The first ever Southern California Poetry Festival happens next month in Long Beach. Organized by Sonia Greenfield and Donna Hilbert in partnership with The Poetry Foundation, the weekend affair going to be two days filled with readings, panels, and keynotes — topped off with cocktail hours at The Brass Lamp Book Bar! Hear luminaries like Amy Gerstler and Henri Cole, discover a dozen or so local literary journals, and find out about local bookish nonprofits. There’ll even be a panel moderated by former book critic of the Los Angeles Times David Ulin, with the provocative title, “Does SoCal Have a Voice?” I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the panelists — Marilyn Chin, Suzanne Lummis, Luis Rodriguez, Ralph Angel — are probably going to say yes. I’ll be reading with the Los Angeles Review crew on Saturday, Sep. 10 from 2 pm to 3 pm, along with Charles Harper Webb (Amplified Dog), Jessica Piazza (Interrobang), and Kim Dower (Slice of Moon). Here’s the full schedule lineup for both days. Reserve a FREE ticket for the festival here — though I must warn you that all 175 tickets for Saturday are already taken! That said, if […]
Are they micropoems or microstories? I’m not sure — but eight of my tiny little prose works are now up in the latest issue of New Flash Fiction Review! Here’s one to whet your appetite: The Good Day I braced hard but what I feared did not happen. For that I am grateful. Each one’s about ten words long, so they’ll be a quick read. Hope you enjoy them! Let me know what you think — Thank you to Nin Andrews, guest editor for this prose poetry issue. I’ve been a huge fan of Nin’s work since I read Why They Grow Wings back in grad school, so to have her read and take my work was a real treat. Image from New Flash Fiction Review
My copy of Gargoyle #62 finally arrived in my mailbox — after a little detour to my former apartment. Thanks to the postal service for sending it on! The 394-page thick issue has within its covers two poems of mine: “A Reading” and “A Drinking Solo.” Here are three lines from a poem: Water under the ridge, I say. It’s a day when the news fills with familiar terrors: suicide, parricide, coincide. The issue — edited by Richard Peabody — also contains work by Nin Andrews, Thaisa Frank, and many many others. Pick up a copy at Gargoyle for about $20 — or at Amazon for somewhat less.
My second chapbook, Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit, came out late last year from Dancing Girl Press! You can read a sampling of the poems at Hobart, The Missouri Review, Pank, and other journals, where some of the poems in the chapbooks were originally published. Based in Chicago, Dancing Girl Press publishes a chapbook series “to publish and promote the work of women writers and artists.” Other L.A.-based Dancing Girl poets include Lauren Eggert-Crowe (In the Songbird Laboratory) and Lisa Cheby (Love Lessons From Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The three of us plan to do a Dancing Girl reading in 2015 — so look out for us! Get Feelings from Dancing Girl Press for $7.
So and So‘s latest issue just launched with two of my poems: “Assignation” and “Santa Monica.” Here are three lines from a poem: What clings to the brick wall is gray. How plastic numbers shuffle across tables, collecting fingerprints. Read the rest at So and So — which also has great new work by Amy Lawless (“His fingers are small matte pigs”) and Adam Soldofsky (“Incredible lengths of time are pressed into your head”) and other poets —