It's very different than my other work that you've read, that you've liked. You might not like it very much. You're probably going to hate it, actually. * Who the hell are you talking to? Family. Friends who are not writers. Friends who are writers. Colleagues. Ex-boyfriends. Former professors. Yourself. Stop it. You're poisoning everything. … Continue reading You’re Going to Hate My Book
I have wonderful news to announce: Tiny Hardcore Press has accepted my full-length poetry collection for publication in 2014! If ever there were a place to abuse the "You get ONE exclamation point in your life" rule, this is it! Oh, people! I am so happy! I am so affirmed! I am so relieved! Y'all … Continue reading Assiduous Me
We woke to snow and ice this morning, so no school for the kids. As I write this, we are all still in our pajamas. I'm considering more coffee. The brownies just came out of the oven. Paul and Josie are engineering various marble run configurations on the living room floor and Rudy is working … Continue reading Snow Day Lazy
It's always exciting to see my work in print, and to know that people out there can access it and will hopefully enjoy it, but for whatever reason, some publications just feel giddier than others. Maybe it's a special piece, maybe a special venue. Maybe it's a bit of both, as is the case with … Continue reading Sweet!
Earlier this spring, I realized with a small shock that this year marks the 20th anniversary of my father's death, and with that realization, another: I HAVE to finish this memoir. This year. And if not? Well, I admit there was a part of me that wondered if it might be time to hang it … Continue reading Fait Accompli
Between yesterday and today, I queried sixteen agents about their interest in representing my memoir, which....drumroll, please...I believe to be done, finally, after eight years! I can't quite believe it, but there it is. 210 pages staring me in the face. Wow, wow, wow. This morning, I got a response to one of the queries, … Continue reading The First Nibble!
So April has been designated National Poetry month and I wonder: Is it because nobody reads poetry during the other 11 months of the year that we have to force-feed it to folks during April? (yes.) Or, is it a wonderful opportunity for poets to pause and celebrate the air we breathe and for readers … Continue reading National Poetry Month Check-In
I have been sending my full-length poetry manuscript, in a variety of iterations, to contests and publishers since 2002, the year I got my MFA. It has never been a semi-finalist or a finalist, and out of literally hundreds of contest and open-reading period submissions, only seven editors have ever taken the time to respond … Continue reading Another Near Miss
Apparently Santa is a lover of poetry! On Monday the US postal service delivered my first chapbook into my greedy-happy hands and it felt like Christmas Day. Then, on Thursday night, I got to read from that little book to an audience of former teachers, students, family, friends old and and new. My kids behaved … Continue reading Early Christmas!
Isn't it gorgeous? Don't you just want to rub it all over your face? Yes, you do! And you can, very soon! You can get one by coming to my release party in town on Thursday. Or you can be just a little bit patient and wait for the link to the press site, which … Continue reading The Book! It Exists!