The Poetics of Grandmothers

My poem “Tacos with Irene” is up at Pouch Magazine.

An older poem I wrote about my grandmother, Irene, and her worsening dementia, “Irene’s Song: Age 86,” is in 751 Magazine. You can read it here.



So Our Chapbooks Can Find Us

Look at these beautiful photos of the letterpress chapbook of my poems. Sara White is the book maker / print maker extraordinaire! I love the delicate lines in her drawings. The first picture, of the two children squatting, is on vellum, so you’ll be able to see through it to the girl on the opposite page. It’s a great effect for a book with the word ghosts in the title. I can’t wait to hold one! To see more of Sara’s work, check out her Etsy store, Southern Pest Prints. 11034439_10100282977717385_8911515956015467890_o 11062352_10100282977872075_7762115070429834639_o

In other news, my poem “Beauty Lessons” is in The Pinch’s latest print journal, which happens to be their 35th anniversary volume.

Literary Mothers

“Ole Miss has the prettiest women in the world,” a fellow MFA bragged. “They come for their M.R.S. degrees.”

I love the new lit journal Literary Mothers, which describes itself as “an ongoing project featuring short essays by writers (of all genders) on the female writers who have inspired and/or mentored them.”  I wrote about Beth Ann Fennelly and getting my MFA in Oxford, Mississippi, home of some of the best male writers around.