Teaching 2 Creative Writing Workshops This Winter at The Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse NY

I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be teaching two eight-week creative writing workshops this winter at The Downtown Writer’s Center in sunny Syracuse, NY — a Monday night poetry workshop focusing on very contemporary poetry from literary journals and recent books and a Wednesday night workshop focusing on the lyric essay (the lyric essay course will be a repeat of the course I taught last year). Both classes begin the last week of January (see the class descriptions below). Registration is inexpensive and open to the public. To learn more about The Downtown Writer’s Center, download the spring class schedule, and register for these workshops, visit the Center’s website HERE. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested!

In the Landscape of Contemporary Poetry with Christopher Citro. Mondays, 6:00-8:00. 8 weeks, starting January 29. “I have/enough ink to give you the sea” writes Ocean Vuong in his 2016 book, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. We’ll discuss poetry from recent books or journals, then use prompts from our readings to inspire new writing

The Lyric Essay with Christopher Citro. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00. 8 weeks, starting January 31. “The lyric essay partakes of the poem in its density and shapeliness, its distillation of ideas and musicality of language. It partakes of the essay in its weight, in its overt desire to engage with facts” (Tall & D’Agata). Explore this exciting hybrid genre, using prompts to inspire.

“A Lot Going On Up There” Is Poem of the Week at Narrative!

I’m thrilled to share the news that my poem “A Lot Going On Up There” has just been published as the Poem of the Week at Narrative Magazine! You can read the poem HERE (logging in is required to read the poem in its entirely, but it’s completely free to do so!) Thank you so much Jack, Carol, Tom, and the rest of the staff at Narrative!

“It’s Something People in Love Do” in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2018

Thank you to Bill Henderson and the other editors of The Pushcart Prize Anthology for including my poem “It’s Something People in Love Do” in the newly published 2018 edition! Having received my contributor’s copy not long ago, I’m still reeling from the honor. Thank you to all the journal editors who have nominated my work over the years, and most especially to Lee Upton and Tony Ardizzone for nominating my work this year. Thanks again to Anthony Sutton, Mitchell Jacobs, Rachel Reynolds, and the other editors at Sycamore Review for giving this poem a home in the first place!

“Shelter Awhile” and “Smell of Wet Earth Like the Inside of My Hands” Accepted at Colorado Review

Huuuuuuge thanks to the good folks at the Colorado Review for accepting my poems “Shelter Awhile” and “Smell of Wet Earth Like the Inside of My Hands” — the latter being one of the very few sonnets I’ve ever had survive into a final draft. So huzzah! This will be the second time my work has appeared in the Colorado Review, since they were good enough to publish my first lyric essay “Go Ahead and Stay Right Here” back in the Spring 2014 issue. So double thanks and huzzahs!

2 Poems Published in The Carolina Quarterly!

I’m delighted to have received my contributor’s copies of The Carolina Quarterly, which contains my poems “Sunsets Like Strobe Lights” and “That’s Why They Invented Cheesecake.” It’s such a pleasure to share this issue with Devon Balwit, Grant Kittrell, Dan Kraines, Jenna Le, Matt Miller, Annie Woodford, and many more wonderfuls. Thank you again Calvin Olsen and the rest of the Carolina Quarterly crew!