Mercury is in retrograde, which means general upheaval and discord. I have a new, sunny desk with a lot of natural light at work. I shaved my head just after Halloween. I'm getting ready for a week on the Cape for general giving of thanks and a few jogs around the sand dunes. There are big plans in the works for grant and fellowship applications. Sure, I've been running around Boston in below-freezing temperatures in lieu of getting the recommended amount of sleep per night, but instead of letting the off-kilter tone of November get me down, I've taken all the constant activity as an opportunity to clean house. This means throwing the windows open and airing all of it out--digging up old drafts and kicking them into shape, cleaning up on-going manuscripts, and making sure I'm spending my writing time the best way I know how.
That being said, I've made the decision to leave Side B Magazine, and the up-coming Class & Money issue will be my last as poetry editor. (In the meantime, check out the 7 Days In The Art World issue--it just went live!) Please submit, as I'd like to go out with a bang, and have the last group of poems I select really kick serious ass. The past few issues have set a pretty high bar, so I'm looking for a few stellar poets to round out my tenure there. Could one of them be you? In preparation for my exit, I've brought the backlog of essays in my Side B series, "Adventures in Anarcho-Poetics," to this site; you can find them under the ANARCHO-POETICS tab. Besides musings on writing life, there are also interviews with James Caroline, Sophia Holtz, and soon, a brand new conversation with Cassandra de Alba. I think my favorite part of life at Side B has been the excuse it gave me to try my hand at journalism. The interview series, though brief, gave me license for real talks with writers I love and admire, but never really get the chance to talk much about craft with.
In my personal writing world, I've got poems all over the internet this fall. At FRiGG Magazine, you can find a selection of five of my recent pieces, running the gamut in subject matter: there are sharks, drinks with the dead, summer flings, lucky pennies, and a little bit of amateur magic for good measure. Cassandra has a handful of poems in the same issue, and you better read those as well. (There is nothing more cool to me than appearing in an issue alongside my best friend.) Also debuting this month is the new edition of The Well&Often Reader, a literary magazine geared towards teaching artists that includes lesson plans alongside published work. I'm honored to have two of my poems included, not least of all because Caits Meissner wrote a lesson plan based on "Kismet" encouraging students to tackle their fears through varying artistic mediums. And to round out the end of this year, there is a poem of mine appearing in the forthcoming issue of Sugar House Review, another online at Paper Darts, and a third tapped to appear over at Word Riot.
I spent Tuesday night on Boylston St, celebrating "The Same Love" with students at Berklee College of Music's reVERB spoken word collective. (You can read all about it here.) I haven't been attending many readings of late, so it was tough to drag myself down to the train for this one, but once there, I felt completely at home. The theme of the night was giving space to queer voices, and the students' work was brave and exciting, brilliantly capped by Adam Stone's feature, where the poems emphasized the power present in the language of identity. If ever you are feeling apathetic about writing, I urge you to go to a spoken word reading. It will kick your ass, even if there's just one poem that jumps out and scares you out of your seat with its sharp teeth and big heart. This is why I love performance poetry--if a night goes well, I feel changed completely at the end of things. (I'm sure the post-show margaritas only emphasized the euphoria.)
And one last bit of good news--I'm joining the team at Printer's Devil Review as one of their nonfiction editors. It's a big step outside my comfort zone as a writer, and I am so ready for the change.