May 16, 2019
I know you’re shocked: many more things have happened since my last update! I was the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar and, after many years and many finalists lists, my book FORMER POSSESSIONS OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE, will be published in August 2019!
Here’s the cover! Eeeeeeep!
Have book, will travel! Please contact me if you’d like to do an interview, review, or have me come to your city for a reading or classroom for a visit! <3
March 17, 2017
Many things have happened since my last update! A couple of residencies (Thank you, Artsmith! Thank you, Centrum!), a couple awards/fellowships award (Thank you, 4Culture! Thank you, Artist Trust!), and several publications.
December 17, 2015
Folks been asking:
March 3, 2015
Hey! So, I'm the poetry editor for The James Franco Review for the months of March and April for Issue 3. I'd be honored to read your poems!
What is The James Franco Review, you ask? It's an emerging journal that asks, "What happens when work is considered blindly? What happens when editors are asked to question where their tastes came from?"
SEND, POETS! SEND! Just don't forget to remove your name from your submission!
February 4, 2015
I am TERRIBLE at keeping my news up to date. Some exciting stuff has happened since the middle of 2014 to make 2015 rather exciting!
LANDSCAPE/HEARTBREAK will be out from Two Sylvias Press on Valentine's Day 2015
I was lucky enough to spend at week on Orcas Island at this amazing residency (artists, writers! apply!)
I'll be a poetry editor for The James Franco Review for the months of March and April
And I'll be doing lots of readings in the next few months! And will I actually update my events?
September 21, 2014
To Be Alone Together is an exhibition co-curated by artist Emma Jane Levitt and curator Shelly Leavens, through the Dana and Toni Ann Rust Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington. The exhibition uses the framework of pairing eleven contemporary Northwest artists with eleven works from the Museum of Northwest Art’s permanent collection. The contemporary artists have been asked to respond to a chosen piece in the collection and to create new work based on that response.
I'm proud and excited to be a part of To Be Alone Together. Co-curator, Emma Jane Levitt, visited me in my "studio" for an interview regarding my involvement in the exhibition.
The exhibition opening is Saturday, October 4th at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA from 2pm to 5pm. The exhibition will run until January 4, 2015.
June 11, 2014
I've been sitting on this for a minute, because, y'know, LIFE. But check out landscape / heartbreak walks #2-#18 on this beautiful map that the lovely Angela Sakrison created from my CardioTracker files. A printed, gallery-sized map will be up at the Henry Art Gallery as a part of their Summer Field Studies Exhibition. Also, on June 29th, I'll be reading from the chapbook-in-progress of landscape / heartbreak at the Henry and handing out maps for you to take your own self-guided heartbreak tour of Seattle.
People will be able to interact with the landscape / heartbreak map within the Summer Field Studies Exhibition by "pinning" their own places of heartbreak onto the map; I'll be uploading people's responses/descriptions/poems/musings about these places onto this website. More to come. But for now: checkout the map!
May 12, 2014
April 9, 2014
Writers hang out with Chelsea Kurnick on Google Hangouts and the result, The Casserole, a weekly online reading series featuring poetry and prose writers, is aired live on Youtube every Sunday.
Every day of April, in honor of NaPoWriMo, The Casserole brings you a Side Dish of poetry.
This evening, I had the pleasure of appearing on The Side Dish! I read a couple of poems, had a lovely conversation, and got to hear one of Chelsea's poems, too.
April 1, 2014
I'm thrilled to be a part of this Summer Field Studies at the Henry this summer!
Summer Field Studies is a presentation and interactive program series that invites visitors to explore contemporary art and ideas not only at the Museum, but out in the surrounding landscape.
Artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets and explorers were invited to participate in the creation of a series of interactive field guides for the Henry’s Test Site. These field guides will introduce visitors to a variety of individual and collaborative projects from in around the Pacific Northwest that deal with landscape as a means to facilitate personal reflection and as a discursive space. Projects range from outdoor residency programs, floating concerts, visits to secret gardens, and much more.
For my part, I'll be facilitating this:
Heartbreak Tour of Seattle
Sunday, June 29 at 2pm
Meet at the Henry **
Join Made at Hugo House fellow Michelle Peñaloza for a walking tour of her chapbook-in-progress, landscape/heartbreak, a literary cartography of heartbreak in Seattle. Notebooks in hand, Peñaloza will guide participants to various locations throughout Seattle, stopping at landmarks of heartbreak to engage with those spaces through poems and writing sessions.
March 31, 2014
Many thanks to Karissa Chen over at Hyphen for giving my poems a home and also featuring them in March's Hyphen Reader, which also features a review of Susan Choi's My Education and a well-wrought, important, and gut-punch essay by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. I'm honored to be in such company.
March 31, 2014
So, I'm pretty terrible about keeping up to date with things. However, many a thing has happened / been happening!
March 11, 2014: The Mid-Year Made At Hugo House reading was a joy and success! I was so proud to read with my fellow Fellows and am so thrilled to be a part of this year's group.
For the month of April, I've (courageously? foolishly?) agreed to write a poem a day for the 30 /30 Project for Tupelo Press for the month of April. I'm terrified! I'm excited! I hope to grow from this (public) daily practice. Anyway, it's all for a good cause: spporting a fantastic press. Stay tuned! And, please sponsor my #poetrymarathon if and as you can! I'm going to keep a 30 / 30 blog here on my website!
February 26 to March 1
I'm psyched for my first AWP Conference and thrilled to be a part of two readings:
I'm excited to share the news that I am one of the twelve writers selected to take part in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Program!
From their website: "The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to encourage the creation of new literary work; and to provide new venues for the writer and their work. The program was created in 1997, and each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers."
So excited to be named a 2013-2014 Made at Hugo House Fellow along with Raymond Fleischmann, Ross McMeekin, Jessica Mooney, Paulette Perhach, and Matthew Schnirman!
From the Hugo House website: "Applicants are selected for the Made at Hugo House program based on the artistic excellence of their writing, ability to complete their proposed project within the fellowship year, and alignment with our vision and core values: making your own words better, humility, humanity, and honesty. Projects include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing a new memoir, or creating a chapbook of poetry."