September 26, 2017

Finding connection at Poetry in the Boro

May was our 10th month for Poetry in the Boro, and I continue to be amazed and gratified at the enthusiasm of our featured poets, our regulars at the open mic, our regulars in the audience, MTSU Write, and our venues like The Green Dragon Public House. … [Read more...]

Metaphor, otherwise known as pretend

Mother's Day lasts all week, right? It's going to in our family this year, since today (the day after Mother's Day) I have a poem dedicated to my mom newly published by Mothers Always Write. Read "First Muse" … [Read more...]

We might as well be on the moon or Mars

I'm delighted to have a new poem included in Parks & Points' tribute to National Poetry Month, inspired by a trip my sweetie and I took to Yellowstone in 2015. Read "On This Uncertain Earth" … [Read more...]

In a city that loves the taste of marshmallow pies

I'm honored to have my poem "As the Story Goes" leading Issue 5 of Forage Poetry Journal on the poetry of personal myth. My poem is inspired by and roughly modeled after Vandana Khanna's lovely poem "Insignificant Beginnings," … [Read more...]

In the dark may you see all you need

Today I'm glad to have two new poems online in the O Winter! issue of The Wild Word. I wrote both of these poems during my recent residency at Rivendell Writers Colony, where I was inspired by winter walks in the woods and great conversations with fellow residents. … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Boro: Featured Readings, Open Mic, Community

The poetry scene in the greater Nashville area is incredible. I'm convinced a poetry addict can find an event or two to attend almost every night of the week. But you know what else can be incredible? Nashville area traffic. For those of us who live outside Davidson County, getting to and from events in Nashville is an exercise in unpredictability. One day you can do it in 35 minutes; … [Read more...]

Talking Social Media at Collective Impact

I'm excited to be leading four sessions at Collective Impact, the conference of the Tennessee Arts Commission, coming up in Murfreesboro June 7-10th. Three of those sessions will be related to making the most of your social media presence as an artist, educator, arts organization, or other constituent in the arts community. … [Read more...]

So Long to the Good Old Moon

I'm delighted to announce my poem "So Long to the Good Old Moon" has found a home at Ascent literary magazine. This poem takes its title from a headline in the July 4, 1969 issue of Life magazine - one of a trio I have, thanks to some creative gift-giving by my daughter, covering the Apollo 11 mission. As you'll see, the poem itself has little to do with the moon, but it has a lot to do with giving up our old ways of thinking about things - or at least, my experience with that. … [Read more...]

Station Eleven: Beauty in a Ruined World

One mark of a good book is whether it entices me to explore subjects I initially find unappealing. By that measure and others, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, is a haunting success. Read my review of this 2014 National Book Award finalist here in the December issue of the Murfreesboro Pulse. … [Read more...]

Speaking of Marvels, and Other News

Jane Austen once wrote in a letter, "What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance." As I write this, we're having a heat and humidity spike in middle Tennessee that's typical for August, and I feel quite inelegant indeed. For the most part, though, it's been a remarkably lovely, oh-so-temperate summer here. Consequently I've been doing a lot more porch-sitting than blogging (and looking quite elegant in my beloved wicker porch swing, I'm sure. Uh-huh.) … [Read more...]