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A book! A book!

A book! A book!

After years of trying and multiple versions, my poetry manuscript The Tethered Ground was accepted by Woodley Press and will be out sometime in 2019. It is a poet-run press with distribution by Ingram, so I am very pleased. I am also pleased by their […]

Reading tonight in Joplin

Reading tonight in Joplin

Thanks to Allison Blevins for hosting a Moon City Press reading tonight as part of her Downtown Poetry series in Joplin! My Moon City colleagues Michael Czyzniejewski,Sara Burge, ¬†Joel Coltharp, Jennifer Murvin, and I will be reading from the new Moon City Review, from Moon […]

Back from AWP and the Work Begins

Back from AWP and the Work Begins

I’m in the two-day gap between AWP and the CCCC today, so after some laundry and picking up the cat, I’m trying to sort through the AWP swag. I tried to get bookmarks, postcards, or other reminders from as many new -to-me journals as I […]

The Year of Hunkering Down

The Year of Hunkering Down

So, my shameless self-promotion moves for 30/30 on Twitter and Facebook that have filled my morning reminded me of how little I have done in the past year, at least on the surface. My main blog and this one are dusty. My Twitterstream was tweetless. […]

About the 30/30 Project

About the 30/30 Project

I will be one of the poets for Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project for next month, February 2018. Follow along with me here as I write and be sure to read the 30/30 drafts on the Tupelo site. I will use this space to write about […]

About prepwork

About prepwork

It has been a long time since I’ve posted here. Sometimes as writers we spend time doing the prepwork, work that is not that evident on the outside, but inside, there are shells upon spinning wheel. At the end of February last year, I took […]

The words leak out my ears

The words leak out my ears

I see that it has been a very long time since I posted here and believe me, it is not because I went into dry-storage. I taught poetry over the summer then went straight to a busy fall semester with three writing-intensive courses and of […]

April Foolery

April Foolery

Each National Poetry Month (April!) I take on the PAD (Poem a Day) Challenge using the prompts supplied by Robert Lee Brewer of Writers Digest’s Poetic Asides. If you want to read my posted poems, contact me via Facebook (ensures I know you) and I’ll […]

When good lit journals die

When good lit journals die

I just sent an email pretty much like this: “Is unnamed literary journal that’s small yet enticing now a closed project? If not, you should know that Duotrope has noted it as ‘believed defunct.’ If it is true, I regret it since you have a […]