It was wonderful to take part in this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival! On Saturday, September 15 I read with some amazing writers at the WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us, and thanks to the Cambridge Writers Workshop for setting up this event. Check out the awesome workshops and retreats they offer here.
Stoked to share that some of my protest embroideries are featured in Issue 13 of Boston Accent Lit! Thank you editors! The Carnegie Mellon Alumni Edition gave the feature a shoutout in their Weekly Alumni News Update, too. Thanks go out to everyone who supported this project by buying an embroidery or sharing!
I’m thrilled to have read at the Center for Book Arts’ TEXT/FORM Reading on August 1! This event was very special to me because I identify as both a writer and visual artist, and it was wonderful to read surrounded by old letterpress machines and beautiful, handmade books. The Center offers many amazing courses, including a Letterpress Intensive taught by master printer Barbara Henry, which I had the honor of taking in January. You can check out their wide array of offerings here. Thanks again for having me, CFBA!
Really happy to have a visual poem in SWWIM, a publication that celebrates and promotes women and women-identifying / femme-presenting writers through a year-round reading series held at The Betsy-South Beach in Miami, and through a digital publishing platform, SWWIM Every Day. Thank you to the editors. ♡
I’ll be reading with some of my best friends on 5/12 at 4:30 at Local138 in Manhattan. Come by to hear Ariel Francisco, Carlie Hoffman, Nadra Mabrouk, and myself read some poems. There’s an open mic at the end, so bring your best. Hope to see you!
Really happy to share that my partner Bryn Dodson and I have a collaboration in Crab Fat Magazine! Bryn wrote “Platinum,” a Captial One direct mail found poem, and the rest are part of a playful series I’m working on, “Fees and Grace.” I hope you enjoy these visual poems. ♡
My second chapbook, LIGHT EXPERIMENTS, has found a home at the beautiful Porkbelly Press! I have long admired their gorgeously designed publications—they took care of Chen Chen and Sarah Nichols, and I know they’ll take care of me. I’m excited to share this photographic poetry, and so grateful that an editor understands my vision. The collection aims to challenge the idea that poetry requires words, and to reframe the act of “writing” poetry. Full press release here. Thank you, Nicci.
On November 4, 2017 my embroideries were shown in an exhibition at Community Arts Phoenixville. “Stitched” featured artists from Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Philly, and beyond. Thank you, Cate Clother, for putting this together! My work will be on display until January 31.
The Lunar Walk Poetry Series has a brand new website! You can now see an archive of our previous readers, as well as a schedule of our upcoming events. I’m super excited about our spring lineup and hope that you’ll join us at Local 138 in NYC. The readings take place on the second Saturday of every month, and there’s an open mic at the end. You can also check out our Facebook page here. If you’d like to read for us, please contact us through the new website. ♡
I recently had the wonderful experience of sharing some of my opinions on being a women-identified artist at this political time in an interview with Sally Deskins of Les Femmes Folles, an organization that celebrates and supports women artists. It is a vulnerable interview and I’m happy it’s out there. Some interesting facts from their site:
Tonight I will be reading with Caritas Young, Charles Theonia, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Tanwi Nandini-Islam, John Murillo, and JC Hopkins at Spoonbill Books in Brooklyn. Hope to see you there at 7pm! Admission is free but please buy a book. There will be wine and camaraderie.Update: there was wine and camaraderie. Thanks for coming out!
In this month’s retrospective, the Plath Poetry Project features an embroidery and poem of mine, alongside beautiful poems by Clarissa Adkins, Devon Balwit, and Paul Christiansen. Thank you, Leenie and Megan, for encouraging me to bring embroidery into this month’s exercise. I am so grateful to have been part of this project. I plan to follow October’s prompts! Thanks again. ♡
I feel like the Vermont Studio Center was a rift in time/space where I got to be my true self and roam the woods and town with similar spirits. In NYC I doubt that time’s existence less and less. Could it have happened? Was there a bonfire, a pool deck filled with friends, art underway, a basement with a piano, a dream café, a friendly ghost, a bookstore where my chapbook sold out, and a bar named Wicked Wings? Was it cold, was there a bed with a pink blanket, did I sleep well and dance, did I eat blueberries by the river at 2am? The only proof I have: photographs, many words, ruined clothes, a thermos, and a recurring dream of swimming… ♡♡♡
Really thrilled to share that one of my embroideries has been featured in Tricycle Magazine, a Buddhist publication I’ve admired for a long time! It feels a little unreal to see something that took me hours to make by hand in print. My embroideries have never appeared in a magazine before, so this means a lot to me. Thanks, Tricycle!
Hello friends! I will be reading poems as part of Things As They Are: A Reading Series of Immediate Poetry, a series that features poets “with distinct voices whose writing is firmly rooted in the now.” Things As They Are was the title of one of Gertrude Stein’s earliest collection of prose, an affirmation of a demonstrative individuality in a constant struggle against convention.
When: August 31 at 8pm
Where: Omar’s La Ranita in NYC
I’ll be reading with some pretty awesome writers: Camilo Roldán, Madeleine Mermall, Tatiana Eva-Marie, and JC Hopkins.
I’ve never had to say this before, but: Parlor & Omar’s are private members clubs and all members and guests will be required to wear either formal attire, or upscale / business casual attire. Guests seeking entrance who are underdressed may be denied access.
So get fancy. I am so excited about this and hope to see you there. ♡
Hi friends, I’m a Featured Writer for the Plath Poetry Project for the months of July-September. On each day that Plath wrote a poem in 1962, I will, too! This is a generative project that focuses on practice, not polish—I strongly encourage writer friends to engage with this & follow Plath’s schedule with me. You’ll be able to see my poems in response to hers at the end of each month, & you can submit your own work to the retrospective. Thank you, Leenie Moore and Megan Arlett, for this exciting challenge.
Update: You can check out my poems in the July Retrospective here. ♡
Earlier this year I was over the moon to have two poems published in the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. I’m still not over it. So you can imagine how much fun I had answering four questions for PPR Poetry Editor Daniel Shapiro! The interview was posted today on his site, Little Myths. I enjoyed having the chance to share some of my opinions and hopes for the future of poetry. Thank you Dan, for giving me a space to talk about the subject closest to my heart. The other interviews on the site are also wonderful to read, so check them out. Thanks for reading. ♡
It’s such an honor to see my artwork on the cover of Washington Square Review again. I loved creating this octopus embroidery! Thank you so much to the editors who commissioned this piece. The poet Javier Zamora and other fantastic writers have work in this issue, and I can’t wait to pour through it. I hope to see you at the journal’s launch party this Friday, April 29th at 7pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House. There will be readings by Jeremy Michael Clark, Andrew Mangan, and Kamilah Aisha Moon, contributors to the nationally distributed literary journal. There will also be octopus temporary tattoos, drawn by me. Enjoy!
In September I will be attending a two week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. This has been a dream of mine ever since Major Jackson spoke highly of VSC to our craft class at NYU. I know a few artist friends who’ve attended in the past and they had a wonderful time there. It’s going to take a bit of bravery but I’m gearing up for some solitude and hoping to tie up a project I’ve been working on for seven years. No pressure, right?
This month you can find one of my photographs on the cover of Cimarron Review! This picture was taken in Lima, Peru. The flowers, colors, and angles caught my eye one gray day as my partner and I explored Miraflores. I think dogs are more wonderful than humans; I’ve heard it said that owning a dog is a happiness you never knew you could have. My landlord doesn’t allow pets, so I survive by hanging out with other people’s animals. One day, though, I will have five hundred dogs. Mark my words.
I am very excited to announce the launch of my embroidery shop, One Gold Canary. Here are a few pictures of pieces I’ve made so far. I’m currently accepting commissions, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like something custom-made.
OMG, it’s me, out in the wild, reading things into a microphone, how terrifying! The Pittsburgh Poetry Review Launch Reading was actually super fun. I always love traveling back to the 412—I miss it dearly. When I arrived I was pretty shocked to find my friends (and even some of my high school teachers!) seated at a table with fries and beer, and that gave me all the courage I needed. The reading took place at Neid’s Hotel in Lawrenceville. The issue is gorgeous and I encourage my writer friends to subscribe and submit. If you were at the event, thank you for listening to my poems. ♡