We held our first of two Bending Genres Retreats at Cedar Valley in West Bend, Wisconsin on July 18- 24. Meg Tuite and I were joined by Dr. Bob, Kellie, Joe, Michael, John, Bill, Jennifer, Martha and Al. We had so many moments of inspiration, including flash floods, and thunderstorms, incredible writing, a new coffee machine, and much more. Thanks to everyone at CV and all of our writers for making the week so memorable.
My all new musical playlist is published at Large Hearted boy, thanks editor David Gutkowski:
Also, an incredible review by Ian Maloney, “Off Kilter and Tilted” is live at Vol 1 Brooklyn Mag:
And, today, ASKEW is mentioned on Darrell Laurant’s generous column, Snowflakes in a Blizzard:
In three weeks, August 21- 26, we will be hosting our second Bending Genres Retreat at Ojai Retreat Center in California. SO EXCITED!
Hope your summer is jamming. Here are some Cedar Valley images:
Today, a first piece from my new book, ASKEW, is published at the innovative Atlas and Alice Journal. Thanks so much, EIC Ben Woodward and Fiction Editor Cathy Ulrich, who chose this one.
I wrote the first draft in Jonathan Cardew’s Bending Genres February weekend workshop. It coincided with the final edits on ASKEW that I made with Adam VanWinkle of Cowboy Jamboree.
Here is Candy Crushes at Atlas and Alice:
And also, another first for ASKEW- my first published review, from Leigh Chadwick. Full of fun, insights, heart and magic, published at Identity Theory:
For more information about ASKEW including where to order, visit my publisher’s website:
It’s so exciting to have a new book, my first in 5 long years.
Thanks everyone for either purchasing ASKEW, offering to review it, or planning on reading it.
For National Poetry Month, today I read Malena Morling’s “An Entrance:”
For National Poetry Month, today I read Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Ode to the Maggot:”
Happy Birthday dear ol Doc!
For National Poetry Month today I read Derrick Austin’s “Black Dandy” from The Rumpus:
For National Poetry Month, today I read Victoria Chang’s “Edward Hopper Study: Hotel Room:”
For National Poetry Month, I read Jessica Abughattas’s “Let’s not be civil I love you” from Miracle Monacle (2021):
For National Poetry Month, today I read Steven Duong’s “Ordnance” from Guernica Magazine:
For National Poetry Month, today I read “Cranes, Mafiosos, and a Polaroid Camera” by Natalie Diaz from Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press):