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Long Beach Underground Open Mic

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I’m thrilled to be included in the lineup of performers for the first ever Long Beach Underground “Best of Open Mic”.  Peter Basson and friends are launching a website and event series  to showcase a variety of local talent associated with our fair city. My dear friends, Shy But Flyy, Alyssandra Nighswonger, Felicia Cade, and Chestina Craig will be some of the features I get to share the stage with. Join us on Saturday, October 1st, at 7 pm at The Mirage Cafe at 539 East Bixby Road, Long Beach. I go on second, so get there early!

 

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Dust Universe

when sun falls in dim slants
through holes in thin curtains
you can see the universe of dust
they have not traveled here
but revealed by narrow sunbeams
in the quiet light of morning
suddenly, I am afraid to breathe
the enormity of it
billions of particles floating
hovering like microscopic gnats
when I see them swarming
I can’t let them in my lungs
molecules of dead skin and ash
lit up as thick as stars flickering
landing in my living room
I can’t tell anyone how
we are always swallowing
parts of each other
I have to keep it secret
so I open up the curtains wide
for ancient light to swallow
this exact moment in time
and deliver it to the past

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Showchella-Polooza August 2016!

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One thing I love as much as poetry, music, and art: community! On Saturday, August 20th, I am honored to be included in this amazing FREE community event that is showcasing local talent right in Long Beach. I get to share a stage with these talented people I also get to call friends. It’s an outdoor family-friendly event that begins at 12:30 and continues to 6:30, located at the Bandshell in Recreation Park off 7th and Park Ave. Check out the Facebook event page for event more details.

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The Black Napkin: Volume 1 Issue 4

Black NapkinThe Black Napkin is a gorgeous journal full of equally gorgeous poetry edited by Torrin Greathouse and Matt Rouse. They have graciously included three of my poems that are very near to my heart: “Circles for Words”, “Slow Skinning”, and “Center of the Nucleus”. You can flip through the virtual pages with custom art for free! They have open submissions, so consider sending them some of your own work. blacknapkinpress.wordpress.com

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Preview video of Incandescent Mind: Issue One

I am incredibly proud of my newest project. Please take a look!

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Angel City Review Issue 3

Angel-City-review-issue-3-cover-2 Angel City Review just released their 3rd issue! Two of my poems, “Keansburg Park, 2012” and “Boy, Emaciating Slow”, were chosen. This lovely journal focuses on authors in the Los Angles area, including a few friends, Mike Sonksen, Marcus Clayton, and AJ Urquidi. It’s a completely free download featuring the photography of Benjamin Harmon.

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Hobo Camp Review: Summer 2016

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The newest issue of Hobo Camp Review has just been released. I am honored that it includes my poem, “Unanswered“. This lovely journal has been publishing poems, reviews, and interviews for many years. Spend some time reading this issue and more!

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Gummo (From a Dream)

I saw you on TV lastnight
tall and skinnyextra nervous
your off-set fashion
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you were talking with David Letterman
(who wouldn’t listen)
you kept looking away grimacing
you mention Ulysses and Snoop Dogg
I felt like calling or driving
to your apartment and no-talking
I just wanted you to know
he was trying to be nice
maybe you knew
he didn’t get you
but the likeness wasn’t perfect
maybe it wasn’t you
he displayed his hair and his face
you are much more socially adept
still there you were
sitting in your brownpantsuit
and redsweatervest
talking about taped bacon
I just thought you’d want to know
sometimes I see your handwriting in my stereo cabinet
sometimes I hear you standing with hands on your hips
sometimes I forget I can’t drink Kool-Aid anymore

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The Reading #6 on June 26th, 2016

13391566_10204985497357066_8001346984156963287_o On Sunday, June 26th, I will be joining  Allyson Jeffredo and Gina Duran at The Reading #6 at the Muffin Top Bakery in Redlands, hosted by Michael Cooper. It starts at 1:30 and includes and open mic!

Muffin Top Bakery 233 E State St, Ste A, Redlands, California 92373

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Storm Cycle 2015

2015 Storm Cycle Cover (1) I have the deepest honor to be selected for the 3rd year in a row in Kind of a Hurricane Press’s Best of Anthology, Storm Cycle 2015. The collection draws from their many print anthologies and from their online journals. This year, “Oceans Once Receded” and “To Hello Kitty From My Little Pony at WE Labs” share pages with other incredible poets such as my dear friends Kelsey Bryan-Zwick and Tina Pocha. Please go to kindofahurricanepress.com to get a copy and view the long list of poetry publications they offer!