New Interview

I was interviewed by VoyageLA about The Poetry Lab, our origin story and evolution through the pandemic. We offer workshops, critique groups, and poetry classes led by visiting teaching artists. Check it out!

The Quantum of Everything

Oprah says she knows for sure speaking our truth is the most powerful tool we have. So everything is fine. The psychosis of whiteness is that it always places itself at the center. Jennifer Aniston changed shoes in bathroom & this made top news. Everything is fine. Last week I lost my job. It’s fine. My boyfriend says trade tariffs are increasing because of Trump’s terrible international relations, so the price of washers & dryers will go up. Everything is fine.

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…

‘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…

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,…

Bringing Mahogany L. Browne to Long Beach

I love that The Poetry Lab gives me the opportunity to work with poets from all over the country from a diverse range of backgrounds. This week I’m excited to introduce Mahogany L. Browne to Long Beach! The workshop is open to the public. Register in advance online, or bring $25 night of. All levels of experience welcome….

Highlights from Stranded Artist

Once a year The Poetry Lab invites a poet to visit Long Beach for a one-day residency called Stranded Artist. They teach a workshop during the day and give a poetry reading at night. This year we were thrilled to have the dynamic duo of F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis. Here are some photos…