It's been a busy semester, so I'm just getting around to making a bit of noise about Charlotte Seley's new book The World is My Rival. I'm so honored she asked me to share the stage on such a special night. Other featured readers were Courtney Faye Taylor and Cassandra Gillig. It was such a great night and I'm happy to have this book in my hands. Also, thanks to Chad for these pics :)
Studying and prepping for my doctoral exam was one of THE hardest things I've had to do. Honestly, I feel like a new human. It really feels like I've crawled out of some dark cave and I'm just now seeing what the world looks like for the first time. So this is what a Sunday afternoon feels like. Anyway, now I'm onto the next stage of the process, which is the dissertation stuff. There are many things I love about Twitter, but by far my favorite aspect is that you can create your own little community. I've decided to basically archive my entire dissertation process and progress @seemedissertate (I haven't figured out if this is a good idea or not. I'll keep you posted). If you're into that kind of thing, you know what to do.
Such a joy reading last Thursday for the annual curator edition of the Big Tent Reading Series at the Raven Bookstore. It's one of my favorite events because I get to read alongside some pretty amazing local writers. Plus, it's a tradition to share new work, which is the best kind of exciting. Featured readers included Kelly Barth, Danny Caine, Andrew Farkas, Denise Low, and me :)
“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.
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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