trauma suture

My new chapbook, trauma suture, uses erasure to excavate small truths & reconstruct identity. I created these poems while participating in 30/30s in a group called The Poeming, created by E.K. Anderson. I work with two texts; Indexing by Seanan McGuire, and Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Most of the erasure or remixed poems were created using a single page of the text. I’m grateful to Rob McLennan for publishing it with above/ground press!

little ditch


My chapbook about a teenage girl who excavates her agency from internalized misogyny, rape culture, & sexual abuse is now available from Rob McLennan’s above/ground press. 

from ammonite sonnet

the ammonite an index of sutures
i got tired of cataloging them
hermetically sealing little traumas
afraid they’d get to know one another go boom
little mother catastrophes instead
i smashed little rocks to bits in a ditch
each shard a memory released pressure
from stomach the common burial ground
the cavity of accumulation
each little box coated in dust and feelings
each glass stone chamber not really secret
i get ready to shatter the discretions
i open my palms no explosions no pain
coalesce little traumas wrap your wounds
around each other a chrysalis blood
a becoming of feathers of air a fire

my little chapbooks


Thanks so much to Robert Hansen, the one-man micro-press & publisher at Poems-For-All for publishing these two delightful micro-chaps: green glass asterisms & the leaves the leaves! Check them out & submit your work to this wonderful press whose ethos is to ensure poetry is available & accessible to all, to “scatter poetry like seeds”. The only currency required is poetry. Yes!

poetry center chapbook exchange

The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange is now open for submissions! Send us your innovative, new or out-of-print chapbooks that risks, interrogates, plays: No reading fee!

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Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange Open Reading Period

Every Her Dies, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Open Reading Submission Period: June 1st – August 10th
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University invites emerging and established poets to submit work to the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. The PCCE began as a community-curated chapbook archive created in 2010, by poets recommending other poets using an each one-invite one model. See Since 2014, the PCCE has developed from an invite-only model to an inclusive fee-free open reading period.

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!

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Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange reading & discussion at San Francisco State University

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Galatea Resurrects

Eileen Tabios has just released the 25th issue of Galatea Resurrects, which features over 80 new poetry reviews – wow! I’m pleased to note that my recent chapbook Pigtail Duty is among them, alongside reviews for Carrie Hunter’s ORPHAN MACHINES & Margaret Bashaar’s Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel.. You can read her “engagement” here.