"All the world began with a yes." --Clarice Lispector
June 4, 2015Posted by on
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.
September 7, 2014Posted by on
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:
August 2, 2014Posted by on
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: http://newpages.com/bookreviews/2014-08-01/#American-Innovations-by-Rivka-Galchen
June 20, 2014Posted by on
May 21, 2014Posted by on
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!
April 13, 2014Posted by on
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: https://writersblock.loft.org/2014/04/11/3147/unique_poetry_journals_you_should_read_and_consider_sending_work_to
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.
January 9, 2014Posted by on
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…
November 27, 2013Posted by on
November 2, 2013Posted by on
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: https://dislocate.submittable.com/submit
When you’ve crossed that off your list, stop over at NewPages for my review of Hailey Leithauser’s Swoop:
October 6, 2013Posted by on
My latest book review, of Stephen Burt’s Belmont, is up at NewPages:
More soon, I promise!
September 1, 2013Posted by on
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.
August 19, 2013Posted by on
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:
August 18, 2013Posted by on
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: http://www.bgsu.edu/studentlife/organizations/midamericanreview/archives/33-1.html
Third, Harvard Review #43 is possibly my favorite issue of HR yet. And their new issue looks great. (Holy Crap!) http://harvardreview.fas.harvard.edu/?q=print-issues/harvard-review-43
Finally, my latest poetry crush is on Yusef Komunyakaa. http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/poems/komunyakaa/thanks.php
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…
July 2, 2013Posted by on
My latest review is up at New Pages. Go check it out!
July 1, 2013Posted by on
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: http://www.lepoint.fr/images/2013/06/30/1650393-voeckler-jpg_1537695.jpg
And finally, here’s new work from poet Bruce Smith, up in the new Diagram: http://thediagram.com/13_3/smith.html
June 21, 2013Posted by on
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: http://thelinermag.bigcartel.com/product/issue-no-2
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.
June 7, 2013Posted by on
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.
June 4, 2013Posted by on
My love for Sixth Finch, like the Dude, abides: http://sixthfinch.com/bloomfield1.html
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. http://www.jubilat.org/jubilat/archive/20/borders_of_evanescence/
June 1, 2013Posted by on
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: http://www.newpages.com/bookreviews/
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: http://issuu.com/acappellazoo/docs/bestiary_lineup?e=3399101/2630785
More to come soon, on every front!
February 19, 2013Posted by on
with the word “yes.”
December 3, 2012Posted by on
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: http://www.newpages.com/bookreviews/
That’s all for now–back to work with me!
October 20, 2012Posted by on
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!
October 17, 2012Posted by on
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: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~bfr/order.html
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!
September 30, 2012Posted by on
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: http://www.thepinchjournal.com/back-issues-2/
More stuff coming soon. Fall has been busy so far!
September 12, 2012Posted by on
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…
August 26, 2012Posted by on
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.”
June 8, 2012Posted by on
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.
May 16, 2012Posted by on
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:
May 9, 2012Posted by on
Lately, I’m all over the narrative poems…
May 4, 2012Posted by on
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.
May 1, 2012Posted by on
Holy crap, dude. This is amazing:
And please do not judge me for saying Holy crap, dude.
April 30, 2012Posted by on
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.
April 6, 2012Posted by on
March 12, 2012Posted by on
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:
November 21, 2011Posted by on
It’s been forever since my last post–I’ve been busy! Here’s what I have to show for it lately…
- My tiniest poem yet is now up at the Found Poetry Review, here: http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/fall-2011
- The digital version of A Capella Zoo #7 is up, so if you just couldn’t part with the cash to buy a print copy, you can now read my piece online, here:
- Finally, the kickass people at Juked are nominating my poem, “287 Northbound, Summer,” for a Pushcart Prize. So please go visit them, and perhaps grab yourself a copy of issue #8: http://www.juked.com/print/08/
More work is forthcoming over the next few months, so watch this space!
September 15, 2011Posted by on
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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27454415@N04/sets/.
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.
August 26, 2011Posted by on
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: http://www.acappellazoo.com/order
August 1, 2011Posted by on
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: http://euphonyjournal.com/
May 7, 2011Posted by on
New for May, I have a piece up at Swink, in the Dead Letter section (my favorite section).
Check it out at www.swinkmag.com.
April 13, 2011Posted by on
Haunting story, lovely prose. And you can download it in PDF form for free, here: http://www.mdbell.com/collectors/
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.
April 12, 2011Posted by on
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.
April 10, 2011Posted by on
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: http://www.drunkenboat.com/db13/1poe/bendorf/split.php
February 18, 2011Posted by on
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