Backlash Press Editor and Publisher Gretchen Heffernan opens the first box of INTO THE THE, and you can watch her do it on this video! I am so moved and grateful to see what a beautiful job Gretchen has done with my poems.
In Houston, poet laureates were in the news two weeks in a row. First, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the opening of the application process to become the 5th Houston Poet Laureate. I cheered, but some complained. Then 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, stole the show at the Presidential Inauguration, perhaps evenContinue reading “The Poet’s Role in Social Justice”
Backlash Books has revealed the cover design for my new book of poetry, Into The The. I’m so grateful and excited about this!
The pandemic provided us time. Here are six books I read and loved in 2020. #favoritebooks
I retired from my leadership position at Writers in the Schools (WITS) in September, and the editors of Teachers & Writers Magazine invited me to write an essay about what I learned. When I became the Executive Director in the late 90s, the most talked-about book in our library was Wishes, Lies, and Dreams byContinue reading “School, Joy & Revolution: Takeaways from my Time at WITS”
In a very creative collaboration, Gemini Ink and The McNay Art Museum offer up a fun, free way to celebrate the pop art exhibition featuring Robert Indiana, best known for his famous LOVE sculptures. Take a moment and your phone, and you can access a short poem by texting one of these key words: “LOVE,Continue reading “Pop Goes the Poem”
On Being, one of my favorite podcasts, has started a poetry video project that is quite beautiful. Check out their page on YouTube when you’re looking for a bright spot of authenticity in your day.
I got some wonderful poet news this week: I won the Best Book Award, and “Into The The” will be published by @BacklashPress in March 2021. I AM SO EXCITED! Thank you to the editors with an awesome mission. I’m so proud to join your fold! Check out their manifesto here: https://backlashpress.com/manifesto/
Headmistress Press posted a video of me reading “We Holy Thieves,” a poem from Teeth & Teeth (2018). Thanks to the editors for continuous support of the published poets!
Saturday, August 10, 2019 River Oaks Bookstore 3270 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77098 4:00pm-6:00pm
Joe Campana, Roberto J. Tejada, Justin Jannise, Lyric Hunter, Paige Quinones, and I will read poetry at the CAMH on July 25th at 7 pm. The event is curated in conjunction with the Stonewall at 50 exhibit on display. Find out all the details here.
Color:Story 2019 is art exhibit that exemplifies this concept– that the arts, when combined, create something greater than the sum of their parts. Artists Leslie Gaworecki and Marlo Saucedo asked poets to submit their work for this project. They chose seventeen writers and created paintings based on the selected poems. The opening for Color:Story 2019Continue reading “Where the Arts Collide: Color:Story Exhibition Opens Saturday”
In the realm of good news, Teeth & Teeth made the list of “Best Loved Books in 2018,” according to Headmistress Press. Thank you to everyone who purchased the book. I’m very grateful to Natalie Diaz, who selected it for publication.
Ms. Magazine published a conversation between me and Diane Furtney, another Headmistress Press poet.