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(noun): One who takes delight and is skilled at constructing, writing or saying naughty phrases or dialogue.

 

April is National Poetry Month, one of my favorite months, obviously. There are a few ways you can celebrate, here’s what I suggest:

  1. Read poetry. Go to your local bookstore or library or Amazon and peruse the poetry section. Buy the #1 selling poetry book if you don’t know where to start. Or ask for suggestions from your poet friends. Here’s my favorite books of poetry I read in 2016, and the favorites from 2015. Pick one from the list and read it.
  2. Share the poems you like with someone. Send them a link to a poem you especially loved or buy them a copy of your favorite book of poetry.
  3. Buy from independent presses. Better yet, buy directly from poets if you can. Most of us poets have copies of our books we’re dying to sign and sell to you. I have copies of both of my chapbooks available for sale. I’d love it if you bought one or two or ten. ($12 plus your shipping address, and tell me which book you want: Siamese Sisters or All in the Family. Or both!)
  4. Write a poem. You don’t have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to but take the time to put pen to paper.
  5. Go to a poetry reading. You can find them everywhere – libraries, universities, coffee shops, bookstores, open mics. Many are free and almost all are open to the public. Get out there and listen. (I’ve got a poetry reading in Portland, Maine on April 11th – COME LISTEN TO ME READ POEMS!)
  6. Contact your representatives and tell them you support the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and want to keep it funded. The NEA funds things like public events at libraries, film festivals, and music, art, and literary courses for underprivileged kids. These are programs that matter. Call, write, email your representatives and tell them you want our arts funded.

 

March 22, 2017

Coming to Maine!

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Calling all poetry lovers who reside in/around Portland, Maine. I’ve got TWO upcoming readings, come out and listen to me read poems!

 

A few months ago I posted about a poetry project I was going to be involved in, a project that combined poetry and artwork. Twenty-five local poets wrote identity poems, however they decided to define “identity”, and Sughra Hussainy, an Afghan artist, created unique artwork for each poem.

A few nights ago I got my first glimpse at the artwork that will surround my poem and the proof of the first book.

My poem, I Am, surrounded by gorgeous, original artwork

 

I was awed at how beautiful it is. I was awed by a small idea that has gained huge momentum. And I was awed to be a part of such an amazing project.

Thou Art

 

The books are available for pre-order here. You get two books for $35. Why two books you ask? The idea is you’ll keep one for yourself and share the second – give it to someone who needs poetry in their life, who’s never seen Afghan art, or who can’t afford to buy a copy for themselves.

In addition to pre-order, there’s an Indiegogo fundraiser for the project. Take a look, watch the video, and give if you can.

There will be readings held through the month of April, National Poetry Month, so please join us in supporting poetry, identities, acceptance, and art.

March 6, 2017

LaTiDo – A DC Treat

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I recently was one of the poets who read at LaTiDo. LaTiDo is an amazing event held every other Monday night at Bistro Birstro in DC; it’s where musical theater and spoken word poetry collide. I was super excited to perform with them and I can’t wait to do it again.

If you couldn’t make it out to the show, never fear – you can subscribe to their YouTube channel and watch much of the show. Here’s two of the three poems I performed that night.

The first, a poem titled, First Date. It’s a true story.

The second poem is a crowd favorite, This is a Fuck You. Also a true story. 😉

February 17, 2017

So Much Good Stuff!

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I’ve had a lot of good stuff going on lately and I haven’t updated you – sorry! Here’s the exciting upcoming things I’ve got in my life:

My chapbook, All in the Family, was featured on The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed!

I’m the newest poetry contributor at Obvi, We’re the Ladies, an online feminist journal. Watch for poems there soon!

Three – THREE!! – of my poems will be featured in Queen of Cups, a gorgeous mini lit mag delivered to your inbox each week via Tiny Letter. The only way you’ll see these beauties is if you sign up for the lit mag. DO IT! I promise, it’s a lovely little lit mag and I love getting it in my inbox. I’ve found new poets to love in there and I promise, you will too!

Last, but definitely not least, I’ll be performing poetry with LaTiDo at 8pm on Monday, 27 February at Bistro Bistro (Dupont Circle in DC). Please join me to hear amazing singers and a few fantastic poets. Tickets are $15 and you can buy them at the door. For those on Facebook, here’s the link to the event.

 

Last week I went to the 2017 AWP, the annual conference for Writers and Writing Programs. It was three days of panels, lectures, readings, and hanging out with other writers. I listened to wonderful poets, met a bunch of them, made some new friends, and wrote a bunch of poems. All in all, it was a huge success and it will likely become an annual event for me.  Here’s a few pictures from the event.

Truth.

 

Writer of the year!