This is the first time I’ve had a poem published, outside of academia. I am extremely proud and grateful for the editor of Lines+Stars, Rachel Adams, choosing my work.
The poem is part of a series, titled Buffalo, about the history of place, and why people choose to leave the place they were born. I am working on publishing the series as a chapbook or individually.
I was also invited to read at Lines+Stars’ issue-release party at VeraCruz Gallery in D.C. on December 15. It was an incredible experience to read my work for 10 minutes for an audience. I have attended open mic nights at Terpoets, Busboys and Poets, Split this Rock poetry festival and other places, but I was never able to read more than one poem. And open mics have such different personalities than readings.
I read first. I was a little nervous about setting the tone and sticking to the time I was given, but the audience and editor were very receptive and open. My family and a friend sat in the front row—so I made sure to glance at them for support. Then I looked out at the rest of the small audience, to create an intimate feel and try to relate more to them. The reading flew by. I gained new writer friends and peers who I hope to stay in touch with.