I love having talented friends who make really cool projects like an entire anthology based around the letter V. Three of my poems, “Class”, “I pay tax to your grin”, and “Apology to the Palm Trees” joins poems by many talented poets, including some friends of mine, Dania Ayah Alkhouli, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Donna Hilbert, LeAnne Hunt, Tamara Madison, Betsy Mars, Natalie Peterkin, Wendy Rainey, Kevin Ridgeway, Joan Jobe Smith, Thomas R. Thomas, K. Andrew Turner, Aruni Wijesinghe, and Terry Ann Wright. V Poems is edited by Shannon Phillips and published by Picture Show Press.
First publication in a while! Arroyo Seco Press has a new journal, Redshift, with three of my poems, “Fate Ignores My Resolve”, “Dreams of Falling”, and “Water Witch”. Edited by Thomas R. Thomas, this anthology also has poetry by Michelle Thomas, Kitty Anarchy, Lloyd David Aquino, Lorraine Biteranta, Francesca Borella, Scott Noon Creley, Larry Duncan, Barbara Eknoian, Jeffrey Graessley, Sarah E. Gurney, Curtis Hayes, Steven Hendrix, Betsy Mars, Lee Anne McIlroy, Kathryn McMurray, Karie McNeley, Penelope Moffet, Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Shannon Phillips, Wendy Rainey, Steve Ramirez, Kevin Ridgeway, Tere Sievers, Francesca Terzano, K. Andrew Turner, and Susan Vannatta. You can purchase a copy on Amazon.
Honored to have my poem, “5:38”, included in Picture Show Press’s first anthology of poetry from the best of Carnival, the online literature magazine. Edited by Shannon Phillips, this beautiful book includes my poetry friends, Karie McNeley, Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Scott Noon Creley, K. Andrew Turner, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Thomas R. Thomas, Kevin Ridgeway, Suzanne Allen, and many more. Find out more on Picture Show Press.
A poem I wrote in October 2014, “What I Mean When I Say We Can Talk Without Poetry“, is included in this lovely collection by Whiskey Fish Review. Some of my favorite poets/friends/people are included: JL Martindale, Kevin Ridgeway, Thomas R. Thomas, and Larry Raymond Duncan. Edited by Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo. You can view the whole issue online here!
Drunk Monkeys puts out a collection of the best of their website features each year. This year, I am ecstatic to be included among a long list of incredible writers of poetry and prose. My poem, “Pressboard Salvation”, is featured with work by Kevin Ridgeway, Erin Parker, Matthew Guerruckey, Bud Smith, Karla Cordero, Steven Hendrix, and many more. This anthology includes essays, review, fiction, as well as poetry. You can find out how to order the print or ebook version at Drunk Monkeys Bookstore.
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!
Our favorite independent bookstore is turning 5 years old! We are celebrating with an all-star reading on Saturday, August 1st, at 7 pm. I will be joining some of my favorite local poets and story tellers for an epic reading event. RSVP on Facebook for more details!
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On Saturday, April 11th, Long Beach will once again be taken over by the artistic mash-up that is Louder Than Long Beach. Music, poetry, and art will be dancing together at CALB on Pine Ave from 3-8 pm. Poetry magicians, Larry Duncan, Keayva Mitchell, Nancy Lynée Woo, and Kevin Ridgeway will be casting their spells along with a special dual reading by Raquel Reyes-Lopez and myself. Six bands and several artists, including Fernando Gallegos, will also be strutting their stuff. In addition, Lucid Moose Lit and Sadie Girl Press will have plenty of books to browse. The best part (like there needed to be a better reason) is that all of this is free! The Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (CALB) has the mission of bringing you incredible events like these for free, just to keep Long Beach the cultural bounty it is.