Interview about Wolf Skin with Tanya Chernov

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”

Fairy Tale Book Giveaway

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”

Back from Germany

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”

Wolf Skin Release

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”

June 1 Reading in Chicago

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”

Planning Trip to Germany

It’s spring break, so I finally have some time to start planning my trip to Germany to research The Book of Gothel. The trip is set for this summer. A few weeks ago, I bought the air tickets, and I’ve just sent off my passport renewal application… The plan, as it stands now, is to startContinue reading “Planning Trip to Germany”

New Review: boysgirls by Katie Farris

“Not for the Faint of Heart,” my review of Katie Farris’ wonderfully strange fairy tale collection, boysgirls, appears in issue 35.1 of American Book Review:  Beware: this fairy tale collection will cause readers to sit up straight, to blink, to swallow in fear. Anyone “used to sitting back and eavesdropping, playing the voyeur on the lives ofContinue reading “New Review: boysgirls by Katie Farris”

More Praise for Wolf Skin

I first encountered Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s work in The Los Angeles Review and Phantom Drift, and since then I’ve read all three of her books. If you haven’t read them, you’re missing out! In Becoming the Villainess, her first collection, Gailey explores the origins, behavior, and fates of the characters of our collective imagination who help to define what it meansContinue reading “More Praise for Wolf Skin”

Another blurb for Wolf Skin

Thirteen years ago, I took a graduate-level poetry-writing course with Andrei Codrescu at Louisiana State University.  He taught me a valuable lesson about the political function of poetry,  introduced me to Alice Notley and Anselm Hollo — poets whose writing I still love — and challenged me a great deal to experiment with language andContinue reading “Another blurb for Wolf Skin”

First blurb for Wolf Skin

So excited! I just received the first blurb for my poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin, forthcoming next year from Dancing Girl Press. I was introduced to Sally Rosen Kindred’s poetry through my work with Border Crossing. I’m fascinated by critical retellings of fairy tales and myths, and her poems were thoughtful and lyrical. In one, “Sleeping Beauty Remembers Why” she prickedContinue reading “First blurb for Wolf Skin”

Wolf Skin to be released by Dancing Girl Press in 2014

My first poetry chapbook will be released next year by Dancing Girl Press, a small press in Chicago that specializes in publishing innovative poetry by women authors! Through a feminist lens, Wolf Skin examines how fairy tales shape a person and the way she sees the world. In these poems, a woman reflects on the stories herContinue reading “Wolf Skin to be released by Dancing Girl Press in 2014”

‘The Book of Gothel’ wins Sustainable Arts Award

I was thrilled to discover today that my novel-in-progress has received a Fall 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award! Set in 12th century Germany, ‘The Book of Gothel’ speculates about the historical roots of some of our most beloved European folktales. The grant will fund my trip to the Black Forest this summer to researchContinue reading “‘The Book of Gothel’ wins Sustainable Arts Award”