Happy was I to find in my black mailbox my contributor’s copy of the 13th Edition of the I-70 review! This Kansas City, Missouri-based magazine, is edited by Gary Leichliter, Greg Field, and my friend, Maryfrances Wagner, who also did the surreal cover art collage. This edition is chock full of my poet friends. There’s prolific Walter Bargen, Woodley Press’ Al Ortolani, and, from Emporia, Kevin Rabas (currently serving as KS poet laureate). Also, poems by William Sheldon, who edited my book Horsetail, and his talented son, Tyler Sheldon are included. Alarie Tennille from The Writers’ Place is in it as well is my BGSU MFA program classmate, Phil Sterling. The poems of mine in this journal are atypical–one is a prose poem, one is about leaf-cutter ants with a veiled reference to the moving forest in Macbeth, and the 3rd has purple lemurs and clueless scientists.
Mona Lydon-Rochelle had to cancel her appearance with me at Bookworks on October 16th at 6 PM. I am happy to announce that Stella Reed, author of the prize-winning Origami, will be joining me instead.
I am pleased to be scheduled to read at Bookworks on October 16 at 6 PM with Mona Lydon-Rochelle. Mona is the author of On the Brink of the Sea and Mourning Dove. She is a medical professional as well as a poet who has worked with Doctors Without Borders. She hails from Bainbridge Island, Washington. I will be reading from Previous Lives and Any Song Will Do. Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM.
It’s been six years since the estimable Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders has accepted a poem of mine, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have published several poems there since issue #5 in 2001 (they’re now working on issue 24.) Though there are some new names to me in the editorial staff, I believe Michael Mandel has been there the whole time. This poem is called “Hospital,” and it concerns my brother-in-law’s demise.
The Beloit Poetry Journal accepted “My Only Son–Relapse,” a poem in pantoum form. Fortunately, the events that gave rise to the poem are receding into the past. This journal has been in business since 1950. What I don’t know is where it is–there is a Beloit, WI, and smaller towns of that name in other states. Their postal address is a PO Box in Windham, Maine.
I am pleased to be teamed with Leslie Ullman for a reading at SOMOS in Taos on June 20th at 7 PM. I’ve been a fan of Leslie’s poetry for many years; we’ve read together once before, also in Taos, ten or so years ago. She will be reading from her new book, The You That All Along Has Housed You: A Sequence. I intend to read mostly from Previous Lives. SOMOS is located at 108-B Civic Plaza in Taos.
The next day, June 21st, I will be conducting a workshop, “Pumping Up the Pantoum,” also at SOMOS from 10 AM to 1 PM. I’ve done versions of this workshop before, and it’s fun for me and the students, who learn how to write this form that can engender quite emotionally compelling poems.
The Prairie Home people spotted a poem from Previous Lives for Garrison Keillor to read on the widely syndicated podcast of Writer’s Almanac. Stay tuned for details on when “Sorry” is to be aired. Update: Here it is in the July 15, 2019 edition.
Coming up on Saturday, May 25th, Scott Wiggerman has kindly invited me to be a featured reader at the NM State Poetry Society Poetry Picnic in Albuquerque. I will reading in the 2:30-3:15 pm slot along with Megan Baldrige and my long-time poetry pal Dale Harris. There will be many poetry-related fun activities happening all day. The location is: Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC), 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.
Then on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm, I get to do a reading with the esteemed Leslie Ullman at SOMOS at 108-B Civic Plaza in Taos. The next day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, I will be conducting my popular Pumping Up the Pantoum Workshop again at SOMOS.
On the weekend of July 13th and 14th, I get to be the poetry part of Don McIver’s Chatter Performances. This is a monthly combination poetry-music gig in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I will be teamed with Joseph Johnson, who will be playing Benjamin Britten and J. S. Bach on cello. Both performances commence at 10:30 AM. The Santa Fe performance is at 10:30 AM on July 13th at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta. The Albuquerque show is at 10:30 AM on July 14th at Las Puertas, 1512 1st Street NW. Check out the Chatter website. Joseph Johnson’s web site explains that the cello he uses was made in 1780. That gives me pause.
All the above events are listed on the calendar on this website.