DIY MFA Poetry Summit

Cross sections of prose and poetry, community and craft. Podcast Interview went live today! Go listen now >>> Sign up for the Summit here. I had a great time chatting with Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA for this year’s Poetry Summit. We talked about much more than just prose poetry, but that was the heartbeat…

Mini-Lesson on the Haibun

Plus! 3 Great Literary Journals to Subscribe to in 2015 I’m thrilled to announce I have poems forthcoming in three awesome literary journals: Bellevue Literary Review, New Orleans Review, and Harpur Palate.  Soon to be released in print, these journals are beautifully designed. And I have good reason to believe the insides are as good…

Poem from the New Orleans Review

GRAPHENE LOVE POTION NO. 9 DANIELLE MITCHELL It’s time we won’t have. Because one through eight were wasted on lesser men. Last call bar flies & fragile marathoners, scientists addicted to the fourth dimension. Graphene doesn’t grow on trees, but it could be burned from them. The moment before the breakthrough my laboratory will be…

The Year I Read 100 Poetry Books

Just like writing a poem every day for thirty days changes you, suddenly you realize reading a high volume of poetry changes you too. It tunes your ear, it refines your senses.

“I grow green with hope”: on Reading The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The first book I read after AWP was Jericho Brown’s new collection, The Tradition.  Please is still (and will probably forever be) my favorite book by Jericho Brown, but The Tradition doesn’t disappoint. Jericho Brown’s poems are some of the “cleanest” I’ve ever read. By that I mean, his economy of language is excellent. Some…

Call Script for the Reporting of Bad & Erratic Behavior

It’s not wonderful that nearly a year and a half after the Parkland Shooting, there was been no movement on gun reform in our country. Back in February of 2018, this is the poem I wrote in response to the event and the tactless—not to mention meaningless—chorus of republican “thoughts and prayers.”  Call Script for…

10 Reasons You Should Love My Bitchy Resting Face

This is my face. You don’t have to like my face. Whether you like my face or not, it’s not for you to decide what I do with it. Therefore, this is my face when it’s just a face and I’m not feeling the pressure to please you with it. Have you ever said to a woman, “Aw, what’s the matter honey?” or “You’d be so pretty if you’d smile” or “Smile, beautiful”? Do you think this is something the woman you were speaking to wanted to hear? It wasn’t/

Making 2018 a Kinder and More Kick-Ass Year

Real talk: Someday, I want to be a household name. People will point at me and say “Hey, I know that mop!” “She’s my favorite microwave!” I want to be as useful to you as your Vitamix and your vibrator.  That’s the long term goal. For now, the goal is just to write more and get…

‘Troll’ appears in Issue 8 of apt: Pre-order now available!

Introducing a new piece of writing to the world can be a mixed experience. Some parts joy, some parts anxiety. Though writing what scares you may be the goal, that doesn’t account for the risks involved in letting that piece exist in the world without you. “Troll” is the title poem from my current full-length…

Let’s Be Weird Together at the Poetry Circus

It’s pretty much guaranteed: you invite me to read poetry at your event, I will make it as awkward as possible.  I’m not saying the poetry isn’t good! I’m not saying the audience isn’t entertained (horrified).  All I’m saying is the photos are gonna be accidentally-dropping-your-cell-phone-on-your-face level awkward (you know who you are). Because I…

‘Wake, Pray, Slay’ and Other Things We Learn from Instagram

Spending too much time on Instagram lately? ME TOO.  But let’s not beat ourselves up about it. There’s a lot we can learn from Instagram, like how to love ourselves better, how to express solidarity, and where to find decent lingerie.  Sometimes we peek into our friends lives and see something beautiful, or messy, or…

What’s Inside this Urban Writer’s Downtown Apartment?

  If you ever get the chance to move in with your best friend who also happens to be a chic urban writer, I suggest you do it. Go big or go home. Then you can literally do both together. ALL THE TIME. For those of you who don’t know. My best friend is the incredibly talented…