Writing the Road of Loss, from Grief to Growth

My mother died suddenly of acute bronchial pneumonia in June 2008. I was nineteen. We didn’t have the best relationship; sometimes I’d ignore her constant calls for weeks. Our last conversation, the day before her death, was about bacon. I was drunk when I faced the funeral arrangements, the cremation, and the weeks of griefContinue reading “Writing the Road of Loss, from Grief to Growth”

Book Review – Radial Symmetry: Poems by Katherine Larson

One of the most dynamic qualities of this collection of poetry is the fact that Larson is not only a poet, but also a molecular biologist and field ecologist. The author’s expertise in these areas brings a specificity to the language that connects poetic and abstract ideas to the cellular, often organic level. The collectionContinue reading “Book Review – Radial Symmetry: Poems by Katherine Larson”

Book Review: Shoot the Messenger by John Dorsey

I’ve been reading John Dorsey for nearly a decade and have had the privilege of seeing this poet perform many times in Toledo, Ohio. I’ve been haunted by his words—stories of ghosts, of friends, of towns—and often wondered what it must feel like to be loved by John Dorsey. In the Shoot the Messenger’s firstContinue reading “Book Review: Shoot the Messenger by John Dorsey”

5 (of Many) Things I Learned During My First M.F.A. Low-Residency

After attending a 10-day low-residency at Antioch University Los Angeles there are thoughts I gathered, retained, and changed due to the experience. A low-residency is an intensive marathon for writers who have lives and cannot necessarily attend college full-time. For years I was hesitant about a low-residency versus a traditional Graduate School experience. Here is howContinue reading “5 (of Many) Things I Learned During My First M.F.A. Low-Residency”