In this Holy Mama retreat at Dar Azahra, Chaiibat, 13 km from Marrakech, on 11-16 November 2018, I'll be leading a circle of women in discovering how we can use the poetry of Rumi to cross into a landscape of feelings like shame to empower our lives and decisions. Thanks to Claudia Spahr.
Elated to be teaching my workshop on discovering poem fragments "Through the Doorsill of Shame" at an amazing Holy Mama retreat founded by Claudia Spahr. The week of 14-20 October 2018 features "Light up the Lineage and Heal the Mother Wound."
My poem, "5 a.m." from my chapbook Inheritance was spotlighted in June 2018 on Every Day Poems, a feature of TS Poetry Press that delivers daily poems and artwork to subscribers’ inboxes to introduce readers to the work of new and established poets while encouraging interest, education and participation in writing and the arts.
In February 2018 I was the featured speaker at a Geneva Unitarian Universalists gathering in Geneva at Quaker House.
I loved teaching two teen fiction workshops on "Where's the Conflict?" and "Point of View" in February and March 2018 for the Geneva Writers Group.
My poem, Lifted, Carried was published in the Nasty Women Poets anthology in October, 2017 by the University of Washington Press. Edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, the anthology features work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay and others.
As Poetry Editor of Global Geneva since October 2017, I am pleased to have published the work of other poets such as Deborah Bacharach, Uche Ogbuji, Anna Polonyi and Bashir Sakhawarz. If you would like to submit poems, please send no more than five at a time with a 50-word bio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a dream come true, in May, 2017 I will be working on my novel in progress, The Sky Over Beaumaris, in a small workshop led by Margaret Atwood, my literary idol.
Ten of my poems were featured in spring and summer 2017 on What Rough Beast -- "responding to and resisting the Constitutional crises we now call our presidential administration." Poems include Dream as Reliquary; Elegy for Leonard Cohen; Picton, Ontario, 1964; Inaugural Haiku; Addiction; Earning My Keep; Dream; Found Poem on Facebook; and Frontalier. Thanks Michael Broder.
I was awarded a fellowship for two weeks in February, 2017, to work on my novel-in-progress, The Sky Over Beaumaris, which is set from 1910-1930 in Anglesey, Wales; Oxford and Switzerland.
My poem, "Labyrinth," was published in December, 2016. Thanks to Mary Sullivan.
I was thrilled to read poems from Little Venus and Inheritance on September 28, 2016 at Le Bistrot des Artistes, in the series curated by David Leo Sirois.
"Tonight as we sit together/I’m silent, because it’s hard to explain."
Thanks to poet Frances Donovan for featuring my poem, "Rafael's Question," on Garden of Words in October, 2016.
"At times it was wrenching, but ultimately joyful, to know that I had made art from my life, even when the subject matter was hard or shaming." --Poet Frances Donovan asked me thoughtful questions which got me thinking deeply about poetry, trauma and healing (September 4, 2016).
Morges Literary Festival, Le livre sur les quais
Please come and hear me read my poems on September 4, 2016 while taking a two-hour cruise along Lake Geneva. Now in its 7th year, the festival will host almost 300 French and English speaking writers and attracts up to 40,000 visitors. It takes place in Morges, a picturesque old town with a view over the Alps, and not far from Lausanne and Geneva.
Gratitude for this thoughtful review of my chapbook, Inheritance: "Although short, Inheritance is not slight. The poems are thoughtfully composed, and they will stay with you."
Thanks to poet Anne Fisher-Wirth for reviewing my chapbook from Finishing Line Press in May, 2016.
National Poetry Month
My poem, "Chore," was published in the April 2016 Paris Press blog, Spiraling, to mark National Poetry Month, with plans to create a broadside of the poem to be presented at AWP 2017. Thanks to Founder and Director Jan Freeman!
Paris Lit Up featured reading, Paris, France
I was honoured to be the featured poet in April 2016 at the PLU Open Mic in Paris. Thanks to René Ghosh for hosting.
Lycée/Collège International, Ferney-Voltaire, France
Guest reading in the English National Programme in March 2016.
Finishing Line Press
This journal published by Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio published four of my poems in December, 2015.
My poem, "5 am" was published by Cleaver Magazine in Issue 12. Thanks so much to Karen Rile, Editor in Chief.
The Ekphrastic Review
I was thrilled that editor Lorette C. Luzajic published my poem, "Lifted, Carried," in January, 2016. I love the accompanying photo of a vintage Japanese ivory and wood phallus. An African version of this utensil was rumoured to be a prized possession of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Two of my poems, "Rondeau After Meeting an Old Friend and her New Baby," and "The Odds" published in fall, 2015. Big thanks to Poetry Editor June Coleman Magrab.
Reading & Book Signing: Payot Books
I read from my new chapbook, Inheritance, at Payot in Geneva in April, 2015.
Reading and Workshop at Big Blue Marble Bookstore
La Porte Peinte Reading
I participated in spring and summer 2014 poetry readings (in May 2014 with poets Jeffrey Greene and Rory Waterman) at the exquisite LPP artists' residency in the medieval town of Noyers Sur Serein in Burgundy, France. Thank you Michelle Anderson Binczak!
My poem, "Recognition," was published in the August 2014 online journal.
Two poems, "Inheritance," and "Rafael's Question" were published in May 2014 by PRISM International. Huge thanks to editor Zach Matteson for choosing "Inheritance" as the Earle Birney award winner in 2014.
My poem, "Clemency on the Q Train," was published by online journal, Wax Poetry and Art, published and edited by Kirk Ramdath in Calgary, Alberta.
Several of my poems have been published by The Same over the past few years. Thanks to Nancy Eldredge, managing editor of The Same.
Gently Read Literature
The Myth of Women’s Masochism–An Essay by Stephanie Cleveland discusses her interpretation of themes from my book of poems, Little Venus.