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…
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.