“The Wind in From Chicago”

Volume 31 of Briar Cliff Review is so well crafted and gorgeous. I think I might even frame some of the artwork that is in its glossy pages. You can order your own copy here My poem, “The Wind in From Chicago” found a home in this issue, which centers on loss.    

“The Florist Thinks”

It was a huge accomplishment for me to be published in the Winter 2019 Issue of North American Review for my poem, “The Florist Thinks.” A couple of posts back, I posted a link to the blog I wrote about the process of writing this poem, which I worked on off and on for about…

“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 confusion, 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.

“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…

“Portrait of the Divine with Severed Head and Blue Lotus Stem”

I was very happy to have this poem published in the February Issue of Ghost City Review. This particular poem came about because I had some realizations centered around my meditation on the Hindu Goddess Kali. I have been using the same pack of ‘goddess cards’ for 14 years or so, and whenever I drew…