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Vanity Fair

I’m wicked excited that A Penance got a (albeit fleeting) mention in Elissa Schappell’s wonderful “Just My Type” column for Vanity Fair last week. Even better is the company it’s keeping in the column, with Brenda Shaughnessy and Craig Teicher’s … Continue reading

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a penance is out

I’m incredibly happy to announce that my first full-length book, A Penance, was released today by New Issues Press. Please check out the Poems page for more information about the book, along with direct links to buy it from all … Continue reading

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Litquake Reading

I’m reading as part of Litquake’s Lit Crawl this year with Cheston Knapp and Matthew Dickman of Tin House magazine. We’re editors and we’re going to have some revenge: The details

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Open City, Teju Cole

Teju Cole’s Open City is, in some ways, virtuosic—I have no double that Cole can write, he can set a scene like few other contemporary writers I’ve come across and has incredible patience letting the place unfold—but ultimately, I’m not … Continue reading

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not every bookstore is better than amazon

Sure, Amazon is a jerk, but why should I support bookstores that don’t support poetry? Continue reading

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the view from the other side

When you start with a person getting arrested and possibly being jailed for 8 days and arrive at the Arab Spring in one sentence you have gone too far. Way too far. Those aren’t even…you can’t…just, don’t. Continue reading

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misreading of occupy wall street

I admit to being one of those following the Occupy Wall Street movement from afar. And it’s, sadly, that there are so many like me that I think will doom the long-term prospects of the movement. It’s still the case … Continue reading

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Litquake New Issues Press Reading

As part of Litquake’s LitCrawl I’m reading this Saturday night at 7:15 with: Jericho Brown Stacie Cassarino Keith Ekiss Judy Halebsky Jeff Hoffman All wonderful New Issues Press poets. Swing on by…more details here: http://litcrawl.org/sf/events/event/new-issues-poetry-prose/

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Occupy Wall Street: Negatively Capable

I love that they don’t have a list of demands. If they were to have demands they would necessarily be too small. How do you wedge the loss of hope in the advancement of a generation into a list of demands? Continue reading

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ranking stuff

A little while ago, Poets & Writers published their 2012 MFA Rankings, compiled by Seth Abramson. Shortly thereafter, Sam Amadon wrote a very thoughtful letter on Coldfront that serves as a great response as to what the rankings lack.* I … Continue reading

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