Today Coconut Books announced that they will be publishing my first full-length poetry collection Swan Feast in Spring/Summer 2015.When I told my good pal and righteous artist friend Roxy Drew the news, she illustrated this fantastic titular image within hours.
Along with my book, Coconut will also be publishing Danielle Pafunda’s The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, Krystal Languell’s Gray Market, and and and Bernadette Mayer’s chapbook Uncle Andrew’s Pile of Pads.
Thank goodness. This is such swell news.
This is one of the most beautiful posters, and it’s an incredible Seattle reading! Join me as I read with superstars Danielle Pafunda, Dorothea Lasky, Elisabeth Workman, Timothy Liu, Sandra Simonds, Martha Silano, Daniel Borzutzky, and Kendra DeColo! And of course, it must be at a spot called Jewelbox Theater. It would only be too fitting that way. Hooray Bloofies!
I’m reading with Lysette Simmons, Andrew Bartels, and Christine Kelly tonight at Unnameable Books in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. I promise it’ll be DOPE.
Maybe you ought to come?
ANTI-SURVEILLANCE FEMINIST POET HAIR & MAKEUP PARTY
This Tumblr blog which documents creative anti-surveillant fashion is, I think, proving to be the most inspiring and creative approach in this field … the potential is huge.
You can view the blog here
Photographs above taken by Emily Raw - Tumblr blog here
So glad our antisurveillance escapades are making the rounds. I love feeling like an electric redhead is my real political identity.
When an event in your private history stays hidden, it ceases to be an event. A difficult blackness fills that space but what else can you do but continue on. To utter the event is to create it again from a place of repression, and to utter it is to implicate our former selves, another person’s former self. This implication—made only certain by one’s utterance—forces us to term our abusers our abusers, us in our veiled states the victims. Roles are assumed, perhaps for the first time, perhaps not. The abuser’s narrative unrolls, the victim’s narrative unrolls, and the condemned—which contain all parties—that too unrolls. We are seen as the thing that was ruined, taken, silenced. And we see ourselves as these things that can be ruined, taken, silenced again. The abuser is seen as the ruiner, the taker, the silencer. The goal is to wither the abuser, the self that contained this abuser, the self that exists despite any other deeds, as such. And so often our choice to speak makes us the squeaky little things that have done this act of betrayal; it is this act of speaking that is able to victimize more judiciously, in public rather than in private history. Then it is the dream to revert back to the point where one could simply continue on. Where the only one suffering is the self contained in the event that lives in a safe at the bottom of the sea. Not speaking might feel like the closest we could have ever hoped again to get to safety, just to be able to say we continued on. This is our choice. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is our rape culture. We are in it.
Here is the beautiful spread of The Atlas Review's third issue! The cover photo is by the very talented Traci Matlock. I feel incredibly strong about this issue. The content is phenomenal, and at 170+ pages, is certainly our fattest volume yet.
Issue 3 features poetry by CAConrad, Nicole Steinberg, Morgan Parker, Wendy Lotterman, Joanna C. Valente, Dan Encarnacion, Anthony Bartels, Sarah V. Schweig, Craig Morgan Teicher, Joshua Ware, Joe DeLuca, M. Callen, Ted Dodson, Jennifer Nelson, Marcus Slease, Tim Earley, Laressa Dickey, Josh Kalscheur, Krystal Languell, Liz Dosta, Jonathan Aprea, and Curtis Rogers; fiction by Nelly Reifler, John Jodzio, Valerie Cumming, Jesse Kohn, and Marlo Starr; nonfiction by Soleil Ho, Dale Megan Healey, and Sean H. Doyle; visual arts by Traci Matlock, Aliene de Souza Howell, Sarbani Ghosh, and Dan Ivec; and interviews with Etgar Keret and Sheila Heti.
I mean, come on! That’s really, really good.
I’m in the most recent volume of STOKED! Check out my two poems “Epithalamium” and “Conversation with the Stone Wife.”