Sunday, August 3, 2014

American Microreviews: An Interview

Thanks to Kristina Marie Darling for interviewing me about F IN at American Microreviews. You can read our Q&A here
Today I'm sitting with two dogs and a laptop, trying to remember how to use line breaks, and counting words for a new project that involves both line breaks and word restraints (gasp!). To that end I've read Joe Massey's "Listening to Joseph Ceravolo's Home Recordings" about 25 times today, and I just might read it again right now: 

LISTENING TO JOSEPH CERAVOLO'S HOME RECORDINGS

In the room
of a memory

of a room.
Static

brackets each
syllable.

Afternoon
effaces the floor

while the
pills take

effect.
All I will

amount to:
the hours

these walls
enclose

as song.

* * *
Joseph Massey. Poem from Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009). Reprinted with the permission of the author. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Book! How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents

It's here! Daniela Olszewska and I are proud to announce our book baby: a collection of poems based on wikiHow entries. How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents is available from Black Lawrence Press, with a beautiful cover by Corinne May Botz. As always, I'm happy to give readings and interviews; send out review copies; and correspond with students if you choose to assign my book in your classroom. Daniela and I had a great time reading in Palo Alto, and we'd love to hear from the authors of the original wikiHow entries if you stumble on our work. 

In these miniature mock instruction manuals, lyric poetry meets wiki, 
generating wickedly funny prose poems based on the website wikiHow.

New Short Fiction & Interview

I'm delighted to be included in the most recent issue of The Ilanot Review, which focuses on the theme of conflict. Here's my collaborative short story, "Damage Control," co-written with Kelly Magee. 
I'm also happy to be featured on the Indiana Review blog. Here's an interview about writing and publishing conducted by Joy Travis, which also serves as a reminder that I'm judging Indiana Review's Half-K Prize. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Video: wikiHow Reading @ wikiHaus!

When Daniela Olszewska and I began writing our wikiHow poems a few years ago, we never expected to be invited to wikiHow Headquarters to read from our work.
But the folks at wikiHow were curious about How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents, and of course, we were excited to meet the people who write, edit, program, design, and envision all of the fascinating articles that make up this ever-changing encyclopedia of knowledge and culture. Yesterday we met up in Palo Alto, where Daniela slurped soup in a vegan cafe, and we decided which poems to share with the crew. Check out our reading on YouTube, here.
While we were snapping photos of the house that houses headquarters, we spotted Kermit the Dog. 
Then we ate pizza, and Jack introduced us. A very good time was had by all. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Story: With Hippo

Kelly Magee and I have a new short story, "With Hippo," in the latest edition of Storm Cellar. Enjoy!

Seattle Action for Elephants!

On Friday, July 25th there will be a request for summary judgment for the lawsuit Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo. This lawsuit is an attempt by Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants to hold the Seattle Zoo accountable for providing basic financial and animal welfare information about its treatment of the elephants in its care. Animal advocates are welcome to attend this public event. Let's fill the courtroom with elephant advocates!
What: Request for summary judgment for Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo
When: Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:30pm
Where: King County Superior Court. 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Honorable Judge Jean Rietschel’s courtroom.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents

Do you have a special talent? I bet you do! As my third grade music teacher said when he made me a listener, "Everyone has a special talent, Carol Ann. Yours is listening." Ah, the good old days, when my only sin was singing Shenandoah off key. But poems sing, and giving advice can be a talent, and the good folks at wikiHow have created a forum where you can learn how to do almost anything. In the spirit of wikiHow, Daniela Olszewska and I collaborated on a book of poems based on wikiHow entries. Each title is taken directly from a wikiHow article; from there we went rogue, imagining warped worlds' worth of wicked advice. This is our special talent, and the result is How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents, just out from Black Lawrence Press, with beautiful cover art from Corinne May Botz.