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Scream Queen Sequel

You Can't Pick Your Genre cover Big Lucks
Final Girl cover Big Lucks

I’m so happy I can finally announce that my out-of-print Scream chapbook has survived to see her sequel as part of a chapbook do-si-do arriving this summer, alongside Lauren Milici’s Final Girl, from Big Lucks. You Can’t Pick Your Genre got treated very poorly by her first publisher, and it means so much to me to see this project get a second chance at the life it deserves. Mark Cugini did such an excellent job designing these covers, and also helping me revise some of my favorite poems I’ve ever written into their best possible forms. I can’t wait to share them with you. I’ll be posting a link when pre-orders go live.

Perversely, I spent National Poetry Month completing an initial draft on my first-ever full length prose project. Though most of my writing time has been generative lately, I do still have a few publications to share.

+ Lauren R. Korn recently interviewed me for The Adroit Journal. We talked about a falling knife has no handle, but also wandered into conversations about class, cocktails, comfort food, synaesthesia, disappointment, and how to do AWP right (for me, at least). I had a lot of fun discussing the book and hope you’ll have fun reading about the way the poems still hook into my everyday life, long after they’ve been written.

+ I have two Warhol letters in the spring issue of Sixth Finch: the first is about a Super Bowl party and Andy’s unexpected appearance in one of the commercials; the second sings the praise of worker bees and tells him he needs to watch The Crown. I’m very happy that these poems just keep getting weirder the more I write them.

+ Another Warhol letter found a home at Glass Poetry. This one is owed to Liz Taylor, horse races, and semi-precious stones. It includes a little description of the project, and how I started writing the letter series last summer in Arkansas, in case you’re hungry for an origin story. There’s also an audio recording of me reading the poem from my couch, in case you need a bedtime story.

Speaking of Arkansas, I’ll be returning to Fayetteville later this summer to lead a workshop and give a reading with my friends at Open Mouth. I’ve used the trip as an excuse for a little southern tour. I’ll be visiting several cities I’ve never met before and I’m really looking forward to bringing my poems to places I don’t see on nearly enough book promotion itineraries. Stay tuned for a list of dates!

Get Your Feet Wet

Most of what I publish happens to be poetry, but I write in many other directions and evidence of that is finally seeing the light of day. I'm in the throes of finishing up a collection of short stories that will be out next year. Essays, reviews, and short stories (as well as a poem or two) have popped up all over in the last few months and I wanted to make sure to share them here.

+ "Bootleg," a flash ghost story about a first kiss from my forthcoming collection, won Noble/Gas Quarterly's annual Birdwhistle Prize for fiction.

+ I wrote about the way rape ends up on TV as a plot point and how I engage with it in "Why Chuck Bass," published over at Queen Mob's Teahouse.

+ My thoughts on Jay Deshpande's delicate, arresting Love The Stranger live over on the Button Poetry blog, where they're collecting micro-reviews of poets' favorite recent collections.

+ I wrote a mini-syllabus based on my on-going Warhol clique research that Entropy was kind enough to share with the world.

+ The Mira Project interviewed me on my experiences with street harassment and rape culture.

+ A poem I wrote after Peter Pan & Skrillex called "we rowdy" appears in issue 17 of Adroit.

Death is Funny

There is a set list for every hurt under heaven. I just found mine from smack in the middle of my first few months as a person with a book & it's wild to hear how sure/unsure I am of myself. Now that Pelican is over a year old, it feels easy to forget that my bird even exists. I want to keep reminding myself that I made a thing that helped me to laugh & live & grieve through one of the hardest losses I've ever dealt with. It's been five years since I lost my dad. I'm having dinner with his best friend tonight & toasting to how he taught me to tell our story.

Set List

1. remember the fun we had when you poisoned me
2. You Bring Out My Worst Side**
3. Everybody Knows That I'm a Mess
4. I Didn't Mean to Swear in Your Church
5. Stitches* 
6. Roadkill*
7. Conditional*
8. Rappelling
9. the internet doesn't know
10. The Right Words*
11. Out of Control
12. On The Day You Decide You are Quitting*
13. She Drives The Honda to Wisconsin
14. Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em

* these poems appear in Pelican, published by YesYes Books
** these poems appear in Celeris, published by Fog Machine