Events · Feature Readings

Poetrypalooza August 10th, 2014

Some of my favorite people and I are joining in Southern California’s 4th Annual Poetrypalooza! On Sunday, August 10th, from 2:30-5:30 at DiPiazza’s on 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, there will be music, poetry, art, dancing, and an open mic!

Find more information and RSVP on Facebook!

Poetrypalooza Info

All the Tiny Anchors · Books · Publications

They have arrived!

Copies of All the Tiny Anchors have arrived! They are beautiful. It’s a culmination of over a year’s labor of love. You can buy it through the Sadie Girl Press Bookstore, Amazon, pick up a copy in person from me, or stop by Gatsby Books in Long Beach or Read On Till Morning at Crafted in San Pedro (as soon as I can bring them copies).

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2014 · Publications

Poets Cafe (KPFK Radio – Los Angeles 90.7 fm)

KPFKKinda jumping up and down for this one! I am so thrilled to be included in a series of poetry by Poets Cafe (KPFK Radio – Los Angeles 90.7 fm) on immigration. This topic is near and dear to me in my teaching life, as many of my students are immigrants or first generation from immigrants. Recent news about the protests in Murrieta broke my heart. You can not only read my poem “Murrieta”, but listen to me reading it for you at this link!

All the Tiny Anchors · Books · Publications

Ordered copies of my book!

Cover of AtTAI approved my proof copy of All the Tiny Anchors and ordered copies which should arrive in about a week and a half! The book will be available through the Sadie Girl Press Bookstore, Amazon, and even on Kindle in a few days. When I receive my copies, they will also be available at Gatsby Books and Read On Till Morning.

2014 · Publications

The Bastille

Interesting Times

My first international publication! I have a poem, “The Lost Vowels” in the 3rd issue of Parisian literary magazine, The Bastille, called Interesting Times. This poem is about my Parisian roots. You may order a copy online through their website, I believe copies will also be available at Gatsby Books in the near future.

2010s · 2014 · Poetry · Publications · The Unnamed Algorithm

January 1991

In the bathroom of that old theater
is where it started for us.
You stood by the sink
and we met eyes through the mirror.
I had cut my hair short,
dyed my blond hair black.
You were so heavy metal
with your endless platinum hair
and black suede boots with fringe
that made me resist you.
But I kept hearing rumors
that you liked my favorite bands
like The Cure and even Scattered Few.
You were my age
and the same height as me,
we were both on the threshold
of becoming women,
of defining our future selves.
Back in nineteen ninety-one
we’d come for the same reason
to hear the bands pour their hearts out
to bare their souls on the stage.
You must have understood it
the need to feel it raw
the bloody heart pulsing.
I looked through the mirror at you
in that bathroom in January,
the decade still fresh and undefined.
We talked about the band
the way we always would.
You smiled with uncertainty,
I smiled back in my arrogance.

Originally published on Cadence Collective

2014 · Events · Publications

Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle

I am working with my partner in poetry, Nancy Lynée Woo, on a project called “Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle“. We are creating a perfect bound print anthology of poetry, prose, and art based on experiences in poverty. This project has been on our minds for several months, and we are now pushing it forward full force! This will be published under Lucid Moose Lit, a press focused on social justice issues, which already has new ideas itching to be born. If you have poetry, prose, or art demonstrating a perspective on poverty, please check out the link for more details. The deadline is fast approaching, July 15th!!