Amy Butcher & Women Writers: A Reading

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!

 

Happy 2019!

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!

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What Caught Raven’s Eye

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!

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Three Drops from a Cauldron: Midwinter 2018

I am so grateful to Editor Kate Garrett for including my poem “Bear, Wagon, Ladle” in the Midwinter 2018 issue of Three Drops from a Cauldron.  The midwinter issues are my favorite seasonal reads.  As published on their website:

“Welcome to our final seasonal special at Three Drops from a Cauldron – the simultaneously icy-frosty, warm-and-cosy, comforting-yet-unsettling Midwinter 2018. It’s been a beautiful thing to put together – there are myths, lore, legends and traditions most of us will find familiar (magpies, solstice, Christmas, fairytales like Snow White, and so on), but also quite a few things I personally wasn’t as familiar with, such as celebrating the Night of the Three Kings in Spain, and the Canadian story of the hoof lady.”

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Kersten Christianson, Between Arrival and Departure

via Kersten Christianson, Between Arrival and Departure

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Thank you to Poetry Editor Neil Slevin for including a short stack of my poetry in Dodging the Rain‘s “12 Poems of Christmas.”  The poems are:  “In Whitehorse,”  “Jazz” and “Flambeau.”  Much gratitude!

From their website: Dodging The Rain is an art and literary journal committed to representing a variety of new work by emerging writers and artists. Founded and edited by graduates of NUI Galway’s MA in Writing and Literature and Publishing programmes, and one graduate of Uversity’s Creative Process MA, Dodging The Rain provides an internet platform that showcases writers and artists worldwide. Galway, Ireland is its spiritual home.