Huge thanks to Dante DiStefano for this “Meet the Press” interview with me and Utah State University editor Michael Spooner on the Best American Poetry Blog.
I am so very grateful to Jake Friedman and Four Chambers Press for such a wonderful book release party at Ocotillo Restaurant and Bar in Phoenix. Here is a video of the reading. Thank you to everyone who came out to the party!
I’m thrilled with the program’s innovative and thorough approach to teaching creative writing, and I’m looking forward to meeting the students and faculty.
I’ll be speaking in four classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Nonfiction, and Literary Magazine Submission and Production.
I’ll also be giving a reading of my own poetry and prose at 7:30 pm Monday Feb 2, and a radio interview on Tuesday Feb 3.
Felina has been falling. Last night while we were sleeping she fell off the bathroom counter, taking a tray full of eyeglass accoutrement with her. Broke John’s Swedish eyeglass case. Felina’s almost 16 now, and each day she seems stiffer and heavier on her feet. My first pet. My 25th birthday present. My little purrful kitten.
This makes it more difficult for me to pack for my Saturday departure. I’ll be gone for exactly 6 weeks: 4 weeks in Johnson Vermont at the Vermont Studio Center then 2 weeks in Crosslake Minnesota with family and friends. Oh how I wish I could sneak kitty into my carry-on.
But I can’t. And the point of my trip is to remove all distractions so that I can focus on goals. Towards that end, today I started my “June Streak.” For 30 days I plan to run at least 30 minutes, do Yoga, write a poem, and read a book of poetry. That seems like a perfect day.
And today it was. I went for a lovely run in the morning, did Yoga at lunch, and spent the afternoon reading a book of poems and composing a poem. Even the puppies were willing to help. I’ll miss them terribly too. And yes, there is a very special human on the “to be missed list.” Hard to even think about that.