So I’ve been terrible about keeping up with the blogging and I could tell you all about my health and that stuff but that would be boring so I’m just going to get to the news.
First things first, I have a new chapbook out. FIRE IN THE SKY is a chapbook of three long poems built from scrambled and then erasured Lana Del Rey Lyrics. Each of the poem uses language from one of her first three albums. It’s pretty fun to read from (I’ll be reading from it at Malvern Books on July 22!) and hopefully y’all enjoy it as well. This one is very swear-y and sex-y, so it won’t be best for most younger readers. But, you know, everyone is different.
I really enjoyed working with editor Scott Sweeney on this book. Would recommend. A++++. (Hi, Scott.)
If you want a copy, check out my publisher Grey Book Press, or order directly from me by emailing email@example.com. I have adorable fireworks buttons and some found poetry kits to go along with orders. Books are $6 + shipping, either from me or from Grey Book. 🙂
I also have some new-er news! As of July 4th, I have a new chapbook (my 8th!) forthcoming from one of my favorite publishers, Hermeneutic Chaos Press! I’m so thrilled to get to work with editor Shijini Bhattacharjee! The book is called WE’RE DOING WITCHCRAFT, and it collects some of my more feminist pieces, including political response pieces, found poems, and poems about growing up in a female body. (Oh, adolescence!) The title poem is a response to the increasingly ridiculous dress codes for young women in schools’ and male administrators’ defenses of them. You know, like, “boys are too distracted by girl shoulders to do math.” NOPE. NOPE CITY. So that is currently scheduled for November. HELL YAAAAASSS!
This summer, I also have two other chapbooks coming out. Just in case I needed something to do. ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE from ELJ Publications is on the way, as is SHE WITNESSES from dancing girl press + studio. I’m so excited about both of these. They both started as projects for Found Poetry Review. ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE collects poems from the Oulipost project, in which I used FPR’s prompts with the Austin American-Statesman every day for the month of April in 2014 to write fun, weird, and sometimes unintelligible poems. (The unintelligible pieces were, yes, cut from the final manuscript.) I learned a lot about myself while working on this book, including the power that constraint can have. It’s actually very liberating, which some might think of as counter-intuitive. I also want to thank Jodie Wynne for licensing her art to us for the book cover, as well as hand-lettering it for us. She’s a genius. You should probably go check out her stuff. And, of course, editors Ariana D. Den Bleyker and Samantha Duncan are always a pleasure to work with. We also may or may not have tricks up our sleeves for the near future!
Also using constraints and prompts from Found Poetry Review (kisses, kisses you guys—you’ve made me a better poet, editor, person, everything!), I wrote SHE WITNESSES. The prompts for this chap were part of the PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts) project that FPR set up in April of 2016. It was quite an adventure, which I think was part of the intention of the FPR team. The prompt called for uses of multiple, varied sources, so there are found poems in this book sourced from everything from Tampax packaging to Prince lyrics to an Anne Sexton collection to things overheard on a Southwest Airlines flight to a movie review in The Austin Chronicle to an episode of The X-Files. Like I said—it was an adventure. I’m also really excited because the cover is actually one of my own photographs, and a self-portrait at that, taken with a vintage Polaroid camera and expired film. It’s very cool to have a talented visual artist and poet—my editor Kristy Bowen—choose not only my poems but my photo. Whoa! So this will be my first published photograph. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read some pieces from this and ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE at my Malvern reading, if they come in time!
Which brings me to events! I will be reading at Malvern Books‘ I Scream Social on Friday, July 22. Free and open to the public! COME! I’ll have chapbooks for sale and vegan ice cream, of course, will be available from Sweet Ritual. I’ll be joined by Waco poet Sarah Frances Moran, whose new chapbook EVERGREEN is just amazing. And Samantha Duncan who just published THE BIRTH CREATURES with Agape Editions. The event is going to be awesome and we will read you scandalous, fun, feminist things. I’ll be sure to post a link to the Facebook event page on MY event page when it’s available.
I also just read at Austin Public Library’s Aural Literature series with Casey Elizabeth Newbegin, Abe Louise Young, and Sam Sax! We had an amazing time, and they have some great readings coming up in the next two months: kids reading poetry, and then veterans! I will definitely be checking these out. In the meantime, here’s the Aural Lit podcast featuring me and Casey. Check it out!
Thanks to everyone who has been asking how I’m doing, checking in on me, reading and following my work, and of course attending readings and buying books. Re: kidneys, they’re doing pretty frigging good. I’ll be over here writing poetic tributes to Lois Duncan, which I’ll talk about in a later post. (See what I did there? I gave myself a good reason to post again soon and a topic. Wahaaa!)