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“There were only so many narrative grief poems I could write (and that a reader could stand to read). Some other voice or perspective had to step in to carry the book, and in this case it was science.”

So happy to have the chance to contribute to The Cloudy House, a website devoted to project books and the process of writing them. Thanks to Cynthia Marie Hoffman Studner for coordinating this interview! The Cloudy House website features my interview and dozens of others.

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I’ll be reading at 1 pm this Saturday, September 3rd, at the Local Poetry Stage at Java Monkey as part of the Decatur Book Festival. Looking forward to reading along with Memye Curtis Tucker, Megan Sexton, Lee Passarella, Lynn Alexander, and Diana Anhalt. Thanks to Dan Veach for organizing!

Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

More information is on the Festival link below.


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.


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!