Saturday, April 26, 2014
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Just a quick reminder that my reading / book blog has moved to outsideofacat.wordpress.com -- Drop by and have a look! The paint has dried, that smell of wallpaper paste has gone, and everything is shiny and new. You'll find lots of new posts about Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Rainer Maria Rilke, and a bunch of other cool folks.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
...this past weekend, E, L and myself made our way to Athens, GA for the "Strangeness in Context" conference. It was a fun trip, and I really enjoyed the presentations.
Athens is a lovely place, with fun affordable eating places (The Grit, for example) and great mint mocha (Jittery Joe's).
Yes, "America's Best Inn" turned out to be pretty much the opposite, and it was an 8 hour drive each way, and it did rain while we were there, but I still really enjoyed the trip and spending time around other strange / creative people like myself. :) I did miss one talk that I wanted to hear, about Virginia Woolf's Orlando, because it was at the same time as my own presentation, but what I did hear was interesting and thought-provoking.
As for other news, keep an eye out for poems of mine in the inaugural issues of Lumn and China Grove. I'll post links once the issues are live. The next issue of The Nassau Review will also include one of my poems.
USM's Center for Writers has generously given me the Ben Mounger Rawls award, and I am both very happy and honoured.
Oh, and I just proofread the poems for the upcoming issue of Memorious -- there will be some great stuff in this issue!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
take a look this new york times photo gallery / article about mississippi -
this, too, is america. i wish more people were aware of the situation here - minds need to be blown. and changes need to be made.
if you want to know even more about what folks here are struggling with, try to get your hands on a documentary titled "lalee's kin" - about a school in mississippi.
Friday, June 8, 2012
natasha tretheway was just named as the new us poet laureate - congratulations! this is especially exciting seeing that she's from gulfport, mississippi, which is literally an hour from here. she's number 19 - and just so you can impress your friends with random trivia, here are the other 18, courtesy of wikipedia:
1986–1987: Robert Penn Warren
1987–1988: Richard Wilbur
1988–1990: Howard Nemerov
1990–1991: Mark Strand
1991–1992: Joseph Brodsky
1992–1993: Mona Van Duyn
1993–1995: Rita Dove
1995–1997: Robert Hass
1997–2000: Robert Pinsky
2000–2001: Stanley Kunitz
2001–2003: Billy Collins
2003–2004: Louise Glück
2004–2006: Ted Kooser
2006–2007: Donald Hall
2007–2008: Charles Simic
2008–2010: Kay Ryan
2010–2011: W.S. Merwin
2011–2012: Philip Levine
Friday, May 11, 2012
so it looks like i survived the usual end-of-semester madness fairly well. :) all my grading is done, all assignments and papers are handed in, and summer is upon me.
there are two new poems of mine you can now read online:
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product is a journal put out by the center for writers at usm, and while i was one of the poetry editors for this issue, let me assure you that all entries were democratically selected by independent readers. :D
working on product was fun, especially reading all the submissions from usm's students, graduate and undergrad. i hope you enjoy what we selected!