Book & Friend Party Tomorrow! (& More Songs of the Week & MFA Publishing Panel Write Up)

Well, tomorrow is the big day.  The book party for Aphoria.  I’m a little nervous since I’m not so comfortable with having parties for myself, but since my good friends Amy Lawless and Paige Taggart will also be reading I feel a little more at ease.  I will be introducing both Amy and Paige and I’ve written these wonderfully earnest intros for them about why I am happy they are my friends.  It’s sort of cheesy but I don’t care!

The party will begin at 7pm with the actual reading set to start at 7.30pm.  See the Facebook invite for more information.

Afterwards we will go to a bar nearby and make merry.  Maybe this one.

Overall, I am really excited, even if my nonplussed demeanor suggests otherwise!

Omnidawn Publishing just finished up its Song of the Week staff residency with pieces by RJ Ingram, Sara Mumolo, and Turner Capehart Canty.   The coming weeks will bring us residencies by Brooklyn Arts Press (my publisher!) and the Denver Quarterly.

Also, here is a little write up about the MFA Publishing panel I did at The New School last week in case you were curious about what was discussed.

What else?

Oh, Mary Ruefle:

“Each of us is caught up in a machine that is both of our own making and out of our control. “

MFA Publishing Panel Tonight & Two Poems in the Stunning New Fou

Just a quick reminder that the The New School MFA Publishing Panel is tonight at 6.30pm.

See the Facebook invite here. There is a discrepancy between the location though…my gut says that the location below is most likely the correct one…



With Jackie Clark (class of 2008) Coldfront & LIT Magazine; Sharmi Cohen (class of 2009) Telephone Books; Justin Marks (class of 2004) Birds LLC; Dan Magers (class of 2005) Sink Review, and Alina Gregorian (class of 2009) of Bridge, moderator. Introduced by Laura Cronk.

Location: 66 West 12th Street, room 510

Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

Also, Fou, an awesome and awesome looking online journal relaunched itself today and I am lucky to have two poems in it!  It took me a minute to figure out where the poems were but I figure it out I did!  It’s lovely.  And I am in good company.

What else?  I also have a poem in the new Harpur Palate but I don’t seem to see information for the new issue on their website yet…

I don’t know, there is still light outside and it is 5pm so that is a welcomed improvement.

AWP was AWP was AWP.

I finished reading Anna Karenina.

I feel grateful for my friends and for poetry but I’m still not comfortable signing books for people yet.  What a skill, to be personal and smart in not only such a small space but quickly as well!

Aphoria is Here & AWP is Coming & I Wrote a Chick Flix Essay & Songs of the Week & Upcoming Readings

Well, today’s the day, the “official” publication date of Aphoria!  I am very excited about this!


You can purchase a copy in numerous ways: SPD (preferred), Amazon, Barnes and Noble.  Or come to the book party on March 22.  See event details here.  I am very happy that two of my dearest friends will also be reading with me.  Hope to see you there!

Also, it is AWP time again.  I don’t know how but I totally spaced on buying a pass to the conference this year!  It’s not too terrible I guess since I am not getting to Boston until Thursday night and that means only one day of trying to sneak into the book fair (since the book fair is free on Saturday) but still.  I don’t know what I was thinking…anyway, I am reading with the rest of the Brooklyn Arts crew on Friday, March 8.  It’s a late afternoon/early evening reading so maybe you will have time to sneak it in before all the other million events you were invited to?  Event details here.

Also, Jennifer L. Knox has been curating this massive Chick Flix series over at Delirious Hem.  It’s pretty awesome.  I was lucky enough to be able to contribute an essay about the movie The Loneliest Planet.  You can read it here.

And, and, and….Songs of the Week!  Since last week spoke the staff of Omnidawn Publishing has been in residence with pieces by Cassandra Smith, Liza FlumGillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, and Juliana Paslay.  The Omnidawn Publishing residency will continue for a couple more weeks then SOW will feature residencies by Denver Quarterly and my fellow press-mates at Brooklyn Arts Press!

I think that’s it for now.

Oh, some upcoming readings, etc:

Thursday, March 14 – MFA Publishing Panel at The New School
More information here.

Friday, March 22 – Book & Friend Party (launch for Aphoria)
More information here.

Monday, April 1 – KGB w/ Adam Fitzgerald

Sunday, April 28 – Reading w/ Amy Lawless, JA Tyler, & TBD at Counterpath Book, Denver, CO
Details forthcoming

Friday, May 3 – The Poetry Project w/ Bianca Stone

Okay, that’s really it for now.