November 2012

So, you may have noticed that the last post wasn’t very “late”, let alone “latest.” In fact, I haven’t done much with this site for more than year–bad author! In the interval, though, The Swamp Monster at Home came out–a glorious day (well, at least for me.) It made a brief and presumably fluky appearance on the Poetry Foundation’s bestseller list in late February, before vanishing again as quickly, but I was touched (thank you, family, friends, readers!) My newer poem “The Young” also placed second in the Asheville Poetry Review’s William Matthews Poetry Prize, judged by David Wagoner. I’ve read recently on the radio (briefly), at my university’s Literary Festival, at City Lights (who launched the book) and at Malaprop’s. I’ve got a draft of a chapbook, tentatively titled Blood-Beaded Second (sounds kind of thrift-store, doesn’t it?) And there are reviews forecast in North Carolina Literary Review and maybe Cider Press Review. By and large, it’s been a good year for Things Book.

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Hello, readers

It may be a bit optimistic to assume I have any readers, but let’s pretend hope.  Right now, there’s nothing very “latest” going on –my day job is teaching at a university, and at this time of the semester, anything beyond classes and teacher education internships is pretty much on hold.  Swamp Monster is due out in February, on my mother’s birthday, and that’s a really charming serendipity (does it obviate the need for a better present?), but not exactly news.  However, I’m adding links to these pages, and I invite you to poke around and take a look.  Thanks for stopping by!

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