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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