Highlights from the Long Beach Poetry Festival

They should call it the Long Beach Poetry Marathon, as that’s what it seems when you walk in and encounter nothing but a stage, a gaggle of chairs, and a day’s long list of poets. But the Long Beach Poetry Festival, doesn’t feel like a race, or a competition. The day goes by like a breeze….

Great Books I Read in 2014

I went on a book reading binge two weeks ago to get my huge TBR list knocked out (still over 20 books strong) and to get some new voices trumpeting in my head. There is nothing more refreshing for a poet than to read the words of other poets. Here are a few notes on the books…

Tequila, Cats, and Prizes!

Last Saturday I accepted my first ever poetry prize for The Mas Tequila Review’s Editor’s Choice Award. It was a blast getting to meet Richard Vargas, the journal’s editor-in-chief, and hear him read poems from his new book Guernica, Revisited. I also got to take the stage—a lovely alcove of Gatsby Books complete with sleeping cat—to read…

A Big Compliment from Connotation Press

Today Connotation Press included me in their year of end Poetry Column Highlight. For an editor you admire at a press you respect to stand up and say your work was among the best of the year…WHAT!? I’m shocked, and thrilled, and feeling really blessed. If you haven’t cuddled up to these poems yet, check…

Prose Poems in Connotation Press

Spring is in the 90-degree-air in here in Southern California and I’m happy to have three prose poems from my current work in progress published by Connotation Press! Editor-in-Chief, Ken Robidoux, introduces my work saying: I’m thrilled to have three stunning prose poems from our friend Danielle Mitchell, who has done very well since working…