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Puerto Rico begins rebuilding its electric grid

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The Hurricane that slammed into Puerto Rico last month was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Caribbean. Her eye spanned the entire island. I wrote about how Puerto Rico is beginning to rebuild its electrical grid for Electrical Contractor Magazine. After the storm wiped out an estimated 80-100 percent of its already aging […]

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How to make your literary magazine more inclusive

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After having this important conversation at AWP 2017 on how to make writing communities more inclusive to all of us, I decided to write up excerpts of our panel discussion and offer tips to editors of literary magazines. It was published yesterday in AWP’s The Writer’s Notebook. This is by no means an exhaustive list. […]

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Crumb-sized book giveaway 📖

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I’m hosting a book giveaway for a signed copy of Crumb-sized! Who will the lucky winner be? To enter, you’ll need to use Instagram. To participate: ⭐️ Follow me ⭐️ Like this photo ⭐️ Tag a friend in the comments The giveaway ends October 25th and is open to U.S. readers.   For another chance to win my […]

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On that one-way trip to Mars reviewed in Agape Editions

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My first book got some love today! Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, herself the author of three poetry collections, reviewed On that one-way trip to Mars in Agape Editions. Jennifer explains that with the book sectioned into planets in the solar system, reader(s) “quickly realizes how the poems reflect different characteristics of not only planets but people. Each planet possesses a different […]

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Featured in Noble/Gas Quarterly’s Objects of Derision

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Noble/Gas Quarterly chose me as their September Objects of Derision feature. They interviewed me about my inspirations for writing Crumb-sized, — being bullied as a kid and somebody actually calling me “smaller than a crumb” — and included four old and new poems. “It should be called womenstruate,” which was first published in Wicked Banshee Press’s The Devil’s […]

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Crumb-sized in the press 🙏📢

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Crumb-sized has been out for a month! How did that happen? It’s old enough to move its arms jerkily, squeeze its non-existent hands into fists. I’m a proud book mama. In its one-month debut, Crumb-sized has already garnered some press. I’m so grateful for the reviews it has received and interviews I have done with editors. Here is […]

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Coming out about my invisible disability

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Last month, I had an article published in The Mighty called “Why I’m Coming Out About My Invisible Disability.” The Mighty is an online site, an online community, that publishes stories by people with disabilities, diseases, mental illnesses, and more. Its Who We Are Page states, “Having a disability or disease doesn’t have to be […]

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Crumb-sized reviewed in the Chicago Review of Books

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It’s pub day for Crumb-sized and I’m over the moon! Already, Yasmin Gunaratnam has written a beautiful review in the Chicago Review of Books. She calls me a space nerd exploring my inner cosmos — and hits it right on the head. Marlena Chertock, a self-confessed “space nerd” based in Washington, D.C. “I don’t need you/landing […]

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Interview in Rogue Agent

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I was recently interviewed in Rogue Agent’s August issue! Editor Jill Khoury posed important questions about my journey toward writing poetry that describes the experience of living in a body, the structure of On that one-way trip to Mars, and advice for others who want to explore embodied writing and art. Read the full interview here. And when […]

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Good things come in Crumb-sized packages

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I’m so excited to share my second collection of poetry with you. Crumb-sized is being published by Unnamed Press in August — my birthday month! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to share another collection of poems with you, and so soon after my first was published. Crumb-sized is tired of being called short. These […]

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Worthy bodies: Highlighting disabled writers in District Lit

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District Lit, the journal I’m the Poetry Editor for, recently published our Disability Issue. These writers and artists share their raw truths about living with disabilities, chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical treatments. They share intimate medical histories, fears, hopes, pain, and scars. These are important voices, and I’m so excited and honored to share […]

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Earth’s future is uninhabitable

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I feel like I’ve just come back from a long trip to the future, and returned, and I’m stricken. I finished reading “The Uninhabitable Earth: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think” by David Wallace-Wells in the New York Magazine. This long-form essay on potential futures of climate change is a must-read. […]

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Reporting on green energy

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Through the years, I’ve been carving out my beat of green energy. It’s what I’m interested in, not only for the implications on the economy, the electric grid, and technology, but also because I’m a science fiction nerd and believe green tech and renewable energy can help us realize better, cleaner futures. I’ve been blogging mostly […]

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Summer reading ☀️📚

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I love summer for countless reasons. There’s more time to lounge and read, the days grow longer, my birthday falls in the summer. My spirits are always higher in this season — something about the warmth of the sun on my skin, the fireflies lighting up the night. When I was a kid, summer vacation […]

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Interview in Wordgathering

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I was recently interviewed in Wordgathering’s June issue! Editor Mike Northen asked great, difficult questions, including: how I see my role as an editor, what I look for when reading poems for District Lit, how literary magazines can be more accessible to all writers/readers, disability science poetry as a genre, and more. Read the full interview […]

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Poems in Daughter Literary Magazine

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I’m so excited to have two poems in Daughter’s inaugural issue. Daughter, a new literary magazine focusing on sharing the voices of women or female-identifying people, calls itself a lit mag for all women. The poems included are “This isn’t a poem about motherhood” and “Recipe to reduce pain.” “This isn’t a poem about motherhood” (pg. 22-23) is […]

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Poems in The Deaf Poets Society’s ‘Crips In Space’ issue

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I’m over the moon about The Deaf Poets Society’s newest issue, called “Crips In Space,” which includes eight of my poems. The journal, its editors, and these writers/artists are bringing disability and the disabled into the final frontier. Make sure to read the editor’s note to see how the idea for a #CripsInSpace issue formed. […]

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Sharing poetry with scientists and the public

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I had a fantastic time bringing poetry to scientists and the public during today’s Science March in Washington, D.C. Leading a poetry teach-in for those who write and those who never knew poetry could be science-themed was so fulfilling. And even though it was pouring rain, the weather brought more people into our tent, who ultimately […]

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Poets for Science

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On Saturday, I’m humbled to be a part of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Most likely I won’t be marching, due to chronic pain, but I will be participating in another, meaningful way. Through serendipitous chance, I was invited to be a part of the poetry teach-ins that are happening during the day. […]