"march"ing into...something, probably, but unsure what
i’ve mostly stuck to my guns on submitting a little less this year, so again, this is a lighter month for me. but it’s still pretty cool, because i really dig all of the publications (and editors) i’ve worked with recently, plus i’ve got some extra fun stuff to share! and please do stay tuned for april, because i’m geeking out about it a little. (who am i kidding? i’m always geeking out over this stuff.)
published poem: “beaver dam run or laurel hill” in BRUISER
published poems: “after mabon,” “burnout,” and “forest life” in paper teeth press issue 1: fruitcake
published poem: “sour cherry” in Bulb Culture Collective
published essay: “On alchemy by any medium necessary” in Flat Ink Magazine
published visual poem: “favors (v. 3.0)” in Vocivia Magazine, Issue 3: Cyberscript
exhibition: my poem “audio NFT sextape” was included in the space in between gallery’s FUCK THE SYSTEM!!! exhibition
podcast interview: i joined podcast host Rob Lee for an episode of The Truth in This Art! give it a listen!
my book comes out march 27! the abyss is staring back is a hybrid poetry collection exploring disability, stasis, and late-life queerness and was published with Querencia Press. i can’t shout out Emily enough for how wonderful the process of publishing this one has been! you can get your copy from your preferred online bookseller (i’ve linked to Bookshop).
my goal this semester in my writing workshop is to push my precision within a poem. this has led to me writing fairly fervently, and i’m proud of what i’ve been putting forth. as i continue to think about my final thesis book, though, i start thinking about how i can bring visual elements into it. i still don’t know, but the nature of my program’s play/work philosophy means i am likely going to figure it out when i least expect it. and i’m excited!
something else i did as i’ve been looking back at older work: a few of my older publication pdfs now live on my itch.io page! you can now download and read cadence (talking to myself), eventually i will learn to stop saying sorry, and What Are You Looking At? for $0+.
i recently had a really lovely time with some friends at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. here are some photos i took with ye olde digicam that day!
call: All My Relations is open for their fifth volume on Overcoming (for BIPOC, gender variant, and disabled creatives) until 7/1
release: Cruel/Cruel by Dior J. Stephens is now out with Nightboat Books
here’s what i’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and playing.
books: baby on bar by Emily O’Neill, Explodingly Yours by Chen Chen, Still Alive, I’m Afraid by Elena Ender, <personal fashion> by Sara Matson, Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco by K. Iver
tv: The Real Housewives of New York City (Peacock), Next in Fashion (Netflix), Summer House (Peacock), Vanderpump Rules (Peacock), The Witcher (Netflix)
games: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild