Honored to have my poem “Judges” published at Red Paint Hill Literary Journal. Sense music memory is reminding me of undergrad in the indie rock meeca of Chicago and listening to Red Hill Painters in Chicago in the early 2000s because they sounded like Pete Yorn and the Counting Crows and I would walk through Belmont after band practice with my electric bass on back with the music in my headphones before going to Ragstock, then Other Music, then to the coffee shop and drink green tea and look out the window and imagine imagine imagine, then write in my notebook. I am not 19 and in college anymore, don’t listen to these bands anymore, but love what they meant to me at one time, love how that little girl would have giggled to be published in a magazine (accidentally, perhaps) named after one of her favorite bands. If I could have told that girl what her life would be….well we have to go through it to learn and be who we are. So, no regrets, because I lived life to the fullest, no desire to be that young and naive, but I am thinking about nostalgia, about the music that was the soundtrack of my life in my twenties, how a song, a sound, can take me back to those memories, so intense, so vivid. I have lived so many lives…the wonder is, when you meet people, how you meet the person they are then, not the many selves we were before that moment.
For The Root, I write my annual year-end round up of 16 wonderful books published by black authors in 2017. Others great ones I would have loved to include are Bunk, by Kevin Young, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey, I’m So Fine, A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, & Lower Ed by Tracey Clayton…but don’t worry, I’m showing some love for those books elsewhere soon soon.
Creative Nonfiction has nominated my essay “The Animal in the Yard” from their summer 2017 “Adaptation” issue for a Puschart Prize. Many thanks to Hattie, Lee, and the rest of the good folks at this wonderful magazine.
Over at Jacket 2, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma has a lovely review of The Leaving and the other chapbooks in the New Generation African Poets Tatu release.
Kirkus Reviews has a lovely profile up of the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, edited by Deborah Santana, in which my essay “What Is Said” appears.
Many thanks to Border Crossing Magazine for nominating my poems for a Best of the Net Award.
“Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” during one of the Presidential Debates–and women poets across the country responded with a vengeance. These poems of resistance to misogyny are powerful, moving, funny, and wise. Coeditors Bauer and Kane have assembled a rich collection of poems in this beautifully put together volume. I highly recommend this book.”--5 Star Review from Amazon.com
“What a fine anthology! Topical. Brilliant!”–-5 Star Review from Amazon.com
“This collection is so wonderful I hardly know where to start. It may be sufficient to say that as you read it you’ll laugh, cry, get in a rage, but above all rejoice about being a woman.”--5 Star Review from Amazon.com
“I love this book so much! It’s smart, sassy, and raw. The poets in this anthology are some of the most powerful feminist voices today at their finest. Julie Kane and Grace Bauer have put together one beautifully nasty collection of poems from a diverse group of women. It’s a testament to the power of poetry and women everywhere.”–5 Star Review from Amazon.com
Honored to have my poem “Job (War Survivor’s Guilt” in the Nasty Women Poets anthology edited by the wonderful Grace Bauer and Julie Kane.
I have a new essay at Creative Nonfiction Magazine. It’s not online, but you can look at a picture of the issue here. You can even buy it. Or you can go to a bookstore or library. They are both pretty great. You can discover all sorts of things.
I have two new poems up at Tupelo Quarterly plus the really amazing poet Stacey Waite and I about poetry here too.