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--April 15, 2021
A few months ago, a bright and talented student at a high school in
Ohio reached out to me after reading my poem "Kid, this is October,"
in her senior English class. We’ve had a lively correspondence going
--March 15, 2021: The Voyeur's Gratitude
Very cool to learn that San Francisco based composer
Erling Wold has set my poem “The Voyeur’s Gratitude” to music
amazing singer in the video, and maybe my favorite part is that
Nikola plays both parts—the voyeur and the person they are
--March 4, 2021: AWP
My panel "Crossover Collaboration: Poets with Visual Artists and
Musicians" debuts on March 4th at 1:20 p.m (virtually) at AWP 2021.
This panel was prerecorded in December with the dream team of
Rebecca Morgan Frank, Timothy Liu, Douglas Kearney, and my
CMU colleague, former student, and friend, Joanna White.
--July 23rd, 2020: The Laurel Review
Loving the new issue of The Laurel Review, and thrilled to have my
poem "My Yard" included in this issue alongside several wonderful
writers. I'm especially proud that my poem appears next to new
work by my friend Robert Fanning, my colleague in the creative
writing program at CMU and one of my favorite poets.
--July 31st, 2019: The Shore
The Shore, a cool new lit mag, has accepted three new poems of
--January 10th, 2019: JuxtaProse
A brand new "Kid" poem of mine appears in the latest issue of
--January 2nd, 2019: Poets.Org Feature
Happy to learn that Poets.org, the website of The Academy of
American Poets, is featuring four poems from my "Kid"
series along with the two "Ella" poems they featured last October.
--January 1st, 2019: The Southern Review
Another poem in my "Ella" series, "Lying in Bed, Ella Looks out
Her Bedroom Wind0w," has been accepted for publication by The
--October 11th, 2018: Poets.org
Thrilled to learn that two poems of mine, "Ella's Plan" and "How
Ella Knows," originally published in The Southern Review, are
featured on Poets.org, the website of The Academy of American
poets. See the feature here.
--July 22nd, 2018: The Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry
Woman Putting on Pearls has been chosen as one of eight finalists
for The Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry. Congrats to the winner
and the other finalists! The complete results are here.
--June 1st, 2018: Poached Hare
Five poems of mine are featured at the cool new journal Poached
--May 15th, 2018: Snowflakes in a Blizzard
Putting on Pearls today along with an interview about the book.
--April 1st, 2018: New review of Woman Putting on Pearls
Big thanks to the uber-smart Brian McKenna for his amazing
review of Woman Putting on Pearls in Newfound.
--January 16th, 2018: New Orleans Review
Thanks to New Orleans Review for publishing my new poem"I Saw
Bill Clinton This Morning on My Run" as a Web feature on their
--November 7th, 2017: Verse Daily
My poem "Song of the Good Body" from Woman Putting on Pearls
is the poem of the day today over at Verse Daily.
--October 15th, 2017: The Southern Review
Proud to announce that two new poems of mine, "Ella's Plan" and
"How Ella Knows," have been accepted for publication by The
--July 19th, 2017: Fired Up and Focused
Central Michigan University has featured my teaching and
writing in a "Fired Up and Focused" profile on the university's
--June 8th, 2017: New book is out!
Woman Putting on Pearls, winner of the 2016 Red Mountain
Poetry Prize, is available now! Buy a SIGNED COPY directly
from the author here.
--May 11th, 2017: New book available for pre-order!
Woman Putting on Pearls, winner of the 2016 Red Mountain
Poetry Prize, is available for pre-order now! Order your copy at
--October 16th, 2016: The new chapbook is out!
The Voyeur's Litany, winner of the Anabiosis Press Chapbook
Prize, is available now! Buy a SIGNED COPY directly from the
--September 28th, 2016: Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize
Huge news! My book manuscript, Woman Putting on Pearls, has
been selected by judge Sarah Sousa as the winner of the 2016 Red
Mountain Press Poetry Prize and will be published next year. It's
been a wonderful experience working with the press and editor
Susan Gardner so far, and I can't wait to bring the book into the
--July 28th, 2016: Rattle's Ekphrastic Challenge
Grateful to editor Timothy Green for choosing my poem "The
Climb" as the co-winner of last month's "Ekphrastic Challenge" at
--February 8th, 2016: Poem of the Week
My poem "Kid, this is October" is the poem of the week this week
atThe Missouri Review online! Read it here.
--August 25th, 2015: New chapbook on the horizon!
Very happy to report that my chapbook manuscript, The Voyeur's
Litany, has won the 2015 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest and
will be published next year by Anabiosis Press.
--July 23rd, 2015: Five poems accepted by The Missouri Review
I'm thrilled to announce that The Missouri Review will publish
five new poems of mine in their winter 2015 issue. The Missouri
Review is one of my favorite lit mags of all time, and this will be
my first publication with them.
--July 22nd, 2015: Poems accepted by Poet Lore
Grateful to the journal Poet Lore for accepting two poems from my
"voyeur" series for publication!
--July 11th, 2015: Poems accepted by decomP
Good news today! The online journal decomP will publish two
new poems of mine in their September 2015 issue.
--May 5th, 2015: New Poetry from the Midwest Anthology
So excited to have two poems included in New American Press's
New Poetry from the Midwest Anthology, which is now on sale.
This is the best poetry anthology I've read in a long time--highly
--April 1st, 2015: Poems in The Antioch Review
Thrilled to have two poems from my "voyeur" series featured
--February 5th, 2015: Poem accepted by The Raintown Review
"The Voyeur and the Fireflies" for publication in a forthcoming
--December 1st, 2014: Pushcart Nomination
Big thank-you to the wonderful journal Smartish Pace for
nominating my poem "It's Morning in Michigan" for the Pushcart
--June 27th, 2014: Willow Springs Profile
Thrilled and honored to be featured in an author profile on
Willow Springs Magazine's website.
--May 20th, 2014: The new chapbook is out!
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, winner of the Vern Cowles/Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Prize, is available now from
Southeast Missouri State University Press. Buy it here!