every once in a while it goes the other way too


Feeling rich with poetry gems right now (which is great cos we’re broke & the world at large is feeling more friable than ever). You write these poems & wonder where they came from & then sometimes they are published in great journals like Vector & Flag+Void who are great to work with, & have consistently been producing interesting work for years. This past week saw the release of my poems in both of those journals simultaneously. Amazing.  (Copies are available at the links provided.)

In other poetry news – after much planning, I’ve gone ahead & started a new reading series for teens and adults at the Library. We will meet every other month & feature a visiting poet, followed by an open mic. While funds are limited, I have a modest budget for paying performers, & am currently seeking grants as well. I’ll be releasing an open call for submissions soon – so please write me if you know a poet that would like to be considered. Here’s a write-up the local paper did of our first reading in the series featuring MK Chavez!

The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange is also still open for chapbook submissions through August 1st so send some work our way!:

Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange
Open Reading Submission Period: June 1st – August 1st

The Poetry Center invites emerging and established poets to submit work to the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. The PCCE is a community-curated chapbook archive created in 2010, by poets recommending other poets using an each one-invite one model. See http://poetrychapbooks.omeka.net
We aim to provide and maintain open access to small-press and out-of-print chapbooks to promote readership of contemporary poetry as well as encourage its value and availability for use as free, educational, teaching resources.
Send us your work that plays, sings, risks, interrogates, provokes, and moves beyond.

Length: 10-40 pages
Currency: New work (written within the last 5 years); published work that’s fallen out of print.
Aesthetics: seeking a range of forms, approaches, hybrids.
There is no reading fee.
Please email submissions to chapbookexchange@gmail.com.


Hope you’re all well & finding some strength in poetry.


I Made it Through the Wilderness

I Made it Through the Wilderness

Thanks so much to the editors of cahoodaloodaling for publishing three collages from my series “I Made it Through the Wilderness” in their Trigger Warning issue. You can view the entire issue as a PDF here. Brave & incredible work lies within. Love & hugs to all the contributors.

Sprung Formal 8

Sprung Formal 8

The new Sprung Formal is out! And I have some poems in it which is fun too.

Featuring work by: Ben Fama, Abby Carr, Sarah Jean Alexander, Dillon J. Welch, Chuck Young, Teal Wilson, Abeleine Throckmorton, Brittany Ficken, Anna Kamerer, Rachel Benson, Malory Ward, Piotr Gwiazda, Nick Sturm, Stephen O’Toole, Jaclyn Senne, Marcus Slease, Nika Winn, Tyler Cain Lacy, Nicki Blanchard, Jessica Cornelison, Jessi Wilson, Adam Clay, J. Victoria Terrell, Matt Hart, Stacy Kidd, Laedan Galicia, Brian Clifton, Paul Siegell, Miles Fermin, Alli Warren, Melissa Eleftherion, Nathan Masserang, Andy Ozier, Anna Martin, Lauren Stookey

Thanks to the editors!