Recorded at Fox Coffeehouse on January 30th, 2016. Thanks to Maurice Cooper for capturing the set!
The kind editor of Ekphrastic California, John Brantingham, selected four more of my art inspired poems to be featured in a four day January run! Each of these poems has a link to a local artist who I admire; “When I’ve said all the words I can say” (Michele Vavonese), “Colors for Bruising” (Lynn Azali), “Unnamed Color” (Melinda Hagman), and “Dead Song” (Alex Diffin). All of these female artists create strong, emotional work that connects with my own. Head on over to Ekphrastic California and have a little art with your poetry!
Three of my most gut-wrenching poems are up on Cultural Weekly, “How to Unexist”, “How to Go Backwards”, and “If you ask me what I want”. The first poems is also the title track from my new CD/Chapbook! I am honored to be included with a long list of excellent poets on the Poetry Spotlight edited by Alexis Rhone Fancher. I was asked to submit poems last summer, which Alexis kindly accepted, but she also asked if she could take some photos of me.You can check out some of the photos on Facebook. She is documenting poets all around the Los Angeles area and being included in her series is beyond humbling. Check out her monthly feature called “A Poet’s Eye” to see her view of the City of Angeles.
On Saturday, January 30th, I’ll be celebrating the release of my new CD/chapbook, How to Unexist, along with Larry Duncan’s new chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, at Fox Coffeehouse in Long Beach. We will both be reading with the phenomenon that is BobKat and The Poet’s Band. The event will begin at 6 pm and include special guests, Nancy Lynée Woo, JL Martindale, and Daniel McGinn, plus a limited open read-with-the-band list. Both new chapbooks and other Sadie Girl Press items will be available for purchase. Ken Oddist Jones, digital artist/photographer, will be displaying and selling his work as well.
Fox Coffeehouse 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806
Two of my poems, “Love Letter No. 4: To the Nail Biter” and “Oceans Once Receded” are included in the newest anthology, Element(ary) My Dear, from Kind of a Hurricane Press. This collection was based on the theme of the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. You can download the PDF version from their bookstore for free or buy it on Amazon. Either way, you will get over 200 pages of poetry!