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!

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.