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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. […]

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On that one-way trip to Mars reviewed in Beach Sloth

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On that one-way trip to Mars was reviewed in Beach Sloth. The reviewer writes, “the collection neatly focuses on the sadness that comes from planetary movements from hundreds of years away to the fragile nature of humanity. In a way, it celebrates how far humanity has come in trying to better understand its place in a vast […]

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Giving back to the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House

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This year I served as the initial judge/reader in poetry for the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House Literary Prize contest. Thank you, Johnna Schmidt, for the opportunity. Litfest is an annual literary contest and celebration. At the spring ceremony, awards are given out for the top three poems and short stories, honorable mentions, and the Writers’ House seniors […]

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‘On that one-way trip to Mars’ is an Elgin Award candidate 🌟

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My book “On that one-way trip to Mars” has been nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award! I want to thank the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the consideration. The Association’s members nominate books for the award, which is given to the best book and chapbook published in the preceding year. This year’s award chair is Josh […]

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The power of writers as activists

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The incredible Taylor Lewis reflects on the power of writers as activists, her experiences teaching abroad in France, going to grad school in Hawaii, and the current political climate in a recent article in The Writers’ Bloc. Back in 2011, at the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, Taylor had the great idea to […]

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District Lit seeks work for our Disability, Medicine, and Illness issue

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District Lit is currently accepting poetry and creative nonfiction for our themed issue on Disability, Medicine, and Illness. We have Jen Stein Hauptmann, Assistant Editor at Rogue Agent, as a guest judge reading for this issue. While District Lit is always open to work from writers with disabilities, this themed issue will highlight poetry and nonfiction about living with […]

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That’s a wrap on AWP 2017

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Wow. AWP is over. I am exhausted, and sick (who gave me this cold?!), and heartened by the writing community I’m a part of. This was my first AWP, and it is just as massive as it sounds. About 15,000 writers, editors, publishers, university professors, etc. attended. It’s like an entire city converging on D.C. […]

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Interview in Crack the Spine

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I was recently interviewed in Crack the Spine’s Wordsmith series! They asked me how long I’ve been writing, what my greatest challenge as a writer is, and the best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer. Read on to find out more about the main message in my short story in […]

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AWP is next week!

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I’m so excited for AWP. It’ll be my first time at the enormous conference that brings writers and editors of literary magazines together. The week will be packed with panels, readings, difficult and necessary discussions, and more. I’m looking forward to widening my writing community, making new friends, and meeting writers and editors from all […]

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Literary goals for 2017

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I’m starting off January strong! This month, I’ll be participating in two online writing workshops. I’m so grateful I was included in each, and can’t wait to begin what’s going to be a challenging, writing- and reading-filled month. The first workshop is Lit Mag Love, taught by Rachel Thompson, an online course on how to research, find, […]

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2016 reflections

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Some 2016 accomplishments I’m proud of: Bottlecap Press published my book On that one-way trip to Mars. More of my disability-themed poetry was published. Thanks The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, The Fem, Wordgathering, Words Dance, and others. I got to talk to so many amazing young scientists and women in STEM for stories with Society […]

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Three poems in Noble/Gas Quarterly

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Noble/Gas Quarterly published three of my poems today in their 203.4 issue. I’m honored to be included with so many other great writers. “Application to NASA” is a retelling of my previous poem “On that one-way trip to Mars.” It’s my way of calling NASA out for its height restrictions, of blaming my bone disorder from keeping […]

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Another scifi poem blasts into the publishing world

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Today, Calamus Journal published my poem “The martian comes to me” in their second issue. I’m always honored when my poems are accepted for publication in new journals. When a literary journal is just starting up, it’s a magical time. There’s so much possibility, so much slush pile to read through, so much that could go wrong. […]

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Reading in NYC

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Earlier this month I ventured up to the Big Apple for a poetry reading. I was invited to read with several other Bottlecap Press authors at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. It’s an adorable small bookstore filled with great collections of poetry — you should check it out! When you’re published by a small press, […]