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.
Kathy Fagan’s poems explore the mysteries in the matter-of-fact; they bring a sharp eye and tender heart to the exact and strange particulars of life. I was thrilled to have the chance to read with her earlier this year in Ann Arbor. More recently, we caught up via email to talk about her beautiful new book of poems, Sycamore, for the Ploughshares blog.
Thank you to the editors of HeartWood Literary Magazine and contest judge Maggie Anderson for selecting my poem “The Road to Bethlehem” as an honorable mention in their annual broadside competition. The poem will appear in their October issue.
Thank you to editor Eileen Tabios for engaging with Dear Almost in the latest issue of Galatea Resurrects. Here’s an excerpt: “The anguished roots of the poem highlight the achievements of Dear Almost for presenting a poem which narratively travels far and wide and yet makes all elements relate to the poet’s unborn daughter—and Thorburn does so in controlled and luminous words.” You can read the full piece here.
I'm honored to have my poem "Gray Light on An Unmade Bed" named an honorable mention in Cave Wall's 2017 Broadside Contest. Congratulations to all of the poets recognized for their work.
Leslie Harrison’s poems are meditative and thoughtful, yet fleet-footed, quick to change direction. They show us a mind in motion, questing and questioning, wrestling with complex feelings and ideas. I've been following her work for years now, always excited to see what she'll write next, so it was fun to get to talk to her about her new collection, The Book of Endings, for the Ploughshares blog. Take a look.
Thank you to the editors of Image for including my poem "Relic" in their new issue. You can read it online here. "Relic" is part of a new manuscript I'm working on called Never Going Back Again.
Allison Benis White’s prose poems evoke a world of loss and wonder, in which the mysteries of our daily lives are illuminated as a story that finds its shape in the telling. Meeting her and picking up a copy of her new book, Please Bury Me in This, was one of the highlights of this year's AWP Conference for me. Recently, I had the chance to ask her a few questions about her haunting new book for the Ploughshares blog.
I’m deeply grateful to the Bronx Council on the Arts for awarding me a 2017 BRIO Fellowship. “BRIO” stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own.” Each year, the BCA awards fellowships to 25 Bronx artists. The Bronx is the only borough in New York City to provide this kind of ongoing award for artists. Click here to see all of this year's recipients.