My review of Sophia Shalmiyev’s Mother Winter (Simon & Schuster, 2019) recently appeared at Longreads. “There can be no periods at the end of Sappho’s translations,” writes Shalmiyev in her debut memoir, “because she is forever unfinished business to us.” To read more of “Mothers of the Future,” please click here.
My piece about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s 35th anniversary appears in the January/February 2019 issue of Poets & Writers. “By and large, it’s women and men from ranching,” says Hal Cannon, keynote speaker for the 2019 event, “people who live that life, who live in open spaces, and who have daily encounters with animals and work. It’s a great perspective for poetry and stories.” To read a brief history of cowboy poetry, please click here.
This morning, Shirley Magazine published my short story “The Shrines” in their Doubles issue. Shirley publishes stories that don’t clearly belong to any one genre, stories that expose the worms crawling under the rock. Their main influences include Shirley Jackson, Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Flannery O’Connor, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Amelia Gray, and Leonora Carrington.
On Saturday, June 28th, I will be reading an excerpt from my novel-in-progress as part of Songbook PDX, a literary mixtape reading series. Each reader will read a creative piece about a song that either terrified or inspired them. The audience will then hear the song played live. To learn more, please click here.
“Like a Dog a Rabbit Through the Underbrush: Abraham Smith follows the sonic sense.” Abraham Smith and I discuss his new collection of poetry Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018) at Propeller Magazine. Click here to read more.