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.

LIT Launch Party This Friday and Indigest Podcast and I Read Poems at the Lincoln Memorial!

First thing’s first.

LIT 19 launch party!  This Friday!

Hope to see you there!  This is the last issue that I will be editor for so it’s a bit bittersweet for me.  I am looking forward to putting my energy into new projects but I have been on the staff of LIT since 2007 (!!!) and if you are anything like me, you know how hard/sentimental change can be, even when it is for the best.  I will say that the poetry in this issue is pretty darn great.  Did I tell you that two of Farrah Field’s poems from LIT 18 and one of Jennifer L. Knox’s poems from LIT 17 were selected for the upcoming Best American Poetry 2011??  This news makes me a proud editor.  Congratulations to Farrah and Jennifer!  So see, LIT publishes some pretty rad poems.  LIT 19 is no exception.

A few months back I read for Indigest Magazine‘s 3rd Anniversary Party.  And now it’s a podcast!  Well, I guess it’s been a podcast for a little while, but I’m a little slow with updates sometimes…any-hoo, I’m actually pretty pleased with the reading!  Thanks to Dustin and Jess at Indigest for all their good work!

Also, while at AWP in DC I had the awesome opportunity to read for the H_NGM_N/Forklift, Ohio/Lumberyard reading at the effing Lincoln Memorial!  It was pretty amazing.  From what I’m told there were about 65 people there.  The weather was the best one could hope for.  It was chilly but there was no wind.  Everyone sat huddled together on the steps and listened to me and five other poets read poems!  Incredible.

I grow more and more thankful for poetry each day.