Here's a poem I wrote in response to a photo prompt on Vox Poetica, a photo called Alberta Bound by photographer Michael Lee Johnson. Mind Stopped by the gate, you pace the place old wheels have smoothed, tracks so worn that’s all you see, never mind the fact they cross over, go on. You believe … Continue reading Poem Response on Vox Poetica
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.
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 to bring twenty poems to the mountains for three days of intensive workshops in the company of other poets. With their support, I completed Split the World in Two, a collection of ten poems written or revised over … Continue reading Thank you for your support!
When I was eight or nine, my favorite book was How I Came To Be A Writer, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I was fascinated by her story about being my age and writing, and how she managed to make her life as a working writer whose books I loved. This is a "spill" I did two summers … Continue reading Why I Write
It has been a big month! The anthology I've been editing over the past year is finally finished, printed, and waiting in boxes in my living room for this week's first mailing session and book launch party. It's beautiful. I love it so much and I can't wait to get it into the hands of … Continue reading Writing Log # 3: Taking off
Last week was a tough one. I barely pulled myself upright on both feet, showered, and made it to work each day, so my morning writing time went out the window. I made up for it on Saturday, though, by clearing my schedule and sitting down at my desk for the morning and early afternoon. … Continue reading Writing Log #2: Drafting
Monday I launched my first ever Indiegogo campaign, to fund my attendance at a weekend writing workshop and finish my first book of poems. I was floored-- absolutely floored-- at the response from friends and family in the first few days. Even more than knowing that I am much closer to attending the workshop, I … Continue reading Writing Log #1