Very excited to announce that I have a new video poem forthcoming in The Continental Review. "I Am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself" is a visual and poetic meditation on the link between quilting, identity, and discovery. This is such a cool digital space and I'll be joining some really amazing works by writers like Kaveh Akbar, Simone Savannah, Jim McCrary, Candice Wuehle, Marty Cain and more!
L.A. Wheeler in the Window is a black and white digital photograph I took earlier this year. What I love about this photo is that it isn't easily distinguishable regarding whether the subject is looking toward the window or away from it. For me, it signifies duality. It will be featured in the forthcoming issue of HCE Review, a quarterly online literary journal at University College Dublin.
I am Ready to Quilt Myself into Myself is a series that began with a writing project titled ThreadSpeak, which centers around nearly twenty years of diary entries. Part of this project is an attempt to speak back to my own words and thread these selves together. An obsolete definition of the verb “to quilt” is “to join together passages of text.” Becoming my own quiltmaker meant thinking about what it would mean for a text to perform this process. I'm so excited to share this series, which will be featured very soon up at The Roanoke Review.
Very happy to announce that I'll have a new flash fiction piece forthcoming in Jellyfish Review titled "Model Survivors." This is a dream publication for me, and if you don't have JR on your radar, do yourself a favor and check out Kathy Fish's "Collective Nouns for Humans Caught in the Wild." It's important.
Lately, I've been really interested in my own understanding of the notion of "craft." Some of my research has led me to believe that much of this understanding has been reduced solely to construction, aesthetics, and imitation. Yet, what might it look like to expand this notion? How does inspiration play a role? I explore some of these questions in my craft essay "Toward Inspiration as Craft," now up at CRAFT Literary Magazine.
Stereometry is now available for purchase! HUGE thanks are in order:
Thank you to three incredible writers I admire: Danny Caine, Jameelah Jones, & Dave Snyder.
Thank you to the Raven Bookstore for providing a space for my book release and even having cake!
Thank you to everyone who came to this reading. I felt so loved, supported, and encouraged.
Thank you to Another New Calligraphy and editor Bill Ripley for making such a beautiful book.
Thank you to the journals and magazines in which versions of Stereometry originally appeared: Visitant Lit, Fourteen Hills, & Talking Writing.
Thank you to Jeffrey McKee for snapping such great pics.
Thank you to Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS.
Thank you to everyone who kept my spirits up along the way. I am so grateful.
A box arrived at my doorstep yesterday and in it were copies of Stereometry, bundled together. It was important to me to have a text that felt interactive and invited reader participation. The importance of this is that grief and loss looks different for everyone. Another New Calligraphy worked so carefully to make Stereometry come to life and it's so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. Here's a description:
In Stereometry, Mercedes Lucero adopts arithmetic’s orderliness to manage her grief following a period of loss and near loss. This poetic curriculum articulates the solace she found in poring over textbook equations and theorems, seeking to merge the impossibility of knowing why with a discipline built upon solutions and answers. Lucero employs logic and reason in her focus on the abstract principles governing heartache. Which rule calculates the area of uncertainty? The shape of evaporating water? The distance between mourning and remembering? In surveying personal distress, she provides new means to assess the universal. Stereometry is bundled with interactive elements inviting reader participation, sharing an opportunity to quantify experiences beyond our understanding.
Read an excerpt here.
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