I am a mother, poet, and arts administrator. I occasionally lead workshops. I have written book reviews, conducted interviews, and have extensive experience hosting literary events.

In 2010, I was granted an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles where I worked with Molly Bendall, Ben Doller, Carol Potter, Jenny Factor, Richard Garcia, and others.

My first book, Seven Floors Up, was published by Mayapple Press in 2008. In 2016, Word Tech Editions published my Antioch thesis, my second full-length book, My Skies of Small Horses. Over the course of the five years it took me to place this book, it changed name three times (alternate titles were *9th Treatise on Husbandry, Revised (the asterisk was part of the title), Transhumance, and Like a House on Fire) and was a semifinalist three times at Elixir Press (twice for the Antivenom Prize and once for the Elixir Press Poetry Prize), and was an honorable mention for the Coconut Books Elizabeth P. Braddock Prize. Also in 2016, I published a chapbook, The Body, Like Bread, a collection which explores the intersection of competing desires.

I am also the author of three Dancing Girl Press chapbooks: what Desire makes of us, The Way Things Move The Dark, and (al)most delicious, and one out of print chapbook, small fruit songs, published in 2008 by Pudding House.

My third full-length collection, The Body at a Loss, is forthcoming in 2019 from CavanKerry Press.

Individual poem prizes and honors include "Miss Carriage", which won the 2011 poetry competiton sponsored by So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, judged by Arielle Greenberg, and "Administering My Dog's Cancer Therapy, I Think About My Sons", which won the 2006 Gravity & Light poetry competition, judged by Chella Courington; also, "Greed" was a finalist for the 2010 Crab Creek Review poetry competition, judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

In 2006, I founded the online literary journal Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry. After ten years, it is still going strong. 

I have been working in one capactity or another since 2009 with the Inlandia Institute, a regionally-focused literary nonprofit and publshing house. In 2012, I became executive director. There is no better work than work that is more like play. I can't imagine anything else that I would be better suited for.

 

 

Learn more about my work:

Zocalo Public Square: Can Books Build Community?

This Choice Podcast with Ren Powell

 

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