I had a terrific time reading at the YMCA Downtown Writers’ Center in Syracuse on Friday. Thanks so much to the director of the Writers’ Center, Phil Memmer, for being a wonderful host. It was a treat to read with my old friend Elaine Sexton and share our work with such an engaged audience.
Visit the Events page for info on a few upcoming readings this summer and fall in New York and New Jersey.
Thank you to Suzanne Nussey for taking a closer look at my poem “Relic” for Image’s Poetry Friday feature. I love it when a close reader shows me things happening in a poem that I wasn’t fully conscious of when writing. You can check it out here.
Thanks to editor Lorraine Healy for including my prose poem "Italian Coffee" in an upcoming anthology of poems about coffee. The anthology is due out from World Enough Writers in late 2018.
Thanks so much to editor George David Clark for picking up two new poems for the next issue of 32 Poems. "Pipistrello" and "Once Our Garden" are from a new project I'm working on called Each Night We Wandered.
Sun & Urn, Christopher Salerno’s latest book of poems, is filled with grief and loss—including the big three of modern life: infertility, divorce and death. But deep down, it’s also a tender, sometimes funny, ultimately hopeful book. This seemed like the perfect book with which to end my run as an interviewer for the Ploughshares blog—and this series the perfect excuse to get in touch with a poet whose work I’ve read with interest for a long time. You can read the interview here.
And catch up with the whole three-year run of interviews — featuring Paisley Rekdal, Ciaran Carson, Marianne Boruch, Naoko Fujimoto, Tomas Q. Morin and many more — over here.
I'm excited to head over to Poe Park on the 18th to read from Dear Almost and talk about my writing with Charlie Vazquez, the director of the Bronx Writers Center. It's a special thrill to participate in an event hosted by the Parks Department, which named my reading a "Must See Event"!
Paisley Rekdal’s writing explores identity in its many facets: the experiences and influences that make us who we are and all the ways we shape, and are shaped by, our world. I’ve read her work for years, so it was a special treat to get to ask her about her poems for the Ploughshares blog for this interview -- my next-to-last one in this series.
I had a great time last week reading with Nicole Cooley and Miranda Field at Berl's over in Brooklyn. Thanks again to Jared White for hosting us -- and thanks so much to everyone who came to the reading. It was nice to see so many old friends. For those who couldn't be there, Jared video'd the whole thing and you can watch it on Facebook.
I’m looking forward to several readings this fall and the chance to share Dear Almost with some new readers. I’ll be reading with Nicole Cooley and Miranda Field at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn next month, as well as reading and fielding questions at a poetry town hall event in The Bronx in November. A reading in Baltimore is also in the works. Check out the Events page for more info.
Hearty thanks to The Southern Review for picking up a poem from my new book project. “Your New World” will appear in the Spring 2018 issue.