Three poems from Imaginary Kansas, forthcoming from dancing girl press in spring/summer 2015 went up at Melancholy Hyperbole: Poetry About Longing on March 12. I love longing. Well, my poems love longing. Or, I’ve always said that Imaginary Kansas fragments and queers longing. So.
The micro-poems featured are “[In this one, I imagine myself as a],” “Why can’t we be married and live in the farmhouse your parents bought on a whim?,” and “Undressing in front of your photograph in the evening.” These are some of the tiniest fragments in the project and, especially in the case of “Why can’t we…” some of my (terrifying) favorites. I’m really excited by the format of Melancholy Hyperbole, which invites direct commenting from readers. What a thrill!
This weekend February 6 through 8, Sarah Ann Winn and I will be on a mini tour of Knoxville, Tennessee thanks to Sundress Academy for the Arts and Sundress Publications!
On Friday, we will participate in the Dirty Laundry First Friday Reception at Paulk+Co. The event features the photography of Diane Corey, community arts projects from KnoxKnowHow and Breaststrokes Knoxville, and, of course, pop-up poetry from SAFTA.
On Saturday, we will give a writing workshop at SAFTA. In Monsterworks: Hybrid Genres and Revision, we will explore collage, remix, and a little bit of book arts to revise stuck projects in any genre and to create new pieces. We did a mini-sode of the SAFTAcast to talk about the workshop and…other things. A lot of other things.
On Sunday, we will join Artress Bethany White in the SAFTA Reading Series at The Birdhouse.
This weekend is the launch of Sarah’s chapbook from Sundress Publications, Portage. My full-length collection Theater of Parts is forthcoming from Sundress in 2016. I’m so excited for this trip and to hang out with the wonderful folks of SAFTA and Knoxville!
There’s a lot of ick in the literary world this week. Meanwhile, in feminist utopia, this beautiful 15th Anniversary Issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection has been released. This is Erin Elizabeth Smith’s last issue as managing editor of the journal; she will still be managing editor of Sundress Publications. You should read Erin’s incredible letter welcoming the new managing editors and tracing the last 15 years of Sundress Publications and Stirring and early online lit journals and feminist publishing and and and.
This issue includes the debut of my home shopping channel poems! I’m pretty stoked about that, as I’ve been working hard to place these quirky collages.
I’m so glad to share space with such good poets and friends: poets Allie Marini Batts, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Ruth Foley, Fox Frazier-Foley, Amorak Huey, Jill Khoury, Kristin LaTour, Sandy Marchetti, T.A. Noonan, Staci R. Schoenfeld, fiction-writer Jennifer A. Howard, cover artist Stephanie Phillips, plus a review of Samantha Duncan’s One Never Eats Four by Sara Biggs Chaney.
Today, Finery published a poem from s/m BROS, a collaborative project with Alyse Knorr investigating gender and sexuality in the Super Mario Brothers universe(s). “Business Confessions of Fire Flower” is one of those poems that surprises me each time I read it. How did my brain do that? I don’t remember. Check out the poem here.
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.
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.
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:
Temenos put out a call for submissions a while back that included a special print issue themed on obsession. So, I sent the creepiest poems from Imaginary Kansas. They chose two for the Fall 2013 online issue, which is now live. I’ve read through the poetry section so far, and I particularly enjoy the two poems from Detroit-based poet Sonya Pouncy. “Seedbed” is really compelling in its content, voice, and form. Yes, in everything, and how the parts work together. Head on over to read them and to read my two little shorts: “I am always seeing people” and “On some days not in Kansas.”
The first issue of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women is currently available
for pre-order and will be released any time now! Adrienne is a new project from Sibling Rivalry Press, edited by Valerie Wetlaufer. I’m really excited to be in this project and especially in this first issue with such humbling company as Joy Ladin, Ching-In Chen, the late Laura Hershey, and Gazing Grain Press author Meg Day. The journal has a pretty unique structure, featuring sets of ten or so pages from a baker’s dozen of poets. Three of my sequences from Theater of Parts are in this issue: “Traveling: an act,” “Discovery Narrative: an act in five plays,” and “What Doesn’t Need to Be.”
[Edit: Here’s the big cartel link to purchase the issue: http://siblingrivalrypress.bigcartel.com/product/adrienne-issue-01-a-poetry-journal-of-queer-women]