Hands up if you're out there hustling for your art. Hustling feels like all I ever do. I even wrote about for the Billfold: check out my article on the limited financial options of a working artist here. For a more detailed picture of the arts economics ledger, check out this detailed breakdown of how much money I've spent on being a writer so far in 2013. Despite what some article commenters seem to believe, this constant hustle is more than okay with me, because running myself ragged often has very lovely results. Get out your news kazoos: I have LOTS to report.
I'm hard at work painting ghosts as prizes for my Indiegogo campaign. If you haven't already, please take a look at what's on offer and help me fund my West Coast summer tour; there are only 28 days left to donate! I will write you a personalized poem and snail mail it on a postcard for only $5, and the rewards get exponentially more fantastic from there. There are out-of-print chapbooks up for grabs, as well as my forthcoming poetry EP "Feed The Dead," and the aforementioned ghost paintings. Give what you can; share if you can't. And if none of the reward tickle your particular fancy, could I possibly interest you in a handmade dinosaur crown?
Also deserving of fanfare and your support: the new issue of Printer's Devil Review (my first as nonfiction editor) is out and proudly strutting its stuff on our fair internet. It was a joy to put together, even in the proofreading. The design is gorgeous, the writing is superb, and the art makes me think and smile and then think some more. It's free to read online, so please please do, and know that we have just reopened submissions for our next issue. I want your true (mostly factual) stories and essays, but the other editors will take your lies and shepherd them into the world if fiction or verse is how you do.
Speaking of shepherded lies and mostly factual truths, I have two poems in the latest issue of ILK, "Stars in Arles" and "Wedding Soup." The first may mark the beginning of a series of van Gogh poems (I am obsessed; have you read his letters?), while the second is a love letter to my first Providence summer and the many loves therein. I'm working on a collage response to one of the other poems in the issue, but which and why are a secret for now. Stay tuned!