“Tallgrass” in Fourth River

The tallgrass prairie looks tall, but its roots grow even deeper, a fact which astounds me always. I’m grateful that Fourth River Literary Journal published my poem “Tallgrass” this week on their Tributaries blog.

Image from Conservation Research Institute and Heidi Natura.


“Tide’s Aporia” in Cirque

2014-03-27 19.37.35Deception Pass doesn’t seem impassable, but then what about the name? Cirque published my poem, “Tide’s Aporia” about my visit to where the sound meets the sea. Cirque lassos writers from the PNW and pulls us all together. They make a gorgeous publication, and you can read it for free online here.

Earlier this year…

front-cover-full-for-web-or-screen-1-200x300While at WWU for my MFA, I took a class from Brenda Miller on autobiography and photography, which led me to hand-make an accordion book covered in maps, juxtaposing NASA Landsat images of the Mississippi River with family photos and memory vignettes. The WWU MFA program has a “multi-genre” focus, meaning lines usually drawn to separate types of writing and art break down. Bellingham Review, the grad literary journal at WWU, recently opted to open hybrid submissions. As WWU English TAs, we asked our students to expand their concept of a “text.” (Our word “text” comes from the Latin for “to weave”—texere.) Students asked questions about how design and juxtaposition and delivery affect their understanding of a work as a whole.

Earlier this year, Brenda asked me if I might be interested in designing her latest book from Judith Kitchen’s Ovenbird Press, An Earlier Life. As a graduate of the MFA program she helped found, with its focus on hybridity and form, I care even more deeply about words, and I have also come to care deeply about the book or vessel that allows these words to meet their readers.

I read and reread Brenda’s manuscript, and months later I’m still stunned by An Earlier Life‘s accumulation of wild places, sacred moments, aches, and questions. Her book is beautiful, and I was honored to set it to the page. Come celebrate Brenda’s book launch Friday night, 4/15, at Village Books, 7:00 p.m!

Oh, and I’ll read poems Thursday night, 4/14, at Village Books, 7:00 p.m. for Noisy Water‘s almost-final poetry month mega-reading.


Noisy Water Reading at Lummi Island Library

WPA Cover FINAL for media 300 dpiThis Saturday, poets will descend on the Lummi Island Library as part of Whatcom poetry anthology Noisy Water‘s no-town-left-behind reading series. I’m delighted to read alongside Luther Allen (co-conspirator with JI Kleinberg of this community poetry extravaganza), and my former professors Suzanne Paola and Bruce Beasley, as well as a few other wonderful poets.

Reading starts at 7:30!

For more information, check out Other Mind Press’s Noisy Water site.

“Body Removal” in Redivider

An epithalamium is a bride’s poem written to celebrate the bridal chamber. The thalamus is the part of your brain that perceives pain. Epithelium includes the surface layer cells of your body, the layer that has contact with the outside world.

Aredivider-13-1-final-cover-with-bleeds-correctnd with those definitions, I invite you to read my poem “Body Removal” in the fabulous Redivider 13.1, out of the Emerson College MFA. This poem is an elegy, a farewell, and it is decidedly not an epithalamium, though it is about bed chambers and chambers of the heart.

“Knot” in Camas

Yesterday, this arrived in the mail:

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Camas is a beautiful journal out of the University of Montana. They represent, to me, the intersection of ecology and art, which is where I always want to be in poetry. Their Winter 2015 issue is themed around movement.

Anyway, tucked between a David James Duncan story and a photo by Julie Biando Edwards, you’ll find a poem of mine. “Knot” is about the movement of energy and matter through time and about different kinds of knots (tangles, trees, and wedding rings).

I’m flying to the midwest today, and I’ll gladly bring this gorgeous journal with me to read while I’m moving through the air toward home.