• Reading Carole Maso on my way to San Diego

    I was on a plane when I opened Carole Maso’s book Break Every Rule. I sat in the aisle seat next to two people–a guy flying to San Diego for civilian work with the Navy and a woman from the mountain town my partner wishes we lived in. The woman chatted a lot, mostly about…

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  • Emerging from the Corner

    Emerging from the Corner

    The other day, I was looking at my submittable page. Currently, there are six submissions marked “in progress” and six just sitting there as “received.” There is another out there with a magazine that doesn’t use submittable.

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  • Returning to blogging post pandemic – making space

    Now, I am writing probably more than I ever have with a much larger community than I probably ever would have imagined, an encouraging community that has buoyed me during some of the toughest moments this past year doled out.

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  • What Notions Are Afoot

    What notions are afoot I have embarked on an interesting journey as of late. My mother was here for some time during the winter. She is a painter. Her name is Maria Trapani. She taught art. She infused art into our everyday lives, whether it was visiting the Detroit Institute of the Arts on a…

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  • Writing space, not a group, is what I need

    Writing space, not a group, is what I need This week I said goodbye to my writing group. I have trouble adjusting to groups. This group was a good group, however. It was hard to say goodbye. While I feel like sometimes I need accountability, I realize I just need to write and I need…

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  • 2017, Year of Change

    2017, Year of Change

    2017, Year Of Change As the year ends, I am dusting off the blog and reflecting on the past year. As with any year, 2017 has been a mix of highs and lows, but mostly it has been about change. I guess every year is about change, but we have made some big ones in…

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  • Tuesday Review: Landscape of The Wait by Jami Macarty

    Tuesday Review: Landscape of The Wait by Jami Macarty I have not blogged in a long while, but I am getting back to it. I am going to start a new Tuesday Review series, where I review books of poems that I come across. I couldn’t think of a better way to launch the series…

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  • Will Ferrell is Will Ferrell: Making a Case for Shelving the Fallback Plan

    Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho Will Ferrell is Will Ferrell: Making a Case for Shelving the Fallback Plan This thing, this calling, chose me. That’s how it feels, anyway.…

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  • Emerging From the Divide

    Emerging From the Divide I see a lot of mountains. I love mountains. I feel at home near the mountains. Some people feel at home near water. I like water, too, but I love the mountains. They represent so much. They are vast here. They are hard and beautiful. Here it is easy to leave…

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  • Exciting Publishing News

    Exciting Publishing News

    Exciting Publishing News This is the cover of my forthcoming chapbook of poems The Persistence of a Bathing Suit. The getting here has all been kind of crazy. The short of it is in Spring of last year I submitted my manuscript to Finishing Line Press for their New Women’s Voice competition last spring. At…

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