I was asked by Louisville Magazine to compose an original piece of writing in response to the Kroger shootings. I wrote a poem, “Psalm,” and talked about the process of composition in an interview with LouMag editor (and my former student), Dylon Jones. Since “Psalm” appeared on line, it’s been shared dozens of times on social media. I’m glad that Louisville readers have found solace in the poem during this difficult time for our city.
I wrote a double sonnet crown, “Happinefs,” about my undergraduate days at the University of Virginia. A “double sonnet” or “heroic crown” begins with fourteen sonnets, each linked by a common line. The fifteenth sonnet, composed of the repetitions, “crowns” the sequence. My thanks to Camille Dungy and the editors of Tin House for making a home for this new piece on their blog.
Many thanks to Emily Perez and Rhino Poetry for this wonderful review of Witch Wife.
I'm delighted to announce that I've been awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency in Kentucky. This year, sixteen writers across the Commonwealth were selected for these awards through a competitive application process. Check out KAC's list of recipients, past and present, a dynamic constellation of literary artists of all genres. Kentucky is a place of storytellers, musicians, and poets. I'm proud to be in this company.
Kazim Ali has mentioned Witch Wife and Hymn for the Black Terrific among his recommendations for the Poetry Foundation's April 2018 Reading List.
Last year, I was invited to participate in the "To What Do I Belong" symposium in Tangier, Morocco hosted by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and the US State Department. I wrote an essay, "In the Rooms of Monticello," as my contribution to the proceedings. Now the piece has been collected by the IWP on a special website. You can read my work and the writings of the other delegates--from around the world--who participated in the adventure.
Witch Wife was named one of Barnes & Noble's 25 must-reads for National Poetry Month. Thrilling news!
David Nilsen, former editor of Fourth & Sycamore and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, has just posted this review of Witch Wife.
I'm very grateful for this detailed and thoughtful review by Claire Oleson of my chapbook, Black Genealogy, in the current issue of Cleaver Magazine.
A couple weeks ago, my poem, "A Guide to the Louisa County Free Negro and Slave Records, 1770-1865" was published in The Nation. Thanks to poetry editors Carmen Gimenez-Smith and Stephanie Burt for giving this one a home. This poem will be part of my next book, tentatively titled White Blood, and based on research into my deep roots in rural central and northern Virginia.