I’m humbled and honored to report that the title poem of the new manuscript, a crown of sonnets entitled “The Shallows,” won the James Baker Hall Memorial Poem in Poetry from New Southerner. The judge, Cecilia Woloch, said such beautiful and moving things about the poem, and I am so grateful to her and editor Bobbi Buchanan for this gift. Here’s the link to the crown and to the judge’s words:
In the spring of 2015, I was informed that the elegy I’d written for Jake Adam York, “Undersong,” had been chosen to be made into a short film by Matt Smithson, aka Man vs. Magnet, for MotionPoems. He’s a Southerner, too, and after we talked on the phone about the poem and our shared and individual visions of it, I was really excited to see what he would do with the text.
The finished product brings me to my knees every single time I watch it. His drawings have such fluidity and can morph so seamlessly from one idea to the next, and the woman who voiced the poem is magnificent. Check out the video here, and let me know what you think.
As you can tell, it’s been a pretty long time since I posted or updated this website. Lots of things have changed. My husband and I both got jobs teaching at Indiana University, so we left our home in southern Illinois and moved to Bloomington. I’m almost finished with my second poetry collection, which will be making the contest and open reading rounds come fall. And I just started work on a collection of essays, kind of a hybrid memoir/craft project. I’ve got an upcoming residency in the north Georgia mountains where I hope to get a lot of this work done, and in the meantime, we’ve all been enjoying organic CSA farm shares and local arts and crafts fairs and all the great things this small, funky town has to offer.
The website will be overhauled soon, so check back. I’ll be updating the readings links to include the memorial reading of Jake Adam York’s Abide, which will be happening on October 16th at Auburn University, and I’ll be adding links to readings and recordings as soon as I figure out how to navigate this dashboard.
Like my blog, this website has been woefully neglected for the most part for the last few months. The good news is that instead of writing daily entries, I’ve been writing. No, not daily. But I’ve started work on my second manuscript, and placed a few poems from it already, which feels great.
And as always, a new year brings with it a review of the previous year and plans for the one ahead. I have nothing but gratitude when I reflect back on ’09–the year my first book, Cradle Song, was published, sold out its first print run, and went into its second printing. I traveled a great deal in support of the book, read at a lot of wonderful venues, and met amazing people, all of whom work tirelessy in support of the written word. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to meet them and read from the book and talk about it with people who constantly teach me.
Please check out the Readings page for upcoming dates, and as always, if you have a venue or a reading series or know of a good place to say poems out loud, please contact me.
And here’s hoping that you live and love well in 2010.
Welcome to the new website! It’s been a long time in the making, and it’s finally here. Many thanks to the lovely and talented Amber Smith of Lostlogo Design for working with me to make it exactly what I wanted. (And for those of you who are wondering, the home page is a collage of images, but that church is from a picture I took in rural Alabama on my way down to the panhandle of Florida many years ago.)
The readings page is a little slim right now. There are some readings in the works for the fall that will be added once they’re official, but not much of anything popping off in the springtime as of yet. If you are interested in scheduling a reading, or if you are affiliated with a bookstore, university, or reading group, please drop me a line.
Meanwhile, there are some links to readings and interviews on the links page. Browse around. And thanks for stopping by!