Several Points of Interest

Stirring published my poem “10,000 Islands,” which I wrote around 2012 and am so grateful to them for selecting.

My finalist poem for the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, “Sixteen,” is up on their blog.

I also had two previously published poems (“Even Though We Were Vegetarian” and “Jackpot” accepted for inclusion in “A Shadow Map: an Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault.”

My LEVELER poem goes up in the new year.

My book was not selected for the Brittingham/Pollak prizes, but I think it’s a good thing–probably would have gotten too big for my britches otherwise!

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So I got this email

“…Although we have not yet determined a winner, I am delighted to tell you that your manuscript, “Why My Mother is Still Afraid of Heights,” has been selected from among over 900 submissions as a finalist in the University of Wisconsin Press’s Brittingham Prize and Felix Pollak Prize poetry competition. Your manuscript, along with the 30 other finalists, has been sent along to our outside judge for a final decision…”

Should know by January. Pardon me if I can’t stop freaking out before then. Professional!

Also,  I got an acceptance from LEVELER, and my poem will be appearing in January.

My poem “Small Talk” appeared in Day One. Buy it here for just $1.99!

Finally, I have a poetry reading on December 10th in Philly. Come!

Malaise Begins and Ends with “ME”

I update this blog every few months to apologize for updating it every few months.

Recent acceptances include:

My poem “Small Talk” being picked up by Day One.

My poem “My Father Requested Excommunication” being picked up by the Milk Teeth anthology.

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Excitingly, the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award Reception & Reading took place this past October! Below are some photos from that event. Congratulations to our fabulous winner and finalists–it was a very special (albeit rainy!) evening. Their words were kept company and rhythm by the steady drip of a leak in the ceiling.

 

Reading: For my IL friends!

The Brittany Noakes Poetry Award’s Judge and Artist/Poet, JC Todd and MaryAnn L. Miller, will be giving a reading at Lake Forest Book Store on September 11th, from 3-4 pm.

MaryAnn L. Miller says the reading “is especially significant because part of our event will be presentation of our artist book FUBAR, which is on the theme of war, in particular, the war in Iraq. It features one of J.C.’s poems written from the point of view of a female air force physician tending to the wounded and dying. The images are prints made from monotypes I did in response to the poem.”

This is a must-see event for my IL friends.

These two create brilliance and beauty with everything they do.

Semi-Finalist in Crab Creek Review’s Annual Poetry Contest

The title sort of gave it away, but my poem “Sixteen” was a semi-finalist in Crab Creek Review‘s contest, along with some thirty-odd other poems selected out of over 2,000 submitted. It was additionally chosen for publication, so even though the judge didn’t pick “Sixteen” as a winner, I am still feeling pretty good about it!

Congrats to winner Connie Post! I look forward to reading her poem “Gardening” in the next issue of Crab Creek Review.

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In other news, my copy of Women Arts Quarterly arrived with my poem “Everything is Breaking.” A copy is just $7 including shipping, and there is some wonderful work in there! I feel so lucky to be included.

Further, The Orison Anthology is now available for pre-order, containing my poem “I Want to Write a Memoir,” which Rhino nominated for inclusion. I didn’t know much about the project, but when I saw the list of who was included in the book I may have done a back flip. I’m over the moon about the editors selecting my poem among those by greats. A great thank you to them.

I’ve Stopped Updating My Sidebar

Here are some places where new work of mine appears:

Tinderbox Poetry Journal: “After Staring at a Kandinsky

Redivider: “You Glad I Wrote this Poem?” (available in print only)

Tahoma Literary Review: “Although I Have Made My Father into a Bird

Here is a video of me reading my Editor’s Choice poem “Considering Need” at Philadelphia Stories’ Sandy Crimmins Poetry Prize award reception.

Here is a video of me reading an unpublished poem called “Fireworks” in response to the Orlando Massacre.

I neglected to announce the generous grant I got from the Barbara J. Deming Foundation. Please attribute this to my infrequent blog posting, and not a lack of excitement! They are doing the work of feminist angels. I ran through the halls at work screaming when I got the news. I was even more distracting to my coworkers than normal that day.

I have work forthcoming in:

Plath Profiles: “Self-Portrait as Hydrangea”

Women Arts Quarterly: “Everything is Breaking”