My critical thesis for my MFA discusses the work of C.D. Wright, Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, and a few other incredible poets. As I’ve been exploring the idea of a queerer canon, I find myself drawn to writers who honor their unique perspectives and create wild open art that meshes genres and makes literature feel larger. Yesterday, feeling deeply in communion with their spirits, I went on a portrait drawing bender that will likely continue today–
There’s a portrait of me in there too, because I’m also a poet who works to queer the canon.
We also have another Say Yes Rooftop Artshare next Saturday if you’re around Brooklyn and feeling froggy. We have a brilliant line up + Ben Clark and Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan will be stopping by on their Thoughtcrime book tour.
Now back to the grind of writing a critical essay while also editing 50 poems and trying to create a few more along the way. Send coffee!
2016 started out rough, but February has been kind to me lately. I am thrilled to announce that I won Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s Annual Poetry Contest! I’ll post a link to the winning poem once the Spring issue is printed.
Also, I will be reading tomorrow at Lamprophonic’s Emerging Writers Series at Bar Thalia on the Upper West Side. Find event info here if you’d like to come.
^Yesterday I went had the pleasure of recording a portion of Jess Irish’s lyric essay for her New School thesis work. I really enjoyed the process of recording, and am planning to go back and record readings of some of my poetry. I had a blast wearing those headphones- I’m a little in love with the sound of my own voice.
And, last but not least, if you’re looking for a lot of fun on Saturday night, Say Yes Electric Collective is throwing a warehouse party in Bushwick off the Morgan L. There will be poetry, music, comedy, hula hoopers, and a dance party! Get more details here.
Say Yes joined with Mental Marginalia to organize a reading at Pen & Brush’s Literary Takeover. The badass lineup included Amy Lawless, La Bruja, Christie Ann Reynolds, Heeyen Park, Ruwa Alhayek, Jane LeCroy, Candice Lee and Pablo Modesto. Pen & Brush’s beautiful space features interactive art. The Typewriter Project is set up in the gallery space, along with lots of chalk inviting everyone in the crowd to write on the walls.
Swing by their space sometime and add to the projects!
The next Say Yes will feature another incredible group of artists in Bushwick on Saturday, February 20th. Get more info and follow Say Yes Electric Collective on facebook.