Friday, June 19, 2015


I'm so excited to be heading up to Rhinelander again this year to teach at School of the Arts! The program format has shifted this year from a week-long event to a three-day weekend of art with longer classes. I'm hoping this will make heading to the Northwoods for SOA a more viable option for folks with day jobs! 

I'll be teaching two workshops: 3 Days, 6 Poems (for writers interested in exploring new ideas, playing with forms, & creating fresh drafts) & The Life of a Poem (a revision workshop). While the names are the same as years past, I'm switching it up a bit this year with a new selection of poems to read, new prompts, and new ideas for revision. I'm really looking forward to it! 

There's still time to register, & I'm glad to answer any questions about the workshops if you have them!

This is the first year that my schedule will allow me to take a workshop, too, and I've registered for Encaustics 101 with Ashley Gordon. I stopped by the studio last year and fell a smidge in love with beeswax painting! My mom-in-law got me an intro kit for my birthday, so I'm excited to start dabbling! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My New Year's Resolution

Shortly after the first of the year, NPR told me that Mark Zuckerberg is planning to read a book every two weeks in 2015. Because I am who I am, I audibly scoffed and said, "then I'm reading one each week."

Here's something maybe you already know about me: when I was little, I did exactly the opposite of what everyone told me to do, to the extent that my uncle would sometimes tell me to NOT lick the wall, just to see me lick a wall. Another thing: I was in track in 8th grade and as a freshman and rocked the high jump. I placed at least 3rd at all the meets and was the best on our team. Then, in my sophomore year of high school, a very tall freshman joined our team who could jump higher, so I quit.

All of this to say, I'm reading a book a week, and it is somehow not as difficult as one would imagine considering I don't have time to dry my hair in the mornings or to think on any given day (Or maybe I'm reading books and therefore don't have time? Chicken:Egg:Chicken, etc.). I do have to admit, however, that I've snuck in some audiobooks, which I consider totally legit. I listened to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, and listening to her read it was definitely better than reading it myself. (If you haven't read this, you might like to, because it is hilarious and good.)

Anyway. If you are looking for a book recommendation, I recommend:

Amy Blume's Lucky Us
Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven
Jenny Ofill's The Dept. of Speculation (I'm only a bit of the way in, but it might be my current all-time favorite book)
Mary Szybists's Incarnadine (poetry)
Matthew Olzmann's Mezzanines (poetry)

On my "You have better things to do list:" The Book of Strange New Things. It's a book that in theory is amazing, but that I couldn't bring myself to finish. The questions you want answered are never answered, and then it's just another apocalypse story. Ha. Just like the Bible, I guess...

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I am all about the do-over. When I try to put my toddler down for a nap and she keeps screaming and screaming, I take her out of the crib for a do-over. We play for a bit, then try again. If my day is terrible, I try to find time to squeeze in a 15 minute nap at some point and wake up for a do-over. If at first you don't succeed, it is time for a do-over. If I'm stressed out because the house is in a state of disrepair, I run to the grocery store and come home to a do-over.

And here we are. 

As you may or may not know, I moved last year to a fancy website with its own blogging platform and rarely wrote a thing. I blamed it primarily on how crummy and un-userfriendly the blogging platform was, but it may also have been for any or all of the following reasons: 

1. I had a baby who isn't that into sleeping and who was growing teeth and learning to talk & walk, etc.
2. My dad had quadruple bypass surgery.
3. My grandma died a few months later.
4. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly thereafter.
5. My daughter turned 1.
6. Did I mention that I also had postpartum depression?
7. And that I was supporting my family with my full-time job for a few months after my husband finished law school?

For most of last year, I spoke to nearly nobody about any of this and thought I was losing my mind. I tried to write, but mostly I tried to sleep when I could. (And in the earlier part of the year, before any of these things happened, I did actually write and submit things, and retrospectively, I am impressed by this.)

Anyway. None of this is really the point here. The point of this is the do-over. I need one. I've just come out of my writer nap and am craving something familiar, an old friend to talk to. What I've loved most about this blog since I started it is that no matter how many people actually click on and/or read any of my posts, I never feel like anyone is reading. And because I hit "publish," I feel like I'm writing. 

So, I'm abandoning the old-new blog and starting over here. Welcome to my new-old blog, where I am trying to be one person again. Happy 2015, etc.