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.
My new poetry collection, ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PLANETARIUM, came out on April 23rd - we chose National Poetry Month and Shakespeare's birthday for pleasure and good luck. The book was published by Oregon's Flowstone Press, the new poetry imprint at Left Fork, created by the dynamic duo of publishers/editors/writers Michael Spring and Ryan Forsythe.
So far, I've read the new book's poems at the Astoria Library, Broadway Books, Backstory Books (with Josh Lubin), Stonehenge Studios (with Constance Hall), Portland's NW Library (with Amy Miller), and the J. Conrad Dunagan Library of the University of Texas/Permian Basin in Odessa.
November 6, 2017, The Striped Poets series at the Rainbow Cafe in Auburn, Washington, 112 East Main Street; another poet (tba) and I will read; show starts at 7pm.
November 30, 2017, Another Read Through, one of Portland's excellent independent bookstores, at 3932 N. Mississippi Avenue. Three readers: Devon Balwit, Matthew Minicucci, and me; show starts at 7pm.
December 9, 2017, Book Launch Celebration for The Poeming Pigeon’s next collection, featuring love poems. Yes, love in the time of horror — you need it, we’ve got it: join us! The publishers and some of the poets in the book will be celebrating from 2pm to 4pm at Ledding Library’s Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie.
On a day between March 10 and 14, 2018 (exact day/time tbd): panel at SXSW in Austin: Handmaid’s Tale IRL, What if Roe Were to Go?
April 8, 2018, The White Dog Salon series in Portland - more details tba.
April 12, 2018, The Ghost Town Poetry series at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington - more details tba.
April 15, 2018, The Peregrine Series curated by Joan Maiers. 3pm - more details tba.
June 13, 2018, Milwaukie's Ledding Library Pond House series - more details tba.
This month's Poetry and Everything features Portland/MIlwaukie poet Tom Hogan. Join us on KBOO Community Radio Monday, October 23rd at 10:00pm or, after that, listen online anytime from anywhere: KBOO. If you missed Jen Coleman in September, you can find her there.
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 - 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!