“Menstruation Initiation Ritual”

I’m so excited to have this poem in the Spring Issue of Rust + Moth!  The impetus of this poem was thinking about how most American girls don’t get any sort of ritual to mark their first menstruation, and that it is a time of confustion, shame and often total silence, which was pretty much…

Short Essay about my poem “The Florist Thinks”

Click here to read my short blog post in North American Review that was inspired by my meditation on the poem, “The Florist Thinks” which will be published in their Winter 2019 Issue. After the acceptance of said poem, I reflected back on all that has happened since I wrote the bare bones draft of…

“The Two Grandmothers”

Krista Cox and her amazing organization, Lit Literary Collective, invited me to be a featured reader in 2018, and later offered to publish poems by the various featured readers to create a ‘zine that is a compilation from this past year’s events. She included my poem “The Two Grandmothers” in said ‘zine, and I am…

“Mapping My Grandmothers” A series of Visual Poems

A huge thanks to Joanna Valente who published this series of visual poems in Yes, Poetry. I created these over the summer of 2018, while participating in a generative workshop with Winter Tangerine. These pieces are made up of fragments of my poems, along with copied photos, maps and prayer cards from my deceased grandmothers….

“Place The Lightning Bolt In Your Hair”

Click here to link to the August 2018 Issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry and read my poem that was featured in it. This poem was an important piece for me to write, as it explores the roots of depression, ancestry, mystery, and a lost first love.

“My Baby Daddy Has Become the Rain in The Street”

Click here to download Issue 40 of RipRap, a journal produced by Cal State, Long Beach. Many thanks to these awesome editors for their kindness and attention to my work. This is a particularly personal poem that I believe is actually a somewhat decent love/relationship poem for me (I don’t do that well with writing…

“The Children Keep Saying, Where Did Daddy See That Snake?”

Click here to read and/or listen to (!) this poem in the May 2018 Issue of Virga. Many thanks to the fabulous Laura Page: poet, painter and editor, who accepted this poem! It is a poem set in one of my favorite places in Indianapolis: 100 Acres at Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art). This is…

“But I Was Born At The Northern Border”

Click here to download Issue XI of Noctua Review, which explores the theme of Instinct. I was so happy that this poem found a home with them. I was, in fact, born near the Northern Border of Indiana, in South Bend. This poem explores place and the particular horizon and light that lives in the…

“Lady of the Grocery Flowers: Hair”

  This poem was inspired by my long history of working in a grocery store as a floral department manager. In fact, I wrote parts of this in the store while I was still employed there last year! I was always trying to write a ‘grocery store florist’ poem that explored deeper truths by way…

“What Did My Baby Daddy and I Do To Each Other In Past Lives?”

This poem is about very vulnerable subject matter which ultimately was easier for me to tackle in the form of a pantoum. Here’s what I said about the overall feeling/impulse behind this poem in Rattle: “I often make dumb decisions in this lifetime, and despite those ‘mistakes’ which cause me to transform—hopefully—into something better and…