My Zinn Writer in Residency at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School wrapped up a few days ago. For our final visit, Alex Kimball Williams and I met with students of color to talk about self-love, identity, healing, and creating space for ourselves.
I'm grateful to have had the chance to work with all of the 180 seventh graders over the past few months and to watch them discover the possibilities of poetry. This is only a small sample of all the cool stuff we did. Several students were able to perform (many for the very first time) at the 6th Annual Poetry Fair held in Lawrence, KS.
Young people have a lot to say and I am humbled to have been a part of facilitating a NECESSARY space for their voices.
Our final collaborative chapbook with the students' poems is available through the Lawrence Arts Center for $10. All proceeds go directly to keeping programs like this in Lawrence,KS public schools.
So many people helped make this happen...from teachers to parents to local organizers & local organizations. Forever thankful 🖤
"I am Ready to Quilt Myself Into Myself," a video poetic. Thanks to Nicholas Manning and Jordan Stempleman for publishing this work, which is featured in their Winter 2019 works alongside Martín Klein, Laura Mullen, Gabe Raines, and Andrea Karo.
Since 2007, The Continental Review has been dedicated to video poetics and for that, I am a thankful writer.
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 links 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.