‘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…

#daywithoutawoman

Happy International Women’s Day! Deny the world your beautiful face and post a bad attitude instead. Because he doesn’t deserve us. These are my Instagram posts for the day. Feel free to repost, share, and use as you like (we’re not talking greatest artistic achievement here, but see above about bad attitude). Enjoy your day,…

Urban Writer’s Chic Princess-Tower Home

That’s what I call it anyway. Except I don’t think I’ve ever actually referred to myself as an ‘urban writer.’ Princess though? Yes, I definitely. ALL THE TIME. 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….

Essay on Early Twenties at LEVELER

Now up at LEVELER a zuihitsu called Essay on Early Twenties I can’t wait to see what the editors have to say about the piece in the “levelheaded” section of the site. If you’re not familiar with LEVELER I suggest a you take a look-see. From the editors: …each poem published by LEVELER is accompanied by…

10 Women Poets You Should Know About Especially if you Live in LA or OC

  Last night an incredible thing happened. 10 women poets held space together and it was one of the most talent-full, energized, funny, emotional, and well-crafted poetry readings I have ever seen or been a part of. The audience wasn’t just a crowd, they were a thoughtful and engaged group of witnesses. They cheered and…

New poems in Nailed Magazine

Good news! NAILED was awesome enough to select a suite of my poems for a feature in December. Check it out here. A special thanks to their hard working editorial staff. Here’s a small sample from the suite: Texxxan.com like the shape in the garment once a piece has been cut away, she is still there,…

You will be quizzed at the end of this post.

Hello. Took a looooong hiatus during the holidays in which I wasn’t a great literary or social media citizen, but in which I did eat a lot of pumpkin pie–so, no, not sorry–but glad to be back! And with things to share… Poems from my new WIP were published last week by Eleven Eleven. I’ll just say it: I love…

Black River Finalist

It’s been a hot, quiet summer…is that ever a good sign? Maybe it is! In August my chapbook manuscript was a finalist for the Black River Chapbook Contest. Here is the full announcement on the Black Lawrence Press website. Huge congratulations to the winner, Megan Privitello. It’s thrilling to come so close to winning a prize like that,…

“I had the happy idea that somewhere a child was being born who was nothing like Helen or Jesus except in the sense of changing everything.”  -Mary Szybist “Happy Ideas” from Incarnadine

Scenes from my Instagram

Books and cake. Poets and campfires, oh my! My Instagram is not public, send me a message in the comments if you want me to follow you/follow me/stuff like that/ok I think you get it/hashtag!? Read my most recently published poem, here: Stirring “What I Mean When I Say Cartwheel” What’s on your reading list…

“The world is wrong. You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you; it’s turned your flesh into its own cupboard.”  -Claudia Rankine from Citizen

“oh sweet sick, I want to kiss you all over your red velvet mouth, speak all your names back into you: hot pink undertaker…”  -Danez Smith “To My Grandfather’s Prostate Cancer” from [insert] boy