News & links

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My profile at the National Endowment for the Arts site, along with the other 2017 Poetry Fellows.

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My first published fiction: “Nonessential Organ” at monkeybicycle.

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Janeen Rastall’s generous review of Ha Ha Ha Thump for the Agape Editions blog.

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Robert Lee Brewer interviewed me for the Poetic Asides blog.

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Three stories about my NEA fellowship: one in the GVSU student paper, one from cultured.gr & MLive, and one from GVSU.

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Donna Vorreyer reviews A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road for The Rumpus.

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The esteemed Dean Rader reviews The Insomniac Circus for The Kenyon Review.

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An interview with the Sundress blog about my book.

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An interview at Up the Staircase Quarterly about Ha Ha Ha Thump.

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I’m reading twice at AWP 2015: Thursday night for RHINO and Friday night for Menacing Hedge. I’m fortunate to be sharing time with lots of great poets at both readings. If you’re in Minnneapolis next week, come check these events out.

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My first review is in! James H. Duncan has reviewed The Insomniac Circus for Hobo Camp Review: “Throughout these poems the circus denizens search for love, even lie for it, get mixed up in drugs, throw punches, suffer emotional breakdowns, and strive for redemptive comebacks.”

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I reviewed Brian Clements’ A Book of Common Rituals (Quale Press) for the Horse Less Press website.

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Brevity has published my essay “Liner Notes for the Debut Album from the Band We Never Formed.”

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The poet W. Todd Kaneko and I interviewed each for Menacing Hedge about his new book and my chapbook.

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At the Sundress blog, I write about re-reading Laura Kasischke’s Space, in Chains.

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Another interview about my chapbook. This one’s posted at Speaking of Marvels, and you can find out which poem in the collection came first.

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An essay I wrote on NBA Jam, dunking, and stupid insecurities: “Boomshakalaka” at Cartridge Lit.

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“Sometimes the Title Comes First”: I was interviewed about my new chapbook by Laura Madeline Wiseman as part of her chapbook interview series.

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My poems have received two Best of the Net nominations this year, one from Spry for “Self-Portrait as Joan Jett” and one from The Collagist for “Portrait of My Father as Tatooine.”

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Matthew Olzmann has an excellent poem in FreezeRay that’s after my work. This is incredibly flattering.

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Two recent blog post-y, essay-y things I’ve written for Sundress Publications: One on humor in poetry and one on where all the political poets are these days (spoiler: all over!).

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Hurrah! Sundress Publications will be publishing my collection Ha Ha Ha Thump in 2015.

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I adapted my AWP presentation into an article, and Poets’ Quarterly published it. It’s called “The Art of Difficulty: Helping Students Approach Poetry with Confidence.”

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I wrote about gum and poetry and metaphors for NPM Daily.

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At the Hayden’s Ferry Review blog, I write about place and poetry and growing up on Happy Hollow Road.

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The good folks at The Collagist interviewed me about games, poems, D&D, and junior high.

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I wrote this thing about Davy Rothbart for Essay Daily.

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Two things at The Cincinnati Review blog: I talk about my poem “She Blinded Me With Nanotechnology” and Lisa Summe generously says nice things about the poem.

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interviewed poet Laura Madeline Wiseman for Menacing Hedge.

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Willow Springs has made me a featured author on its website. Read three of my circus poems and some stuff I said about reading and writing.