I’m not sure I can pinpoint, in words, the precise draw. Maybe it’s the exquisite cover imagery of light, dark, moments I want to walk through. Maybe it’s a New Mexico thing, another destination I’ve always wanted to visit, but only in winter. It might be that Naomi Shihab Nye publishes in the the San Pedro River Review and once, a poem of mine was published in the same issue as a poem of hers (!). Whatever it is, I absolutely love when my writing can find a home in the pages of SPRR. Thank you to editors Jeffrey Alfier and Tobi Alfier (Cogswell) for publishing “Blue-Black Night” in the current issue. This is my portal to spring.
These are breathtaking poems of music, light, and nature’s dance. Words float and flicker across the page, as we breathe in these notes on life, filled with sumptuous details. You will want to read, savor, and re-read these poems. A delight to the eyes, ears, and heart—these poems truly sing!
Blue Heron Review is a joy of a journal in which to publish, so this is an especially sweet shout-out. Their Winter 2019 issue is soon to publish, and though they are not currently accepting submissions, keep an eye on this page for that window to open.
What an amazing event last night at the Performing Arts Center! Am happy to have shared the stage with writers Amy Butcher, Brooke Schafer and Blossom Twitchell. Topping off the evening was the work of artists Mary Goddard and Jennifer Younger. Thank you to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp crew, Old Harbor Books and Kenley Jackson for holding space for women to share stories and words. Even dinner was provided for us backstage: soup, bread, super greens salad and homemade cookies. And talk about a fine crowd – we all braved cold-for-Sitka temps to catch the spin of tales. A perfect evening!
I am happy to note that my first publication of the new year is with Peeking Cat Poetry! I am over the moon that Editor Sam Rose offered a home for this sweetie, Minus Tide. Check out the Submission Guidelines for Peeking Cat Poetry. Not only does it publish work online, but in paper journal format as well. Thank you, Sam and Peeking Cat Poetry!
I wake to a new year, reflecting on the year past. In 2018, I shared work with 92 different publication opportunities. 54 poems were published from these efforts. My first full-length collection Something Yet to Be Named was launched at Old Harbor Books in April along with friend Vivian Faith Prescott and her work The Dead Go to Seattle and Traveling with the Underground People.
In June, I served as a Writer in Residence at Alderworks Writers & Artists Retreat in Dyea, Alaska. This month away was a gift on so many levels and I am thankful to Jeff and Dorothy Brady for the opportunity. In fact, the application window for 2019 residencies is now open. Please, please apply. The experience is one you’ll never forget.
My chapbook What Caught Raven’s Eye was released under June’s Strawberry Moon. That you to Petroglyph Press for taking on this project of art and poetry.
I am currently working on my second full-length collection. Oh, happy days of writing!
So with that, I welcome the days of 2019! To friends and family – all the best in the year ahead! And I am thrilled to share that that my poem “Be Prepared” appears in The 2019 Literary Review Date Book which features an array of writings from 2018 issues of CC&D and Down in the Dirt magazines. Thank you, editors!
New chapbook in 2018! Thank you Petroglyph Press, Vivian Faith Prescott and Vivian Mork. Thank you to Aakatchaq Shaeffer for the borrow of “Raven” for its cover. Thank you also poets Lisa Houlihan Stice and Gilliland Caravan for the sweet back cover endorsements. What Caught Raven’s Eye may be purchased here through the link. It is also available at Old Harbor Books. I am also happy to drop a signed copy in the mail. Please contact me for details. Be sure to check out the book’s trailer!