Marking the Occasion

Today I celebrate beginning my 100th writing journal. Nearly every poem I’ve ever written began as a first draft in these journals, starting with journal #1 way back in my sophomore year in high school. Which was some time ago now. ūüôā

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize Finalist

It’s a pleasure to announce that my book The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015) was selected as one of four finalists for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, a post-publication prize from Utica College. Thank you to judge Juliana Gray and to¬†Gary Leising, the prize coordinator. And congratulations to¬†Laura Donnelly, this year’s winner for her book Watershed.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble Online, or direct from the publisher.

Book reviewers may email me directly to request a review copy.



My poem “The Secret Lives of Little Girls” has just been published in Issue 18 of¬†Subtropics.

The issue also contains work by Christina Nichol, Matthew Lippman, Jon Loomis, C. Dylan Bassett, Bernard Quiriny, Circe Maia, Edward Mayes, Angie Hogan, Sheila Kohler, Charles Wyatt, Katherine Bode-Lang, Geri Doran, Mark Jude Poirier, Bruce Beasley, Cally Conan-Davies, Jehanne Dubrow, Mel Kenne, Chinelo Okparanta, Analicia Sotelo, Jennifer Atkinson, Okla Elliott, Lisa Hartz, Brandon Kershner, Patricio Pron, John Weir, and Amy Hempel.

You can snag a copy for $12.95 HERE.

Thanks Subtropics!

Whiskey Island

The new issue of Whiskey Island contains two of my collaborative prose poems written with poet Dustin Nightingale: “Anywhere Is the Center of the Universe” and “Down to the Wire.”

It’s a gorgeous issue with lots of great fiction and poetry, with work by Paul David Adkins / Paul Albano / Justin Carter / Liz Chereskin / Jamison Crabtree / Caroline Crew / Francis Daulerio / Justin Lawrence Daugherty / James Eidson / Dan Encarnacion / Didi Goldenhar / Carol Guess / Eileen Hennessy / Bob Hicok / Anne Cecelia Holmes / Celia Homesley / Lindsey Hopton / Neal Kitterlin / Sarah Levine / Rob MacDonald / Kelly Magee / Alex McElroy / Karyna McGlynn / John McKernan / Joe Milazzo / Katherine Scott Nelson / Elizabeth O‚ÄôBrien / Nina Puro / Jade Ramsey / Ann Robinson / Aurelie Sheehan / Anis Shivani / Ryan Teitman / Jason Tobin / Caleb True / Madeline Vardell / Katie Willingham¬†and artwork by Aniela Sobieski.

You can grab a copy for just 4 bucks HERE.

[Note: the journal erroneously listed me as the sole author, but these are collaborations.]

Lyric Essay in Colorado Review

I’ve just received my contributor’s copy of the spring 2014 issue of the Colorado Review¬†which contains my first published full-length creative nonfiction essay, “Go Away and Stay Right Here.” It’s a lyric essay on the subject of electricity, among other things.

There’s a ton of great poetry, fiction and nonfiction in the issue, including poems by the likes of Gale Marie Thompson, Doug Ramspeck, Christina Pugh, James Longenbach, Colette Inez and Lindsey Alexander.

You can order a print copy for $10 HERE or a digital copy for $5 HERE.

I’m proud as all get-out to be in this gorgeous issue. Thanks Stephanie G’Schwind and the other CR editors!