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.

“Apparition” by Sherwin Bitsui

No need to listen to me yammer on wildly today. This poem has been published online in its entirety, so I’ll let it speak for itself. The “Sherwin” we have in common is coincidental.

“Apparition” by Sherwin Bitsui.


Summer at Squaw Valley

I spent this past week at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. It was an amazing experience, full of all kinds of “Pinch me!” moments. I can’t wait until I can go back, which will be a long, long two years from now.

My next big adventure is another conference in August. More about that when it begins to loom…

So many thankyouthankyous to the folks at Squaw! My instructors: C.D. Wright, Robert Hass, Kazim Ali, Katie Ford, and Sharon Olds. My housemates: Charles Douthat, Dawn McGuire, and Eric Parkison. My fellow classmates Peter Burghardt and Bryn Garrehy. And big love to so many of my fellows: Celeste, Abbie, Jeff, Meg, Rowan, Brett, Jeff, Amy, Eduardo, Jon, Kelvin, and many, many more.

Thrilling! Here’s the video from the reading at Diesel Books in Oakland. I read “I Arrived on Sunday Afternoon” first and then three selections from my current project, a serial poem entitled “Dedicated Version.”

The boiled-down gist of this serial poem is pretty simple: write a poem for each of the songs that composer and bassist Reid Anderson has written as a member of the jazz trio, The Bad Plus. The project is barreling along at a frightful rate now. Next step will be to muster the courage to write to Reid and tell him about the whole thing. And, you know, not sound like a crazy stalker person while I’m doing so. And maybe get him to write a blurb if it gets published.

This is the debut of the sections “Giant,” “Physical Cities,” and “Forces” from the serial poem. Helping me here with “Physical Cities” is Sara Vander Zwaag and Gabe Johnson. Jeff Von Ward put the whole thing together and monitored the little camera, but as you can see, the space was pretty narrow. And I’m pretty tall. :)

Diesel Books Reading

I love it!

Happy to announce a reading this Friday (that’s June 15th) at Diesel Books in Oakland. The whole shebang starts at 7pm, and I’ll be reading with a bunch of great folks:

Channing Allen, Jeff Von Ward, Peter Burghardt, Gillian Hamel, Robert Perez, Liz Demi Green…and maybe a few others.

I’ll also be debuting a few sections from my serial poem, “Dedicated Version,” including the polyphonic lark “Physical Cities” for three voices, so Sara Vander Zwaag and Gabe Johnson will be lending their voices. Art-school madness, I tell ya. If the video turns out well, I’ll post it up.

Come on along. It’s going to be great.



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