Quick update on the play promo

Just wanted to leave a quick note about the promo sale for Hand in Unlovable Hand. The title is now available on Kobo and Google Play. The Kobo listing is currently not showing the promo price, but it should be set shortly.

So in case you need a rundown of every place where you can get the e-book:

Google Play
Or get it direct via Payhip:

Remember that the $0.99 promotional price only runs through the 15th! And if you’re in town, come check out the remaining days of Frontera Fest. You won’t regret it!

Frontera Fest Special!

Last month, I had a one-act play I’d written produced as part of Frontera Fest, a local theatre event. It was quite an event, and even if we don’t make Best of the Fest next week, I’ll be very happy with how things went. But that’s the subject of a longer post for later. For now, I’m happy to announce that I’ve published an e-book version of the script. (There will be a print run sometime later this month.) And for the duration of Frontera Fest, it will be available for just $0.99!

Hand in Unlovable Hand is currently available at the following online retailers:

Or, you can buy direct from Payhip:

This offer is only good until the 15th. After that, the price goes up. So get it while the getting’s good!

(Note: This play contains mature themes and is not suitable for all readers/audiences.)

New Nonfiction Published

This week, Trivia: Voices of Feminism launched its newest issue, which includes my short memoir, “The First Six Months of Survival.” The essay is about loss of fellow writer and dear friend Reesa Brown, and brings to the fold some of the most important books I read during that time.

It’s interesting how things have changed since I finished that piece. For example, in the last section, I talk about wanting to scatter Reesa’s ashes in New Orleans, but I ended up scattering them in Prague when I was there last month. But I made the conscious decision not to change that part of the essay to note what actually happened. This piece is a reflection of where I was at a certain point in time. I’m satisfied with the way it ends; I didn’t want to change it.

I’m also glad this piece found a home with Trivia; they’ve published my work before, and they’re one of my favorite feminist spaces online, and to share this issue with writers I admire so much.

Pulitzer Remix: Week 1

I’m posting my Pulitzer Remix poems over on the project site, but here’s a roundup of the first week!

The first five days, I created black-out poems. These pieces were all creative stretches for me; I have only created black-out pieces a handful of times. But I’m in a really busy period at work, and black-out poems are portable. I can carry pages around and work on them during breaks in my schedule. When I come home, I re-do the blackout in Photoshop.

I notice that, for the most part, these pieces are more abstract than my usual style. This is neither intention or unintentional; it’s simply what’s happening. I might try to return to more concrete pieces as I move on with the rest of the month. Or I might not.

What I do know is that writing in a voice that’s not my own is thrilling.

April 1st: “Antelope Visions

April 2nd: “Voice of Light

April 3rd: “Caught, Choking

April 4th: “The Night of Living

April 5th: “Will to Live

April 6th: “124

April 7th: “Yesterday, Tomorrow

Publication update

Woo! Time really flew by last month. My work appeared places! And I never linked to them because I’ve been a delinquent blogger!

If you missed my Writing on the Air appearance, you can find a link to the show archive here.

I have a villanelle entitled “I hear the thunder” in an anthology entitled Journey to Crone. I’m excited to be placed within this group of amazing poets, and also thrilled to have a villanelle published. It’s a tricky form, and more often than not, mine don’t even make it out for submission.

In preparation for the Pulitzer Remix project, you can read more about my work and my relationship to my source text here.

I keep thinking that April is going to be a less-hectic month, because I’m not traveling, but in fact I’m attending Poetry at Round Top. It’s just that now that I live in Texas, any drive that takes less than 2 hours no longer counts as traveling. There’s also the Austin International Poetry Festival. And my birthday, and a friend’s birthday. And, of course, the Pulitzer Remix project.

(I’ve come to accept that I’m one of those people that just thrives on being busy.)

And we have pre-order!


That’s right! We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are is now available for pre-order. Finishing Line Press is offering a shipping discount for anyone who reserves a copy between now and February 27th.

I’ve spent today pretty much just bouncing off the walls. If I’m this excited now, I can only imagine how hyper I’ll be when the book is actually published in April.

The cover photograph is my own, taken in the Santa Elena canyon in Big Bend about two years ago. I knew for a long time that this would be my first choice for the cover, and I’m glad the good folks at Finishing Line agreed.

I have a lot of people to thank for their help. Abe Louise Young for being my mentor. My friend Savanni for taking the author photograph used on the website and on the back cover (you can check out some other photos from the shoot here). Kelli Russell Agodon for writing such an informative blog post on how to take good author photos back in 2010. Cindy Huyser, Drew Myron, and Scott Wiggerman for writing blurbs. The Austin Writergrrls for being the best cheerleaders ever.

I’m a very lucky poet.

New Poem Up!

The church mentioned in the poem.
The church mentioned in the poem.

This weekend, “A Soul for an Hour” was published in the San Antonio Express-News, appearing both in print and online. This is the first of my twenty-six abecedarian sonnets to be published, and I’m happy to have the series debut in a Texas publication. Thanks to poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin for publishing my work.

(The online formatting turned out a little wonky, but just imagine that none of the lines wrap around. And if you can get a print version, check out that one, because the lines ended up perfect.)

Though this isn’t mentioned in publication, this poem is dedicated to my friend Phoebe. (I’ll be sure to add the dedication when this is included in my next book.)


And now for the big announcement!

Potential cover art?
(You read that right. I said “cover art.”)

I’ve been holding onto this news for about two weeks now, but I wanted to wait until the contract had been signed and the release date had been set before I put this out to the entire internet.

I am thrilled to announce that Finishing Line Press has accepted my chapbook, We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are, for publication in 2013. I’m so excited to be working with Finishing Line. They’ve published a number of poets I admire, and I’m honored to be included. The book will be available for preorder on January 15th, and the official release date is set for April 27th.

Now I’m in the process of making sure the manuscript is perfect, selecting potential photographs to use for cover art, and  other miscellaneous tasks to get everything ready for publication. It’s a lot of work, but I’m enjoying every moment of it. 2012 has been a great year for my writing; it looks like 2013 is going to start off with a bang as well.

A Blackbird Sings now available!

Back in January, I took up the challenge of  writing one small stone every day for the entire month. Two of those pieces were selected for A Blackbird Sings, which is now available on Kindle in both the US and the UK. (UK readers can also preorder the paperback here; US paperback coming soon.) I love the little poems in this anthology, and I’m honored to be a part of this book. In addition, editors Fiona and Kaspa have declared November 1st Mindful Writing Day (in addition to being the first day of NaNoWriMo, for those of you keeping track…), and the Kindle edition will be free that day (plus, you have the chance to win a copy by participating in the event).

Older readers might remember that I lost one of my closest friends to cancer on January 12th. I submitted five small stones for the anthology; two of them were written within days of that event. My two grief stones were the ones selected to be published. Despite the fact that ten months have passed and I have come a long way in the process, I admittedly felt vulnerable when I checked the proof copy. Both of my pieces are only three lines each, and yet they bring back the memories of those first few weeks of knowing Reesa was gone from my life.

I’m glad these small stones are out in the world. I hope they’re able to give someone else insight and hope.

Work published at Haiku Journal

I have an haiku in issue 13 of Haiku Journal. The entire issue is free online, and I’m proud to be sharing space with such wonderful writing.

I especially love this one by Peter Sacco:

Between each movement
the trio rests ─ the dark hall
echoes with coughing

My own contribution to this issue was written last year, in the midst of the terrible Texas drought. I’m glad I found a home for it here.