s/m BROS collaboration at Cloud Rodeo 5

I was in the middle of the woods in the middle of Virginia when this issue launched last week, but I’m excited that Alyse Knorr and I have had the first publication of our s/m BROS project. We’re pretty excited by these poems, and we’re pretty excited to appear in Cloud Rodeo 5 alongside Michelle Dove, Sara Nicholson, Abraham Smith, Mathias Svalina, Talat Darvinoğlu, and Russell Jaffe. So, read forth in this issue for Super Mario, vices, returning to a meadow, elsewhere…

Stone Highway Review, Issue 3.3

I’m really excited to have a poem in the latest issue of Stone Highway Review (Issue 3.3).  Stone Highway is one of the first markets I ever wanted to have work in, as they started up and caught my eye right when I was starting to think about sending out work near the end of my MFA. Stone Highway is an imprint of the wonderful Sundress Publications. My poem “To the tune of waste” is in this issue; it is one of the first poems I wrote toward my chapbook manuscript Imaginary Kansas. I’m also thrilled to share journal space with the incredible Kirsten Clodfelter!

You can purchase the print issue or download a pdf here.

Chapbook Thunderdome happening at Hyacinth Girl Press

Margaret Bashaar, founder and editor of Hyacinth Girl Press, is playing emperor and sending thirty-two chapbook manuscripts into the Chapbook Thunderdome to battle for publication. Thirty-two will enter; four will leave victorious.

I think this is really great. What a way to handle a great submission pool! The competition will be interactive online, and HGP will even produce a mini-anthology of the thirty-two finalists, Poetry from Beyond the Thunderdome, after a suggestion from Thunderdome poet Allie Marini Batts.

I’m competing with my chapbook manuscript Traveling, a book of prose sequences from my full-length manuscript Theater of Parts.

There will be brackets on Facebook weekly for folks to play along. A Hyacinth Girl Press subscription is being raffled off among those who fill out brackets!

Thanks to Thunderdome poet T.A. Noonan for this image:

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Cactus Heart Issue #8

When I was sixteen, I identified as a cactus. Last year, I found a journal that does, too. I found Cactus Heart through Lambda Literary, and I developed quite a crush on them. I’m pleased to have a poem from my Imaginary Kansas chapbook, “Paper house,” in Issue 8. This is an e-issue, available for $5.00 here.

The Rebirth of OCHO

This month sees the rebirth of OCHO as A Journal of Queer Arts. I’m particularly thrilled to share pages with Valerie Wetlaufer and Alyse Knorr. I have three poems in this issue, two of which are brand new, and one of which has been looking for a home for some time.

Here’s the process statement I sent them: “These poems are outside of any of my main projects, but they are related to a chapbook I’m working on called Imaginary Kansas—an obsession on beloveds made distant by geography, identity anxiety, and a general culture of refusal. “If Odetta” is the oldest poem here, and it predates the Imaginary Kansas manuscript but shares its subject matter. “Nantucket” and “And then” are new poems, and it is interesting to me how the three of them form a narrative. A sad narrative, perhaps, but definitely one of borrowing from other sources, from imagination, from memory.”

Here’s some audio: