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!
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!
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!
I am excited to say that Neoteny: Poems is on its way to the printer! The book is also now available on Amazon! Click here to order. I had the pleasure of writing the long Amazon description for Neoteny, so here it is! A lively and imaginative debut, Neoteny explores blindness, family, and birdsong. In these poems, … More NEOTENY on the way!
I’m thrilled to announce that nine of my poems are included in the Fall 2019 issue of Nine Mile Magazine! This special double issue was guest-edited by Diane Wiener, and it features the work of disabled, D/deaf, and neurodivergent poets. My poems in this issue are “Faith,” “A Phenomenology of Blindness,” “Ajeen,” “Patronage,” “Anniversary in … More Nine poems in Nine Mile!
This weekend, I was thrilled to be a guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass, a local podcast featuring interviews with Florida writers. My hosts, Darlyn Finch Kuhn and Brad Kuhn, welcomed me into their home studio for a warm and engaging conversation about writing, mentorship, and the habits of a creative life. We … More Guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass
I have enjoyed some local press this week, and I can’t wait to share it with you. On Friday, I met with a student reporter from UNF’s newspaper The Spinnaker. She came to my office on campus and we talked about poetry, teaching, disability in the arts, and, of course, York! Here’s the profile she … More NEOTENY in the News!
I am excited to be featured on the front page of today’s Florida Times-Union! Last week I was interviewed by the TU’s Matt Soergel, and my feature came out today! The article appeared with the headline “Poet write about far more than blindness,” and it was also published on the TU’s website here.
I am excited to announce that my first book, Neoteny: Poems, is now available for pre-order! Click on the lovely book cover below and you’ll travel to Finishing Line Press’s website, where you can order your copy! Why Pre-Order? The next two months are my advance sales period. The number of pre-orders for Neoteny during … More Pre-Order NEOTENY, My First Book!