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October 8, 2015

NoVa Bards Anthology

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Last Saturday I went to the book launch party for NoVa Bards Anthology, an anthology of poetry from poets living in the northern Virginia area. This is the first anthology but the editors/publishers plan on making it an annual publication.



Anthologies are always an interesting mix of poetry and this proved no different. Of the twenty-nine poets featured in the anthology, twelve came to the book launch party. And every poem had a different vibe, every poet had a different writing style.

I have two poems featured in the book, Bookshelves and A Manifestation of Anger.

My poem, Bookshelves

My poem, Bookshelves


You can buy a copy of the book here. The next reading will be at the Patrick Henry Library (101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA) on Saturday, 24 October from 2-5pm. In addition to the poets from the anthology reading, there will also be an open mic portion so come on out and enjoy some poetry!


Germ Magazine, who has already graciously published two of my poems, Starfish and Love is a Lesion on Your Brain, just published another of my poems, First Date.

First Date is a (mostly) true story. I did have a guy, on our first date, tell me women couldn’t drive his car. I did then take his keys and hit triple digits to prove him wrong. Writers sometimes struggle with how much truth do they tell in their writing. Are we allowed to embellish? Do we stick to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? The poetry workshop I’m taking specifically addressed this topic this week.


So it would seem there can be both – true and untrue, fact and fiction. My poem First Date is a mix of both, it is mostly true and the root of it is true, but of course some things were tweaked a bit for the sake of the story.

My good friend Erica sent me her thoughts on my poem:

When I read that poem I can only hear it in your voice. That’s pretty fucking impressive. You came through loud and clear. I love that in one short poem you show your bad ass, super feminine, down with the man attitude and then put on red lipstick. It’s totally you – your complicated, unapologetic, ‘see me as the strong, powerful woman that I am or fuck you’ way – and I am so proud to know and love you.


Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Erica just gave me those two months.

I’m taking a six week poetry workshop and I’m only in week two but I’m already excited about the poems I’ve written.

The first week we talked about identity and I took a slightly different approach to the writing prompts and didn’t write solely about myself, instead I wrote about my relationship with my sister. My sister, Kirsten, is my best friend and we’re collaborating on something really exciting – a joint poetry/art show! It’s still a bit in the future so I’ll share more details when I have them. I’ve begun working on the poems for our show and week one of my poetry workshop proved just what I needed to get the poem that’s been swirling in my head onto paper. After posting the first draft to the group I got feedback and then set about editing it based on their feedback.




The result was a really strong poem that I’m excited about.

Week two’s theme was history. Again I read the writing prompts and then spun off my own version. For this poem I dug out my old travel scrapbook and flipped to the pages that comprised my trip to Paris eight years ago. I sat staring at these pages and so many emotions came rushing back at me that soon I was picking up my pen and writing as fast as I could. The result – the first draft of the first poem I wrote this week.

Paris Memories

Paris Memories


More Paris Memories

More Paris Memories


Every workshop I’ve taken stresses one very specific thing: write every day. Every. Single. Day. This is harder than it seems but I’m focusing on doing it. Because I know I write more and I write better when I make it a regular practice. And I’ve got more memories and experiences to pour through so I’m certain I’ve got quite a few more poems in me.

September 22, 2015

Book Launch Party!

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Two of my poems are included in the soon-to-be-released NoVa Bards Anthology!

book cover

For those in the DMV (that’s DC-Maryland-Virginia for those who don’t know) please consider coming to either the official book launch party or the library reading. I’ll be there, reading and signing books, as will other poets included in the anthology. Come on out to support local poets. Both events are free and open to the public, books are $15. You can pre-order your copy here and pick it up at the reading! Hope to see you there!

Book Launch Party

When: Saturday, 3 October 2015: 2-5pm

Where: Anita’s Mexican, 13921 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Chantilly, VA

Library Reading

When: Saturday, 24 October 2015: 2-5pm

Where: Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

I’m really excited to be a part of a six-week poetry workshop called Write. Uninterrupted.


It just kicked off and I’ve read through our Week 1 packet of info and poems and I’m excited to start writing and see what the next six weeks brings. Of course the next four weeks may be the busiest at work, something hard to imagine given the 75-hour weeks I’ve been pulling since May, but with the end of this project on the horizon, it only gets crazier and busier from here. So what better time to do a poetry workshop?!

When I set my goals for 2015 the first one was: keep poetry alive. Taking this poetry workshop, even during an insanely busy time, is a way to keep it alive, to nurture it, to write daily, and hopefully bring about some poems.