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.
It's Pub Day for Witch Wife. Thanks to everyone at Sarabande Books for giving these poems such a beautiful home.
Last week, I was honored to be invited to read some of my poetry at Louisville's Youth Detention Services Center. Here's a link to the article, by Ashlie Stevens at 89.3 WFPL.
My essay, "Immaculate Heart," was published on the Harriet blog of Poetry Magazine.
I wrote a "Letter to a Stranger" as part of a recurring feature in the on-line travel writing journal, Off Assignment. You can read the letter & hear my recording of the piece by following the SoundCloud link on the site. My letter is addressed to my late grandmother, Cleopatra, and it's about the summer we spent together in 2001.
Sarah Howe and the editorial team at the innovative UK-based journal Prac Crit asked me to compose a Deep Note feature for their latest issue. I've been working on villanelles lately, so my poem "Scarlet" and the accompanying essay-in-footnotes talk about recursiveness (of dream and of line). Read & enjoy & enjoy & read.
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I'm a 2016 blogger for Ploughshares! Approximately once a month, I'll progress query-by-query through Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, seeking poetic connections. This month is all about water (and villanelles).