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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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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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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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‘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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Poetry of the body

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The Split This Rock 2016 poetry festival is coming up soon! I’m so excited to be speaking on a panel about the body and poetry with lovely writers Leeya Mehta, Sarah Sansolo, and Tyler Vile. We’ll be discussing body image, the body through the female experience and through the disabled experience. How and why do we write poetry about […]

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I was an awkward teen poet

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You never know what will come of your awkward teen poetry. A few weeks ago I called Mortified podcast’s hotline to read some of my terrible old poetry that should really never see the light of day. I never thought mine would be chosen for their Tournament of Awkward Teen Poetry, in partnership with the Poetry […]

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District Lit: Space Issue

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District Lit, the literary magazine where I’m the Poetry Editor, is having a Space Issue! We’ve been impressed with some of the scientific and space-themed works we’ve gotten, so we wanted to dedicate a mini-issue to space. Send us your work that searches the stars, sends us into warp, touches strange worlds, or knows how […]

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‘Cemetario General’ in Cacti Fur

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My poem “Cemetario General” was published in Cacti Fur. I wrote this poem in Chile, while traveling through that beautiful land of friendly people. People in Chile kiss you on both cheeks when they meet you. I went to Chile in 2013 for a winter-term trip through the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. We visited Santiago, Valparaíso, and […]

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‘Wind chimes’ in Cacti Fur

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My poem “Wind chimes” was published in Cacti Fur’s second issue. I wrote the first version of this poem in college at the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. Over the years, it’s gone through several revisions. I’m happy that it’s finally found a home in Cacti Fur. The poem details a woman who wishes to be a […]

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Summer writing updates

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I’m sharing some news about my summer submitting-rampage-turned-success. My chapbook “On that one-way trip to Mars” was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. While it’s not being published, I’m honored that my space series made it that far in the contest. I’m still working to publish the chapbook. I’m slowly, very slowly, […]

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On the legitimacy of pen names

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There’s been another storm brewing in the writing and publishing world over the Labor Day weekend. The Best of American Poetry 2015 was released, and with it a bio from Michael Derrick Hudson who used a pen name of Yi-Fen Chou for his poem. Hudson, who is white, used the pen name after his poem […]

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‘On that one-way trip to Mars’ in Crab Fat Magazine

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I would go to Mars if I wasn’t too short for NASA’s height restrictions. I had two more space-themed poems published in Crab Fat today — “On that one-way trip to Mars” and “Star searcher.” I explored the upcoming possible one-way missions to Mars, and if I would go, and falling for a stargazer. You can see the other […]