Achievements, Publications, and Writing Challenges

New Poem: Midwestern Breakfast

New Poem: Midwestern Breakfast

Happy Thursday, friends! During my morning writing yesterday, I wrote an earlier version of this poem, and I revised it today and wanted to share it. I hope you enjoy it. I think it has a heartbeat. * MIDWESTERN BREAKFAST You once said---in a TikTok video, of all...

August 2022: Seafoam Green Poems, Travel Writing, & Chosen Families

August 2022: Seafoam Green Poems, Travel Writing, & Chosen Families

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm sorry for the temporary silence on my end; I promise it was only temporary while I was getting ready for the absolutely GIGANTIC month I have ahead of me. As I mentioned in a previous post, I've started...

An Inspirational Poem & Spooks in July: July 8th’s Feature Friday

An Inspirational Poem & Spooks in July: July 8th’s Feature Friday

Happy Friday and Happy July 8th, friends! I still can't believe we're in July already---and a week in at that! I think this week felt especially fast because of the holiday. July 4th is not celebrated in Croatia, of course, but we were already traveling for other...

Where Is WHAT WE FIND IN THE DARK?: November 5th’s Feature Friday

Where Is WHAT WE FIND IN THE DARK?: November 5th’s Feature Friday

Happy Friday, friends! How did everyone enjoy their Halloween season? October was an absolute whirlwind for me. My now-7-year-old daughter, Cadence, and now-3-year-old son, Grayson, both had their birthdays, which we celebrated on the day with a few friends and fun...

Read “The Duplex” Free Now!

Read “The Duplex” Free Now!

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. As some of you know, I've been focusing primarily on my clients the last few years (copywriting, line-editing, resumes, publishing assistance, etc.), but in 2020, I decided it was time to dedicate...

Literary Scene

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

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

Welcome to AWP 2020 week in San Antonio, Texas! Though I won’t be able to attend, I wanted to share my favorite tips and tricks for navigating the conference successfully, and my recommendations for this year’s top panels, readings, and new book releases. Enjoy! #AWP #AWP2020

An Inspiring Day in Kalamazoo: Poems

An Inspiring Day in Kalamazoo: Poems

Happy Sunday, all! I had a wonderful, literary weekend, celebrating with Bill Olsen, New Issues Poetry & Prose, and fellow writer friends. Here are a few poems I loved from my weekend; enjoy!

Newsletter

Birthday Weekend Round-Up!

Birthday Weekend Round-Up!

Happy Friday, friends! Here are TWO weeks’ worth of content; I hope you enjoy these! In the meantime, tell me about your favorite things this fall, and how you’re preparing for NaNoWriMo!

Reading and Poem of The Day

Reading Franz Wright

Reading Franz Wright

Happy Wednesday! Here are four poems by Franz Wright, from his Selected and New Poetry collection, ILL LIT.

Poem of the Day: 5 Poems to Settle into the New Year

Poem of the Day: 5 Poems to Settle into the New Year

Happy Tuesday, friends! I don't know about you, perhaps especially with being sick, it's been harder to shake off that looming feeling of the holidays this year. But at the same time, I'm feeling all that excitement of the new year and what it promises: page one of a...

Poem of the Day: Justin Phillip Reed

Poem of the Day: Justin Phillip Reed

Happy Tuesday, friends! Coming to you late, but here is today’s Poem of the Day: “What’s Left Behind After a Hawk Has Seized a Smaller Bird Midair” by Justin Phillip Reed. Enjoy!

Reviews

An Interview with Shaindel Beers!

An Interview with Shaindel Beers!

My interview with Shaindel Beers, hosted by The Rumpus, is here! It features thoughts on Shaindel’s writing process, SECURE YOUR OWN MASK, nature and violence, and our mutual experiences of the Midwest and motherhood. Enjoy!

Book Review Up at BookPage!

Book Review Up at BookPage!

Here is a link to my review of K. Arsenault Rivera’s THE PHOENIX EMPRESS, available now over at BookPage.

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Tips

Book Strategy Week: My Response to Doing “All the Things”

Book Strategy Week: My Response to Doing “All the Things”

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! I’m so happy to share with you the first installment of Book Strategy Week, where I’ll be walking you through some of my favorite tips for writing, publishing, and book marketing. Let’s get started with priorities, AKA: doing “all the things.” Enjoy!