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SUMMER 2017

Collaboration

+ 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.

Teaching

+ 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.

Spring 2017

Teaching

+ 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.

Readings

+ 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 Irish American Writers and Artists Salon, I'll be reading along with fine poet Kelly Sullivan at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia on 5/4 at 7 pm.

+ I'll be reading new work at KGB Bar on 4/20 at 7 pm.

+ I'll be presenting new work at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study's FURIOUS! Pecha Kucha event on Monday, 4/24.

+ 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.

Honors

My first collection was a finalist for the inaugural Shelterbelt Poetry Prize, judged by Ada Limón. Congrats to the winner, Eloisa Amezcua!

Collaboration

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.

Pubbing

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.

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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.

Get your copy; 50% of net sales go to Planned Parenthood.

 

Winter 2017

Collaboration

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.

Honors

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! 

Fall 2016

Pubbing

"We Call Them Beautiful" appears in The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, 2016). Thanks to Diane Lockward for including my work!

"Another Brightness" appeared on the home page of All We Can Hold, to promote an anthology of poems about motherhood.

"How Do We Fix the MFA?: Toward a New Model for Creative Writing Programs" appeared in the September 12, 2016, issue of LitHub. 
 

Summer 2016

Pubbing

+ 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. 

Spring 2016

Pubbing

+ 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.

Reading

4/17 with Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella as well as Alice Lacey, Amy Lemmon, and Maria Terrone at the Queens Botanical Garden.

4/21 at 7 pm - Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB Bar with Dan Melz and Joanna Adams.

4/28 at 6 pm - Above and Below Reading Series at the Jefferson Market branch of the NYPL

5/13 at 7 pm - Queens Writes Weekend 2106 Kick-off Reading at The Queens Museum

Honors

My first book was named a finalist for the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry (Geoffrey Brock, judge). Thanks for the nod, UNT Press!

Winter 2016

Pubbing

+ My poem "Fear Not, Mary" appears in Fugue's Issue 49 and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Hear the poem here.

+ 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.

+ My poem "Our Arrangement" is included in the January 13, 2016 issue of Amazon's Day One. Hear the poem here.

Reading

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!

Fall 2015

Pubbing

+ "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.

Pen Parentis Interview - September 1, 2015

EMO FRU ALL STAR SHOW Get your limited edition letterpress chapbooks of poems from the show here.

+ 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.

Summer 2015

Pubbing

+ 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.

Reading

+ 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.

Spring 2015

Pubbing

+ I'll be reading new work at The Eagle & the Wren Reading Series at Book Court in May 2015.

+ My poems "Off the Roosie" and "Palookaville" will be a part of the April 23rd Emotive Fruition performance at Botantic Lab at 7 p.m..

+ My collage "In the Dream, I Bait Them (Homage to Bontecou)" will be included in Local Project's "Winter Secrets" show, which will run from December 13-19, 2014 at LP, 11-27 44th Road, LIC, NY.

Crossroads CD launch reading at Local Project on December 6 from 6-10 p.m. 11-27 44th Road, LIC, NY

Reading

+ I'll be reading this spring with Kimberly Foote at NYU Gallatin's Writers in Progress Reading on March 2nd, from 5 to 6:30 p.m

+ On Valentine's Day, I'll be reading as part of the curated art exhibition Single at Local Project from 6:30-7 p.m. 11-27 44th Road, LIC, NY.|

Summer 2014

+ My poem "We Call Them Beautiful" is included in the Summer 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner. So pleased and honored to have my work included in these pages! Hear the poem here.

+ My collage "Ha Ha Momma" is included in the Local Project's show "Exquisite Collage" and on view through September 7, 2014.

+ I'm participating in the Jackson Heights artCommons.

Spring 2014

+ 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 poems “The Flageolet Player on the Cliff,” “Evisceration,” and “Gauntlet” were finalists for the inaugural BETTER Poetry Prize, judged by Srikanth Reddy. 

Winter 2014

+ I'm delighted to announce that The Hasp Tongue, a chapbook of my poems, is available from dancing girl press. Thank you, fine ladies of the Windy City! Order your copy here.

+ 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 Thursday, January 9, I'll be judging the Poetry Out Loud stylings of the cool kids at Brooklyn Latin School. I can't wait to see what they roll out!

+ 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. 

Summer 2013

+ My first collection Puncture was on the shortlist for the 2013 Prairie Schooner Prize.

+ In early September 2013, the lovely Jackson Heights coffee shop Espresso 77 featured a selection of my original collages, from the series Here Be Monsters.

Winter 2013

+ 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!

Fall 2012

+ 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.

Thanks for the write-up, DNA Info! And then, hey, hey the JH Poetry Festival made the Times. Great mentions of the amazing Honor Molloy, whose book Smarty Girl should be read and loved.

Hear my JH Poetry Festival Reading Set at SoundCloud.

Spring 2012

+ "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

Summer 2011

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. 


Broadsides, Emerging

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.

"First Map" awarded an honorary mention in the 2011 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition. 

Winter 2011

+ 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!

Summer 2010

"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.

Spring 2010

+ 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!