New Work: Soundings East, Bone Bouquet

Several of my poems are in new issues of Soundings East and Bone Bouquet (forthcoming), with links to follow later when I am less tired and feeling more competent. Because I just forgot how to spell “competent” and had to look it up. Then I mistyped it to add an “s” at the end. Then, when recounting that mishap, I almost spelled out “s” as “ess.” Time for a nap.


New Work: A Round-up of Recent Links

September is here! This summer was such a blur of work, writing, and reading, that I’m honestly relieved school’s started back up again. And I have new work up in Ampersand Review, here:

One of my poems is also in the new issue of Whiskey Island, available for purchase (only four bucks! What a deal!) here:

Finally, my latest review, of Anthony McCann’s Thing Music, can be found here:


New Work In Josephine Quarterly and NewPages

I’m pleased to have one of my new poems in the latest issue of Josephine Quarterly, which you can find here:

And you can read my review of Rivka Galchen’s “American Innovations” here:

New Book Review Up At CutBank

Spring Look Back

I’ve spent the past several months feeling just shy of overwhelmed, because I’ve been adding a lot of new things into my usual mix of responsibilities, so here’s a little roundup of a few things I’ve probably been remiss in posting.

First, here are a couple of my recent reviews, of Mary Ruefle’s Trances of the Blast and  Robert Lax’s Poems 1962-1997–both fantastic books I learned a lot from:

I also taught at the Literary Loft for the first time on Saturday, and I was delighted by how welcoming and smart and engaged the group was. The Loft is creating a wonderful community of writerly support in Minneapolis, and I really look forward to being a part of it more in the future. 

In dislocate news, issue #10 is just about ready to go to the printers, and should be out in print in June. Last month dislocate also hosted a “Women in Publishing” panel discussion featuring several esteemed Minneapolis editors, which Hannah Dentinger wrote about for the Walker, here:

It was really inspiring to hear these women talk about their careers, and about how each of the presses they represent have grown and flourished, and when it ended I sincerely wished we could keep all of them for twice the time. 

When I’m busy, I find it helpful to occasionally take a mental inventory of everything I’ve committed to, and to ask myself honestly whether I think I can handle it all, and the past few months I’ve constantly felt pretty dangerously close to over-committed. So it’s nice to finally be wrapping up a few things and realizing as I catch my breath just how much I’ve accomplished. Onward to whatever comes next!

Upcoming Class (and a blog post) At The Loft

For those local to Minneapolis who are interested in publishing work in literary journals, please consider taking my (one-day!) (useful!) class on May 17th:

It can’t happen without you!

I’ve started talking about publishing already on the Loft’s blog, so you might also go on over and give that a read:

As usual, I’ve been remiss in posting about my work, but the reviews keep coming, and dislocate’s issue #10 is chugging along, and will be in print soon.

Yet More Reviews…!

For those keeping score, dislocate’s submission manager is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted! We’re reading your work right now. Promise!

I’ve reviewed a couple more books over at NewPages, so go on over and see them. (Spoiler: Michael Teig’s “There’s a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick” is really great.)

Everything else is pretty much bad news and paperwork and freezing temperatures, so for the time being I’m hunkering down with a can of beer and an old This Mortal Coil album…

New Work: Fall Issue of Sixth Finch

I’m psyched to see one of my poems appear in the latest issue of Sixth Finch:

In other news, there’s a little more than a month left to submit to dislocate–hurry up and send us your stuff!



Submissions Open At Dislocate, New Book Reviews, Etc

Writers! Submissions are now open for the next issue of dislocate, the student-run literary journal of the University of Minnesota.
Send us your best, right here:

When you’ve crossed that off your list, stop over at NewPages for my review of Hailey Leithauser’s Swoop:

Happy November!

Book Reviews, etc.

My latest book review, of Stephen Burt’s Belmont, is up at NewPages:

More soon, I promise!

New Work: Diagram 13.4

Oh, hey! One of my poems is in the new issue of Diagram. Check it out:

Such a pretty dress: it’s blown all the other thoughts from my head.


Glowing review for Bestiary

Forgot to mention this yesterday, but A Capella’s issue 10, Bestiary, got a really positive review in Newpages this month. I didn’t write the review, but my work does appear in the issue, which is a huge compilation of editors’ selections from the previous ten issues. Check out the review here:


Worth Reading: Copper Nickel, MAR, etc.

I’ve finally caught up on my journal reading, after a long period of craziness when issues kept piling up on the floor by my bookshelf, unread.

Issue 19 of Copper Nickel is a beauty; my sense of CN is that they’re an excellent journal that occasionally slips up and publishes gimmicky pieces that lack real substance. But even on the first flip through of issue 19, I found myself exclaiming, “Holy Crap!” outloud. There’s some great poetry from Jaclyn Dwyer and Jason Myers and others, new fiction from Roxane Gay, and lots more good stuff in here.

MAR’s also still producing an excellent journal. One of the lesser attractive journals in terms of cover and such, but the content’s almost always spectacular writing, and Vol. 33 #1 is no exception. I dog eared so many pages that my copy looks like hell now that I’ve finished the issue. Standouts here are the winner of the Sherwood Anderson prize by Kyle Mellen, translations of Jan Wagner, a great essay by Diane Embry, and oh, who am I kidding, just go get the issue here:

Third, Harvard Review #43 is possibly my favorite issue of HR yet. And their new issue looks great. (Holy Crap!)

Finally, my latest poetry crush is on Yusef Komunyakaa.

That’s it for now–I’m hard at work on newpages reviews of new books by Andy Singer, Hailey Leithauser, and others, as well as new things for dislocate in the coming year. Stay tuned…

Book Reviews!

My latest review is up at New Pages. Go check it out!

Links, etc.

I’m having a cranky day today, but here are a few fantastic things to tide you (and certainly me) over for a while:

First, we have Nick Cave talking about the art of the love song, calling his own, “my gloomy, violent, dark-eyed children. They sit grimly on their own and do not play with the other songs. Mostly they were offspring of complicated pregnancies and difficult and painful births.”


Second, apologetically disingenuously, I present to you this shot from yesterday of my favorite cyclist in the TDF, Thomas Voeckler:

And finally, here’s new work from poet Bruce Smith, up in the new Diagram:

New Poetry in The Liner #2

The new issue of The Liner just arrived in my mailbox, and it looks spectacular. I’m really pleased to see my poem in such good company! If you’re interested in checking it out, you can buy the new issue here:
Before you know it, you’ll have it in your mailbox, too!

That’s all for now–I’m a bit behind in everything else.

How To Review Poetry In Translation

Here’s some useful advice on approaching reviews of translations, if you’re into that sort of thing, which, I SO AM.
And now I’m tempted to buy the new translation of the Tin Drum.

“Have Some Cake” by Luke Bloomfield

My love for Sixth Finch, like the Dude, abides:

Seriously, go on over and read it right now, because, you need a laugh.
And shit, while we’re on the subject of food, here’s one more punch-in-the-gut good poem, though this one I’m sneaking in from Jubilat; “Borders of Evanescence” by Ewa Chrusciel.


New Work, New Reviews, New Things Everywhere

Let’s skip over the sad-face part where I tell you all of the hyper-tragic reasons why you’ve had to look at the same slow newsday posts for eons, and instead, allow me to please just tell you that I have spent the last few months working on these OH, SO MANY THINGS I have to tell you about.

First, I’ve been poetry editoring the super sweet issue #9 of dislocate, which you can read for free thanks to the wonders of technology here:

Second, I have some new book reviews up at New Pages as of 5/31/13, right here:

Third, one of my poems was in the last (Fall) issue of the Madison Review, and another was selected for A Capella Zoo’s Best Of issue, Bestiary. Take a sneak peek here and then buy your self a real live copy:

More to come soon, on every front!

I am obsessed…

with the word “yes.”


Care to read my thoughts on new fiction releases? I have two new reviews up today at New Pages–one for A Long Way Home, and one for The Purple Runner. You can check them out here:

That’s all for now–back to work with me!

New Work Online at Everyday Genius

I love this piece; I loved it when I first had the idea for it, I loved it as I drafted it, loved it with each and every obsessive compulsive edit, and I love seeing it up here on Everyday Genius!

New Work And A Call For Submissions

First, I’ve been getting behind in posting recent news about my work. So: As of earlier this week, you can stream or download an audio clip of my piece, “Over Easy,” at the Drum:
Yes, that’s me reading!

Second, my short story, “Billions of Ways,” is out in the new issue of the Berkeley Fiction Review, which I believe can be purchased here:
They, too, seem to be a little behind when it comes to the whole updating-the-website thing–the current issue is #32.

Third, if you are a writer on the lookout for calls for submissions, here’s one:
Dislocate is produced by MFA students at the U of Minnesota, and I happen to be a part of it. So send us some stuff!

New Work in The Pinch

One of my poems, “At The Natural History Museum with my Mother” is in the new issue of The Pinch, vol. 32 #2! Featuring a bunch of full color artwork, this is a handsome looking journal, folks. So fork over fifteen of your hard-earned dollars and buy a copy, here:

More stuff coming soon. Fall has been busy so far!

New Work in the New England Review

I live in a new city and I have new work out! My essay, “Zines: A Personal History” is out in the new issue of the New England Review. I love this essay. I love the New England Review. Perfect! You can get yourself a copy of the issue here:

And as if that weren’t enough, I have more work forthcoming soon in the Pinch, Everyday Genius, and other places. Stay tuned…

New Work up on The Leveler

I have new work up at The Leveler–I’ll be on the front page from 8/26-9/2, but if you want to reference my piece after that, you can look me up in their archives, under “More Poems.”

New Work at decomP

From the hardworking folks at decomP:

Welcome back to decomP for our June 2012 issue, which contains new work from Fatimah Asghar, Ben Godby, Simon Jacobs, Tim Jarosz, Joe Kapitan, Emily Kiernan, Leonard Kogan, Andrew McIntosh, Joe Miller, Gregg Murray, Elizabeth O’Brien, Joseph Pfister, Kevin Tadge, Helen Vitoria, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Vanessa Young, and Ajmal Yourish. Additionally, we have reviews of Stevie Edwards’s Good Grief, Rose Hunter’s A Foal Poem, and Karen Lillis’s Watch the Doors as They Close. Thanks for reading! See you in July. 

Worth Reading: the soul does not prevent the available hand from singing

I’ve been scouting out lots of online journals lately, and Leveler is one I think I’ll be keeping an eye on. This one, by Dan Chelotti, has been on their front page lately:

Worth Reading: THE TEACHERS ARE LOOSE by Erik Bloch

Lately, I’m all over the narrative poems…

Forthcoming Work, etc.

The fine folks at Slice have posted a preview of issue 10, which you can check out here:
Please note that you’ll actually have to fork over the cash and order a copy to read my piece. Worth it! My Mom totally says so.
More soon.

Worth Reading: Diane Seuss in the new Blackbird

Holy crap, dude. This is amazing:

And please do not judge me for saying Holy crap, dude.

Worth Reading: Sixth Finch

My favorite journal today is Sixth Finch, and my favorite poem in said journal today is this one:

Go on over and read it! But come back soon, because I have publications of all flavors coming out in the coming months.

Worth Reading: E. B. White on the Free Press

Forthcoming Work: Slice Magazine #10 (Growing Up)

My story, “Everything I Know,” is coming out in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Slice Magazine. Slice has been called “beautiful, compelling, and irresistible” by no less than Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Diaz, and this issue promises to be no less wonderful. So jump on over and pre-order a copy:

New Work Up At The Found Poetry Review:

It’s been forever since my last post–I’ve been busy! Here’s what I have to show for it lately…

More work is forthcoming over the next few months, so watch this space!

Jonathan Henig, Photographer At Large

I just thought I’d mention that my banner photo, which features a number of my books and papers and my royal typewriter, was taken by the best photographer I know, Jonathan Henig. More of his work can be found on flickr, here:

If you’re looking for someone to shoot your wedding, cover your event, or just generally make you, your business, or your product look good, he’s the man for the job.

Forthcoming Work: A Cappella Zoo #7

A Cappella Zoo #7 is due out in September, and my poem, “Ginny,” will be in it! You can order a copy on their website, here:

New Work Up At Euphony:

Apparently my poem, “Play,” has been downloadable at Euphony Journal’s website since February. I had no idea! Check out the Spring 2011 issue in PDF form here:

New Work Up At Swink:

New for May, I have a piece up at Swink, in the Dead Letter section (my favorite section).

Check it out at

Worth Reading: “The Collectors,” by Matt Bell

Haunting story, lovely prose. And you can download it in PDF form for free, here:
I read the whole thing in one go, and what I found myself dwelling on was the images (of orange peels, a downed chandelier, and tunnels within junk, to name a few). The character development here all happens through an external lens, but the junk in the house is described with very close focus, so the images accumulate as the story progresses and are ultimately what resonate long after.

Forthcoming Work: Emerson Review #40 and Red Line Blues #8

Look for me later this month in the Emerson Review and Red Line Blues; I’ll have a poem appearing in each! I’ll post links as soon as copies officially go on sale.

Worth Reading: Split it Open Just to Count the Pieces

Drunken Boat #13 has a poem that I particularly love; anyone who’s workshopped with me in the past two years will probably have no trouble seeing why:

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