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AWP 2019 panels accepted!

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I’m thrilled that TWO of my panels were accepted for the AWP 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon! Dates/times still TBA. So keep on the lookout for more information. Here are my panels/events: The Future is Disabled: A Reading of Disabled Writers on What’s Next (Raymond Luczak, Jess Silfa, Marlena Chertock, and Avery M. Guess) A […]

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New job with World Resources Institute!

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I am super excited to announce that I’m starting a new phase in my career! After three incredible years, I’m leaving the Society for Science & the Public and joining World Resources Institute next week. After several rounds of interviews and a writing and editing test, I’m so thrilled to be offered this position. I’ll be […]

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Buy Crumb-sized for half-off!

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Unnamed Press is celebrating a milestone — they have published 50 books! That’s no small feat. To celebrate, they are having a 50 percent off sale of all of their books! This includes my book, Crumb-sized, which you can now buy for $6 (for a limited time only). If you haven’t yet bought it, now’s the perfect […]

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OutWrite 2018 is right around the corner

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Since last year, I’ve been helping to plan OutWrite, D.C.’s LGBTQIA+ literary festival, which happens annually August 3-5. Dave Ring, the OutWrite co-chair, brought me onto the planning committee in December — and I’m so grateful to him for the opportunity to get more involved in the queer literary community. Every month leading up to the […]

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Interviewed in Hyype Online

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Hyppe Online interviewed me about Crumb-sized. Kelsey May asked really great questions! I’m so glad to be featured on her site, which celebrates community, creativity, culture, and critical thinking. Strong is the perfect adjective to describe her voice and message. This collection exhales each line confidently. Read the interview here.

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Using a sensitivity reader for my latest writing project

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I nightmare natural disasters. Tidal waves filling up my apartment building, floor by floor. Tornadoes suddenly appearing on the road in front of me. 🌍☀⛈🔥 For years, I’ve been terrified of climate change, global warming, and the effects of natural and manmade disasters. All through journalism school, I read, watched, and learned about devastating earthquakes, […]

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This week only: Buy my first poetry collection for 20% off!

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Use your tax return for poetry during National Poetry Month! Through Saturday, April 21, you can buy my first poetry collection, On that one-way trip to Mars, for 20% off! Use the coupon code “SPRINGSALE” at checkout. Bottlecap Press is having a sale on all of its books, so get them while they’re hot 🔥📖🔥 […]

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Find me at these upcoming spring events

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Spring is finally here! Even though it’s still cold out there for a D.C. spring, it smells like flowers and mulch and rain. So, I’m hopeful that warmth is just around the corner. With spring, comes a new lineup of readings and events! Here’s where you can find me in the next few months. April […]

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Interviewed in Big Ten Network: LiveBIG

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The Big Ten Network interviewed me last week about my books, interests, and disability advocacy. BTN.com is a website that features alumni of Big 10 universities — which the University of Maryland is now a part of. They highlight athletics, humanities, science, professors, alumni, and more. The reporter, Scott Smith, had some great questions for […]

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Crumb-sized reviewed in Lines+Stars

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Crumb-sized was reviewed in Lines+Stars, a lovely D.C.- and Baltimore-based journal. They were one of the first journals to ever publish me, back in 2013 — so this feels like my poetry career has come full circle. Rachel Mindell wrote a beautiful, thoughtful review of my book. Mindell, herself a poet and part of the Submittable […]

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Honoring MLK’s legacy, AWP, & other upcoming events

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While the weather outside may be frightful, plenty of writers — including this one — are giving readings through the winter months inside warm cafes, libraries, bookstores, and bars. Come in out of the cold and find me at these upcoming events: Friday, March 2: I’m one of five readers at a poetry reading inspired by the […]

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Science fiction as fact

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The science fiction I’m writing isn’t even fiction anymore. I’ve been reading about Cape Town, Africa’s impending Day Zero and the water limits people will soon have to face. When the city’s dams reach 13 percent capacity, municipal taps will be shut off. Tens of thousands of people will queue for daily water rations of 25 liters […]

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The New York Times’ Disability section

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Since May, the New York Times has featured a Disability column, with essays, art, and opinion pieces by people living with disabilities. I have hungrily read these personal essays, nodding my head, hmm-ing, appreciating others sharing their world. Earlier this month, I read Molly Mccully Brown and Susannah Nevison’s piece, “Explaining Our Bodies, Finding Ourselves” (a sort of […]

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The power of translation

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Translating works of literature into another language is powerful. It opens up various communities to the book, poetry, play, essay, whatever the piece may be. It allows for new, varied perspectives for intermingling with and understanding the text. It offers different ways in. And, yes, translation is political. All writing is political. Novels are political. […]

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Profiled in Terp alumni magazine

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It’s an honor to be profiled in my alma mater’s alumni magazine Terp. Reporter Sala Levin interviewed me about why I write, the story behind Crumb-sized’s title, my hope for the book, and more. Like she wrote in the article, I really do hope that my creative writing will reach others who deal with chronic pain. Chronic […]

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Second annual D.C. Art Book Fair this weekend!

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This weekend, Sunday, November 5, I’ll be tabling with my sister again at the second annual D.C. Art Book Fair from 12-5 p.m at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It’s free to enter! I’ll be selling and signing copies of Crumb-sized and Hannah will be selling her Bodies Adapt creations. Last year, there were dozens of local and national […]

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Upcoming panel for #AWP18: Crip Lit: Writing Our Truths

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I am so excited to let you all know that I got a second panel into the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference! It’s a big deal, and an honor. AWP 2018 will only be my second time attending the conference, so I’m thrilled to be back and spreading awareness of disability, writers with disabilities, […]