An Interview and a Guest Post

I know I've been in this space pretty sparsely lately, but I am trying to trade some online time for real-life time with my family this summer! I am also continuing to work on my poetry and generally trying to relax as much as I can as this will be a short summer (only 3 weeks of it left for me!). But I did want to jump on the blog today to tell you about a couple of internet pieces that went live this week. My friend Lily interviewed me about writing, poetry,…Read more …
Poetry Chapbook Available for Pre-order and a Booklover’s Gift Pack Giveaway!

Poetry Chapbook Available for Pre-order and a Booklover’s Gift Pack Giveaway!

I am thrilled to announce that my poetry chapbook, Evening Body, is now available for pre-order at Finishing Line Press!! This little book is a collection of 22 poems that I've birthed and refined. It's time to send them out into the world. Today I want to share the title poem of the book, "Evening Body." Fun fact: I wrote the first draft of this poem on the back of a receipt. I was in the car, and it was winter, and we were passing bare trees at dusk, and the first few…Read more …

Celebrate Yourself

Yesterday was my 37th birthday. I received many heartfelt birthday greetings on Facebook, via text, email, calls, and in person. I am very blessed with loving family and friends. Ever since my kids were born, my birthday hasn't been a big deal. Part of it is that after all the energy and expense used on the kids' birthday parties, there's not much left for the adults' birthdays. Part of it is that I feel like I shouldn't call attention to myself. Part of it is that I don't like being reminded that I'm getting…Read more …
Poem a Day for 5 Days – Day Five

Poem a Day for 5 Days – Day Five

I’ve been tagged by my friend, poet Brianna Pike, to post a poem of mine (published, early draft, loved or hated) each day for five days and each day, I’m to tag another poet to join the challenge. Today's poem is called "Microscopic." It was originally published by Number One, the literary journal published by Vol State Community College here in Tennessee. This poem was an attempt at a persona poem, and at the beginning I was trying to capture the voice of a tween boy. I was sort of picturing a 1960s/70s…Read more …
Poem a Day for 5 Days – Day Four

Poem a Day for 5 Days – Day Four

I’ve been tagged by my friend, poet Brianna Pike, to post a poem of mine (published, early draft, loved or hated) each day for five days and each day, I’m to tag another poet to join the challenge. Since yesterday's poem was about a moon garden, and I decided to stick with the theme. Today's poem, "July Beans," is about a summer vegetable garden. Although I didn't leave in Tennessee as a child, we came here every summer to visit grandparents. "July Beans" was birthed out of memories of being at my paternal grandparents'…Read more …