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I’m Getting All the Jewel-Vibes from This News that Halsey’s First Poetry Collection Is Coming This September.

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you’re all having a nice start to your week and are doing your best to keep your spirits high.

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with all that’s going on in our world, as I’m sure many can agree with. Fortunately this weekend, my husband and I were able to go away for three days with our kiddos to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and the time away gave me a chance to emotionally reset and start researching the things I love again—like new book releases!

This isn’t something I’ve blogged about a lot in the past, let alone celebrity-level news or more mainstream-focused moments, but I LOVE tracking new book releases, new authors, new genres for old favorites . . . you name it.

But first, I want to take you all back to the late ’90s with me for a moment.

Does anyone here remember this book??

A Night without Armor came out in 1998, but I didn’t discover it until a few years later, during middle school (I may be “giving my age away” a bit, but whatever—I’m only 32). By that time, I was steeped in creative writing classes, reading poetry and short stories, writing my own pieces, and doing daily sensory-poetic observations à la Henry David Thoreau’s The Journal.

It made TOTAL sense then to want to explore Jewel’s sensitive lyrics and the more lyrically imagistic lines of her poems.

And surely… it makes just as much sense, if for different reasons, for adolescents and adults to lean into Halsey’s collection this fall.

You heard that right: Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter “Halsey” (aka: Ashley Frangipane) is releasing her first poetry collection, I Would Leave Me If I Could from Simon & Schuster in September 2020.

Here’s the lovely cover of this upcoming work:

I came a little late to the party, as I just recently came across Halsey’s music, sometime in 2018. (What’s funny is that I found her through this excellent interview with Billboard from 2015, when I was doing some research on Bipolar Depression for my poetry collection. Talk about serendipity!)

Halsey’s opening hit single, “Ghost,” came out clear back in 2014, and since then, she’s grown an immense Twitter following and Grammy nominations. Halsey has also done a LOT of important work in the discussion of bisexuality, Bipolar disorder (and mental wellness in general), and female sexuality.

Halsey also explores these topics in her music, and she will not be shying away from these subjects in her poetry collection, either. I expect it’s going to be very interesting, lyrical (like her music), edgy, and important to a variety of literary communities.

Songwriters Hall of Fame President and CEO, Linda Moran, observed, “Halsey bares her soul with heart-wrenching, rebellious and complex lyrics that come from a place of creativity and strength where not many songwriters are comfortable going.” Moran clearly has no doubts that Halsey’s words could go mutually far in the literary community.

Stephanie Frerich, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, agrees. Frerich spoke of the 144-page collection: “Poetry infuses everything Halsey does – from music to painting and performing – so it’s hardly a surprise she’s so gifted with verse. We were immediately captivated by her poems the way millions are by her music.”

In the book description of I Would Leave Me If I Could available on the Simon & Schuster website, promises “more hand-grenades than confessions” that collectively “explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to seeing this collection hit the shelves, to read it, and see how Halsey approaches the page for the page’s sake, instead of for the sake of musical composition.

I’ll update this in September when the book rolls out!

“Ghost” by Halsey (2014)


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AWP Is This Week! Here’s How To Make The Most Of It.

Happy Monday, friends! It’s the first full week of March, which for 2020 means it’s time for AWP.

“AWP” stands for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and it hosts an annual writers’ conference, referred simply to as AWP. It’s a massive conference, one that many find to be overwhelming, but it’s the one truly extroverted event that this particular introvert loves and thrives on.

Unfortunately for me, I will not be able to attend the 2020 event in San Antonio, Texas, but I have a lot of great tips for those who are attending for the first time, or who haven’t attended in a long time.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few of my top choices and recommendations for:

  • panels you might consider attending,
  • some tables at the book fair you’ll want to visit, including a few that are hosting some awesome book signings,
  • new books you may want to pick up, and
  • off-site readings you for sure don’t want to miss.

Though this will be a lot of fun to post about, I do have a State of Emergency sidenote:

AWP 2020 has been impacted by the advancement of the coronavirus and the State of Emergency that was issued by Mayor of San Antonio, where the conference is to be held. Though AWP is still on, some panelists and publications at the book fair will not be attending, and some readings may be canceled or considerably smaller than originally planned. As far as I know, the recommendations I have for you have not been impacted, and everyone involved in these recommendations is still attending, but it may be a little too soon to tell. (Also, I wholly recommend attending only if you take the necessary precautions to stay safe, well, and to prevent to spread of unnecessary germs.)

That’s it for tonight! Tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll share some tips for navigating that crazy-long schedule of panels and on-site readings, and I’ll give you my recommendations for what not to miss.

On Wednesday, I’ll give you some tips on all-things bookfair, as well as books you may want to consider purchasing, and how best to get those books home, so you don’t cut your car’s gas mileage in half (like me).

Finally, on Thursday morning, I’ll share with you all the off-site readings I would love to attend, which will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday nights.

Thanks, all! Though I wish I could be at the conference in-person, writing about it is the next best thing, and I’m grateful to have some readers out there who are ready to read and geek out over this extremely extroverted thing with me. More soon!


Are You Telling Me—I Could Go for a Writer’s Retreat at Stephen King’s House?

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

I know I already shared some news in the Potterverse this week, but now I have some news about a writer whose inspiration is as old as time for some young writers—including myself—Stephen King!

It has just come to my attention that Stephen King and fellow writer and wife, Tabitha King, are considering converting their iconic home in Maine (you know—Bangor, Derry, Castle Rock) into something new.

What, you may ask?

This is the perfect opportunity for the King family to turn their home into a writer’s archive of all the King’s work (including Stephen, Tabitha, and their sons, Owen King and Joe Hill).

But it’s also a wonderful opportunity for their home to host—dun dun dun—a writer’s retreat!

I’m already swooning over the possibility of seeing a cumulative family archive of works. I’m imagining early handwritten works, rough drafts, and unfinished novels (undoubtedly from the “novel trunk” King mentioned possessing in his memoir and craft book, On Writing).

But I’m also already tempted to start my financial planning for a retreat at the Maine home now, because I can only imagine how much something like this will cost. (A visit to a home in one of the most beautiful, famous towns in Maine, owned by two iconic writers who bore two more, for a writer’s retreat? Yeah, tell me that’s not going to be expensive.)

Despite the potential financial woes of such a trip, the Kings have confirmed that this is something they’ve been thinking about doing for several years, and they aim for the transition to have as positive of an impact on their hometown as possible.

The couple is waiting on approval through city zoning laws for the changes they intend to make to the home. They do not intend for the outside of the home to look any different, which will make the zoning agreements a little more straight-forward. However, they want to host a cumulative archive of the family’s work, have offices for the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation (their wonderful non-profit organization), and have the accommodations to host a group of writers at a time who are working on independent projects—all of which will require pretty significant changes to the interior, I’m guessing.

Whether or not the home goes through significant changes, the home will still be full of memories. The family lived in the home through the 1980’s and 1990’s, including their time together as a family and as writers. I can only imagine the family memories in the home—photos, letters, videos—if they choose to make those available to visiting writers.

The Kings continue to stress that they do not want to have a negative impact on their neighborhood, no matter the changes. Maine Supreme Court Justice Warren Silver said for the King family, “We want to make sure we minimize the impact on the neighborhood. We don’t want to turn it into Graceland. We don’t want to increase traffic on that street. It’s not going to be open to the public. We want to figure out what the future is going to look like for these houses, and this seems to be the best way forward.”

Residents around the neighborhood are largely enthusiastic about the transition and agree that the change in the home’s purpose could cause positive, minimal change to the neighborhood. Since the transition expects to take several slow, thoughtful years, the neighbors will not be impacted by a concentrated amount of construction sounds as the interior changes. And since the home won’t be open to the public, but only those who sign up for a retreat, there will only be a few extra cars on the street at a time. Plus, on much simpler terms, the neighbors are relieved that they’ll be seeing lights on in the home again, and are grateful that the home will remain associated with the King family.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about the King’s plans for their family home. I can only imagine the amount of invaluable content available inside the home that will be passed down to visiting writers who are earlier in their careers. I greatly hope this becomes a reality, that I’ll be able to go, and that any of you out there who also want to go will be able to do the same.

Interested in more King content?

Here’s my first take on IT: Chapter Two for Stream Queens: “There Are So Many Easter Eggs in IT: Chapter Two,” link

On my hunt for an IT: Frappuccino: “The Hunt for Red [Starbucks],” link

On reading Stephen King and writing horror poems: “A Quiet Return: Spending Time in the Horror Genre,” link

A little bit about why I love the horror genre so much: “A Night of Building a Manuscript and Reading Poetry,” link



Tell Me Now: Is Harry Potter Coming to NYC?

Happy Tuesday AGAIN, friends!

Usually, I don’t post twice in one day, but for today, bear with me, because I already posted for motivation, and now I’m posting for fun.

So, fellow fans, I have a question for you:

Is Harry Potter coming to NYC?

Rumor has it, Warner Bros. Entertainment has leased a large space in New York’s Flatiron District as of Monday. According to a report released by Crain’s New York Business, Warner Bros. intends to convert the space into an exhibit for fans to “experience the enchanted world of the blockbuster film and book series” that is the magical world of Harry Potter.

The report also details that 935 Broadway is a former 35,000 sqft warehouse that will be revamped into a three-level, London-esque exhibit, tentatively entitled, “The Making of Harry Potter.” The exhibit is said to be an immersive experience, much like the London attraction every American Potterhead wishes they could visit, including life-size displays of The Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, and the locomotive platform—AKA, Platform 9 3/4.

Crain’s New York Business noted that they were not yet able to confirm this information with the spokesperson for Warner Bros. Entertainment, but the information included with the leasing agreement seems more than promising.

I’m trying to stifle my excitement a little bit, but—that sounds like a resounding yes to me.

What all do you think they might include—or should include?

I think Platform 9 3/4 will be beautiful.

I can only imagine how large, dark, and beautifully dreadful the Forbidden Forest must be.

What about an owlery? Or a Quidditch pit?

And I, of course, want to visit the Potions class, and turn to page 394. I have to do Alan Rickman proud somehow.


“The Hunt for Red [Starbucks]” & A Friday Round-Up

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and have amazing plans for your weekend.

Me, I don’t have particular plans, but my friends do! On Saturday, one of my friends is celebrating their birthday (shoutout: Happy Birthday, Jenn!), and one of my other friends is trying out for American Idol. I’m obviously very excited for both of them!

On Sunday, I want to spend time with my family, and hopefully check out an orchard or farm in the area to take my kiddos apple-picking, and maybe pumpkin-carving or choosing gifts for the Great Pumpkin. Something! Fall is officially here on Jenn’s birthday, and I am ready for it.

—which brings me to the real purpose of this post!

Any friends or family who read my blog, and hopefully anyone who has stuck around listening to me go on and on about books and writing, knows my origin-story love for Stephen King.

And of course, anyone with access to some entertainment-based news knows that IT: Chapter Two is currently in theaters (and Doctor Sleep is dropping in November, but that’s a whole other post!).

I already went to see the movie and will say that I enjoyed it, but there’s a whole other post coming about that, once I’m able to officially share some writing that I’ve been doing this September about IT and Stephen King in general.

But the fun continues, with the unreal amount of merchandise that I’ve seen floating around at various stores lately. One thing I really, really, really want is a desk lamp that resembles the red balloon. My husband says it’s ugly (which I think is his way of saying, it’s creepy), but I haven’t given up on sneaking it into my house and sharing updated pictures of my spooky work station. There’s also a particularly lovely notebook (yes, even with Pennywise on it, it’s lovely) that I want to add to my short stack of future creative writing notebooks. Hopefully, I’ll have photos of these two red additions to my home sooner rather than later!


But then Starbucks decided to contribute to the madness, as well! There is currently an IT: Frappuccino out in the world, floating around and fairly hard to find like the red balloon (you have to go to just the right gutter to find it, after all).

But, the great news is that the ingredients for this particularly murderous Frap are available year-round. If you ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappucino, swirled with strawberry puree, and topped with whipped cream and strawberries, you’ll have the IT: Frappuccino at your disposal.

But me being nerdy me, I’m going to walk in there, asking specifically for IT—and if they can’t give IT to me, then I’ll start rattling off the ingredients list, and everyone wins!

That’s about it from me for now! I’m crossing my fingers for a fall-tastic Sunday, and I’ll be sure to share some seasonal pictures. Not to mention if I find Pennywise’s favorite Starbucks drink, or an electrically red balloon, or a specialty notebook.

In the meantime, I’m getting back to my weekly round-ups, for anyone looking for some quick weekend reads, or for those who may be interested in what I’m working on.

This week, it was all trending news work, and some of it was pretty heavy and more difficult for me to work through writing than usual. Fortunately, I was able to work on some entertainment pieces that should be going live sometime next week, and I’ll be able to include them in the next round-up!

Enjoy! And thank you, as always, for the support and for the read.

This Week’s Round-Up!

“9-Year-Old Genius Fills Old Lip Balm Tube With Cheese So She Can Snack On It During Class,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

“North Carolina Sheriff Charged In Alleged Murder Plot To Keep Deputy From Releasing Racist Recording,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

“Police Arrest Suspected Florida Serial Killer After DNA Links Him To Four Unsolved Murders,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

“Ohio Daycare Workers Charged After Teacher Sits By As Aide And Students Abuse 5-Year-Old Girl,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

Last Week’s Round-Up!

“Disabled Writer Goes Viral After Combating Online Trolls’ Mean Comments With Cheerful Selfies,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

“Dad Overwhelmed With Messages From Strangers After His Sentimental Instagram Tribute To His Sons Goes Viral,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

“Map Showing The Average Cost Of Going On A Date In Each U.S. State Has People Doing A Double-Take,” Comic Sands (September 2019): link

You can find more articles over on my Bylines page, as well as book reviews and poetry. Thank you for reading! And Happy, Happy Fall!


Celebrate with Me! I’m a Poetry Reader for Muzzle Magazine!

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week, because I know I am!

Fall is almost here, I’ve been writing daily, and I just received wonderful news: I’m one of four new Poetry Readers for Muzzle Magazine!

I’m so excited. Muzzle‘s first issue premiered during the same month and year (July 2010) when I started working in my first editing role—Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press.

Nine years later, our paths have crossed, and I couldn’t be happier to read submissions for them.

Time to dive into that slush pile:



An Inspiring Day in Kalamazoo: Poems

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you each had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to Monday.

Believe it or not, I actually am excited about Monday, because I’ll be spending time with my kiddos and (gasp!) writing.

This weekend was of the whirlwind variety, taking me through Chicago, down to Indiana, up into Michigan, and back again. I’m home now, comfortable in my own space after so much catching up, via inspiring, intellectual, and fun conversations with family, former colleagues, and writers alike.

I was invited to a New Issues event today, entitled, “Celebrating New Issues: Honoring Bill Olsen’s 10 Years of Editorship.” When I found out Bill was retiring this year from teaching and editing (at least in a formal capacity), I knew I had to find a way to make it to Michigan. Fortunately, we were able to make it work by making a weekend out of it, spending time with family and then heading to Michigan for the reading.

It was wonderful to reconnect with so many writers from around Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, and also to see those integral to New Issues Poetry and Prose, and the English / Creative Writing Department at Western.

Though I’ll inevitably be writing tonight and tomorrow, I wanted to share for now two poems, not written by me, that were read at the New Issues celebration, as well as two poems from New Issues’ latest publications… I’ll be sharing more of Bill’s work later in the week, once I’ve had a chance to properly revisit his work; I hope you’ll stay tuned for that, because his work is amazing.

First, poems by New Issues’ latest: “Distillation Poem” from Eman Hassan’s Raghead and “Mistress of the House” from Chet’la Sebree’s Mistress.

Kuwait, Active-Present

Everything is different and yet the same.

The same moon arcs across skies less
and less blue, while vanity mirrors

still reflect an ever-constant me me me, still
deflect backgrounds of sponsored Asians in bondage.

Fingers of moonlight grow long across dressing tables,
wrap eyes in gossamer bandages…

… if you’re looking for a sonnet, this isn’t it.

Come, take your pill and remember
those petrified lessons of war’s carnage, come

smell the putrid outpouring of sewage, still let
into the sea, in the dim-lit dead of night,

raw as the dead who now see
standing behind each shoulder like worried angels

longing for fingers to touch, to unfasten the knots
at the backs of our skulls…


I want to learn to sit cross-ankled
and set an Emily Post table,

want to invite my colleagues to dinner
and play hostess supreme—

serving beef bourguignon and baked Alaska,
all gluten-free—to retire

to a bed bearing a partner
in satisfied exhaustion.

I want a deep-lunged beast
to stir me from my sleep,

want to be good at something
other than this writing exhibitionism,

even though I lost the first baby I loved
and prefer eating pork rinds alone.


Next, a poem by Bill, from his latest collection, TechnoRage:


The woods running out of breath
were paradise, you and I
rocking in sex like kids on swings,
trying out open tunings
or whatever we wished that seemed pure
and apart from our parents
and all humankind, and now
the ice caps are on the verge
of a nervous breakdown,
it’s time our generation said
goodbye. That bowling ball
in my hands was my head,
before even midnight died
there was lots of wind to listen lost to
but when it lightninged
one beautiful sight was you.

And the world was just like
a reality and mostly ours to
kite alongside our loved ones
hurled like birds by the wind
beak first into the mortuary.
We stopped crying at the sad parts
to cry at the joyous parts,
then turn to one another.


Finally, a poem by Robert Hass, from his collection, The Apple Trees at Olema, to wrap things up.


Late afternoon in June the fog rides in
across the ridge of pines, ghosting them,
and settling on the bay to give a muted gray
luster to the last hours of light and take back
what we didn’t know at midday we’d experience
as lack: the blue summer and the dry spiced scent
of the summer woods. It’s as if some cold salt god
had wandered inland for a nap. You still see
herons fishing in the shallows, a kingfisher or an osprey
emerges for a moment out of the high, drifting mist,
then vanishes again. And the soft, light green leaves
of the thimbleberry and the ridged coffeeberry leaves
and the needles of the redwoods and pines look more sprightly
in the cool gray air with the long dusk coming on,
since fog is their natural element. I had it in mind
that this description of the weather would be a way
to say things come and go, a way of subsuming
the rhythms of arrival and departure to a sense
of how brief the time is on a summer afternoon
when the sun is warm on your neck and the world
might as well be a dog sleeping on a porch, or a child
for whom an afternoon is endless, endless. Time:
thick honey, and no one saying good-bye.


Have a wonderful evening, all.


Yours Truly is Going To Be a Judge!

Hey everyone! A fun announcement for today: I’m going to be one of three judges in the Speculative Fiction category for INSPY’s 2019 Book Awards.

(above via GIPHY)

The Longlist of titles has already been released for each category (link below), and the Shortlist will be announced on April 30th. The Shortlist will consist of three titles per category.

At that time, the other two judges and I will read the three titles up for consideration, and we will decide on a winner for the Speculative Fiction category.

I won’t be able to share my thoughts on each book until the winner has been selected, but I at least wanted to share that I’ll be a part of this, and I’m excited for the opportunity! After the winner has been announced, I plan to share my thoughts about all three titles, and the process of being a judge, so stay tuned!

Until I Can Share More!, All Best ~ from me.

Getting Back to the Poems!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I want to apologize first, before jumping back into anything, for the break in posts. I really love National Poetry Month and am incredibly disappointed that I don’t get to post every day this month to celebrate. This past week, I had a family emergency and had to travel back and forth between home and my family, twice—and if you have a kid or kiddos, you understand what a feat that can be. I’ve been home since Monday, but I’m finding it really difficult to get emotionally settled, catch up on sleep, and get back into the swing of work—not to mention writing my own stuff and doing laundry.

All that aside, though, I’m excited to get back into poetry. Even when I’m exploring a new poet or form, and I’m doing the work of parsing it, reading it is incredibly relaxing. I’m grateful to have poetry with me in the midst of all this.

I’m not sure if I’ll have my first post ready for you with a book recommendation, new poem, and prompt tonight, but for certain tomorrow! In the meantime, for today’s poem, I’m sharing something recent of mine that I’m proud of. It was hard to write, and will perhaps be hard to read for some (CW: loss of a child, accidental death); but it’s a dream I kept having on repeat (thank you, PPD) that I needed to write out (and haven’t had again since I confronted it). I hope someone enjoys it or even finds solidarity in it.


Months ago, I realized my son
would die, & the certainty left me weak

for days. A pit
in the lower-right of my abdomen, like a hole

where all truths must be born.
Whenever I have felt such certainty from this place, I have never

been wrong. The first time this part
of my body awoke, I was eight & aware

my barn cat had died. All morning I searched
the different air, & I found him mewling

at the bottom of a rusted barrel where he had
hidden himself away. I carried him home, offered

him water & blankets, only for him to die
a few hours later. Several other instances have

come & gone, & I am always right. This time
the truth comes to me in a repeated dream, where

the beginning is always different. Sometimes
my son appears as the toddler form of the baby

I now hold, knowing the world on two wobbly
legs. Sometimes he appears as a beautiful, gangly

young man with the thinnest veil of hair
on his chest, too dark for his pale skin. Then come

the series of causes: leaning in too close, running,
a fall, pure drunkenness—and finally, the part

that always comes: the deep, foggy dive
into the pit of a pool, never deep enough to resemble

the pit I now carry like a red-hot appendix. His body
like a ball in the foggy water & the certainty

that waves high like the moon I wish would fall. I awake
& hold onto my son like it will undo all the things

I’ve seen. I pray into his neck to go to quieter places—
places not quiet with the loss of my little boy,

where I leave him flowers & toys & visit
his room, surrounded by those I love who are also

colored with grief. I hide in his warmth, here & now, & pray
the rest will be washed away with the bedsheets.


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Happy National Poetry Month! How Am I Celebrating?

Happy Monday, reading and writing friends! Happy April 1st! And Happy National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month was first thought up by the Academy of American Poets (or, as many readers think of them,, or Poem-A-Day). The idea caught fire, and now it seems every writer worth their salt celebrates in some small way in April each year. Me, I go a little crazy and try to do something poetry-special every single day of April, including writing a new poem, and in the last few years, I’ve taken to sharing that adventure with my blogging community, in case what I’m doing is of use to anyone else on their writing journey.

So, what am I doing for April 2019?

Well, here’s my mini-announcement on Twitter earlier today:

#NationalPoetryMonth is my favorite season! This year, you’ll find my Poem of the Day series on my blog—plus poetry book recs, a new poem daily by me & the prompt behind it. And for #PoemInYourPocketDay (April 18), I’m going to leave poems around #Chicago for y’all to find.👀❤️— McKenzie Lynn Tozan (@mcklynntozan) April 1, 2019

But there’s going to be A LOT MORE going on than I can fold neatly into a tweet; the tweet was a preview of sorts.

I’ll continue the Poem of the Day Series.

Yes, each day you’ll be able to come here and see a poem by a poet I admire! I’ll post these each day in the morning, with the National Poetry Month post going up in the afternoon.

I’ll have a cool, poetry-focused preview image each day.

This may sound silly, but many of these images relate back to important poetry-focused writers, organizations, and schools that are worth knowing about. Each day, I’ll be sure to source the image, and then tell you what I can about the image / organization / etc.

I’ll write a new poem every day, and share the prompt that inspired it.

I love writing from prompts and restrictions. I don’t do it as much as I did as a younger writer, but I love returning to prompts, erasures, found work, etc. So each day this month, I’ll dig up an original prompt that I love and create a poem from it. I’ll also share the prompt with you, below the poem, in case you want to try it out!

Finally, I’ll recommend something new to read.

There are more poets and poetry collections than any of us could ever hope to read or know about, which is exactly why I enjoy recommending books to other people. Each day this month, I’ll share a collection, new or old, that I don’t think any poet should live without.

Also: Be on the lookout for me: I’ll be wandering Chicago on April 18th.

You may be wondering, Why? Part of National Poetry Month is “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 18th, so I’ll be wandering Chicago and leaving folded, pocket-sized poems for others to find!

Also-also: Want to be included this month?

Much of what I write for my blog is off-the-cuff, so I haven’t planned out what all I will share this month yet! If you’d like to have a poem featured for my Poem of the Day Series, would like to chat over a Saturday Spotlight, or have your book recommended in one of my National Poetry Month posts, you’re more than welcome to contact me via email to see if we’re a match.


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My Resources & Shop Page is Now Live!

Hi and Happy Tuesday to my reading and writing friends!

As a part of “Promo Tuesday,” I wanted to share that my Resources & Shop Page is now live! There, you will find everything I’m offering that doesn’t fall under Services: printables, e-books, activities and prompts, external resources that make my writing life easier, and products that make my writing life more fun!

Enjoy! If there is something you’re looking for and need suggestions, feel free to Connect with me. And if you have a product or service you would like to feature, feel free to Connect with me about that, too!

To your success! Until Tomorrow, All Best ~ from me.


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There’s a New Series Coming! How Do I Submit?

Happy Sunday, reading and writing friends!

I’m here to very happily announce my Poem of the Day series, discontinued more than a year ago, will be re-launched, alongside two additional series: my Favorite Fiction Friday Series and the Saturday Spotlight.

Poets, Fiction Writers, and Playwrights are welcome to submit to the Poem of the Day and Favorite Fiction Friday Series, but the Saturday Spotlight is open to all writers of all genres, creative or otherwise; and writers are welcome to submit a piece to feature, or some other aspect of their writing life (where they write, how they approach writing, writing tips, inspiration, etc.).

The goal of each of these Series, in particular the Saturday Spotlight, is to bring attention to any and all writers, and to celebrate how valuable and unique each of our writing lives are, no matter how different they may look when held up in the light.

To submit, please see the How to Submit page. Happy Writing! I look forward to reading your work and celebrating many of you across our writing community.

Happy Sunday! Until Tomorrow, All Best ~ from me.


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