Greetings Poetry Fans and Poetry Fam! I’ve just been published … yet again! I’m thrilled to announce that my work appears in the latest issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing. They are a femme-and WOC-led artistic journal I’ve long been a fan of, and after submitting 14 poems over the past 5 years, it finally happened!
Snapdragon comes out quarterly, and each issue has a theme. This year-end issue”s theme is depression/acceptance, and my poem “Silence” is the first up!
I wrote “Silence” in 2013, and many of its sentiments are still true today. If you, too, are living with mental illness — a result of trying to be sane in an insane society, or well in a civilization that profits from illness — you are not alone! I hope you find comfort and connection in my poem and in all the beautiful work in this issue. The journal is not available for free, so please consider purchasing a copy to enjoy, or to gift a friend!
You can read the original poem here.
Thank you for reading, cheering, and caring. Happy holy-days!
Hello Poetry Fans and Fam! Two live readings in one year? I’m on a roll!
The Fixed & Free Poetry Anthology 2021 is out, and we’re having a book release party! I’ll be joining over 80 of the 135 authors (yes, you read those stats correctly!) for a five-hour poetry-a-thon. It will run from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pacific time this Saturday, October 16th, and I read at 2:45 p.m. Pacific. Held monthly since 2008, Fixed and Free is a love child of poet, Renaissance man, and fellow seeker Billy Brown.
Last week I got to visit Billy when I spent a few days back “home” in Albuquerque. It was really delicious to stand in his sunny living room, with this weighty tome in my hand, basking in Billy’s obvious pride in the book, and love for all things poetry and poet community. He has long been a kind and enthusiastic supporter of my work, and as I left, he said my work is “important.” I hope you agree, and I hope you will be inspired to drink up the imagery, emotion and humanity present in my fellow poets’ work — whether at the party, or in the book itself.
For more information, check out the Facebook event, or register on Zoom to join us live.
See you there!
Greetings Poetry Fans and Poetry Fam! I’ve just been published … again! This time, my work will appear in the 2021 Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology.
Both the anthology and the Fixed and Free monthly poetry reading are the long-time labor of love of Albuquerque poet Billy Brown. This book contains some of the best work of the best poets in one of the most poetry-rich geographies in the USA — New Mexico!
I can get you a discounted advance copy of the book for $22.50, which is a 10% discount off the list price of $25. Please let me know ASAP if you want one — this discount expires next week!
The anthology contains three of my pieces: “A Reminder to the Tender Ones”, “Tethered”, and “To The Woman Who Came After Me”. The latter two were hits during my featured reading at Fixed and Free on March 25th.
Please consider buying a copy for yourself, or for a dear one as a holiday gift. I get zero money from the proceeds — your purchase says “YES!” to art and artists during a time when creativity is keeping many of us alive.
Thank you for reading!
Hello Fans and Fam! It’s been 6 1/2 years since I was a featured poet (!!!) at a live reading, and the dry spell ends this Thursday evening!
I’ll be sharing the stage with the incredible Lauren Camp at Albuquerque’s long-running monthly Fixed and Free show this Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. Mountain (that’s 6:00 Pacific and 9:00 Eastern). Held monthly since 2008, Fixed and Free is a love child of poet, Renaissance man, and fellow seeker Billy Brown.
After some banter and a little open mic action at 6:30, I’m the first poet at the top of the hour. I’ll be performing a 15-to 20-minute set of some of my best, most popular and most recent work (in no particular order).
It will be good to be back in my poetry home, even just virtually, and see new friends and old! Please stop by for my set, then stay around for Lauren’s work and the open mic. The only thing missing will be Billy’s legendary baking!
For more information, check out the Facebook event, or just log onto Zoom to join us live.
See you there!
Greetings Poetry Fans and Poetry Fam!
I seem to be on a bit of a roll! Following my inclusion in the incredible anthology We Don’t Break, We Burn: Poems of Resilience, I’ve just been published again! This time, my work appears in the March issue of Deep Times: A Journal of The Word That Reconnects.
Deep Times is a biannual journal inspired by the work of environmental activist and scholar Joanna Macy. It “offers must-read articles, art, and poetry for people who have experienced the shift in perception invoked by the Work That Reconnects – of how life flows in relationships and systems, not isolated things, and how our selves are not separated from each other or Earth, but deeply interdependent.” As such, I’m deeply honored to have been included in this issue.
My published piece, “Shards” has been a favorite of many readers, especially recently. In it, I describe my archetypal loneliness and frustration trying to navigate a world in decline, deterioration and transformation. By hesitantly sharing this poem with others, I’ve learned I’m not alone. I’ve met more who are “truly weary of the brokenness” and who also seek a “path leading out of this shatter zone.”
Thank you for reading!
Greetings Poetry Fans and Poetry Fam! Guess what?
It’s been five years since my work was last published in non-electronic form, so I’m pleased to announce that the much-anticipated anthology We Don’t Break, We Burn: Poems of Resilience is now out!
Edited by my uber-talented poetry brother Zachary Kluckman of Albuquerque, it features some of the best poets in the region, writing about a very timely topic — resilience. My piece, “Impact” was inspired by one of my sister Nancy Alder’s stunning art pieces, created after a serious car accident almost one year ago.
Please support Zack, MindWell Poetry and the artists by purchasing a copy for yourself or a loved one on Amazon. With only $13 you can vote “yes” to the necessary beauty and insight that only art can provide.
Thank you for reading!
Hi folks! I’m honored to have had my piece “The Change” included in the Summer 2015 edition of the Malpais Review. You can get your copy on Amazon for only $12. Enjoy!
Hi there! Two more of my pieces appeared in the in the winter 2015 edition of Catching Calliope, a Swimming with Elephants Production. The poems are Be Gentle and Listening. This anthology really has some incredible work in it — fiction and memoir as well as poetry. All the authors are Albuquerque writers and many are quite young. After reading 4-5 pieces I have to put the book down and spend a few days letting them sink in!
You can purchase a copy on Amazon, or support local, small businesses and purchase (for cheaper) at Bookworks ABQ or Cafe Bella Coffee. Enjoy!
Hi! The Women of the World Poetry Slam 2015 is over. There were hundreds of the best female and female-identified poets in the country in Albuquerque this week, and I feel honored to have been in workshops, audiences and on stage with some of them! Not only that, Albuquerque’s own Mercedez Holtry tied for third place in the finals!
Saturday’s Local Poets Showcase was one of the event’s highlights for me. Thanks to everyone who attended, and for those who didn’t make it, here is the audio of my performance!
Hi! Happy after-Thanksgiving! Many people don’t know that before I was a poet, I was a musician, composer and singer-songwriter. I feel increasingly moved to get back into music, and am making a second attempt (first was in spring of 2012) to start up a new a capella group. How fun is that?? So I need you — or your help!
Do you (or someone you know) love to sing? Seen every episode of The Sing Off? Love love LOVE Pentatonix? Into R&B, current and classic jams, and good pop of all kinds? Live in Albuquerque? This is your chance! Contact me if interested! All gender and gender identities are welcome, and all ages 18 or older. Please see the attached flyer and spread the word!