Bling that Sings & New POP & The Rumpus & More Songs of the Week

Hi there.

Here I am taking care of business  while still under the grips of St. John’s and Tracy (my sister loaned it to me so I figured I’d give it a go, it’s very, very silly, I know).  I’ll try almost anything that will help me to continue propelling myself forward.  It’s been rough lately!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be included in Paige Taggart’s Bling that Sings.  I know I’ve mentioned this here before but Paige is not only an awesome poet but she also makes super awesome jewelry.  Check out her newly revamped site here and buy something for someone you love now!

In other news, the latest Poets off Poetry is up and features an essay by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout!  Check it out here.  Very exciting to have Rae contribute to my little series.

I have another review up at The Rumpus- Laura Gibson’s La Grande.  You can read it here.

And more Songs of the Week by the last of the Birds, LLC crew Sommer Browning, then Gregory Crosby, Zayne Turner, and the first two of four SOWs by  Matt Hart: Part 1 and Part 2.

Other than that things are just chugging along here…

Big News & More Songs of the Week & New Poets off Poetry & Another Review for The Rumpus

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to tell you, but I recently learned that my first collection of poems, Aphoria, will be published by Brooklyn Arts Press in winter of 2013!  I am crazy excited about this.  I have been sending out that manuscript for over a year and a half and I am so pleased that it has found such a good home.  It still doesn’t feel really real yet.  Right now it is just this abstract feeling of something that I’ve wanted/worked for for so long.  That will of course change, but for now I’m sort of swimming in its disjointed beauty.

In other news, Bird, LLC. is almost done with its run of Song of the Week, with pieces by Elisa Gabbert, Dan Boehl, Matt Rasmussen, Justin Marks, Sampson Starkweather, and Chris Tonelli.  Next Monday will be the grand finale featuring an awesome song selected by Sommer Browning.

Also, the new Poets off Poetry went live today featuring an essay about John Cale by Andrew Durbin.  Check it out here.

Oh, and  I have another review up at The Rumpus.  Check it out here.

Lastly, I heart this song.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship! & POP & Songs of the Week & The Rumpus

So, I’ve been a bit negligent about updating here, which is crazy because I got some BIG news about two weeks ago.  I am the proud recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.  Pretty amazing, right?  Even more amazing is that I encouraged my friend and photographer Doug Ensel to apply as well and wouldn’t you know he received a fellowship too!  The fellowships are a very generous amount of money and I am quite honored to have been selected.  Really.  Below is the dorky picture proof of me and the other recipients.  There were 22 of us total, awarded over five disciplines.

Okay, so some other updates.  An awesome collaborative Poets off Poetry essay by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Božičević about their serendipitous love of the same Cocteu Twins song is up now.

Speaking of Poets off Poetry, POP will be at AWP again this year and will have chapbooks featuring all the poems that POP published in 2011, so that means poems by Ben Fama, Ish Klein, Marshall Lee, Mart Hart, Lisa Wells, Ed Skoog, James Belfower, Matt Rohrer, Travis Nichols, and Paul Killebrew.  Stop by the Coldfront table to pick one up.

Also, more Songs of the Week, featuring pieces by Lynn Melnick, Bruce Covey, Zachary Pace, P.J. Gallo,  and Nicole Steinberg.

Oh, and a new Rumpus Sound Takes piece went live today about Angel Olsen.  Check it out here.

And lastly, it’s Valentine’s Day.  Last night in yoga the teacher said something about breath being nothing more than love and gratitude.  I am happy to be at a place in my life where I can appreciate that.

I Live Here Now Available Now, Another Rumpus Review, and More Songs of the Week

My chapbook I Live Here Now is now available from Lame House Press.    I just got my copies a few days ago.  Super excited!

Also, I wrote another music review for The Rumpus a few weeks about the Cass McCombs’ record Humor Risk.  You can read it here.  The next record I am going to write a review about is Angel Olsen’s Strange Cacti.

And, you can check out new Songs of the Week by Yotam Hadass, Angela Veronica Wong, and Jennifer H. Fortin.

I think that is it for now…oh! Stay tuned for the new POP (which will go live later this week) by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Bozicevic!

Upon My Return from Vermont Studio Center, New POP, and More Songs of the Week

Well, it’s been about a week since I’ve been back from the Vermont Studio Center.  It was kind of a tough week, re-entering, going back to work, etc.  I was at VSC for two weeks and it was a pretty amazing experience.  I have never done anything like VSC before.  There is truly something to be said about having time to let your brain breathe, to come to creativity.  And about not being in New York.  Here are some photos.

Peace through Culture.

My sleeping room.

My sleeping house.

My studio.  Outside that window there is a river.

Here is the river.

This the the building my studio is in.

The Red Mill, where the dining hall is.

A morning walk.

An afternoon walk.

A snowing morning.

Wisdom found in one of the artist’s studios.


Being at VSC is something I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to experience and hope it will inform future decisions in my life.

In other news, the new Poets off Poetry is up now featuring a collaborative piece by Travis Nichols and Paul Killebrew.  You can read the essay here.  Next month brings us another collaborative piece by three lovely ladies: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Sommer Browning, and Ana Božičević!

Also, more Songs of the Week you should know about by: Lily Ladewig, Allen Edwin Butt,  Jillian Weise, and Mathias Svalina.

Even though it was a rough week transitioning back to my everyday responsibilities, I did get to go on a wonderful date to see an evening of the Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour at BAM.  Here is an excerpted video of BIPED from 1999, one of the pieces we saw at BAM.  I don’t know much about dance but found myself enthralled.

H_NGM_N, Poets off Poetry, Song of the Week, and The Rumpus

Whoosh, a bunch of updates today!

First, I have two poems in the latest issue of H_NGM_N.  You can read them read here.  Big thanks to Nate!

Next, check out the most recent Poets off Poetry featuring an essay by Matthew Rohrer about one Journey song in-particular.  You can read the essay here.

Oh, and don’t miss the special Poets off Poetry Metallica feature!  It was just posted today.  You can read it here.  Big thanks to Steven Karl for putting that all together and be sure to stay tuned for more special features about Funkadelic, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Also, new Songs of the Week include pieces by Gina Myers, Amy Lawless, and Andrew Durbin.

Lastly, I wrote a short review about Eleanor Friedberger’s Last Summer.  You can read it here.  I hope to write some more short reviews in the future and get better at doing so in the process.  Next up will be about Cass McCombs’ new record Humor Risk.  Here’s a live version of one of my favorite songs on the album.

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:

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!





New POP (with spiffy new logo) by Lisa Wells up now!

The latest Poets off Poetry is up now featuring an interview with Emil Amos of Holy Sons by Lisa Wells.  Check out the essay here.

POP also got a spiffy new logo too!  I love it!

The new Song of the Week feature on Colfront is almost ready to launch.  Look for more information about the series early next week!

In other news, I cannot stop listening to this song.  This guy opened for Laura Marling last week at Housing Works and after I heard him play this song I had to hunt it down.

I still can’t believe it is finally summer.

Part 4 of Matt Hart’s POP & Sarabande & and The Future

The final installment of Matt Hart’s massive 4 part Poets off Poetry is up and available for your reading pleasure.

You can read it here.

As always, please blog and forward far and wide.Super big thanks to Matt for this massive and thoughtful contribution to the Poets off Poetry!An update: the Song of the Week series that I sent out a call for submissions for is almost ready to get started.  With launching the new weekly series we took the opportunity to restructure the POP page, which has slightly delayed the launch.  So those of you who have sent along submissions thank you for your patience.  If you haven’t sent in a submission yet, there is still plenty of time to do so, so be in touch with me if you are interested.  Song of the Week and POP got a nice little nod on the Best American Poetry blog from guest blogger Ray DeJesus.  Thanks Ray!Also, in other news my manuscript was a semi-finalist for Sarabande Book’s Kathryn A. Morton Prize.  The nice, hand written note on the bottom of the form letter says that my manuscript came really close.  Which is of course great news, but also insanely frustrating.  I guess there is nothing to do but keep sending the little bugger out.
This was my fortune from an oracle designed in support of Miranda July’s new movie The Future.  The movie looks awesome and awful and very, very strange.  Exciting.   I hope I am aware of what the thing is that goes very wrong today and not mistake it for a normal day in the life thing, of which there are many…
And for emotional posterity purposes there is this.  This song, and much of Everything but the Girl, makes me think of my summer in Cambridge, England.  Feeling so alone and separated from everyone and yet only calling home once, about two days before actually coming home.   I guess this is why I never moved away.  Seems like deep down I know that I probably wouldn’t be able to come back.