Welcome ..... you probably clicked your way here because you've read my books, or you’ve been reading my work in magazines and anthologies, on paper and online. Maybe you know about my motherhood research. Maybe you've heard I'm a member of Chicago’s pre-Roe underground abortion service, often called JANE. Perhaps you’re looking for my book about Grace Paley and other writing. In any case, you can read a poem, essay or story right now, or listen to me read at SoundCloud or Oregon Poetic Voices, or watch a video of me reading at the Pond House. You can even hear episodes of my KBOO Community Radio show - Poetry and Everything.
In July, Poetry and Everything will feature Kirsten Rian; she'll be reading her work and talking with me on KBOO Community Radio, Monday, July 23rd at 10:00pm --- and, after that, you can listen to the show online anytime from anywhere. If you missed Cindy Williams-Gutierrez in June, you can find her there.
4th Period English is back! This chapbook, a collection of poems in the voices of characters - most of them high school students - talking (and arguing) about immigration, was designed/created by Susan and Mac at Ash Creek Press, with cover art by David Shratter. Portland publisher Charles Overbeck has just brought out a new edition, and we're thinking about the collection's obvious value as performance. More about that later; right now, order it directly from Eberhardt Press.
Announcements from the Planetarium, my newest full length collection, was published by Flowstone Press, the poetry imprint at Left Fork Books. I've done a batch of readings in 2017 and 2018 - at the Astoria Library (out where the Columbia River runs into the sea), Broadway Books, Backstory Books (with Josh Lubin), Stonehenge Studios (with Constance Hall), Portland's NW Library (with Amy Miller), the J. Conrad Dunagan Library of the University of Texas/Permian Basin, the Rainbow Cafe in Auburn, Washington (with the Striped Poets), Another Read Through (with Devon Balwit and Matthew Minicucci), the Ghost Town Poetry series in Vancouver, Washington, and the Peregrine series in Lake Oswego, Oregon. There'll be two more in the summer of 2018 -- at the Pond House series in Milwaukie, and a farmer's market! (see "Coming up" below).
And now for something completely different: On March 12, 2018, I was part of a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas - we talked about reproductive justice and abortion access in seriously practical terms. You can listen to us (moderator Imani Gandy + panelists Candice Russell, Susan Yanow, and me) at this link: The Handmaid's Tale IRL: What if Roe Were to Go?. Six weeks after the Texas panel, two related publications came out: One, done by Hannah Thi Minh Nguyen, is a podcast, part of Stanford University's Storytelling Project: Three Janes. The other, done by Rebecca Jacobson, is an article, part of Portland Monthly's May 2018 issue, which focuses on Oregon women: ja.
Coming up - a couple more poetry readings:
. on June 20, 2018, The Pond House series at Milwaukie's Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison Street, 7pm; free admission, lovely people, light refreshments, books for sale.
. on August 5, 2018, The Lents Farmers Market series in Portland with Darlene Pagan, Jon Boisvert, and Tim Whitsel - more details tba.
Listen to an interview at THE ABORTION DIARY podcast - Melissa Madera’s valuable collection of first-person stories. We talked for a long time about many things (Chicago's underground abortion service, my own abortion, lots more) and she did a great editing job.
Listen to a story at BEAR WITNESS, the show produced by Erin Yanke and Moe Bowstern at Portland’s Jack London Bar. That event was the first time I included my cancer experience in my art, and I'm happy to say it went well. Here's an audio clip, hosted by Portland’s KBOO Community Radio; it includes Moe’s brief intro and her usefully thoughtful words at the end.
For info about + links to my recently published work in journals and zines, online and on paper, check out Selected Works.
And, as the song says, you must remember this ........ Shop at your local, independent bookstores; support the reading and writing community you love. In Portland, Oregon, amazingly and luckily, there are several good ones!