Remembering the Importance of Badassery

It’s funny how kicks from the past can arrive at the right moment. Lynn Melnick has written an excellent, close read of Diane Wakoski’s work in the Los Angeles Review of Books. As a former student of Diane’s, much of Melnick’s essay resonates with my experience of Diane, her poetry, and her "enduring badassery." No one could make me think twice about a "lazy image" like she could. The essay has shown up at a time when I’m noticing that my poetry has gone surfacey, lost touch ... Continue Reading

Toni Morrison

There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

ToC Announced for An Alphabet of Embers

Rose Lemberg has announced the table of contents for An Alphabet of Embers, and I'm thrilled and humbled all over again that I get to be a part of this anthology. It's an amazing lineup of writers -- and so many fellow first-timers! When I saw the project on Kickstarter and eventually decided to submit, I realized I had entered the dangerous "smitten" zone of hoped-for publication. By the time I was done revising (and revising and revising) my piece to submit, the little deer of hope in ... Continue Reading