A few reading/event/announcement things:
Melissa Eleftherion and Elise Ficarra have launched a great project: a community-curated chapbook archive for the SF State Poetry Center. Read more about the concept on the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog. The archive is up to thirty contributions, including my out-of-print Tarpaulin Sky chapbook, Forever No Lo.
I’m excited to be a featured poet in Laura Lynn Walker’s Poets Studied and in Conversation at UC Berkeley Extension. Last week the class read sped, and on Thursday I’ll go visit with them to talk poetry. Laura is an experienced instructor—I remember attending one of her end-of-term student readings almost ten years ago, when I first started at Mills—as well as a prolific poet, author of Follow-Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004).
In anticipation of its two new releases, Sidebrow has books on sale—including a discounted package of sped and Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s forthcoming The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal.
At the end of the month, I’ll head up to my hometown of Seattle for the annual AWP conference, which gets bigger and more overwhelming every year, but always sends me home with new ideas for and about my creative work.
For the off-site/after-hours circus, I’ll be part of two public readings: first, with a group of prose writers from Emerson, Grub Street, & Mills at Ghost Gallery on Friday 2/28, 6-8pm; then, with fellow Sidebrow poets Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Elaine Bleakney, along with others from Black Ocean, Letter Machine, Octopus Books & Poor Claudia at The Highline on Saturday 3/1, 7–9 p.m.
If you’ll be attending/presenting/reading at AWP, let me know!