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…

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 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 moaned,…

New Poetry Suite in Nailed Magazine

NAILED was awesome enough to select a suite of my poems for a feature in December. Included in the suite are: “Define Girl,” “TIME Magazine Bans the Words Feminist,” “Alfie Darwood,” and the short piece below, “Texxxan.com” See it all here. A special thanks to their hard working editorial staff, especially Carrie Seitzinger! Texxxan.com like the shape in…

New Poems in Eleven Eleven, Sidekick, and Cider Press Review

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…