On Sunday, October 24th, there will be a Houston reading on the theme of resilliency. Curated by Sarah Gajkowski-Hill, this 6 pm event will be for community and healing. I am honored to participate in this reading; it will take place at Artique (1024 Studewood). Please RSVP to Sarah because space is limited.
I will do my first in-person poetry reading for INTO THE THE on Thursday night, September 23rd, in Montgomery County. Join us at Lone Star College Montgomery at 7 pm, Room G-102. The event is sponsored by the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council.
David Gilmour interviewed me for Sound Poetry, his radio show on RadioTacoma. Our conversation went a bit overboard and took up two episodes. We discussed the nature of abstract poetry, landscape, cartoons, rock music lyrics, and much more. Check out both installments on Sound Poetry.
April is National Poetry Month, and there are lots of ways to celebrate. You can: Write a poem every day with NaPoWriMo. Daily prompts and encouragement are provided! Read a poem every day on Poets.org. Watch young people perform slam poetry from Brave New Voices Festival on YouTube. Explore the organizations that love poetry: Canto… Continue reading Happy National Poetry Month
INTO THE THE is officially published! The publication date, March 21st, was on World Poetry Day. If you would like your own copy, please purchase one through Backlash Press. They have created a beautiful book, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
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 even… Continue reading The Poet’s Role in Social Justice
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.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 River Oaks Bookstore 3270 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77098 4:00pm-6:00pm
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.
The most recent issue of MAYDAY Magazine features LGBTQ poets, writers, and artists. Heartfelt thanks to the guest editors, Chad Dimock and Amy King, for including my poem “The Heights” in this issue.
I’ve been considering the possibility of starting a blog about all-things-poetry for many months now. It’s not that I think I have the answers. Or even the questions. I’m not looking for a soapbox. But I am interested in the blog as zocolo, as town square, a place of exchange and conversation. I attended two… Continue reading How to Stay Curious