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Essay Published at Gravel Lit Magazine; Pushcart Nomination(!!) Damfino Press

Good morning! I am super excited and grateful to the editors and staff at Gravel Lit Magazine for publishing my essay “A Trip to Skull Island with the Circus Animals.”  Thank you so much– this particular piece was originally drafted and developed when I had the great opportunity as a Boston Writing Project Fellow. I hope … Continue reading

Photography / Sally Mann / Uncategorized

Making Eye Contact: Revisiting Two Subjects in Sally Mann’s At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women (Aperture, 1988)

For a period of time I stopped looking at Sally Mann’s At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women (Aperture, 1988). My avoidance of Mann’s work did not come easy. After years of staring back at these young women, girls really, my emotional reactivity was sorrowful with a heavy desire to save them all when I could not save … Continue reading

American intellectualism / Election Day 2016 / Literature / poetry / Uncategorized

Poem: We the People of the United States Hold High, and I Mean High Standards, A Combustible Litany by Heather J. Macpherson

This is way out of my comfort zone, but taking risks is a writing necessity so here we go:   We the people of the United States welcome you to the biggest shit-show of all time where if you want your pussy grabbed we can make it happen, but I say be your own Pussy Riot we … Continue reading

Best American Poetry Blog / Poetry / Stephanie Brown / Uncategorized

Guest Blogger on Best American Poetry Blog!

I am very excited to announce that I am guest blogging this week at Best American Poetry Blog.   Today’s post is the first installment in a three-part interview with poet Stephanie Brown.  Later this week I am blogging about her poem, “Stacks.”  I hope you’ll consider checking it out! If you have not done so, you … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / Dean Burnett / Diane Ackerman / Discover Magazine / discussion / Essay / Kissing / Literature / Lovers / Sensuality / Sheril Kirshenbaum / The Guardian / Touch / Uncategorized / William Shakespeare

On Kissing: A Brief Inquiry On a Cherished Diversion

What is a kiss? Is a kiss a mere peck on the cheek or lips, or the sensuous nature of  parted mouths waiting to accept each others physical discourse? Perhaps a kiss is defined by the mouth touching any part of human skin, sheltering one spot with warmth and tenderness inducing excessive flutters in the … Continue reading

poetry / Uncategorized / workshop

Hi there! I’m offering this one-day poetry writing workshop next month, and I am super-excited about it. If you are going to be in the Worcester, MA area and you’re interested in attending, please register by clicking on the “Register here!” under “Information” in the newsletter. Also, I’m presenting a paper next week on Thursday, … Continue reading

Graphic novels / reading

Reading Life: Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine is a collection of six stories: “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as “Hortisculpture””; “Amber Sweet”; “Go Owls”; “Translated, from the Japanese”; “Killing and Dying”; and “Intruders.” In perfect Tomine-esque brevity -in both text and illustration– each story presents the spacious darkness of the human condition through … Continue reading