+ Before the Women's March, I put out a call for better words for chants and signs--I really am tired of the heyhos. Funny, a few years out, to see that these words I gathered then now seem all-too-familiar. Thanks to Laynie Browne and Jacket2 for including "SIGNAGE" in Solidarity Texts. I'm honored to be in such great company.
Awards and Honors
+ I'm honored to announce that my project Queensbound has been awarded a 2018 Queens Council on the Arts New Works grant, funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater NY Arts Development Fund. Thanks, QCA!
+ My first collection was a finalist for the 2017 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry (Rosanna Warren, judge).
+ My poem "When We See" is included in the anthology Who Will Speak for America? which was edited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin and is forthcoming from Temple University Press in July 2018.
+ On Monday, November 13, 2017, 5:30 pm at The Torch Club (18 Waverly Place), I'll be reading in some very fine company. Come and hear Gallatin faculty and staff members, including the award-winning poets Sinan Antoon, Emily Fragos, Scott Hightower, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Millery Polyné, KC Trommer, and Greg Vargo, as they read from their own work.
+ Tickets are available for the final performance of the 2017 Five Boroughs Music Festival, which will be held in Brooklyn on November 16. One of the twenty songs being performed is my poem "The Cyclone," which has been set to music by the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein and will be sung by the stellar soprano Marnie Breckenridge. Come on out to hear this and 19 other songs about this mad, mad city. Hope to see you there!
+ On Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, in performances on Staten Island and the Bronx, come and hear the amazing soprano Marnie Breckenridge sing Herschel Garfein's song "The Cyclone," based on my poem of the same name--and hear 19 other the newly minted New York songs commissioned by the Five Boroughs Music Festival.
+ On Sunday, August 27th at 6:30 pm, join me and Ailbhe Fitzpatrick, Honor Molloy, Abby Ahmad, and a whole host of other fine women for A Day Of Testimonies in New York, an evening of music, poetry, film and interactive art at Brooklyn Bazaar supporting the right of Irish women to make decisions about their own bodies. #Repealthe8th
+ On Sunday, July 22, in partnership with the Queens Museum, and in the company of Queens writers Meera Nair and Jared Harel, I will read new work created in response to Mariella Senatore's collaborative, multidisciplinary exhibition Piazza Universale/Social Stages.
+ My poem "The Cyclone" was set to music by Grammy Award-winning composer and NYU Steinhardt professor, Herschel Garfein, and had its world premiere as part of the Five Borough's Music Festival's Five Borough Songbook, Volume II on February 11-12 in Manhattan and Queens. Further performances will take place in September 2017 in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Garfien has taken "The Cyclone," along with two other of my poems, "The Mechanism of Pleasure" and "Black Ice," and created a song cycle that will be performed in late 2017.
+ On Saturday 6/17 at 2 pm, I'll be teaching a short 1.5-hour workshop "We Are the Story" at Project Life Center in Woodside. If you've not yet had a chance to check out the space and all the amazing courses on offer, now's the time.
We Are the Story – Writing Poems, Speaking Our Stories, KC Trommer
The Women’s March was the first response of many to the results of the November 2016 election; this workshop will provide a space for the women of Queens to think through and articulate our own stories in poetry. Together, we will move from prose poetry across the continuum to more experimental work, with the aim of looking not only at the stories we tell ourselves but also at the stories we hope to create.
+ On Saturday 5/20 at 2 pm, I'll be teaching a short 1.5-hour workshop "We Are the Story" at Project Life Center in Woodside. If you've not yet had a chance to check out the space and all the amazing courses on offer, now's the time.
+ From 2-4 pm on 5/21, I'll be the featured reader for the Queens Library's Open Mic for Poets, held at the Queens Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY.
+ For the NYC launch of Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, now out from Spuyten Duyvil press, I'll be reading my poems "Gauntlet" and "Against" at The Queens Museum of Art on 4/16 from 2-5 pm along with a whole host of other poets.
+ For Underwater New York, I'll be reading my poem "Heel & Key," a work inspired by an object found in Dead Horse Bay, along with other UNY writers on 3/25 as a part of a reading to celebrate the exhibition at Urban Glass.
My first collection was a finalist for the inaugural Shelterbelt Poetry Prize, judged by Ada Limón. Congrats to the winner, Eloisa Amezcua!
Honored to have my poem "Gauntlet" included in this year's program for the St. Pat's For All 2017 Concert at the Irish Arts Center, with a reading of it by actress and playwright Florencia Lozano. I'll read it to you here. Thanks to the evening's curator, the always stunning Honor Molloy, for an evening of openness and love and wit, worthy of its cause.
My poem "Tune in Tokyo" is included in the anthology BARED, an anthology of art and poetry on bras and breasts by women artists and writers, Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman and with an introduction by Sally Deskins which is now out from Les Femmes Folles.
Contributors include poets Ellen Bass, Wendy Barker, Nin Andrews, Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, Alison Joseph, and Alicia Ostriker, and artists Maria Raquel Cochez, Noelle Fiori, Susan Jamison, Kara Maria, Florine Desmonthe, Amy Kollar Anderson, Chuka Susan Chesney, and many more.
Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance is now out from Spuyten Duyvil press. My poems "Gauntlet" and "Against" are included in its pages. Thanks to my editor and friend Nita Noveno for including my work in these pages.
The anthology was edited by Edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cardenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Ruben Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino, Anne Waldman, Marjorie Welish, and Tyrone Williams.
The Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein has created a score for soprano, cello, and piano from my poem "The Cyclone" for the 2017 Five Boroughs Music Festival's Five Borough Song Book, Volume II. Performances will take place in Manhattan and Queens in February 2017.
Honored that my first book was a finalist for the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, which was judged by AE Stallings. Congrats to the winner, James Najarian!
+ "How Do We Fix the MFA?: Toward a New Model for Creative Writing Programs" appeared in the September 12, 2016, issue of LitHub.
+ Two poems of fire--"Elevator Pitch" and "First, the Match"--are served up special hot for you in the current issue of Print Oriented Bastards.
+ Honored to have my poem "Up" appearing in All We Can Hold: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood, which is available from Sage Hill Press starting in April 2016. Hear the poem here.
4/17 with Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella as well as Alice Lacey, Amy Lemmon, and Maria Terrone at the Queens Botanical Garden.
+ Poems from my Queensbound series, with the very Queens titles "The 7," "N to Broadway (1998)," and "N to 30th Ave (2001)," appear in the latest issue of Queens's own Newtown Literary, Issue 7. Get your copy when you drop by the Astoria Bookshop or order online from them. Hear my poem "N to Broadway (1998)"--now called "Bench (1998)"--here.
+ Worldwide reading in support of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh. I'll be reading with other Queens poets in protest of Fayadh's death sentence in Saudia Arabia for apostasy. The reading is part of the International Literature Festival Berlin’s worldwide appeal on Fayadh's behalf.
+ On Thursday, December 3, from 6-7:30 pm, poet Emily Fragos will read at the NYU Bookstore. I'll be speaking with her afterwards. Come one, come all!
+ "We Leg It Up the Hillside to Kill My Darlings" appears on the menu at Lunch.
+ I'm honored to have my essay "Up and Above Us" included in Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love, edited by Lee Gutkind.
+ Here is Radiolab's full recording of Emo Fru's Bell House performances. Three of my poems, "The Table," "Osmium," and "Molybdenum," are here, including a tribute to the best chemistry teacher a poet could ask for, Martin O'Connell, and my work is the company of great poems from Arden Finch, Nicole Hefner Callihan, David McLoghlin, Thomas Dooley, Jackie Sherbow, Emily Alta Hockaday, and other fine poets. Get schooled. Get poems. Have a listen.
+ I am honored that my poem "Fear Not, Mary" was selected by Kevin Prufer as the winner of this year's Fugue Poetry Contest. The poem will appear in the journal's 25th anniversary issue, out this fall.
+ Get your hands on Gigantic Sequins Issue 6.2: Summer 2015, which includes my collage "The Hair Poets." There's a purty little chapbook made by the folks at Emotive Fruition--a letterpressed pub made in honor of the Periodic Table readings that were held in June--which includes three poems of mine.
+ Three of my poems, "The Table," "Osmium," and "Molybdenum" will be included in the sure-to-be-fab Emotive Fruition event "Emotive Fruition + Radiolab: Elemental Poetry for the Masses!" with two performances in June, one on 6/24 at Botanic Bar and a second on 6/30 at The Bell House. Gather ye tickets while ye may.
+ I will be reading and helping close out The Queens Literary Festival on Sunday, August 2nd at 4:30 at LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
+ Come to Queens on June 11 at 7 pm to hear Adam DeGraff, Arden Levine, Honor Molloy and yours truly when we read at The Factory in LIC, smack in the middle of the Shangri-La Art Show, curated by John Baber.
+ I'm participating in the Jackson Heights artCommons.
+ On May 15, 2014, I'm reading for Kith & Kin, a reading hosted by Tyler Burba and Adam DeGraff at Marlene Tavern & Winebar, in Sunnyside, Queens (41-49 49th Street). I'll be reading with former Queens poet laureate Paolo Javier and Franklin Bruno. 8-9 p.m. Copies of my chapbook collection The Hasp Tongue, are available from Chicago's dancing girl press.
+ My collection Puncture was selected by poet Philip Levine as one of five finalists for the 2013 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize. Mr. Levine selected “Mercy Spurs the Bone” by Chelsea Wagenaar as this year’s winning manuscript. Honored to have been selected.
+ On Saturday, March 15, I'm reading top of the program for the sure-to-be-a-fab blitz of literary siss boom bang that will be the ETERNiDAY event at the newly renovated Queens Museum of Art. Details here.
+ On Thursday, March 13, I'll be reading from The Hasp Tongue for all my JH friends, at the lovely Espresso 77 (35-57 77th Street).
+ On Thursday, March 6th, I'll be reading at the REZ Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. at Odradeks Coffee House (82-60 Austin Street) in Kew Gardens.
+ On Thursday, February 20th, I'll be reading at the Boundless Tales Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. at Waltz Astoria (23-14 Ditmars Boulevard) in Astoria.
+ On Tuesday, January 14, I'll be reading at the Pen Parentis poetry salon, along with James Arthur, Timothy Donnelly, Miranda Field, and Lynn Melnick. I'm grateful to Pen Parentis for the invitation to read.
+ My first collection Puncture was on the shortlist for the 2013 Prairie Schooner Prize.
+ My story, "The Wild Dogs," was selected as one of the winners of the Table 4 Writers Foundation’s first annual writing contest. Thank you, good people of Table 4 for liking the story!
+ My manuscript Puncture was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2012 Felix Pollack Prize, judged by Jean Valentine.
+ Fall Reading - Jackson Heights Poetry Festival
I'll be reading in JH on Tuesday, September 4, as the featured reader for the Jackson Heights Poetry Festival. Here's the JH Poetry Festival's blog.
Hear my JH Poetry Festival Reading Set at SoundCloud.
+ "The Wild Dogs" was a finalist for the 2012 Sidney Prize, judged by Richard Nash.
+ "We Leg It Up the Hillside to Kill My Darlings" was a finalist for Gigantic Sequins' First Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Nick Flynn. Thanks, Mr. Flynn. Really Very Large Sequins
UnderwaterNewYork Reading at Poets House
I will be reading Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Poets House (10 River Terrace, NYC) with several other poets--including Matthea Harvey and Cate Marvin--who have written for UnderwaterNewYork. If you are free, please come out for a listen. Thanks, BOMB, for the mention.
A broadside of my poem "Meat Cove, Cape Breton" is available for pre-sale from Aaron Cohick of NewLights Press.
The print is part of a new series of text-image-process-object broadsides. There will be five broadsides in this series featuring poetry and prose by: Brian Evenson, Brenda Iijima, Justin Sirois, KC Trommer, and John Yau.
More details are on the NewLights blog.
+ My manuscript Puncture was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Perugia Press Prize for a first or second book of poetry by a woman. It was also a finalist for the 2011 Vassar Miller Prize, judged by Lisa Russ Spaar.
+ Along with several other Queens writers, I'll be reading on Wednesday, February 9, at the inaugural reading of Commas & Coffee, sponsored by Alia Akkam of the QNote. The reading starts at 7 in the downstairs performance space of Cafe Marlene, 41-11 49th Street in Sunnyside. RSVP to info(at)theqnote(dot)com to secure a cozy seat! We have a mention in the Daily News . . .
+ Get yer mits on Two Weeks, A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, featuring poems and recordings. My poem "What the Body Knows" is included, along with Donald Illich's recording of my poem (lovely--and no poet voice!) and my reading of Rose Hunter's "Vulcanology". If you don't have a Kindle, you can read the book using one of Amazon's Kindle apps for the PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone. It was a completely novel experience for me to submit poems, get a speedy response, and then to see my work in print in two weeks. Nice work, fellas! Other poesy publishers, please take note!
"Latitudes" will be featured in this year's Portrait of the Exquisite, a juried show for Sunnyside, from June 13-July 18. I will be selling work at the Art Fair III, part of the Queens Art Express on Sunday, June 13 from 1-5 p.m.
+ The stitcher par excellance, Iviva Olenick, is stitching up some of my poems, starting with "Baker's Dozen," a triolet.
+ The Hasp Tongue was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize in poetry, judged by J.D. McClatchy.
+ "Bouquet of Needles" featured in "Artistic Endeavors: Trice Collective," a Storque article about Sawyer Trice's Trice Collective a curated website that functions as an aggregator of quality art available for online purchase.
92nd Street Y reading
On April 7, at 7 p.m., in room S101 at the 92nd Street Y, I will read with several other poets in the culminating event for a poetry course that I have been taking with Grace Schulman. For the past several months, I have been meeting with Grace one-on-one, as have the other members of the class. We shared at the beginning of the course; this is a talented group. The April 7th reading at the Y will showcase work that we have written or revised thanks to Grace's excellent tutelage. If you're free, it's free. I hope to see you there!