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For me, reviving my writing practice has meant tuning into what works today, and taking one step at a time. It has meant being fierce—I will find time to write today because it’s important. And flexible—I will accept the amount and quality of time I have today, even if it’s five minutes, and trust that both will grow and deepen with time.
Here’s a poem I wrote in response to a photo prompt on Vox Poetica, a photo called Alberta Bound by […]
Here's a letter I wrote for Dear Earth With Love, a collaborative community chronicle of personal stories about climate change.
Kristin George Bagdanov's poem "More Strange" is a compact powerhouse of emotion and complexity. I've been thinking about it a lot these past few weeks, moving through some heavy sadness over the brokenness of our world, while simultaneously beginning to wean my 14-month-old. I've been feeling weighed down by the violence in the news and grappling with my vulnerability, wanting to protect my child from what I have so little control over. It's easy to forget God's sovereignty and providence. It's all too easy to imagine that grief and pain have the last word.
In late June, I learned that my poem "Yellow" won the 2016 Janet McCabe Poetry Prize at Ruminate Magazine. The poem will be published in the September 2016 issue. Ruminate is one of my favorite publications, and its arrival in my mailbox is one of the small but great pleasures in my life. It's beautiful. It's print. It still comes in the mail. And it's quarterly, which means several months of anticipation between issues-- a novelty in an age when it seems we hardly have to wait to read anything anymore.
I've been going through old journals and files lately, gleaning inspiration for current projects and making more space, physically and mentally. Here are a few excerpts from four years ago, when I used to practice "morning pages" from Julia Cameron's Artist's Way.
Inspired by Los Angeles poet Haryette Mullen and her book Urban Tumbleweed, today a group of students and I took a tanka walk around the Metropolitan Learning Center building in NW Portland.
I’d like to thank the people who sponsored my attendance at the Tupelo Press Perfect 10 workshop, which invites poets […]
When I was eight or nine, my favorite book was How I Came To Be A Writer, by Phyllis Reynolds […]
It has been a big month! The anthology I’ve been editing over the past year is finally finished, printed, and […]
Last week was a tough one. I barely pulled myself upright on both feet, showered, and made it to work […]
Monday I launched my first ever Indiegogo campaign, to fund my attendance at a weekend writing workshop and finish my […]
It was a busy summer of teaching, editing, weddings, overgrown zucchinis, crowded swimming holes, and sleepless nights without air-conditioning. Somehow […]
Among the many things I love about my adopted hometown of Portland (including great public transit and bike routes, community […]
When I was younger, I did my writing on the edges, in early morning and early evening. On the porch […]