What a year it’s been! I am happy to report on the books I read. As you can expect if you’re a regular on this blog, my list includes books about food, animals, psychology, and writing. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de WaalYet another wonderful text from renowned … More 21 Books in 2020
In the midst of these hot July days, I am writing with some cool news! A few weeks ago, I did an interview with Pat York of Arts4All Florida as part of their month-long celebration of disabled artists. My interview was remotely recorded over Zoom, which is definitely a new experience for me! Here’s the … More Interview and Audiobook!
Sherwood Smith’s Danse de la Folie is one of my favorite Austen-inspired novels. I was so excited to review it for the Jane Austen’s World blog. This blog is an extraordinary resource for historical and confemporary articles, book reviews, and Austen announcements. Here’s how the review begins: Lovers of Austen novels will find much delight … More Book Review: Danse de la Folie
April has been a busy month, even though I’m working from home. I have two new items to share with you, my lovely readers! First, I’ll share the shorter of the two items. Neoteny has a new review! Jennifer R. Jackson reviewed the book on her site, The Handy Uncapped Pen. She wrote some kind … More New Video & New Review
To celebrate poetry month, I was featured on today’s episode of BirdNote! BirdNote is a podcast all about birds. The episodes are short and very informative, covering birds from biological, literary, and even cultural angles. In today’s episode, I got to read my poem “Trading Threes,” which appears in Neoteny: Poems. This poem is about … More My poetry on BirdNote!
Today’s post is a wonderful contribution from my friend and fellow poet, H.K. Rainey. H.K. and I have performed at poetry readings together, and she has visited—and transformed—my classes many times. She provides the following commentary and poetry for us: Poetry Appreciation A poem is the ripples created by the stone as it disturbs the … More Celebrating Poetry with H.K. Rainey
Let’s continue our celebration of National Poetry Month with poet and storyteller Darlyn Finch Kuhn. Darlyn offers three poems on the theme of relationships. Darlyn describes poetry in this way: I believe that poetry begins with concrete images and ends by evoking emotion. My poetry tends to be narrative; that is, it tells a story. … More Celebrating Poetry with Darlyn Finch Kuhn
Because of current CDC regulations, many of my poetry events have been canceled or rescheduled. But since everyone is jumping on the Zoom wagon, I decided to see how a poetry reading and discussion works in this online conference format. My collaborators at the FSCJ Library and Learning Commons co-hosted the event and edited my … More My first poetry reading and discussion through Zoom!
When it comes to lip gloss. I can’t get over the creamy texture, the cutesy names, or the shiny look. And I’m certainly not alone. The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie talks about loving her “shiny lip gloss.” In “We Should All Be Feminists,” Adichie says she wanted to be taken seriously, so she didn’t wear … More When a Blind Woman Loves Lip Gloss: My Pitch for the Accessible Beauty Project
April is National Poetry Month! On the Blink is celebrating by showcasing the work of wonderful poets! First up is Ona Gritz, who works with me on the Wordgathering editorial team. Here’s what Ona says about poetry: In this strange and scary moment in time when we’re isolating ourselves from one another out of both … More Celebrating Poetry with Ona Gritz
I’m excited to share that I’ll be hosting my first poetry reading and discussion over Zoom! My event is called What Can A Woman Say?: Exploring Gender in Poetry. I’ll be reading from Neoteny: Poems, answering your questions about poetry and the writing life, and giving away three free copies of my forthcoming audiobook! Join … More Upcoming Event: What Can A Woman Say?
The March issue of Wordgathering is live! This is our thirteenth anniversary issue, and it contains so much lovely work. We’re getting comfortable on our new platform, thanks to our brilliant editorial team and our colleagues at Syracuse University. This latest issue is especially exciting for me, because I am officially the sole poetry editor! … More New Essay, New Position!
As we monitor COVID-19, many schools and universities are transitioning to “remote instruction,” a fancy name for online learning. While online education is developing, it is far from the scholastic dream teachers and administrators cherish. In the future, I have no doubt that online instruction will be dynamic, empathetic, and effective — combining all the … More 8 Tips for Online Teaching
The latest issue of Wordgathering is live, and it contains some extraordinary work. Wordgathering is now a collaborative effort with Syracuse University, and it has a new virtual home! View the full issue here. Not only is my name listed in the official masthead as an associate poetry editor, but this issue contains book reviews … More NEOTENY reviewed in Wordgathering!
Dear Leah, Kevin, Christen, and all the lovely people at Finishing Line Press: I have such deep gratitude to express for all your efforts to bring Neoteny: Poems into the world. Though my work has been published in anthologies, Neoteny is my first solo literary endeavor. It’s a beautiful feeling when I can hand this … More My letter of thanks to Finishing Line Press