Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Seattle Reading This Thursday / New Email Address

I'm reading with Elizabeth Colen and Jeremy Halinen this Thursday, November 12th at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, from 6-8pm. Please stop by!

Also, new email contact:

carolannguess (at)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PDX Reading December 3rd

Good news. Our Portland reading has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 3rd.

Elizabeth Colen, Emily Kendal Frey, and I will read at Looking Glass Books at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Seattle Reading (Very) On; Portland Reading Off

Oh dear. The bookstore x'd my upcoming Portland reading with Elizabeth Colen and Emily Kendal Frey on Nov. 5th. 

This is sad news, because so many folks expressed an interest in the event. We're trying to reschedule, so stay tuned.

The Seattle reading remains very much on, however: Thursday, November 12th, at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, from 6-8pm. I'm on the bill with Elizabeth Colen and Jeremy Halinen.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

50 Gay And Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read

50 Gay And Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read
is a new anthology from Alyson Books, edited by 
Richard Canning. It's a fantastic, unique collection, not focused on
canonical works, but on overlooked and unusual texts. Each essay is 
written by a writer, editor, or publisher, describing their reaction 
to a text that made a difference for them.

I've got a piece in the collection, focused on teaching 
GLBT Studies to undergraduates, and specifically 
on Rebecca Brown's novel The Terrible Girls.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rose Metal Press short short chapbook contest

Submit your work! Details here:

Sarah Schulman's Ties That Bind

I was moved by Sarah Schulman's latest collection of essays, exploring familial homophobia and its consequences on contemporary American culture. Read more here:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Review of Tinderbox Lawn in Mid-American Review

There's an excellent review of Tinderbox Lawn in the new issue of MAR, written by assistant poetry editor Angela Gentry:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Two Poems Featured In Sixth Finch

Here's the latest edition of Sixth Finch, an innovative online journal that looks as good as it sounds:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

GenPop Books

The lovely folks over at GenPop are featuring my poems on their blog. Elizabeth took that picture on our wedding day in Vancouver. I'm all toothy with happiness, even though my poems are sad.

Four poems online in No Contest

GenPop Books, an innovative new publishing venture, is also home to the online journal No Contest. I've got four new poems up here:

Be sure to check out Julianna Spallholz's work, as well.

In other news, the folks at VRZHU Press tell me that Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire will be ready to order soon. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Upcoming Readings in Seattle and Portland

Thursday, November 5, 2009: Portland

Looking Glass Books, 7pm

with Elizabeth Colen and Emily Kendal Frey

Check out their work:

Thursday, November 12, 2009: Seattle

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 6-8pm

with Elizabeth Colen and Jeremy Halinen

Check out their work:

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hint Fiction anthology: call for submissions

Hint fiction = a story of 25 words or less that suggests a more complex narrative.

Try your hand here:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Knockout Poetry Contest

Call for submissions:

The 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

West Wind Review

I've got two poems in West Wind Review.

Here's a link to their webpage:

Here's a nifty nutshell description:

We seek writing (verse, prose, other) that does some or all of the following:
* goes beyond familiar models of lyric expressivism and "realist" narrative
* draws on the inherent rubberiness of language
* causes inanimate objects to hover eerily in midair
* replaces capitalism with a futuro-archaic barter system predicated on terrifying but flexible Deleuzean definitions of value

Monday, May 25, 2009

Review of Tinderbox Lawn in Galatea Resurrects

Here's the latest review of Tinderbox Lawn
in Galatea Resurrects #12, by theorist Kathryn Stevenson:

Four readings in Chicago June 25-28

I'm reading in Chicago during Pride weekend
at four different events:

Thursday June 25th The Fixx reading series 7pm

Friday June 26th Women & Children First
with Hanna Andrews 7:30pm

Saturday June 27th Dancing Girl Press Studio Salon
with Kathleen Rooney and Brandi Homan 2pm

Sunday June 28th Orange Alert

For more details email me or visit Rose Metal Press:

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Three On A Match

Here's a link to one of my prose poems,
just published in Hill Poems, an anthology edited
by Steve Barker, and published by Jacob Brooke Press.

I love the description of the book project:

Capitol Hill Poetry Collection about Capitol Hill's
degradation into a yuppie hell and the conversion
of apartments to condos and the effect on the community.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Uneasy Heavens Await Those Fleeing

Uneasy Heavens Await Those Fleeing
Host Jennifer Borges Foster
Thursday April 2
7 pm

Canoe Social Club
409 7th Ave South
Seattle, WA

** Elizabeth and I will be participating in this
multimedia art event, alongside writers,
visual artists, and musicians, all inspired
by Jennifer Borges Foster's new manuscript.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Queer Theory courses under attack in Georgia

Queer Theory courses and professors are under attack
in Georgia. The attackers are inarticulate, as usual,
but also sloppy: their rhetoric deliberately conflates
teaching sexuality with enacting it. In courses on
American History, do we teach students how to
fire weapons, invade Native settlements, and wage
civil war? Nope. In classes on Religion, do we expect
students to pray to every God under discussion?
Nope. Why is it that the STUDY of sexuality immediately
translates, for Conservatives, into PRACTICE?
Is STUDY so very hard to understand?

What's at stake here is a lack of imagination.
As a fiction writer, as a poet, I'm invested in cultivating
a vivid and unique imagination. My imagination is
necessary for my art. As an intellectual, I also tap into
my imagination in order to grasp realities beyond
my experience -- both fictional and factual. I've never
traveled to Iraq, but learning about Iraq, and the culture
and conflicts there, is part of my education as a citizen.
Studying Iraq doesn't mean I've been there or experienced
the culture. I have to imagine a world beyond
the page, beyond the photograph. This is where having
a brain comes in handy. This is also why learning
is pleasurable -- more fun than not learning,
more fun than shutting everything out.

Fascinating to notice that there is no division,
among Conservative Outraged Citizens, between
theory and practice. This is a failure of their
own educations and educational institutions.
I'm not interested in a world without imagination.
I'm not interested in a university run by
the C.O.C..

Mostly this just makes me sad. It also
makes me think of Wallace Stevens' great poem,
"A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts." The pleasure
this poem gives me! "To be, in the grass,
in the peacefullest time, / Without that
monument of cat"

How lovely to slip inside the rabbit's being,
just for a moment; how lovely to imagine,
to escape. How awful the life of the C.O.C.,
stuck inside their very literal worlds,
without imagination, without the spiritual
transcendence that comes from art and passion.
How dry and dull their worlds must be,
without poetry, pleasure, or invention.
Days of pinning down, precisely, the alphabet
to its dusty page.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dusie review

Here's Amelia K. Bowler, reviewing Tinderbox Lawn
for Dusie:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Don't Be My Valentine

OCHO #22 Dear America, Don't Be My Valentine
edited by Miguel Murphy

(in which Elizabeth and I appear together again in print,
alongside many talented queer poets: our anti-Valentine)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bookslut review of Tinderbox Lawn

Here's Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, writing for Bookslut, on Tinderbox Lawn:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Live Nude Girl in the Devil's Territory

Village Books is hosting the Bellingham, WA segment of
the "Live Nude Girl In The Devil's Territory" book tour.
Join three writers (working in three genres) on Saturday,
Feb. 7, 2009 at 7pm.

Elizabeth Colen will start this event with a selection of poems.
Kathleen Rooney will read from her newest book of nonfiction,
Live Nude Girl, and Kyle Minor will read from his fiction
collection, In The Devil's Territory.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rescued Dogs in Washington State Need Help

Over 600 dogs were seized from puppy mills
in Western Washington this week. Up to 80%
of the dogs are pregnant. Foster homes, permanent
homes, and volunteers are desperately needed.
As many as 1500 dogs may need homes once
the mothers give birth:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My mixtape for Tinderbox Lawn

I've got an essay up on largeheartedboy's blog, with a playlist
of songs that influenced Tinderbox Lawn. Check it out:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mark Doty responds to threats with dignity

Following a series of threatening letters sent to 11 of Seattle's
gay and lesbian bars, Mark Doty responded to the possibility that the
letters cite one of his poems:

This quarter I'm teaching a GLBT Literature class, a lecture
course with 75 students enrolled. We'll be sure to discuss some
of Mark Doty's poems, because the best response to violence
is to honor the voices of those who resist it.