I'm honored to be among the poets and musicians paying tribute to David Berman this weekend at World Cafe Live. I got to see Berman read his poetry back in 2005, and saw the Silver Jews in 2006 or 2007. I had tickets to see Purple Mountains just days after the sad news of his death arrived. This was a really tragic loss felt deeply among my friends and community. I am glad that people are coming together here in Philly (and other places too) to celebrate the incredible work he created. A huge thanks to Sadie Dupuis for putting this together! Get tickets here.
I'm super honored to have a selection from my current work-in-progress, "Works & Days," in the new issue of Prolit. The issue features Prince Bush, Faye Chevalier, Gianni Gaudino, Alex Bucik, Joshua Daniel Edwin, Glorious Piner, John Wall Barger, Liam Bates, Laura Cook, Alex Gallo-Brown, Tim Lynch, Michael Moreno-Resendez, Jonathon Todd, Jackson F-G, Terra Oliveira, Zachary LaMalfa, Sebastian Castillo, Casey Reinhardt, Matt Dineen, Victoria Giang, Robb Spath, and Fabio Sassi. Big thanks to editor Patrick Blagrave for including me in such a great issue! Read it here.
I had the immense honor of writing a poem for the introduction to Dan Farnum's Young Blood: Growing Up in Michigan's Auto Towns. Dan and I have known each other since pre-school, and it has been really great to see how my poetry and his photography have developed over the years with similar interests, which makes sense since we grew up a few blocks from each other and experienced a lot of the same things. It's a really beautiful collection of photographs that Dan worked on for over ten years. Young Blood is now available for purchase from Aint-Bad Books.
The new issue of the tiny went live this morning. It includes an amazing cover by Christine Shan Shan Hou and features poems by Christine as well as E. Kristin Anderson, Levi Bentley, zach blackwood, TR Brady, Molly Brodak, Joanna Penn Cooper, Melissa Eleftherion, Ethan Fugate, Boston Gordon, Michael Hennessey, David Koehn & Rebecca Resinski, Dan Machlin, Farid Matuk, Chris McCreary, Deborah Poe, David W. Pritchard, Lauren Russell, Ian Schoultz, Maureen Thorson, Jamie Townsend, Sara Wainscott, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Angela Veronica Wong.
You can read it here.
A huge thanks to all of our incredible contributors and to my co-editor Gabriella Torres!
I'm super excited to announce that my next full-length collection of poetry will be published by Barrelhouse in Fall 2020. Here is a link to the press release: Barrelhouse Books To Publish New Poetry Collections by Gina Myers and Christine No. I'll share more news as the launch approaches!
I'm super honored to have a poem in the Philadelphia issue of Ren Quarterly, and to appear alongside of hero/photographer Zoe Strauss and numerous other great artists and writers. You can order a copy here.
I recently reviewed Marion Bell's Austerity (Radiator Press, 2019) for Hyperallergic. From the intro:
In her poem “Austerity,” Marion Bell writes that it’s easy to get radicalized just by paying attention to experience. In her debut collection of poetry under the same title, she shares what those experiences are. Comprised of fragments, dreams, journal entries, and notes from friends, Austerity is a glimpse into a few years of the author’s life. Bell explores large ideas — capitalism, queer liberation, radical friendship, and community — in a deeply human and personal way, endeavoring to live a meaningful life in this stage of late capitalism.
Read the review here.
The latest issue of the tiny launched today. It features work by Stephanie Anderson, Nicole Callihan, C.S. Carrier, Paula Cisewski, Brian Clifton, Shanna Compton, Daniel Coudriet, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Sharea Harris, Laura Jaramillo, Steven Karl, Rodney Koeneke, Rebecca Loudon, Jenn McCreary, Alexis Orgera, C.E. Putnam, Elizabeth Robinson, Amy Saul-Zerby, Crossley Simmons, Oki Sogumi, Wendy Trevino, Yolanda Wisher, and Elisabeth Workman. Cover art by Yolanda Wisher.
Read the issue here.
Thank you to all of these amazing contributors! And thanks, as always, to my incredible co-editor, Gabriella Torres!
I'm excited to be a part of this World Poetry Day event, curated by Sarah Cowell and hosted by Jaime Fountaine. The reading features an incredible lineup of poets: Raquel Salas Rivera, Kirwyn Sutherland, Shanel Edwards, Sojourner Ahebee, Boston Gordon, Quinn Rodriguez, and zach blackwood.
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7 pm
Where: Tattooed Mom (530 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147)
I've been awful about updating this news page and a lot has happened this past fall, including several Accidental Player events, a reading for Prolit Magazine in Philly, and a few podcast appearances. So here's a round up:
Accidental Player now has its own website which has the schedule for the Winter/Spring season up, and it includes an archive of past events. Additionally, Accidental Player is now publishing chapbooks! The first title, Planchette by Sean Collins, will be released at an event in Philly on Thursday, January 17th.
Late this summer, I talked to Mike Ingram for his new podcast called Day Jobs. It's focus is on art, money and what artists do to support themselves if they aren't able to do so through their art. I talk about the range of jobs I've had (factory worker! bartender! web content writer!) as well as the ability (or inability) to do residencies and the cost of poetry book prizes. The episode came out in December, and the most recent episode, featuring Bud Smith, just dropped this week. Check out Day Jobs.
I also spoke to Jeff Alessandrelli and Sunny Bleckinger for their new podcast The Steer, which features writers talking about music and musicians talking about writers. It was a lot of fun to drop by the KBOO studio when I was in Portland and talk to Sunny and Jeff, and I love that they assembled a playlist to close out the episode. Other episodes feature Justin Phillip Reed, Eileen Myles, Jonathan Lethem, and Laura Gibson. Check out The Steer.
I also have two new poems in the January/February issue of American Poetry Review. They included one of them, "Emma," online. Read "Emma" at American Poetry Review. (They seem to have pulled a photo of me that's about ten years old!) Since I was pretty much only happy with two poems I wrote this past year, it was nice to have them picked up by a journal I've long admired!
Onward into 2019!