Thursday, January 16, 2020

2019 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in poetry: Ilya Kaminsky, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Yonatan Berg (translator Joanna Chen), and Rachel Zucker. It was an honor to serve as one of this year's judges. Click here for the full list of NJBA recipients:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Two New Poems


Can we think our way through grit
through the real tooth achy reality
reality tv started what befalls us now
my mother thinks democratic liberalism’s
run its course and she’s probably right
I point my finger and my point’s lost
this is the night I start all of my poems—
the first’s a lullaby shhh the next’s on fire
but no one’s listening sees it burning
lost names missing table place to defecate
it’s not me but it will be soon
am I going to start gathering my things
and will my patience practice protect me
I mean at least it’s a way of thinking

Everywhere We Went

that summer there was ice-cream—
blueberry with butter cookie
raspberry with chocolate crumb—
while bombs kept falling
while streets drizzled with blood
someone had colluded
someone had ordered it so
while we were happy
as happy as we could be
given the unpredictable temperatures
given our need to be free.

Forthcoming in Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, from Stockton University Press, edited by Ona Gritz and Taylor Carmen Savatz

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred

This isn't news exactly, but I'm just now seeing a link to "Soledad": a collaborative lyric sequence I wrote with Elizabeth Savage that was chosen as the winner of the Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred by Elizabeth Robinson.

Since we won the contest in 2016, Elizabeth Savage and I have published other sequences: in Volt, Hotel Amerika, and They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, Eds. Dean Rader and Simone Muench (Black Lawrence Press, 2018).

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Broadview Press to Publish Crafting Poems and Stories

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Broadview Press to publish my new text, Crafting Poems and Stories: A Guide to Creative Writing. I'm so honored to be joining Broadview's exciting list of creative writing titles.  

Comprehensive in its treatment of the two genres most often taught in multi-genre creative writing courses, my new text offers features that students most often request, including concise definitions of basic terms of poetry and short fiction, focused discussion of craft, exciting literary models, and engaging hands-on exercises. The purpose of writing Crafting Poems and Stories is to create an accessible guide that renders the material of introductory creative writing courses more readily engaging, so that beginning writers see greater progress reflected in their poems and short stories over the course of a single semester. 

More information to follow.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Can writing about trees--about the natural world--be political? It's surprising to me that we're still having this discussion; in short, Yes, it can. Re-posting this collaborative review I wrote with Deborah Poe on the poetry of Elizabeth Savage. And another review on the work of Michael McGriff.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Goodbye, MacDowell

I'm home now, after an incredible five weeks at the MacDowell Colony. I am so very grateful to have had this time and space to focus on my poetry and to connect with other artists across disciples. Here are some snaps.

Barnard Studio Porch

Barnard Studio


Library Alcove

2019 National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in poetry: Ilya Kaminsky, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Yon...