Sink Review and Songs of the Week and Don’t Let Us Get Sick

I have two poems from my forthcoming chapbook I Live Here Now (Lame House Press, December 2011) in the latest issue of the Sink Review.  The journal got a pretty-pretty redesign and I am pleased to be in such good company.  Special thanks to the editors, Steven Karl and Dan Magers!

Also, the newest POP is up with an essay about The Stooges by Jame Belflower.  Thanks James!  Stay tuned for upcoming POP essays from Travis Nichols, Matthew Rohrer, and Cynthia Arrieu-King.

And since we last spoke more Songs of the Week happened by Melinda Wilson, Chris Martin,  and Ben Fama.

Lastly, this perfect little prayer as covered by Jackson Browne:

Poems into Plays, More Songs of the Week, POP, Forklift #23 and I’m 30

I am happy to report that several poems from my chapbook Red Fortress (H_NGM_N) are being turned into short theater pieces for Hearth Gods’ first Poet Nights.

This is immensely interesting and flattering to me.  How would someone else choose to represent my poems?  Will there be dialogue?  What will it sound like?  I just spoke with the director on the phone to help him get a sense of certain phases in the poems that he wanted to unpack a little more.  It was really challenging (in a good way) to have to speak about what is going on in my poems, especially because I am in such a different emotional headspace than I was when I wrote them.  Sadly, I am going to miss both performances, so please go in my stead.  My good friend Graeme Bezanson, who is the reason why my poems even made it into the curator’s hands in the first place, has some poems being performed as well.  I think this whole event is going to be great and I am really, really bummed to miss it.  They are going to record the performances so as least I will get to see them!  I will also post them here too so you can as well.  You can find more information about Hearth Gods here.

Also, since it’s been about two weeks since I’ve checked in with you here that means I’ve yet to tell you about Songs of the Week by Lily Brown and Jeff T. Johnson.  Go read and enjoy and tell your friends.

In other Coldfront news, did you see the latest POP by Ed Skoog?  Check it out here.  His essay got a small write up on SLOG blog of Seattle’s Stranger.  You can check that out here.

The new Forklift, Ohio just arrived at my house today and it is massive!  Each issue weighs more than 1/2 pound and each cover is different!  Mine look like this:

You can see a full list of contributors and purchase your copy here.

And last but not least, I turned 30 on Friday, and you know what?  I feel pretty good about it.

I came home from work today and listened to this very, very loudly on these new speakers that recently moved into my home a few weeks before their owner is expected to.

Rock it, don’t stop it.

Song of the Week feature up and running on Coldfront!

Song of the Week, a new weekly (duh) feature is up and running now on Coldfront.  Well, it’s actually been up for a few weeks already!  I’m just a little slow getting this information up here.

Basically, the premise of Song of the Week is to get poets to write about one song in 150 words or less, with pieces updated every Monday.  This feature is in addition to the monthly Poets off Poetry series, which by the way, I have a great POP essay by Ed Skoog to post later this week!

So far you can read Song of the Week pieces by Elaine Equi, J. Michael Wahlgren, Dustin Luke Nelson, and Eric Amling.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute a Song of the Week piece, be in touch!  You can email me at

In other news, I got a two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kind of awesome.  I will be away from November 20- December 3.  I’m a little bummed to be away for Thanksgiving but this may be the only chance I get to do something like this so I think I have to go for it!





A Year in Poetry (and some other updates)

I have to admit, poetry has been good to me in 2010.  I can’t speak to all the other things in my life, many of which have been disappointing, but poetry, yes, poetry has been a friend to me.

A few weeks ago I read Just Kids by Patti Smith.  I thought it was delightful.  It spoke to that (admittedly big) piece of adolescence that I still have in me, a sense of friendship, and most importantly, art.  I’m paraphrasing here but in the book Patti says that her mom always told her that wherever you end up on New Year’s (Eve vs. Day not clear, but in the same spirit I suppose) is basically what the year ahead of you looks like.  That’s why this year, for the first time (embarrassing, I know) I am going to go to the Poetry Project on New Year’s Day for their 37th Annual New Years Day Marathon Reading.  I never make it there for various reasons/excuses, but this year I feel it’s really important that I go.  I will most likely go by myself but I don’t really mind.  Sometimes you just have to make the space for things like this.  Actually I will most likely go to yoga first (the thing I am actually most thankful to have found this year), then to the Poetry Project.  New Year’s Eve I will spend among friends.

I hope that 2011 will continue to be full of friends and poetry.

The last POP of 2010 was recently published featuring an interview with Andrew Whiteman (of Broken Social Scene and Apostle of Hustle) by poet/friend Chris Tonelli.

Poets off Poetry also had a really good year thanks to all the interesting contributors and you, the readers.  This series means a lot to me and I’m happy to have as awesome a place as Coldfront to publish it!

Two poems of mine recently appeared in the new online journal Country Music, edited by Scott Abels.  Thanks Scott!

Oh, and also, Ben Mirov and  Amy Lawless did a mirco-write up of Office Work for this neat series they do call “Ben and Amy Read Chapbooks” on the Best American Poetry Blog.  This is so awesome and flattering.  It’s enough to make me emoticon 🙂

What else?

OH!  Here’s a sneak peek at the cover and contributors of LIT 19!

Launch party planning is in the works!  Friday, February 18 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!  Same as last year!  Featured readers TBA.  Stay tuned for details but be sure to save the date!

Also, LIT and POP will be at AWP in February.  Be sure to stop by and pick up a copy of LIT 19 and also a POP chapbook of poems published over the year!

Happy New Year’s friends.  Chin up, chin up.