Posted in Poetry, Writing

My Words in the World

It’s always a thrill to find out something I wrote will be shared with the world. Nothing beats receiving an acceptance. Writing requires patience and thick skin and endurance, and it’s nice to be rewarded once in a while. I’m grateful to each editor, judge, and small press who has given my words a home.

Lately, I’ve had the good fortune of placing several of my pieces in anthologies. Here’s where you can read my words, if you choose.

Recent Publications:

Cover_1024x1024From “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds”:

“Just as I rounded the corner, a ladybug from the garden flew across the grass, landed next to the teardrop-shaped mark on my left hand, and disappeared. All that was left was the shadow of her insect body on my skin, my freckles masquerading as her spots. I drew in my breath and blinked, but the image stayed.”

I’m so happy that my story “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds” found a home in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII. This magical, coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old girl and a summer full of changes is a personal favorite of mine. I’m elated to finally be able to share it with readers.

My haiku “writing with a view” and my series of haiku titled “Get a Cat (or Don’t)” were published in the Poetry Society of Texas 2016 Book of the Year, and my poem “Underneath” appears in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2015, which just came out.

“The Morning After” will be in the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, which is available for pre-order now at the Dos Gatos Press website. The poem takes a humorous look at holiday decorations after the holidays have ended.

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Coming Soon:

I’m grateful to the judges of the 2016 Austin Poetry Society Annual Awards and the 2016 NFSPS Annual Awards who chose a few more of my poems to receive prizes. “Rooster with a Guitar” and “I Hate Those Poems” will appear in Best Austin Poetry 2015-2016 coming out later this year, and “Cicada Emerging” and “The Footprints” will be published in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2016 next summer.

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A big thanks to my friends and family who support my writing career, to my poetry critique group for all their wonderful advice and companionship, and to anyone who reads my work and smiles. 🙂 I appreciate you.

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To see a list of all of my published work, click here.

Have a question about my writing? Post it in the comments or use the “Ask the Author” feature on my Goodreads page.

Posted in Poetry, Reading, Writing

“Time Flies” & A Poetry Reading

Greetings! Happy Day-After-Labor-Day!

I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I spent mine just the way I wanted – surrounded by friends and books. (Which is kind of the same thing.)

14059024Highlights of my long weekend included hanging out with people I love who I haven’t seen in way too long and finishing The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud. I’m way behind on my book reviews, but let me just say I *LOVE* the Lockwood & Co. series. The second book was even better than the first, so I’m psyched that book three, The Hollow Boy, comes out next week! If you’re a fan of funny, sometimes scary, mysterious, action-packed YA, you have to read these books. Oh, and I also baked snickerdoodle cookies for the first time this weekend, but I forgot to take a picture and then everyone ate them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

But I digress…

What I REALLY wanted to tell you about is a recent publication and an upcoming poetry reading.

cover_natureI’m pleased to announce that my short story, “Time Flies,” was published last week in Futures, the sci-fi column in Nature. You can read the story for free online here. Then, if you’re interested, you can read the story behind the story here on the Future Conditional blog.

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll be reading poetry this Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at the Round Rock Public Library as part of the Poetry Afternoons at the Library series. I’m proud to be reading alongside fellow Austin Poetry Society board member Judith Austin Mills, whose poems I can’t wait to hear. So, if you’re in Round Rock this weekend, come listen to some poetry!

That’s all I’ve got. Everyone have a good week. 🙂

Posted in Poetry

A Few Poetry Updates

TPC2015This post is for all the poetry fans out there. (But the rest of you are more than welcome to read it too. After all, we lovers of poetry are a very open and accepting crowd, always happy to add a few more members to our club.)

I have a few pieces of poetry-related news I’m excited about and I want to share them with you.

First, I have a poem in this year’s Texas Poetry Calendar. It’s on the August month-view page, so if you’re flipping through looking for the date when the temperature is finally going to become reasonable again (somewhere around mid-September, hopefully) don’t forget to pause and read “August in Texas.” It won’t cool you off, but it will at least remind you that, yes, it’s this hot every year and, no, the heat won’t last forever.

AugustObserverNext, I also have a poem in this month’s issue of The Texas Observer. My haiku appears on page 42. I’m excited to be published in this magazine, but I’m even more thrilled that my favorite poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, is the person who selected my little poem. I first heard Naomi speak when I was a senior at UT in 1998, and I have loved her work ever since. I own over a dozen of her poetry books, as well as her novels for young readers and her books of essays. My favorites are Fuel (poems), Never in a Hurry (essays), and This Same Sky (poems she selected from around the world). Any book that has her name on it is worth a read. Her introductions breathe life into all the collections she edits, and she has an amazing gift for connecting with people via podium, page, or in person. Naomi is the poetry editor for the Observer, and she always includes a short message about the poems she chooses. Her sweet comments about my haiku mean so much to me.

APSLast, but definitely not least, I’m on the board of the Austin Poetry Society, which is about to kick off a new season of monthly meetings and contests. We have some great guest speakers lined up this fall, so if you live in the Austin area and you’re one of those people who likes poetry, consider joining our society. You’ll get access to our newsletter (cleverly named the Museletter) as well as eligibility to enter our monthly and annual contests, where you can earn cash prizes for your work.

And even if you’re not a member of APS, you can still be a part of The Poetry Caravan of Austin, a new and very worthwhile program where volunteers give free poetry readings at senior homes, memory facilities, and shelters in the Austin area. Our fall schedule is now online, and it’s easy to sign up. If you’re curious, check out our Facebook page to learn more and hear from some of our volunteers.

Well, that’s about it. Thanks for letting me plug my news, as well as the poets and organizations I love and believe in. Oh, and just so you know, if you made it to the end of this blog post, you probably are a fan of poetry, at least on some level. (Come on, admit it.)