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. To find episodes of my KBOO Community Radio show - "Poetry and Everything" - click here.
This month Poetry and Everything features Josh Lubin; he'll be reading his work and talking with me on KBOO Community Radio, Monday, April 23rd at 10:00pm --- and, after that, you can listen online anytime from anywhere: KBOO. If you missed Carolyn Martin in March, you can find her there.
4th Period English is coming back! This chapbook, a collection of poems in the voices of (mostly) high school students talking (and arguing) about immigration, was first published nine years ago (designed/created by Susan and Mac at Ash Creek Press, with cover art by David Shratter). It sold out and has been out of print; now Eberhardt Press is bringing it back. In the awfulness of this time, I'm glad to take part (again, still) in the making of art for everyday use. Come back to this site in a month or so for info about how to purchase the chapbook + plans for its official "launch."
Announcements from the Planetarium came out on April 23, 2017, published by Flowstone Press, the new poetry imprint at Left Fork, created by the dynamic duo of publishers/editors/writers Michael Spring and Ryan Forsythe. To celebrate this poetry collection, I did readings 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), and Another Read Through (with Devon Balwit and Matthew Minicucci) -- and I'll do a few more in April and June (see 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? In a related April podcast, Julia Beck of Women's Liberation Radio News asked me (she got my name wrong at the start of the show, but it's me) some good questions about the pre-Roe Chicago underground. Our conversation follows a great song by Sweet Honey in the Rock; listen after about the fifty minute point here.
Poetry coming up - I'll read at these events:
April 12, 2018, The Ghost Town Poetry series at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, in Vancouver, Washington at 7pm.
April 15, 2018, The Peregrine Series at Stickmen's Brewery, 40 N. State Street, in Lake Oswego at 3pm.
June 13, 2018, Milwaukie's Ledding Library Pond House series (evening) - 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!