Recap: AWP 17 Readings, Pacificia Literary Magazine, DIAGRAM, Louisville Review, Yemassee, Oxidant Engine

2017 is off and running, and I have some recent and less recent poetry news to share!

To begin, my chapbook, Inside My Electric City, is out in the world! Head over to YesYes Books to bring it into yours, and get in touch if you’d like to review it or use it in an educational capacity.

I had the honor of reading from this collection with dazzlingly good YesYes authors at AWP 17 in Washington DC in February. I really can’t emphasize enough how incredible this press is, nor how talented its roster is. I can’t believe I’m a part of it!

I also had the chance to read with Salt Hill and The Southeast Review at Madame’s Organ, and never have I felt more at home in an event space- red lights, dead stuff on the walls, and an actual fire in a fireplace. Such a great venue, and even better company.

Most recently, I’ve had new poems published in Pacifica Literary Review and DIAGRAM. I have also been meaning to post about having won the Louisville Literary Arts Association’s 2016 Writer’s Block Prize for Poetry in the fall. I am very proud of this! My poem “I Don’t Know what People Should Do” was published in the fall 40th anniversary issue of The Louisville Review, and judge Kathleen Driskell had some nice words for it.

My 2016 Nonfiction Prize essay, “Three Things I Remember About Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was also published this fall in Yemassee. This is my first published piece of nonfiction!

I’ve also begun to send out my first full-length manuscript to contests and publishers. No luck so far, but it was listed as a finalist at the Jake Adam York prize through Copper Nickel, which is an honor in itself. Wish me luck for these longshots!

I’ve also joined the masthead for Oxidant Engine, a new online poetry journal that will also soon publish mini “BoxSet” collections of individual poets. Issue 1 dropped on the first of the year, and the next is due later this spring. Send us your poetry!

And on the horizon: poems in New England Review, The Pinch, Four Way Review, Western Humanities Review, and Redivider! Some of those mags have been in my crosshairs for quite a while, so I’m dancing in my seat waiting for them to come out.

I’ll leave you with an older poem published in Willow Springs two years ago, of which they recently shared a photo on social media. Because what year isn’t, in some way, a year of coming close?

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