I don’t have ordering information or a cover yet, but I’ll share those as soon as I can. The planned publishing date for “Latch” is March of 2019.
Honored to have a poem in this new anthology, available Sept. 4!
This anthology, born in response to the 2016 Presidential election, combines the voices of poets from across America—from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns—with the voices of poets from other countries and other times. From Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Po-Chü-i to Robin Coste Lewis, these voices—now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain—join together here in dissent and in praise, in grief and alarm, in vision and hope. The 126 poems in this book call out to America in resistance to threats to our democracy and in the resilient belief that this fragile, imperfect form of government can and must be preserved. “These poets have an urgent message to share with you,” writes Camille T. Dungy in the foreword. “This message is brand new, and it is also eternal. Read carefully. What you learn here might just save your life.”
After spending much of last year obsessing over the return of The X Files, I wanted to put my encyclopedic knowledge of the show to good use and write about it through a faith lens. The result is my article, "Agents, Aliens and Angels: Salvation in The X Files," which the website Christ and Pop Culture published. You can check it out there!
Mom Egg Review decided to feature my poem, "Taking the Baby to See Rothko at the National Gallery," as part of their "Mothers Are Making Art" issue 30, which is a collaboration between ProCreate Project, the Museum of Motherhood and Mom Egg Review. Check out the poem and the work of visual artist Ching Ching Cheng at their sites.
Moms, Marchers and Managers: One Poem's Journey
When a friend tells me a poem I wrote was an inspiration to them in some way, it's a feeling as good or better than publication.
And when a friend tells you that not only did your poem inspire them, but they actually hauled off and wrote something of their own because of what you wrote? Well, that's the cherry on every imaginable literary sundae! My friend Matthew Kaemingk is a theologian who had some ideas sparked by my poem, "To the Women Marching, From a Mother at Home," which I shared widely online the day of the Women's March 2017 (and which will be in print this coming fall in an anthology from Sixteen Rivers Press).
Dr. Kaemingk's article for Fuller Studio, "Moms, Marchers and Managers: Priests all three," develops and enriches many of the ideas underlying my poem. It is a tremendous joy to see the creative work I do making a meaningful impact on theological thought as well. I hope you'll check out his piece!
Pilgrimage, a journal based in Pueblo, Colorado, published one of my poems, "What Bears the Light," in their most recent issue. They're also doing a wonderful project having writers read their work aloud and sharing those through video. Here's my clip.
I recently had the opportunity to share my thoughts about two of the TV shows that most captured my imagination this past year. After the season opener of The X Files (of which I am a devoted longtime fan), I pitched an article to The Mary Sue, looking at the way The X Files deploys a common sci fi / dystopian trope in comparison to the way The Handmaid's Tale (a show I was riveted by last spring) does. You can check my piece out here:
It has been almost a year since I shared this story, and in the meantime, the poem has been shared and quoted in many places. I look forward to seeing it in print with Sixteen Rivers Press this coming fall.
"On the day of the international Women’s March, I wrote a poem. I shared it with a number of Facebook groups I’m a part of, as well as on Twitter and a number of other venues. I don’t usually shared unpublished work of mine so widely, but it was such a timely thing, I wanted to get it out and share it. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt the urgency of a poem at that level before.
The poem was liked and shared hundreds of times, and eventually an excerpt appeared in an article by Cindy Brandt in Sojourners magazine, “Dear Donald Trump: Now We’re All Activists” "