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Happy to have The Nomenclature of Small Things featured along with Ellen Kombiyil’s Histories of the Future Perfect on the Cell Press blog. Thanks to Jannell McConnell Parsons for the review! “This is a book organized around questions, a constant circling back to what can and can’t be named­ . . .The language of science and the language of grief talk to each other, become each other, in these poems. I loved this book, from the first poem right through to the last, and whether you’re looking for solace or for the landscape of 18th century science, you’ll find it here.”

The poetics of evolution, extinction, space, and time.


I’ll be reading and signing copies of The Nomenclature of Small Things in Columbus, Georgia, on Saturday July 30th, 2016, from 9-Noon with the reading at 10:30. The Columbus State University bookstore address is 900 Broadway. The local Saturday morning market will be happening 9-Noon as well with 200 vendors. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


AWP Conference

I just returned from my fourth AWP Conference where I had a great experience signing The Nomenclature of Small Things and meeting other Carnegie Mellon authors and staff! I spent most of my time around the book fair, but I also had a chance to sit in on some interesting book marketing and science-related panels. The Grub Street panel was a presentation on their Launch Lab strategies and offerings. Grub Street authors and staff spoke about integrating personal goals with book writing and marketing, and it was a higher level conversation than any I’ve heard. I came away from the conference with a list of poetry/nonfiction/environmental books to read, and a strategy for moving forward for the next year or two.

I met my publicist for the first time and appreciate that she traveled from London to Los Angeles! There is never enough time to connect with every writer and friend, attend every panel and book signing event. Every conference I try a different approach and this time around I was less tired. I can say that staying at the conference hotel (for the first time ever) was worth it!


Speaking with Director of Carnegie Mellon University Press, Jerry Costanzo

Book Review

Separately, Many Rose wrote a great review of Nomenclature in the April issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection.


I’ll be reading from The Nomenclature of Small Things at Reinhardt University north of Atlanta on March 23 at 7 pm in the Funk Heritage Center, which is Reinhardt’s history museum. Excited to be featured along with Christopher Martin, Jeff Clemmons, and William Walsh as part of a Georgia Panel of Writers. I’m selecting poems written in or inspired by museums and museum collections, or relating to history and place. More information on the Reinhardt Funk Heritage Center.

March 23, 7 pm
Reinhardt University
Funk Heritage Center
7300 Reinhardt Circle
Waleska, GA 30183

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Come hear a fantastic group of eleven women poets read at the Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur, Georgia! I’ll be reading from The Nomenclature of Small Things.

March 14th, 2016
7:15 pm
Dekalb Public Library
215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA  30030

*Books will be for sale before and after the reading,

More about Georgia Center for the Book.

The Atlanta Women’s Poetry Collective (AWPC) provides support, resources, and social events for Atlanta women poets as well as facilitation of citywide collaborative art events.



The Nomenclature of Small Things is officially out, and I’ll be doing a reading February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm along with Terry Hensel at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Tickets are $5 at the door. Free to members.

A flyer with details and directions is posted on the Callanwolde website.


This is a great space to read. Thanks to Ruth Windham for organizing!



Review copies of The Nomenclature of Small Things have just arrived on my doorstep, and the collection is available for pre-order from UPNE (University Press of New England).

The cover art is gorgeous, and the book design by Connie Amoroso is beautiful. Looking forward to having these books out in the world soon. I am working now on scheduling readings and getting the word out!