Earlier this year, I started an Instagram account for mini book reviews. I just hit my 50th post today (though not all posts have been reviews). It's been a fun challenge to write something that fits within the character limit of the Instagram caption. If you want to follow along, you can find it at @reviews_by_gm.
Thank you to New School Alumni for including Some of the Times on its summer alumni reading list. It is pretty incredible to see this selection of great books that have come out from New School alumni in the past year. I already have a couple of titles on my to-be-read list and look forward to checking out more. View the Summer Reading List.
They also have a series of author events related to the reading list.
I am super honored to be participating in this year's 215 Festival, which is its 20th anniversary! I'll be sharing work during the Regional Small Press Poetry Showcase on Saturday, May 15, from 1 - 2:30 pm. The showcase includes poets representing Barrelhouse, Thread Makes Blanket, Radiator Press, and Bloof Books. See full event details and register here.
Also check out the full schedule of 215 Festival events here--there's a lot of great stuff going on. I have great fondness for this festival, and I'm excited to see it in its virtual form!
Over at Weird Sister, I have a new review of Marie Buck's recent collection of poetry Unsolved Mysteries, which is one of my favorite books published in 2020. The review opens:
"What makes a life worth documenting? And whose lives are most often documented in capitalist societies? Unsolved Mysteries, Marie Buck’s most recent book of poetry, raises these questions and more as the author explores the television show of the same title. Completed before the Netflix 2020 reboot of the series, Buck’s book focuses on the show’s original run in the 1980s and 90s. However, this book isn’t about rehashing or dwelling in the past, nor is it simply about a TV show and the terrible deaths the show documented. Ultimately, it is a book about life and the reasons to keep going. It’s about imagining a future where things aren’t so shitty."
Read the full review at Weird Sister.
At Entropy, Levi Bentley writes, "Conversations among poets continue amid the intensifying crush of global climate change, illness, severe weather. The book, written before and published amid the pandemic, anticipates the aura of grim carrying on amidst crisis, the importance of cataloging small joys."
A huge thanks to Levi for this review of Some of the Times! Read the full review.
Bedfellows has been publishing some great work in their Little Black Book anthology, and I'm thrilled to have a new
anticapitalist love poem in collection III.
You can read the poem here.
I'm beginning the new with gratitude to Bear Review, who recently posted a recording of my poem "Snow Day." "Snow Day" appears in Some of the Times (Barrelhouse 2020), but it was originally published in the inaugural issue of Bear Review, which I was super excited to be a part of. You can listen to the recording here, and also read an extremely kind write up of the poem by Editor Marcus Myers. In the weeks to come, look for recordings by other past contributors on Bear Review's blog.
The new issue of The Volta includes a feature in memory of Molly Brodak. It includes her final poems as well as remembrances from Blake Butler, Caroline Crew, Carrie Lorig, Nick Sturm, and myself. My essay is the hardest thing I have ever written. Molly's death has been devastating, and there are no words to capture what a truly amazing person she was. You can read the feature here.
A huge thanks to Bill Carty at Poetry Northwest and to Alex Gallo-Brown for putting together this interview with me on Some of the Times. You can read it here.
A huge thanks to Brett Fletcher Lauer and the Poetry Society of America for including my poem "New Year's Day (2018)" in the In Their Own Words series. You can read the poem and a brief description of the writing of it here.