Monday, October 20, 2014

"What the Girl Wore" featured on Poetry Daily

I'm pretty thrilled that my poem "What the Girl Wore" was published recently in the Fall 2014 issue of Shenandoah, a wonderful magazine with a rich and long literary history. It's an important poem to me. I think of it as a companion piece to my lyric "Why I Mother You the Way I Do" (from my collection Seed Across Snow  from Red Hen Press). Both poems are rooted in my teenage years when three girls I'd known were killed when I was seventeen. Two were sisters hit by a car while trying to run across the road in front of my high school after the dismissal bell and then a few months later the kid sister of a friend of mine was murdered. I've always suspected trying to understand these inexplicable tragedies is what spurred me on to be a writer.  I just heard that Poetry Daily will feature "What the Girl Wore" on October 22, a wonderful honor for a poem that was rejected about a dozen times before RT Smith took it for Shenandoah.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thanks to RT Smith, editor of Shenandoah, for publishing my poem "What the Girl Wore," which is included in my book of poems Blue Etiquette coming out from Red Hen Press. It's an important poem to me and I'm grateful that it's getting its little moment.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Host of Accents
I'm very happy to be driving to Lexington this Friday, September 19, to slide behind the microphone in the studio of Accents - A Radio Show for Literature, Art and Culture and have a conversation about poetry with host and friend Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. I'm grateful to Katerina for many things, not the least of which is her beautiful poetry (I can recommend one of her latest books--she's a busy literary citizen!--The Porcupine of the Mind). Accents airs live each Friday 2-3 pm from the studios of the University of Kentucky on WRFL, 88.1 FM. If you miss the live broadcast, you can stream from An archive of previous Accents shows is available there.

"The mission of the show is to promote the arts—local, national and international alike," so who knows what we'll talk about? Katerina is kindly translating some of my new graveyard poems--just in time for Halloween--into Bulgarian! That's amazing. We'll also talk about teaching poetry, I bet. We both have new writing classes beginning this fall at The Carnegie Center (see my post below). And maybe my newest fascination with pairing visual art or animation with poetry. But, really, I never what wonderful direction our conversations are going to go in, so I look forward to it and hope some you will catch if not our program then some of the podcasts from other Accents

Monday, September 8, 2014

Heart Like a Wheel . . . Teaching a Master Class at The Carnegie Center, Lexington, KY

With Kathleen Driskell. If you’ve been writing poems for a while and want to take your poetry to the next level, this is the class for you. Our efforts will focus on identifying the structural “heart” (or engine, if you like) of each poem you workshop; once the heart has been identified, we’ll then focus our discussion on structural elements that might be revised in your work so that movement, sound, figurative language, and the sense of each poem work together . . .

Friday, May 30, 2014

Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts Riff on Collaboration at the Spalding MFA Residency in Louisville

MFA faculty member in screenwriting and playwriting Charlie Schulman joins his writing partner Michael Roberts to give a presentation at the Spalding MFA residency May 2014 to talk about their collaboration on the musicals The Fartiste and The Goldstein Variations, wildly different projects--one is uproarious, one is serious and mysterious--but both are musicals with poignant books and song. This duo had Spalding MFA students and faculty laughing and crying all within one meaningful and unforgettable hour. What amazing curriculum! 

Listen to a song from The Fartiste 
Learn more about The Goldstein Variations.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

On my way to Alabama: April 19-20 

My thanks to Lindsay Hodgens and the Alabama Writers' Forum for the great review of Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem:


I'll be in Montgomery April 19:  as part of the Alabama Book Festival's program, I'll be teaching a class for Alabama writing teachers at Troy University. Then on April 20, I'm I'm looking forward to sitting on a panel where I'll discuss Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem alongside with Lila Quintero Weaver who will talk about her own beautiful graphic memoir DARKROOM: A MEMOIR IN BLACK AND WHITE. Here's Lila's bio from the Alabama Book Festival website. Hope to see some friends in Montgomery!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Words and Art: A Collaboration

I was lucky to be able to talk about collaborating with illustrator AJ Reinhart on my newest publication Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem at Spalding's MFA Residency last month, but we were just two of seven panelists talking about the collaborations between artists and writers. Printmaker Mary Lou Hess discussed  her collaborations with two other writers on the panel: Mary Lou and Dianne Aprile created The Eye Is Not Enough, a hand-letter press book that includes a beautiful long essay by Dianne with accompanying original full-color prints by Mary Lou; she also provided prints for current Kentucky Poet Laureate Maureen Morehead's A Sense of Time Left. Both of those books were printed at Larkspur Press, the hand-letter press of Gray Zeitz in Monterey, Kentucky.  I don't know a writer in Kentucky who wouldn't jump at the chance to have Gray publish a book. If you don't know about Gray's work, next time you are in a Kentucky bookstore, ask someone to point you in the direction of Gray's books. It's a pleasure to hold any of his books in your hands.

After 911, writer Richard Goodman used his bike to get through many of the blocked streets around the collapsed Trade Center towers and The Bicycle Diaries, a record of his witness right after the attack, was published to mark the tenth year memoriam. Richard collaborated with renown artist Gaylord Shanilac on the beautiful book, which features remarkable engravings of New York by Gaylord.

Here are some photos of that event. Thanks to my colleague fiction writer Jody Lisberger for taking and sending them.

Gaylord Shanilac, Richard Goodman, AJ Reinhart, Kathleen Driskell
Gaylord Shanilac, Richard Goodman, AJ Reinhart, Kathleenn Driskell
 Dianne Aprile, Mary Lou Hess, Maureen Morehead
A great audience of Spalding MFA Students