Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book trailer for Lily Hoang's "Unfinished"

I've ordered my copy of Lily Hoang's Unfinished
and can't wait to read it. Here's the book trailer 
for this unique book project, published with
accompanying music and sketches by Jaded Ibis

Pink glittery fawn + poem at Delirious Hem

All I want for Xmas is a pink sparkly fawn trinket.
How did Delirious Hem ever guess?

Here's my poem "Upturned Cistern, Plastic Fawn"
featured as part of their fantabulous advent calendar:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kristina Marie Darling reviews Tinderbox Lawn

Kristina Marie Darling has a review of Tinderbox Lawn
in issue #15 of Galatea Resurrects. It's wonderful to
see someone link my poems to issues in literary theory
and gender studies, issues that inform all of my work.
Check out the review, here:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New work in NOÖ Journal

My poem "Detachable Sainthood" is in the new
issue of NOÖ Journal. I wasn't thinking of the
song "Detachable Penis"when I wrote the poem,
but I did have to watch that video over and over
when I was the TA in a Women's Studies class
in grad school. Not sure why it was such
a fave with my professor, but hey. We also watched
lots of Michael Jackson footage, and talked
about Madonna for hours on end.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire reviewed by Jocelyn Heath

At last, a review of Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire.
And not just any review, but a review that really captures
the book. Check it out on Lambda Literary's website, here:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Coyotes, Motor Oil, Chiffon

If you don't already know about Whale Sound,
check out this fantastic website dedicated to
giving voice to poetry printed on the web. Run
by Nic Sebastian, the site includes free
downloadable iTunes podcasts.

photo credit marya (emdot)

I'm delighted that Nic choose to include my poem
"Coyotes, Motor Oil, Chiffon" in her series.
The poem first appeared in No Tell Motel;
thanks to Reb Livingston, editor and publisher
of that amazing website:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Homeschooling now available!

Homeschooling is finally in print! I'm delighted
with the beautiful cover and layout. Thanks to everyone
at PS Publishing for making my latest novel so pretty.
You can order your copy online here:
Using multiple narrative voices and poetic fragments, the novel
describes the passionate, perilous friendship between a bohemian
artist and a Christian Fundamentalist housewife. If you're interested
in writing a review or would like a publicity copy, send me an email.

Interview in Lambda Literary Review

My friend and former student Mykie Curtis took time out
from her own busy writing and work schedule to interview
me, here:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Elizabeth J. Colen and Shane McCrae read in Seattle

Elizabeth J. Colen and Shane McCrae will read from their
new books of poetry this Friday, October 22nd at 7:30pm
in Seattle at our fantastic poetry bookstore, Open Books.
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cross-Border Reading in Vancouver, BC

I'm reading alongside several other poets and fiction
writers at the Vancouver Public Library
on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7pm,
in the Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level,
Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. I'm
pleased to be reading with Gurjinder Basran,
Carolyn Smart, Melanie Siebert,  and Antony
Di Nardo. Thanks to Rachel Rose for
inviting me to participate!

This event is part of the Cross-Border
Pollination Reading Series, bridging
Canadian and American writers. Find out more

Monday, October 4, 2010

Inventing My Brother

I've got a new post up at
focused on the complexity of writing
about real people. Check it out here:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Brevity 34

Check out issue 34 of the online journal Brevity,
which includes my essay, "Evelyn," as well as
an essay by one of my favorite writers,
Susanne Antonetta:

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Brief History of Broken Windows

Looking for inspiration? I've got a writing prompt featured
on FlashFiction dot net:
And while you're at it, check out this call for local art work
to be included in the Whatcom Museum's forthcoming
exhibit, "Hard Times: Then and Now":

Friday, September 10, 2010

Elizabeth Colen reads at Village Books

Elizabeth Colen will be reading from her new poetry
collection, Money For Sunsets, at Village Books
in Bellingham, WA on Saturday, September 11th
at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 30, 2010

I've got a guest blog post over at,
addressing the question of how to arrange
a flash fiction or poetry manuscript. Check out my post:
and then be sure to visit the site regularly
for tips, prompts, reviews, and musings
on everything related to flash fiction
(and other short short forms). You can even
sign up, and have regular posts emailed to you.
I've been invited to do a monthly guest blog
post, so look for another short essay in
September! Thanks to Randall Brown for
the inspiration. Find out more about
his writing and teaching here:

Friday, August 27, 2010

5 Brilliant Guest Blog Posts at The Rejectionist

Smart stuff, including an essay by Elizabeth J. Colen on "The Cocksure Allure of 24."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New poems under the Tarpaulin Sky

I'm working on a new manuscript called
Index of Placebo Effects, based on my father's
research on placebos.

Three poems from the new work
are posted here, at Tarpaulin Sky:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review of Prose Poetry Field Guide in Bookslut

Check out Anya Groner's excellent review of
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry
in the July 2010 edition of Bookslut, right here:

It's an honor to be in the company of so many
stellar poets. Our essays vary widely, but most are
more personal and creative than typical academic
writing on genre. Each essay includes samples
of the writer's prose poems. It's perfect for
classroom use, but also makes great reading for
practicing writers.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New work in Bone Bouquet

The latest issue of Bone Bouquet includes
two of my newest pieces, "Suburbiana"
and "Scare Quotes, With Crow." While
you're visiting the journal, be sure
to read Kristy Bowen's "what monster,"
as well.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lucy Jane Bledsoe reads at Village Books

Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be reading from her new novel
The Big Bang Symphony at Village Books
in Bellingham, WA on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7pm.

Come hear Lucy read about the adventures
of three women -- a geologist, a composer,
and a galley worker -- who have taken jobs
in Antarctica. Lucy is the author of four novels,
a collection of short fiction, a collection of
narrative nonfiction, and six books for kids.

Elizabeth and I will introduce Lucy by
reading for a few minutes from our new work.

Please join us for this fabulous event!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Elizabeth's book is now available!

Poet and fiction writer Elizabeth Colen's first book
is now available!

Money for Sunsets is a risky, elegant collection
of prose poems that contest judge Denise Duhamel
compares to both Gertrude Stein and David Lynch.

Check out publisher Steel Toe Books here:

And the Amazon link here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Portland Reading at Powell's with poet Andrew Michael Roberts

I'm reading in Portland at Powell's on Hawthorne
with poet Andrew Michael Roberts. We're both included
in the fabulous new prose poetry anthology
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry
Please join us:

Sunday, May 23, 4:00pm
Carol Guess and Andrew Michael Roberts
reading from The Rose Metal Press Field Guide 
to Prose Poetry at Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
Free and open to the public.
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

For more information about the Field Guide
and other great books from Rose Metal Press,
visit their website:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Doll Studies chapbook available from Dancing Girl Press

Dancing Girl Press, run by writer and artist Kristy Bowen,
has made a beautiful, tiny little chapbook from a selection
of my Doll Studies: Forensics poems.

This is to tide you over until the book release in 2012!

You can order my chapbook, as well as other elegant
art objects, right here:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cheap Wine and Poetry Night

Hi y'all. Join us in Seattle at Richard Hugo House on
Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm for a night of cheap wine
and poetry.

I'm reading with Sarah Brickman, Felicia Gonzalez,
and Martha Silano.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Black Lawrence Press celebrates National Poetry Month

Every day in April, Black Lawrence Press is featuring
a different poet on their blog. I'm up for April 8th,
with one of the prose poems from Doll Studies: Forensics,
along with a brief Q&A.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Heterosexism and the gurlesque movement

There's a smart, challenging discussion on Amy King's blog
about the new poetry anthology Gurlesque, and its
lack of queer content/authors.

Kudos to Amy and Ana B. for speaking up and insisting
that queer women and queer content be included as
feminism continues to define itself.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Arch Literary Journal

Several poems from Doll Studies: Forensics appear
in the latest edition of Arch Literary Journal, right here:

While you're visiting, check out Stacey Levine's short
story "They Only Liked and Enjoyed Lesser People,"
and Soham Patel's review of Penury.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Love Is A Map. X= here. At last.

Now available from VRZHU Press:

Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire

This tiny book is a poetry collection I wrote years ago.
I'm very fond of it and its imaginary protagonists,
a nameless narrator and her lover/muse, Denira.

The relationship plays out against the backdrop of 9/11,
and various other personal/political disasters. The poems
are fragments -- queer, sexy, sad overheard voices.

Read it. Send me an email and let me know what you think.

ps You can order it on Amazon, but not directly from VRZHU
just yet. Sorry to send you to Amazon. Don't get lost in
those long, long halls.  

Two Seattle Readings

Pilot Books

Saturday, March 13th at 6pm (sharp)
followed by a free, informal workshop on prose poetry

Cheap Wine and Poetry at Hugo House

Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pilot Books Celebrates Small Press Bookfest

Pilot Books is hosting a fantastic series of events this March,
in honor of small presses and their admirers. I'm reading
and hosting an informal workshop discussion on
prose poetry at 6pm (very) sharp on Saturday, March 13th.
But there are so many great readings happening --
how can you choose just one?

See you in the little attic soon enough.

Black Lawrence Press blog announcement

Black Lawrence Press has created a really lovely blog post for Doll Studies: Forensics.

Click the link below, then click "Blog" on the list to the left. You'll be
redirected to the page.

I loved writing this book. It was strangely peaceful, sitting in those
quiet rooms, trying to hear their stories. I want to feel that way
about a project again -- to get lost. That's the best part about
writing, for me -- the getting lost, the stillness, the listening.

I'm grateful to photographer Corinne May Botz and artist Frances 
Glessner Lee for creating such vivid imaginary worlds.

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Book Forthcoming From Black Lawrence Press

I'm very excited to announce that my new poetry book, Doll Studies: Forensics, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

The poems are based on dollhouse crime scene dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee, as photographed and researched by Corinne May Botz in her fabulous book The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (The Monacelli Press, Inc., 2004).

More information about Black Lawrence Press is available here:

And you can find some of Corinne May Botz's photographs here:

I'll keep you posted as more information about the book becomes available. Happy reading!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My mini-essay on Heather Lewis

This issue of American Book Review features "Top 40 Bad Books."
I had fun writing a mini-essay about Heather Lewis's stunningly 
good novel, Notice, which she rewrote to form her stunningly 
bad novel, The Second Suspect.

Writing the essay allowed me to say something I've been thinking
about for a long time. I wish I'd known Heather, and I wish she
was still here to write more books like Notice. Our first books
were published at the same time. I remember walking around
the OutWrite Conference (now defunct), feeling shy and awkward,
envying her because she had fans, and beautiful clothes, and seemed
to know everyone. Now I understand how much of an act that
was, how silly I was, and I wish I could've spoken with her even for a minute. 

I wish I'd said something real.

Find a download of all the essays here (I make no claims
for the other 39 essays!):

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Doll Studies chapbook

I promised more news soon, and here it is:
Dancing Girl Press will be printing a chapbook
of my Doll Studies manuscript this Spring. 

Visit Dancing Girl Press here, for more
news about past and future publications.
I'm in such good company:

Meanwhile, I'm reading Kristy Bowen's
The Fever Almanac. Here are lines from


My bones are looking for something
to lick. Car crashes fill our mouths,
sugared and thrashing.

Beneath the pinks of our dresses,
in our collarbones,
there is famine.


I return to her work often to think about ways of
describing femininity as both trap and salvation,
and ways of writing about desire, hunger,
and sensuality in the context of violence against women
without sounding didactic. It's the lack of didacticism
that makes her lines so memorable.

Download this!

Sou'wester is featuring my prose poetry sequence 
"Revival of Rosemaling" on its website. You can download
the poems (from the Fall 2009 issue) here:

In the print edition of the journal, check out my colleague
Oliver de la Paz's feverish poems. I love sharing space 
with my pals. And speaking of sharing, Elizabeth and I
are in print together again in the latest edition of 
Packingtown Review. You can order the issue here:

Her story, "Neshaminy," is one of my favorites,
so much so that it's the epigraph to one of my novellas.

More news soon ...

Monday, February 1, 2010

No Tell Motel

I'm the featured poet in No Tell Motel this week.

Do drop in!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pilot Books -- the quick and dirty

Seattle's fantastic new (-ish) bookstore, Pilot Books,
is hosting nightly readings this March at 6pm
in honor of small and indie presses.

I'll be reading Saturday, March 13th at 6pm sharp
(each reading is just 15 minutes long).

Hope to see you in Pilot's attic. Here's their link:

Review of Tinderbox Lawn in Flash Fiction

I'm grateful to Jess Bouchard for reading with such care, and to for understanding that Tinderbox Lawn
can be read as both prose poetry and flash fiction: