art writing

Upcoming Publication: Parentheses Journal, Spring 2018

Not quite two years ago, I began an accident journey into poetry.  Writing, reading and drawing were the activities that comprised most of my time as a child.  But, as I grew older, my school curriculum provided no support for creative writing.  We studied literature and poems but were only given latitude to write analytical essays about them.  Under this method of instruction, poetry -- as a discipline to study along very strict parameters -- became something I grew to detest.

Two years ago, in my Studio MFA program at SAIC, I had the good fortune to begin developing a poetic voice under the tutelage of the incredible Pamela Sneed.  In the span of one semester, she cracked that voice -- which I didn't even know existed -- wide open, and by the summer, I found some of my earliest poems in the process of publication.

It is with heartfelt gratitude and excitement that I announce another upcoming publication.  The Spring 2018 issue of Parentheses Journal will feature a new poem that I wrote in December during my residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  The poem is titled "Ages" and reflects on a thirteen-year-old family photograph, recently unearthed in my garage.

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Poetry Reading, Black Cat Books

On Sunday, January 14th, I had the pleasure of participating in a poetry reading at the Black Cat Bookstore in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.  Almost twenty local poets treated us to some of their recent work which encompassed life in New Mexico, spirituality, illness, and coping with loss of a loved one.  The poems were powerful in their sincerity, and it was an honor to be in the company of such wonderful poets!

Photo credits: artists   Souheir Rawlings   ,   Caz Love   and   Meagan Thompson.  

Photo credits: artists Souheir Rawlings , Caz Love and Meagan Thompson. 

VSC Writing for Artists Workshop

While I am writing this post in retrospect, I would like to note a writing workshop I recently taught at the Vermont Studio Center.  The entire project was the brainchild of NYC-based poet Rangi McNeil, author of The Missing (2003).  Many visual arts VSC residents were in the middle of applications for graduate school, professorships, fellowships and new residencies.  Many of these applicants needed help with artist statements, research statements and personal essays.  McNeil orchestrated the entire event and asked me to lead and teach, given that I straddle both visual arts and writing.  Our Writing Art Workshop was held Wednesday, December 20th at VSC's Mason House Library, and proved to be a beneficial experience for all participants.

Many thanks to Rangi McNeil, VSC and the many workshop attendees for your participation and support of the project!

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