“I’m Glad You Stuck Around: A Secret Link Project” is a 3-minute project of mine inspired by Miranda July’s book website No One Belongs Here More Than You. What I like about this experience is that it creates a strangely intimate environment, which is often hard to find on a digital platform. Because the link is secret (hidden somewhere on this website), it also creates an interesting dynamic where people can engage and explore. So yes, there is a secret link on this website. How exciting, right? If you’re having a hard time finding it, oh well.
Just kidding. You need only ask. I want you to see it because I think it's pretty neat.
I was recently invited by Chase Public and the Kauffman Foundation to participate in “Short Order Poetry,” an on-demand poetry experience. Here’s how it worked: People would cautiously walk up to our table, which was set up outdoors and lined with gorgeous typewriters and stacks of paper. We’d ask, “Would you like a poem?” Some were nervous, but I have learned that most people are generally enthusiastic to have a personalized poem. Then, me and this person would walk around or find a seat somewhere and just talk. I asked questions about their childhood. I asked questions about what they wanted most in that moment. Question after question. After about ten minutes of interviewing, I headed back to my typewriter and whipped up a poem.
What I loved most about this experience was twofold. First, it allowed me to embrace what I had loved most about journalism. Second, it forced me to lose my inhibitions when it came to writing. There were no revisions. No time to let the draft “sit.” If I made a mistake, I kept going. (I’m pretty sure I made up a few words or two. “Magnificance” comes to mind.) The first draft was also the final draft and there was something quite lovely about that.
Maudlin House has a column where they feature "Writers of Week." I love it because it's a great way to discover new favorite writers and voices. I was lucky to be featured alongside writers Terry Abrahams and Anna Sandy. Check it out here.
I'm Wonderfair's poet laureate for June, which means I got to make a thing! A poem for the Tinder age? Also, why is the word "curdle" so great?
Flush Fiction is a new app that provides on-demand reading with over 100 stories and poems available at your leisure. A few of my short prose pieces "In the Garden of Broken Things" and "Missing Girls" are included. It's a handy little app, especially when you just want to read something on the go, though it's only available on the Apple Store for iOS devices.