Last week I was part of an art show/performance that was the end result of an 11-day collaborative challenge. The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design selected 11 artists (a combination of writers, crafters and visual artists) to team up and create work based on the CCCD’s exhibition, The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizon’s Magazine, 1941-1979.
I was paired with weaver Danielle Burke who’s focus in Appalachian coverlets. We were both inspired by a February, 1974 issue of Craft Horizons in which writers were tasked with creating prose around the art of long-dead makers whose works had outlived any knowledge of the ancient artists who made the work. Continue reading →
In the fall of 2016, leading up to the presidential election, I started #28daysoflove as an experiment to combat the environment of fear, anger, and hopelessness that was so prevalent on social media. For four weeks, I posted personal essays on the theme of love on my on Facebook page. I didn’t know what to expect, going into it, but found that the more open and raw I could be, the more human, genuine, and accepting the response was. Through those posts I learned a lot about myself and my desire to approach the world with an open heart. Plus, a loose community formed around the posts that felt more rich and real than my average social media interactions. I collected 18 of the essays into this 52-page, self-published chapbook, It All Comes Rushing Back.
I’m publishing a chapbook based on my social media writing experiment, #28DaysofLove. A number of the essays have been collected into this limited-edition, small-format book. It will be available around the new year.
Aaaaand here’s the cover art, designed by Alane Mason at The Branding House.
Just a quick happy Friday announcement: In June I’ll be publishing Every wrong could be righted with a slow dance, a collection of poems. It will be a limited print-run, with each copy numbered and for sale on my website. I’ll just leave this here:
For those of you who don’t know, I have an MFA in poetry from Goddard College, where I studied with Chase Twichell and Michael Klein. I wrote my thesis on the natural metaphor and compared the work of Yosano Akiko and Walt Whitman. My poetry has been published in Malahat Review (Canada), FifeLines (Scotland), California Quarterly, Asheville Poetry Review, and Roach Motel.
I also feel compelled to share that I just ate a fortune cookie and it informs me, “Your sense of humor will soon cheer up a friend.” I’m not sure if my poetry chapbook is exactly rife with witticisms, but it does have several poems about kissing.