A poem I wrote for my niece to welcome her into womanhood.
Because I know he is home-seeking and hungry.
Because I see the fragility of eight legs holding tight to porcelain.
Because I once needed to be scooped up from drowning
showers to sunlit window panes.Because when I was nine, I had to break into our motel room on
a Friday night after church.Because my mom forgot to pick me up, but I knew she was just
sleeping inside.Because I didn’t have a key and I was sure she’d be right back.
Because the windows were slats of louvered glass, I could pull
them apart and lay them gently on the asphalt driveway.Because I was small, could slide between three removed slats, and
land on a mattressed floor.Because I’d rather sleep alone in a tiny motel room with navy-blue
carpeted halls leading to the tenants’ communal bathroom.
Because calling my father
was not an alternative.Because I knew my mother would come home soon even after I fell
asleep under a curtain of blankets.Because I knew if I was quiet I could be safe enough.
Because I couldn’t have driven myself home from church or climbed
up the window alone.Because someone had to scoop me up to push me through it.
First published in Gutters & Alleyways: Perspective on Poverty and Struggle.
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!
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.
Muffin Top Bakery 233 E State St, Ste A, Redlands, California 92373
I’ll be featuring at The Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic in Tarzana on May 28th from 2 to 4:30 pm. I’m looking forward to a full set of poems after a much needed break. They have an open reading list if you want to share something of your own. Check out lots more details on Facebook!
The last in our dual release reading tour, Larry Raymond Duncan and I, Sarah Thursday, will be featuring at the Redondo Poets Reading at the Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach. Hosted by Larry Colker and James Doane, this is one of the longest running weekly poetry reading in the South Bay. They have an open list for poets and song writers. Come sign up and hang out with us one more time! RSVP on Facebook
Redondo Cartel 1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, California 90277
Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, hosted by Ben Trigg and Steve Ramirez, will be featuring me and Larry Duncan on Wednesday, March 23rd at the Ugly Mug in Orange. There is an open list with readings starting at 8 pm. We’re still celebrating our new releases, Larry’s Drunk on Ophelia chapbook, and my How to Unexist poetry CD. The Ugly Mug takes a $3 entry and serves coffeehouse drink and other goodies.
Rebel Bite Open Mic, hosted by the eternal Shy But Flyy, will be featuring Larry Duncan and Sarah Thursday with BobKat on Monday, March 7th. Singers, musicians, comedians, and poets are all welcome to sign up and share starting at 7 pm! We will still be celebrating our newest releases, Larry’s Drunk on Ophelia chapbook, and my How to Unexist poetry CD. BobKat is bringing the rockstar jams to back the poetic words. Rebel Bite has excellent pizza and an extensive beer list, so bring your appetite!
649 E. Broadway, Long Beach RSVP on Facebook
The 4th Annual San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival will take place on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st. Each day of the festival is packed with authors of poetry and prose from noon to nine. Sadie Girl Press has been given a full slot to showcase some of our talented poets, Terry Ann Wright, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Larry Duncan, and myself, Sarah Thursday. What’s even more exciting is that we’ll be joined by special guests, BobKat, who’ll be backing our readings with acoustic music. Join us on Saturday, February 20th, from 4 to 5:15 pm at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. Better yet, stay all day to hear non-stop literary goodness! RSVP on Facebook
The dA Center for the Arts 252 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766
See the full lineup and more details about the entire weekend festivities on the SGVLitFest event page!
LitFest event page!