I’m a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Writing and a minor in English. I’ve done grant writing, social media and newsletter writing, community engagement, and web content and design contract work for Better Drinking Culture, Wait 21, Every Woman’s Place, Safe Haven, Recovery Academy, Exodus Place, and A Father’s Walk. I’ve coordinated poetry programming for Grand Rapids Public Library, Kent District Library, the University of Northern Iowa, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America, and nineteen school districts.
I’m Editor-in-Chief of Hyype, Coordinator of the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition for Grand Rapids Public Library, and host of WYCE’s Electric Poetry.
My article and journalistic writing has focused on women’s rights, political reform, prison reform, environmental justice, and body image.
I’m a proud graduate of Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Northview High School. My writing has appeared in Turnpike Magazine, Little Patuxent, The Maine Review, damselfly, Paste Magazine, Barking Sycamores, Broken Plate, Sweater Weather, Gnarled Oak, HowlRound, Non-Binary Review, and Pine Hills Review. I have also received numerous grants and awards, including nominations for two Pushcart Prizes, a nomination for a Community Award by the Rapidian, and a grant from Grand Valley State University to write a series of poems about sexual assault and domestic violence (The V-Card Series).
Other things that make me happy include: birdwatching, camping, hammocking, eating frozen yogurt, comedy, playing video and board games, discussing politics and social norms, hanging out with my husband, re-watching Parks & Rec, ice skating, and hiking.
Thank you to the amazing businesses and organizations
who I’m proud to support and call partners and friends.
What I’m Consuming
Favorites this year include:
- Tuca & Bertie
- Bon Iver’s i,i
- Willow’s new album
- The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs
- Library of Small Catastrophes by Alison C. Rollins
- Grace & Frankie
- Inner State 81
poems from Marlin M. Jenkins in The Collapsar
Zeina Hashem Beck in “Ambit Magazine”
“She Went as a Cheetah” by Evan Bauer in Nashville Review
“I ask you if, in theory,
an eighteen-year-old god would want
to undress me, & you inhale
through your teeth…”
>> “Immortality” by Zeina Hashem Beck in Nashville Review
“Necessity fills the world with altars.”
>> “Altars” by Bill Brown in Nashville Review
“I think of
how my parents flinch sometimes when
I say my name”
>> “In the Netflix Trailer…” by Julian Randall in Nashville Review
“you are six flags” >> Nate Slawson in Vinyl Poetry
“My sister says she’s felt
hopeless most of this day.
She expects more of the same tomorrow.”
>> “The Poem of Winter Morning” by Norman Dubie
“It was an interlude, we were passing, we happened to witness it”
> Sycamore by David Constantine
Flash fiction from Jason Lee Norman
“love isn’t” by Pat Parker
“She wakes up early pretty.” >> from “Star Stuff” by Chaz Bundick
“There is a Lake Here” by Clint Smith
“Where you could sit up straight” by francine j harris in Hunger Mountain
November 2016 – a month of distress & mourning
“This is how you enter the poem:” by Taylor Johnson
“The Author Writes the First Draft of His Wedding Vows” by Hanif Abdurraqib
All the things by Traci Brimhall
Music from SOHN
These poems by Urvashi Bahuguna
the first online issue from Winter Tangerine
“I am not the “I”
in my poems. “I”
is the net I try to pull me in with.”
>> Toi Dericotte in “Speculations about “I””
for nature is like my love for most things:
fickle & theoretical.
Too many bugs & I want a divorce.”
>> Fatimah Asghar in “My Love for Nature”
“I think I am breaking up with memory. again. I live
by only that which will still allow me
to do the living. The flag, for example, reminds me
to either feel fear or sadness, depending on how high
it is drawn along its metal spine…
I salute whatever cloth I must
in order to keep breathing. I hum every anthem through clenched
>> from “I Don’t Know Any Longer Why the Flags are at Half-Staff” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
under these mom-and-pop storefront awnings
my eyelids. Please, come back
behind the shop, where we live”
>> from “Asylum” by Jed Myers
“…Seconds of kissing
a man & I touching.
Body the gods decide
When I wake, a gun
nesting in my place…
No skin to feed
the earth so I face up.”
>> Peter LeBarge, “Forever Light”
rocks in the backlot of my father’s skull.”
Wo Chan, “Such As”
April 23rd, 2016
anything and everything by Elizabeth Alvecedo.
It was such an honor and joy to meet you. Courage & peace.
Also Dawn Saylor’s “When I was 14“. I’ve heard this poem several times over the past year, and it always hits me.
“I heard myself say ‘no’ over and over
but he didn’t hear me.”
April 17th, 2016
Covers from Sparsh Shah AKA PURHYTHM
April 10th, 2016
“The moon is the same size regardless
of where or horizon.”
Kelly Clare, “In” from Dunes Review
“what we’ve become scares our country down
to the teeth, which, at times, we are stuck in.”
Danez Smith, “Leland & James & Me & Sometimes Jamal” on The Rumpus
“This is what it means to wear a color and believe
the embrace of its touch.”
As an artist, it is of the utmost importance to constantly be reading, listening to, watching, and observing other art.
April 3rd, 2016
“In her dream, she spied the moon and it was missing a part.”
Jenna Boully, “The Body”
March 22, 2016
“One day my body
will be a bomb
going off in the street…”
“Homecoming” by Kate Gaskin in Radar
March 21, 2016
Mimi Khalvati’s gorgeous “Ghazal: In Silence”
I’d love to keep working with ghazals.
March 20, 2016
“I swallow the night,
I swallow the left side of the bed
& pull the pregnant covers over my eyes…”
“Undolled” by Tanya Grae
March 19, 2016
Art from 17-year-old Jenn Moon
“Of course, anyone can keep a diary with such entries as ‘On this day it rained…in the afternoon it cleared…at that place is a pine…at this place flows a river called Such-and-such’; but unless sights are truly remarkable, they shouldn’t be mentioned at all.”
Matsuo Bashō, from “More than the Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Closer Look at Writing Haibun”
Summer Reading 2015
June 21, 2015
I just finished The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julie Alvarez. I loved both novels, especially the political climate of Alvarez’s Dominican Republic setting. If you need a summer read, pick up something new! Don’t fall prey to an easy read. Challenge your ideas and conventions, and read a book by someone different than you. And if you have a favorite novel written by an author of color, I’m hungry for suggestions!