Vulnerability in Writing

I’ve been writing a LOT lately, and I’m excited about the material that is coming out, the direction I see for possible books (plural, because I don’t want to write just one, after all), and the small victories each piece presents.  I’ve been telling myself, You can’t write about faith and poof! essays on faith (and … More Vulnerability in Writing

Negative Nancy and the Art of Self-Promotion

First off, a short essay of mine, “Grounded: Engaging the Spiritual in Poetry” is available on Poets’ Quarterly, which just relaunched this month.  Check it out! Secondly, I now have all kinds of anxieties about what I just did: self-promote. It probably doesn’t seem like I have any trouble with promoting myself.  I rock the social media, … More Negative Nancy and the Art of Self-Promotion

May Days

The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference wrapped up nicely this weekend.  I don’t think we could have asked for a better experience (save for, perhaps, the mice… I could have done without the mice incident).  For a taste of what happened, visit the River Teeth website, where I’ve posted a few videos from the panels and … More May Days

Peace, Not War – Online and Print Publication

In the last few days I’ve been thinking again about publication.  Unlike my last meditation on posting poems to a blog site, my most-read post to-date, I’ve been thinking about how hard we all work (and how much money we all spend) trying to get our poems published in elite literary journals, like Poetry and the likes.  … More Peace, Not War – Online and Print Publication