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Support science on #GivingTuesday

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Help keep science a priority in our society. Support the Society for Science & the Public on #GivingTuesday.   We rely on your generous support to foster the next generation of STEM. The Society offers credible, timely scientific journalism through Science News and Science News for Students. The Society provides $6 million annually in awards […]

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My book is on sale for the holiday weekend

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Bottlecap Press, the publisher of my book “On that one-way trip to Mars,” has a 2015-2016 anthology available for a limited time only (through Monday)! The anthology features new and old work from several Bottlecap Press authors, plus letters from all of us to the readers. It’s a great way to sample tons of Bottlecap Press […]

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First ever DC Art Book Fair 📚 🎨

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Last weekend, my sister Hannah and I tabled at the first ever D.C. Art Book Fair at Lab 1270 in Washington, D.C. We were so grateful and excited to be a part of the first fair! The other tablers were diverse and talented. They sold handmade art, books, comics, feminist zines, poetry, posters of reimagined cartoon […]

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Tabling with my sister at the DC Art + Book Fair

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My sister Hannah and I were accepted into the first ever DC Art + Book Fair! We’ll be sharing a table showcasing our art and writing on November 12 at Lab 1270 in Washington, D.C. There will be dozens of incredible artists, zines, writers, and more! Hannah will be selling her hand cut bookmaking and journals. A […]

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‘Wonder Women’ published in Paper Darts!

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My short story “Wonder Women” was published in Paper Darts! They’ve been a goal publication of mine for years. I’ve been reading Paper Darts since college, when I fell in love with their short, weird fiction and rad art. The editors worked with me to help shape “Wonder Women” into a stronger story. They suggested […]

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A woman’s place is — in the lab

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Science News for Students, the sister publication to Science News, recently highlighted the importance of women in STEM in a feature that shows the amazing females involved in the front lines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The number of women in science or engineering has increased in recent years, but not nearly enough. Women and men both study science […]

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The Editor of Cacti Fur Reviewed My Book!

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Jim Thompson, the founder and poetry editor of Cacti Fur, reviewed “On that one-way trip to Mars.” He called my book an imaginary “tour of our solar system” and “a pleasant balance of narrative and science.” This review makes me starstruck; I’m so humbled by his words. See you on that one-way trip, Jim! When […]

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‘As we ran in the backyard’ in Wordgathering

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A more lyrical poem than I typically write was published in the September 2016 issue of Wordgathering. Wordgathering is a journal of disability poetry and literature. It publishes amazing work from disabled writers — and I’m proud and humbled to be included in this issue. The poem describes being stung by a bee — but […]

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District Lit’s 5-year anniversary reading!

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District Lit, the literary magazine where I’m the poetry editor, is having an anniversary reading celebration this month! District Lit is turning five, and we wanted to celebrate those amazing years of publishing art and literature to the D.C. community and beyond. We wanted to thank artists and writers for submitting their work and allowing us […]

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‘Ode to my physical therapist’ in Words Dance

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I’ve been writing a lot about the body, chronic pain, and the strange ways pain is invisible but still felt. Today, Words Dance published one of my new body poems, “Ode to my physical therapist.” They called me a “lovely badass” when they sent the acceptance note — and I’ve never been more gushy. I […]

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Upcoming panel for #AWP2017

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The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) hosts a huge writing conference in a different location every year. AWP 2017 is coming to Washington, D.C. next year. So I knew I’d be attending for the first time since it’s my city. But I didn’t know that I’d also be a part of the lineup of […]

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Book Blastoff Party! 🚀

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My book launch party is this Friday, July 15, at Walls of Books in Washington, D.C. If you’re in the D.C. area, be sure to come out for a night of reading and space exploration. I’m celebrating my first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars from Bottlecap Press! There will be drinks, snacks, […]

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‘Body remembers’ in The Fem

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For the past year, I’ve been suffering from intense lower back pain that also causes numbness in my right foot. This pain was different from anything I’ve experienced. Although I was born with skeletal dysplasia, and have a bad case of scoliosis, my back never bothered me. Until last year. When it hit me hard. […]

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Upcoming panel for Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival

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If you’ve ever sat in a creative writing class, you’ve probably heard the old adage: “Write what you know.” While this may or may not be good advice, what about writing where you know? This fall, I’ll be moderating “The Geography of Writing: Writing Where We Know” panel at the 10th annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival. The festival occurs on October […]

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What is #OwnYourOwn?

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The #OwnYourOwn hashtag has taken off this week. It’s a space on Twitter to encourage and inspire marginalized writers. It’s a call to #OwnYourOwn voice, #OwnYourOwn dreams, #OwnYourOwn story. This community is rallying around the #ownvoices hashtag as well, which encourages the telling of stories from diverse groups and members of that group. The hashtag was started by Kaye M., a […]

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When your book is out in the world

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When your book is out in the world you start seeing people actually reading it. One of your old professors rates your book on Goodreads. It’s actually real. A physical thing taking up space on people’s bookshelves or weighing down their backpacks. Maybe people will read it on the Metro or a road trip. Maybe […]