Recordings at Kenyon Review Writers Workshop

They recorded every single one of the amazing readings at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop last month. They’re up on SoundCloud for only two weeks or so; download them now!

Here’s the master list.

Here’s the recording from the night that I read. My 3-minute contribution starts at 53:00.

I was so happy to be a part of this lovely group. Thanks to everyone for putting this together.

Heading to Lithuania

I’m leaving Copenhagen today and heading over (with a fellowship!) to the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania. I have no idea what to expect, either from the workshop or from the country. Excited? Nervous? Yes. My poetry workshop is with Dorothea Lasky, about whom I’ve never heard a bad thing.

And for those of you following along with my work, I’m branching out while I’m there… I’m finally taking a memoir workshop with Josip Novakovich. That’s probably the number #1 cause of my nervousness right there.

First Copenhagen, now Vilnius, and in a few weeks, Munich. Such a jet-setting life!

Returning from Kenyon College

I just returned from Gambier, OH, home of Kenyon College and the literary powerhouse Kenyon Review. I was attending the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and words cannot express the soul-wrenching joy, sorrow, and wonder I felt during that week.

Many thanks to my esteemed workshop leader Linda Gregerson, and her fearless fellow Page Starzinger.

And here I am now, sending embraces from the West Coast to all of my new family. I can’t wait to go back.

Copenhagen and CIID Summer School

In two weeks, The David and I will be teaching a five-day course on Storytelling in Design at CIID in Copenhagen as part of their Summer School. This will be the first time David and I will be (officially) teaching side by side, so we’ll try not to break any brains.

Litquake! Thursday 10/17 at Cat Club

I’m so excited to be a part of the MFA Mixer 2.0 Reading for Litquake. This is my first time as a Litquake reader – I promise not to pass out in the bird cage.

Cat Club, 1190 Folsom, in the City. Same time as the usual reading, 6:30 doors, 7:00 awesomeness. Free.

Here are my fellow writers for the evening:

California College of the Arts: Carolyn Abram and Scott Newton Allen

Mills College: Molly Daniels and Rex Leonowicz

Saint Mary’s College of California: Robert Andrew Perez is my partner-in-crime.

San Francisco State University: Sarah Broderick and Yume Kim

San Jose State University: Jessy Goodman and Erik White

University of San Francisco: Chris Carosi and Kate Folk.

And don’t forget the unbeatable 80s dance party afterward. So much goodness.

Big thanks to the hosts/curators of this series, Sean Labrador y Manzano, Nick Johnson, and Jeff Von Ward.

For more information, check the Litquake website.

Poeti della Notte


This will be part one of a three part reading series at our local heavenly pizzeria/unicorn tears purveyor: Il Pizzaiolo. 5008 Telegraph in Temescal.

The whole she-bang starts at 8:30pm and runs until 10:30.

The door may say “Closed for a Private Party,” but that means YOU! Come on in to the patio and sit with us under the big tent. Music, poetry, food, drinks, and friends.

Can’t wait to see you there.

Six minutes of poetry goodness. In a cage. Yoko Ono-style lighting was just an added bonus.

So glad to see everyone!

Many thanks to Sean Labrador y Manzano, Jeff Von Ward, and Nick Johnson for putting it all together.

MFA Mixer 2.0 at Cat Club

March 21, 2013 at Cat Club in San Francisco. 1190 Folsom.

A bunch of poets and an 80′s dance party. What could be better?

Show starts at 7:00. I’ll be reading with my fellow poetess, Sara Vander Zwaag.

I’ve heard a rumor that they have a birdcage…

Almost time…

In a week, I’ll be giving my graduate reading at Saint Mary’s. *shakes head in wonder*

It’s a long haul out to campus, but if you’d like to come on along, I’d love to see you. I’ll be reading with Joel Bahr (CNF), Warren Buchanan (Fiction), Charlene Caruso (CNF), and Clare Fitzpatrick (Fiction), so I’ll be the lone poetry ranger.

Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm in Hagerty Lounge on the Saint Mary’s campus in Moraga.

Bread Loaf!

That’s right. I went to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Pinch me.

It’s hard to put the experience into words. I mean, there’s a pretty powerful history at work up there. Many thanks and lots of love to my intrepid companions: First to Qiana Towns, Kelli Lang, and Christopher DeWan for keeping me sane. Second to all of my workshop crew including our workshop fellow Bruce Snider. Third to Eman Quotah, Ross White, Amy Holman, Harriet Clark, and this list could go on and on, but all those other folks over there (waves hand) too.

A special thank-you to Eavan Boland, who was inspiring and supportive. She told me what I needed to hear, and, as I start my final year in the MFA, her timing couldn’t have been better.

Oh yeah, and this is me reading in the Blue Parlor. There’s a painting of Robert Frost Joseph Batell behind me, though I have to admit that, at first and second glance, I thought it was FDR both FDR and then Robert Frost. *sigh*

Thanks to Margaret DeAngelis for the correction on the painting. Batell’s buildings and the adjoining land were bequeathed to Middlebury College in 1915. The three of them look strikingly similar when rendered in oils. If I meet them in the afterlife, I’ll have a bit of explaining to do, I’m sure.

Photo graciously provided by Grant Bergland.

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