what I've been up to

I haven't posted here in a while, but I have had a lot of stuff going on. So here is some information about recent poems & zines & interviews, upcoming events, and more.

The biggest news is that in October I finally, finally finished Reckless Chants #23. It took me four months, and it was a challenge the whole time, but I'm pretty proud of the result.

Reckless Chants #23 is a long-form personal essay about loss, grief, violence, trauma, and mental illness, and also strength and healing–all tied together with thoughts on tears, crying, and sadness. It is one of the hardest things I have ever written, and one of the most important things I have ever written.

You can read some excerpts here, or purchase it via my Etsy shop.

I wrote a piece for issue #1 of POPS: Parents on Parenting, about my son's autism spectrum diagnosis.

I have a piece about mix tapes in Paper & Ink #9. (Which is worth getting for many reasons, not the least of which is the cover art--a gorgeous tribute to Erik Petersen.)

Martin Appleby, editor of Paper & Ink, also interviewed me for his blog.

I have a poem in issue 2 of L'Éphémère Review.

I made a video of my poem "I'm In a Relationship With America and it's Complicated."

I recorded a "cover" of a piece my friend and label-mate Trace Ramsey wrote.

I now have a profile on Medium.com. I plan on making my first post later today or tomorrow.

Over on my Tumblr blog I've made a few obligatory year-end lists: a playlist of my favorite tracks from some of my favorite new and new-to-me releases, a playlist of other songs I listened to a lot in 2016 that were neither new nor new-to-me, and a list of things I read and loved.

I have two events coming up in January 2017:

The first is a "Drunk Poetry Jam" at Public Brewing Co. in Kenosha, on January 10th.

The second will be a Writers Resist event on January 15th, here in Racine. I am spearheading the organizing of said event, and more details will be posted as I have them.

And I am working on several other projects, including issue #24 of Reckless Chants, and a split zine with Julia Eff, of tarot spreads inspired by punk and emo music.

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