POEM & INTERVIEW
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I'm excited to announce that my autobiographical poem "The Steps" has been published—together with a thoughtful Q&A and audio recording of me reading the poem—by the phenomenal poetry education & advocacy org, Brooklyn Poets. It's an honor to have been selected as the December 5th, 2022 Poet of the Week, and to have my poem housed as part of this marvelous, longstanding online feature. I'm so grateful to the editors of Poet of the Week, and the entire staff at Brooklyn Poets—this publication is a deeply touching way to close not only the year, but a beautiful debut season of teaching a weekly class as part of their fierce educational programming.
Thrilled to have one of my poems housed in this beautiful 15th anniversary edition of The Red Wheelbarrow literary journal, which is published annually out of William Carlos Williams' hometown of Rutherford, NJ. To learn more about the noble publishing org and to order a copy of the journal, visit The Red Wheelbarrow Poets.
and Life Support
I'm honored to have two works published as "companion poems" in the spring 2022 print issue of Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities. I'm also grateful that this beautiful journal will now be the hand-held home to these deeply personal poems, written in honor of my late father and mother, respectively.
Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
This photobook is an inspired remediation of the classic Walt Whitman poem "Song Of The Open Road," which first appeared in the 1865 edition of "Leaves of Grass." I composed this eBook in June of 2011 while pursuing my B.A. in Creative Writing at Florida State University, as the final project to a fantastic course entitled "Rhetoric and Composition in the Digital Age."
Opening Up One's Heart and Mind to Another in an Attempt to Explore the Bedrock of a Vital, Romantic Partnership Only to Continually be Left Standing Alone in the Driftwood of Self-Discovery: A Review
I composed this "critical" essay in 2012 while pursuing my B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. The essay won first place in the nonfiction category of The Kudzu Review's annual writing contest, and was published in their Spring 2013 issue. The Kudzu Review is FSU's stellar undergraduate journal of literature & art.
EPISTOLARY ESSAY/MEMOIR PIECE
Dear Miss Peters
This essay holds a special place in my wordsmithing heart. Composed on the wings of taking a nonfiction writing workshop led by one of my personal heroines of page & pen—brilliant author, essayist, and journalist Meghan Daum—it's at once a personal essay and a love letter to my fifth grade teacher-turned-beloved-guru.
(FROM MY YOUTH)*
*Composed at age ten. For the record, my backyard was a forest. I had a Spirograph and a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. Rainbows painted onto purple-colored bedroom walls. The complete Nancy Drew Mystery Series. Actual friends! I do not recall looking at birds.
This is the big-time long-form scholarly essay I composed as a key requirement for the completion of MFA in Poetry in January 2021. And yes I wrote in my pajamas while sipping an oaky glass of red cursing critical essay writing the whole time. I deeply believe in its central theme and think you just might too, so come on grab your beverage of choice and give it a bedheaded readerly shot!
TRIBUTE POETRY RECITATION (voice/bass duo)
The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye
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The Daily Palette was an online journal published by the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History from 2006 - 2018. The goal of the journal was to heighten interest, awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and writing through recognizing the efforts of Iowa-identified artists and communities. In 2013, I had the joy and privilege of calling Iowa home while living in writing residence on a small farmstead just east of Iowa City, as sponsored by two incredible private patrons. This publication was an honor in that the written work was "curated" by members of the Iowa Review editorial staff.
In 2016, I successfully presented this essay to the admissions committee of the Master of Arts in Teaching Literature Program at Bard College. Sadly, after attending my first semester in the program, I had to withdraw due to the demands of a personal tragedy.
Walt Whitman Practices Holding Up a New York Deli
Sammichele di Bari
Since recording these clips, both poems have evolved for forthcoming publication. These videos were originally created and shared as social media posts during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.