Yesterday was Traveling‘s book birthday at Hyacinth Girl Press. It was a very fun day of celebrating this weird little baby of gender exploration here on Earth and in the greater astral plane.
I am beyond thrilled with the cover and design of this chapbook. Tess Wilson did the editorial work. She is amazing. Huge thanks to her and Margaret Bashaar. The book and cover design is by Sarah Reck, and the cover art is by Tristin Miller.
You can hear me read from the title sequence here. Sequences from the chap are available online at Menacing Hedge and Wicked Alice.
Traveling is now available for order!
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!
Cahoodaloodaling has published a themed issue entitled The Animal Becomes Us. The call asked for a wide interpretation of the theme, and I sent Milquetoast’s origin story, the preface piece of Theater of Parts. This piece was originally printed in Gargoyle, and I’m happy for it to share space here with other beasts, including a piece from Sally Deskins and Laura Madeline Wiseman. You can read “What Toast?” here.
In Spring of 2015, dancing girl press will publish my chapbook Imaginary Kansas. This project has gone through many iterations, and I’m so glad that it has found a home with dancing girl. I’m a big admirer of dgp and editor Kristy Bowen, and I’m honored to be among the catalog of dancing girl authors.
Imaginary Kansas is a project that fragments and queers longing. It ruminates on heteronormativity and desire. Imaginary Kansas existed as an artist’s book object in an edition of one in the Call and Response exhibit Parallel Lives during the 2013 Fall for the Book festival. I’m excited to see its next life.
In the month of November, my friend and colleague Nicole Tong curated a series of interviews with writers at Les Femmes Folles: Women in Art and she was kind of enough to include me. LFF is a curated spotlight on women (ish in my case) artists in any media. Les Femmes Folles is run by Sally Brown Deskins, an artist I greatly admire, informed and inspired by Wanda Ewing.
Nicole’s series included myself, essayist and short fiction writer Kirsten Clodfelter, travel writer Amy Gigi Alexander, and poet Allison Wilkins.
Nicole and Sally were also kind enough to reprint one of my cable shopping poems, which Stirring: A Literary Collection has nominated for a Pushcart. You can read my interview here, in which I discuss gender and Gazing Grain Press and national parks and cable shopping poems and breaking systems down and:
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.
I’m incredibly excited that my chapbook Traveling survived Thunderdome and emerged as one of five (!) winning titles. Margaret and Tess at Hyacinth Girl are wonderful to work with, and I’m so grateful to be publishing a project with a press that identifies as feminist and that encourages work from writers of all genders.
Traveling will be part of the 2015 series, along with books by Thunderdomers Neil Aitken, Jenn Blair, T.A. Noonan, Kimberly Ann Southwick, and by Pamela Taylor.
Traveling is a book that grew out of a book. I recombined the prose sequences from my full-length manuscript Theater of Parts and started sending them out as Traveling last year. The manuscript came in as a finalist and semi-finalist a few times, and I am so happy that it has found a home. I’m also really excited that my first larger publication comes from my first book. More and more, I hear of poets publishing other projects before the book they wrote first. This work represents me well, I think. I couldn’t be happier.
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 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…