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New chapbook!

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Good news, everyone!

I've got a chapbook coming out in July from Finishing Line Press. Epoch drops on July 13th, and is available for pre-order from about a week ago through May 18th. Pre-orders help a lot, so I very much appreciate them.

If you want to know what you're getting in to, some of these poems appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of After the Pause, so please give those a read if you're thinking about the book.

The cover features art from Brenna Killeen, and was designed by Elizabeth Maines. I think it turned out pretty well:



In support of the book, I'm giving an interview/craft talk on the April episode of The Inner Loop Radio, so be on the lookout for that as well.

The Inner Loop

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After reading at an event at the Colony Club last month, I'm very honored that Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton asked to feature me as the Writer of the Month on The Inner Loop's blog. Check it out! There are samples of awesome writing from all of the featured writers, and the post about me includes three previously unpublished poems.

If you're in the DC area, try to make it out to an event; they're a lot of fun.

Book Recommendation- Big Brown Bag

Marissa Crawford's Big Brown Bag is a pretty good read.  I read it, and so should you.
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Myself and several coworkers wrote in different genres every day of Winter Break this year.  Here's my Villanelle:

Hard-boiled detective sketch, in response to a Winter Break writing prompt

Myself and several coworkers wrote in different genres every day of Winter Break this year.  Here's my hard-boiled detective flash fiction:

“Yeah, that’s me,” I articulated.
I sound like prick when I talk to a client, but when a smart-looking dame parades through the paint-peeled door marked “Pennington Investigation Services, LCC,” I get all buttery.  If I forgot my elocution lessons, I’d slobber all over myself.  In front of pistol-pocketed pins in black leggings, I’m good for two things:  pitching woo, and queer elocution.
“Mister Pennington—”
“Race, ma’am.”
“Mister Race,” she half-corrected, “I’m so worried about my husband.  He was supposed to be back in town yesterday, but I haven’t heard a word.  The police say I can’t file a report yet, since he’s not ‘missing,’ but he stopped returning my letters only a week into his business trip, and he never called once.”  She was wide-eyed and well-lipsticked.  She looked awfully put-together for a wife who’d been shaking down the buttons …

Treatise on Composition

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Poems in After the Pause

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I've got four poems in the Winter 2015 issue of After the Pause, online here.  Since my last update, I've also had poems in Anima Magazine and Third Point Press.

(image credit: Anima Magazine)
Look for an eventual update over at The Lit Pub, where I'll be recommending Marissa Crawford's Big Brown Bag, which is a pretty awesome chapbook from Gazing Grain Press.


In other news, M.A. Vizsolyi's The Lamp with Wings is a pretty neat book of love sonnets, Laura Neuman's The Busy Life,also from Gazing Grain Press, is a fantastic collection of prose poems, and I'm having a baby.


Newman's chapbook has been out since 2012, but I'm slow to catch up.  It's a really engaging collection; it is, in many ways, about the sentence, which is actually a really cool topic.  Love, the loss of love, the problem of expression, and the impossibility of total comprehension all figure in The Busy Life, and I can't recommend it enough.

Oh, the baby's going to be a gi…