After a nearly unbearable wait, Katzenhatz is finally here! Fellow Long Beach publisher, Bank Heavy Press’s highly anticipated release includes many of my favorite poets and friends, including Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Stephanie Ervin, Danielle Mitchell, Karie McNeley, Carissa Mercado, Larry Duncan, Thomas R. Thomas, Kevin Ridgeway, Toren Wallace, Olivia Somes, and G. Murray Thomas. My poem, “To Agree Philosophically”, appears along with an interview with myself and Nancy Lynee Woo about our presses, Sadie Girl Press and Lucid Moose Lit. If that wasn’t enough, there’s one more exciting part! I also have a very rare, almost never seen, actual drawing of mine included in this publication. It’s full of art of cats in hats by poets. You will have to buy you own copy to see for yourself on Bank Heavy Tumbler. Also. give them a “Like” on Facebook!
I am honored to have my poem, “My Friends Who Write Poetry”, included in this gorgeous journal, Uno Kudo Vol. 4. This journal pairs poetry and prose with stunning color images created by artists for the work. Also in this volume are the amazing Larry Duncan, Danielle Mitchell, and Erin Parker. You can get you hands on your own copy by finding this issue on Amazon.
Since April of 2013, I have been privileged to be a part of The Poetry Lab, a twice monthly workshop held at WE Labs in Long Beach and led by Danielle Mitchell. It’s part generative workshop, part show-and-tell, and part community group. Not only have I have learned so much about the art of poetry here, I also have made immeasurable connections in the poetry world and built a poetry family. Previous to 2013, I have to admit that I wrote in isolation and only shared my poetry with supportive friends and family. I did not learn how to really improve my writing until I received real craft knowledge and constructive feedback from other poets.
I am very proud to be the first on the Member Spotlight on The Poetry Lab website. You can read a little more about me and what the workshop has meant to me on the site. You can also read a poem I wrote from a writing prompt in a Poetry Lab session called “Heaps of Your Life”. Enjoy!