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"The Bullet Renames"

winner of the Plaza Prose Poetry Prize 2024

The Plaza Prizes are international contests for writers. The Plaza Prose Poetry Prize 2024 was judged by Carrie Etter. 

Read what Carrie had to say about the poem here

"Barrelhouse Reviews: A Rupture in the Interiors by Valerie Witte"

Barrelhouse is produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor. Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture.  

Read the book review of Valerie Witte's poetry collection here

Communication Tower

Upcoming

My flash fiction manuscript The Beginners won The 2023 Digging Press Chapbook Contest. We're working on publishing the chapbook in the spring of 2025. 

Elliot Harmon's poetry manuscript Gray and Something is in the publishing process. Though Elliot passed away in 2021, we hope to get his poems out in the world.

Other Publications

Fiction

Ghosts Are Hungry

Digging Press is an independent publisher with a strong commitment to fostering experimentation and cultural inclusion in the realms of literature and visual arts. Founder Gessy Alvarez is a delight and wonderful to work with. 

Read the flash fiction "Ghosts Are Hungry" in volume #9 here

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A Small Death

The Waterwheel Review is an online literary journal that prefers literature without labels.  They celebrate what flows by, no matter its form. They showcase pieces initially with a few companion writings and art/music/video, for a beautiful reading experience.

Read the flash fiction "A Small Death" in issue #20 here

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A Grief That Shatters Oceans

The Raw Art Review is a journal of storm and urge.

The story is on page 105 of the Summer/Fall 2021 issue.

print, published April 7, 2022

Buy it here

Robot You

Ab Terra is a sci-fi journal. Brain Mill Press especially encourages stories that explore ideas of embodiment, time, and language. Read my story in Issue 5 here.

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The Last Pioneers

The Racket is an online literary journal that likes a little grit in their submissions—something that’ll stick in your teeth long after you’re done reading it.

Read my story in Issue 56 here.

Conversation

Meat for Tea is an award-winning print literary journal that leaves people "contemplating definitions of genre" and has people "re-see what's possible in poetry, prose, and nonfiction." --New Pages

The story is on page 114 in Volume 13, issue 4: Bard.

print, published 2019

Buy it here.

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Another Night

Spires is the student-run literary journal at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. They publish a print journal every spring, and have a digital companion as of 2011.

print, published 1999

Communication Tower

Poetry

The Bullet Cures

Shattered

Sappho's Torque is the blog of author Angélique Jamail, where she celebrates poetry and poets, among other writerly things. My poem "The Bullet Cures" was featured for April 2024's poetry month. Read it here

The Bullet Cures

Poetry Super Highway's mission is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible. Read poems, submit your poetry for publication, enter their annual poetry contest, and peruse their directory of thousands of poetry and writing websites. The judges chose my poem as the winner of the PSH 2023 Poetry Contest. Read "The Bullet Cures" here. (Oct 2023)

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Love Poems Are Changelings

The Quilled Ink Review's Adiela Akoo writes, "...the language of Love, in all its shades, remains the same. It begs you to pause for a moment, reflect, and bathe in its beauty. It begs you to see that poetry in itself is an act of Love, an act of healing, and that the stories too urge you to dance despite the darkness."

Buy the anthology of fabulous writers here. (Dec 2023)

Pull-Push

The Passionfruit Review seeks work which engages with love in the broadest possible sense: writing which seeks love out or runs screaming from it; which delights in, is bored of, resents, yearns for, abhors, or denies love.

Read the poem "Pull-Push" in issue #1 here. (2023)

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Current and Never Events

The Human Room Open Voice is a new free speech platform created by C.C. Arshagra, based on benevolence and 9 principles of involvement.

The stellar T.A. Niles created a video of one of my poems you can watch here. (summer 2022)

T.A.'s poem-video is also a beautiful reaction: "A Moment-Us Decision."

T.A.'s blog is full of wonder, thoughts, and resources for writers and poets. Check out T.A.'s mind here

This Is Poetry

Poem in the anthology Once Upon a Poem. It is the second Pisces Publishing/Creative Juices Anthology, in celebration of National Poetry Month and in tribute to the wonderful poet Sharon Smith-Knight. (April 2022)

Contact me to buy a copy.

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Water Is the Body

Beautiful poetry broadside created by Rick Lupert in The Cobalt Cafe  (2021). If you're not aware of Rick and all he's done for poetry—and the Poetry Super Highway, then go there. Then read the poem here.

Will It; 
Running in the Same Place

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Poetry in Issue 18 of Monday Night Lit online. (2018)

Read it here.

Nonfiction

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Heidi Kasa: Expanding in Every Direction

Heidi Fiedler's Nebula Notebook is a place to meet kindred spirits, get inspired, and learn how to find ease and joy in the creative process, even when life is bananas. Heidi interviews mothers for the section "Mothers Who Make Mondays." (January 2024)

Read my interview here

One Day This Book: A Review of Miah Jeffra's The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic!

Ruminate: The Waking asks for art that is beautiful or strange, but that feels true.

 (May 2022)  

Read my review of the book here

Design Book

Bringing Human Dignity Into Medical Experiences

Nonfiction on Medium. (2022)

Read it here.

What I Learned After 2 American Births

Nonfiction on Medium. (2021)

Read it here.

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Where Is the Mind During Pain (and Birth)?

Nonfiction on Medium. (2021)

Read it here.

What People Are Saying

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winner, 2024 Plaza Prose Poetry contest

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winner, 2023 Digging Press Chapbook contest 

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winner, 2023 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

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2 stories as semifinalists, 2022 The Ghost Story Flash Fiction contest 

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shortlisted, 2021 Fractured Literary Flash Fiction contest 

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finalist, 2019 Black River Chapbook contest by Black Lawrence Press 

"lush"

"healing"

"weird, in the best possible way"

"stunning"

"so powerful it gave me chills"

"damn near made me break my chair"

"writes like a painter"

"beautiful and wise"

"striking"

"brilliant, visceral writing"

"I'll be thinking about it for a long time"

"captivating in its engaging style and distinctiveness"

"nothing else like it"

"it's hard to imagine a man could have written this"

"a gift to my heart"

"It really really resonates with me; I absolutely love it. Such a creative and powerful way to say the things we feel."

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