.  Was really flattered to even be asked.  I was thinking next year that I would volunteer to help out at the event.  I was thinking about it this year but was sort of overwhelmed by the whole thing, plus I knew my mom and dad would be in tow.  So hopefully next year I’ll have the opportunity to help out in some way.  It’s a really incredible event!

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In other news, my book page is up at Brooklyn Arts Press.  You can check it out here.  I can’t believe the book is almost out.  I am hoping to have a book party sometime mid-February.  Need to get planning…

As far as the year ahead goes, I’ve got a bunch of readings lined up in support of Aphoria so that’s exciting.  More on all that soon.

Otherwise, you know, I hope for the same thing every year: to be the best person I can be.  I think in addition to that this year I would also like to make a very tangible change to the way I make a living.  I read something by Zadie Smith in The New Yorker recently where she said something along the lines of life feels really short when you don’t engage with it, or rather when you do little with it.  I guess I am hoping for the opposite. Only I don’t think I would mind life feeling so short as long as I wasn’t bored out of my mind most of the time!

Okay, here’s the video.  Say thanks to my mom.  She figured out how to put it on YouTube all my herself.

Happy New Year at The Poetry Project

Happy New Year friends.

I am so happy to be reading a poem today at The Poetry Project for their 39th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading!  I am reading between 4-5pm.

More soon!

There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace — what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. A benefit that is also a transformative experience for artist and audience.

This year’s readers and performers include: Adeena Karasick, Andrew Boston, Anne Tardos, Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye, Anselm Berrigan, Aria Boutet, Ariel Goldberg, Arlo Quint, Arthur’s Landing, Avram Fefer, Beth Gill, Betsy Fagin, Bill Kushner, Bob Holman, Bob Rosenthal, Bobby Previte, Brenda Coultas, Brenda Iijima, Brett Price, Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, CA Conrad, Camille Rankine, Carley Moore, Carol Mirakove, Charles Bernstein, Christine Elmo, Church of Betty, Clarinda Mac Low, Cliff Fyman, Corrine Fitzpatrick, David Henderson, David Vogen, Dawn Lundy Martin, Denize Lauture, Diana Hamilton, Don Yorty, Douglas Dunn, Douglas Rothschild, Dynasty Handbag, E. Tracy Grinnell, Ed Friedman, Edgar Oliver, Edmund Berrigan, Edwin Torres, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Elizabeth Devlin, Elliott Sharp, Emily XYZ, Erica Hunt & Marty Ehrlich, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo, Ethan Fugate, Filip Marinovich, Frank Sherlock, Jackie Clark, James Kaston , Jamie Townsend, Jason Hwang, Jen Benka, Jennifer Bartlett, Jennifer Firestone, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Nelson, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Jessica Fiorini, Jim Behrle, Joe Ranono, John Coletti, John Giorno, Jon Glaser, Jonas Mekas, Josef Kaplan, Judah Rubin, Judith Malina, Julian T. Brolaski, Karen Weiser, Katy Lederer, Ken Chen, Kim Rosenfield, Kristin Prevallet, Larissa Shmailo, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Laura Elrick, Laura Henriksen, Laurie Weeks, Lee Ranaldo, Lenny Kaye, Leopoldine Core, Lewis Warsh, Litia Perta, Lynn Behrendt, LZ Hansen, Macgregor Card, Marc Nasdor, Marcella Durand, Martine Bellen, Matt Longabucco, Erica Kaufman & Nicole Eisenman, Nina Freeman, Matthew Pennock, Mike DeCapite, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Nathaniel Otting, Nathaniel Siegel, Nick Hallett, Nicole Peyrafitte, Nicole Wallace, Nurit Tilles, Patricia Spears Jones, Peter Milne Greiner, Pierre Joris, Poez, Rachel Levitsky, Rangi McNeil, Reuben Butchart, Ricardo Maldonado, Rob Fitterman, Rodrigo Toscano, Sarah Sarai, Secret Orchestra, Serena Jost & Dan Machlin, Simone White, Steve Earle, Steven Taylor, Steven Zultanski, Sue Landers, Suzanne Vega, Tammy Faye Starlight, Taylor Mead, Ted Greenwald, Tim/Trace Peterson, Tony Towle, Tracey McTague, Tracie Morris, Uche Nduka, Vyt Bakaitis, Will Edmiston, Will Yackulic, Yoshiko Chuma, Youmna Chlala, Yvonne Meier and others TBA.