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…
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.
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.
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!
My third chapbook I Live Here Now is available for pre-order from Lame House Press now! I’m really glad that these poems have found such an awesome home. Thank you Gina Myers!
A while ago I had three poems published in EOAGH but I think I forgot to tell you. You can go here to read them. It is a massive issue and I’m pleased to have some of my poems be included. Thanks to Tim Peterson!
Also, my poem “The Boat to Shore is Still Arriving at Shore” was the poem of the day for Indigest last week. You can hear it here. Thanks to Dustin Luke Nelson and all the guys at InDigest!
And, more Songs of the Week by Steven Karl and Rob MacDonald.
My friend Alice gave me the Sean Rowe album Magic for Christmas and I love, love, love it. It’s been a while since I’ve loved an album. Here is one of my favorites:
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.
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:
Video footage of some of my poems turned into a short theater piece can be seen here. Still bummed that I wasn’t able to be there in real life. I was a little uncomfortable with the extent to which anger factored into the piece because I feel like the anger in those poems is a bit more subtle than that but I guess everyone has their own way of interpreting things. I do however love the music, the first song especially. You can find my chapbook Red Fortress here and try to read along while you watch!
In other news check out the latest Songs of the Week by Ray DeJesus and Tom Laverty.
I’m in a weird mood today.
For those of you interested, 10Q started yesterday. I did it last year and last week I got my answers back. Pretty much said what I expected it to. It has been a productive year for me. I noticed yesterday that when I went to answer the first question that I was able to do so with ease. Not sure if it is because I am just in a better head space (which is most definitely true) or if it’s because I’ve been keeping a journal now for almost a year so I’ve gotten pretty good, or better rather at “reflecting.” Either way, I think it is an interesting thing to do, the 10Q. It’s good to just sit quietly and think about your life sometimes. But maybe not for too long. I end up getting all angsty quite quickly when I do.
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.
Just a reminder that I am reading tomorrow for Mental Marginalia. You can find more information about the reading here.
In other news there are some more Song of the Weeks up for you to check out, this week’s being about a Smog song by Claire Donato.
Also, Angel Olsen!