I am very excited to announce that I am the winner of this year's poetry book prize for Barrow Street Press, chosen by contest judge, Denise Duhamel. My collection Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (title taken from an essay by Montaigne) will be published in fall 2015. I've been a fan of their books for quite a while, so am thrilled that the book has found a home there. Visit their website: Barrow Street Press or http://www.barrowstreet.org/
I am the proud recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award!
"The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. Providing leadership and voice for the arts to transform people and communities."
Find out more about the award at their site.
This Thursday, I’ll be one of the poets reading in "The Borderlands East Reading,” a project organized by Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik. The event will take place at Earlham College's Stout Meetinghouse at 7:00 pm, on Sept. 19, 2013 (in Richmond, Indiana). I’ll be among some wonderful poets, including my UC colleagues Don Bogen and Jim Cummins, as well as Mark Neely, Charity Gingerich, David Baker, Shari Wagner, Daniel Bowman, Jr., Peter Bethanis, Claire McGuinness, Victor E. Krebs, Jeffrey Owen Pearson, Michael Brockley, Elsie Myers Klute, Mary Fell, JL Kato, Gosia Gabryś, and Karen Kovacik herself! Come out for an exciting evening of poetry!
I'll be giving two readings (one in poetry and one in nonfiction) at the 2013 John R.Milton Writers' Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. For time and location, visit my events page. If you don't come to hear me, then perhaps you'll come to hear Pam Houston, Fred Arroyo, Joy Castro, or Kwame Dawes?
I'll be attending the AWP Conference in Seattle this year, and speaking on a panel on Nonfiction Craft and Criticism, titled "When a Poem Can't Tell the Whole Story: Why Poets are Taking up Nonfiction." I'll be in conversation with Katherine Coles, Gregory Orr, Linwood Rumney, and Julia Koets on the subject. I hope you'll plan to be there! Location and time TBA.
Just found out that I'm one of the fifty poets in the the Montreal Prize 2013 Global Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from Véhicule Press! My poem, "Transit," was selected from approximately 2000 poems from 70 different countries by a stellar panel of judges: Mary Dalton, Keki N. Daruwalla, Kwame Dawes, Kendel Hippolyte, Medbh McGuckian, Sean O’Brien, Michael Harris, Robyn Sarah, Nicolette Stasko, and Chase Twichell. I'm honored and wildly excited to be among so many wonderful international poets. On Sept. 23rd, the prize judge, Don Paterson, will choose one poet among the fifty who will receive the $20,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Yes, I am holding my breath.
I'm a poet and essayist who loves teaching at Willamette University. My books include two full-length collection of poems, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us and Lovely Asunder, a poetry chapbook American Libretto and a memoir,The Riots.