Check out the beautiful cover of the Fall 2014 issue of Philadelphia Stories! I’m excited to see my story, “Camille,” second-place winner of the 2014 Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction, featured along with the first- and third-place stories.
My review of Elizabeth Robinson’s haunting hybrid collection, On Ghosts, is now up at Verse: Elizabeth Robinson’s fourteenth book, On Ghosts, is indeed a haunting collection. Elusive and difficult to characterize, the book contains poems as well as abstract essayistic passages, floating quotations, anecdotes, an e-mail, mathematical formulae, and descriptions of (absent) photographs. In her “Explanatory Note,” Robinson writes that theContinue reading “New Review: On Ghosts by Elizabeth Robinson”
My short story, “Camille,” has been selected by judge Julianna Baggott as the second-place winner of this year’s Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction! This is one I’ve been working on for a while — it’s the story that opens my novel retelling the Odysseus myth from the perspective of a Vietnam soldier’s wife — so I’mContinue reading ““Camille” Wins Second Place in Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction”
Tonight, I finished reading Shaindel Beers’ second full-length poetry collection, The Children’s War and Other Poems (Salt Publishing, 2013). It’s a book in two parts about a difficult subject — the effects of war and violence on children and society at large — but it’s also a book about the healing power of poetry and art.Continue reading “New Review: The Children’s War and Other Poems by Shaindel Beers”
Three of my new poems exploring the life, death, and work of Robert Kirk — the 17th century Scottish folklorist, minister, and Gaelic scholar — are featured in the summer issue of Contrary Magazine! Robert Kirk was the author of The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies, a pseudo-scientific study of the folk beliefs of his parishioners about the sleagh maith — thatContinue reading “Three new poems on folklorist Robert Kirk in Contrary”
I just finished reading Book of Asters, Sally Rosen Kindred’s haunting second collection (Mayapple Press, 2014). The poems in Book of Asters, like the poems in Kindred’s first full-length book, No Eden, explore themes of motherhood, grief, and spirituality in beautiful, lyrical language. Many of the poems turn flowers into metaphors for womanhood and desire, exploring theContinue reading “New Review: Book of Asters by Sally Rosen Kindred”
The interview Tanya Chernov conducted with me about Wolf Skin is now up, over at her blog. Below is an excerpt from the beginning: TC: Let’s talk about that fantastic title! At what point in the process of composition did you nail it down and know you had the title of your manuscript? What does it represent for you?Continue reading “Interview about Wolf Skin with Tanya Chernov”
One lucky winner will receive these six autographed, collectible, fairy-tale-inspired books. The Chronicle of Secret Riven, Ronlyn Domingue’s original, epic, fairy-tale-inspired novel. Wolf Skin, Mary McMyne’s vintage-inspired, Brothers Grimm-retelling poetry chapbook. Faery Tale, Signe Pike’s moving and elegant memoir exploring international fairy folklore. Darling Hands, Darling Tongue, Sally R. Kindred’s Peter Pan-inspired poetry chapbook. The Fairest ofContinue reading “Fairy Tale Book Giveaway”
Sunday, I had the pleasure of reading with five other woman poets at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago–I’m so grateful to Nina Corwin and the Gallery for organizing this reading in this amazing space. It was a wonderful experience to listen to and read with these other inspiring poets! I had never been to theContinue reading “Mutations of Otherness at Woman Made Gallery”
I had an amazing time in Germany, researching medieval Konstanz and Freiburg, exploring city museums, hiking the Black Forest, and visiting Hildegard of Bingen’s abbey. ‘The Book of Gothel’, my novel-in-progress, is annotated to bits. Below is a gallery of some of what I saw while I was there! I have to thank the wonderful Sustainable Arts Foundation for the grant that enabled thisContinue reading “Back from Germany”
The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss (edited by Tanya Chernov) is now available on Kindle! The first of its kind, this multimedia anthology weaves together many solitary experiences to create a tapestry of inspiration, support, and hope. In it, you can read my poem, “Irène Joliot-Curie,” watch a short video introduction about myContinue reading “The Burden of Light Now Available on Kindle”
My poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin, has just been released by dancing girl press! Wolf Skin follows a modern woman whose mother told her dark fairy tales when she was a girl. Many of the poems in the collection retell the tales of the Brothers Grimm from the perspectives of minor characters, such as the huntsman from Little RedContinue reading “Wolf Skin Release”
I just finished Small Chimes by Julie Brooks Barbour (Aldrich Press, 2014). What a pleasure: it’s that rare sort of poetry collection you can pick up and read straight through, cover to cover. There’s a narrative, a momentum that pulls you through. I started and couldn’t stop. Here is small town life, family life, in allContinue reading “New Review: Small Chimes by Julie Brooks Barbour”
I’ll be reading from Wolf Skin in Chicago on June 1 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Woman Made Gallery Literary Series on the theme of “The Other,” as part of the group art show that is ongoing through June 26. Fellow Dancing Girl Press poet, Janeen Rastall, whose work is wonderful, will also be reading, and I’m aContinue reading “June 1 Reading in Chicago”
My poem, “Irène Joliot-Curie,” which appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly no. 86 (Feb. 2013), has been nominated for a Rhysling Award and thus will appear in this year’s Rhysling Anthology. Here’s the list of candidates over at the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Congratulations to the other nominees!