Review of The Rocking Chair

June 2, 2016

My debut poetry collection, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015), just received its first review by Mike Good in volume 53, no. 2 of the Hollins Critic (their website). Though not available online, I was able to access it through my library and the AcademicOne File database, and a print copy looks like it should be available shortly for order.

An excerpt: “The poem’s content reaches often and expansively, shifting from personal narrative, classics, baseball, to philosophy, politics, pop-culture, sci-fi, western, geology, mathematics, and academic double-speak, sometimes in the span of a single sequence. . . . While annotations across a book-length outline of a poem might deter even the most intrepid reader, in the end, Fest’s debut is heartfelt, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny. . . . [It] appears to be an invention to tame, preserve, and organize culture’s excess, but evades easy definition” (19).


Architects and Their Books

May 18, 2016

A poem, “Architects and Their Books,” was posted recently on Verse‘s blog. The poem is an excerpt from a forthcoming portfolio, “The Shape of Things,” which was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and will be forthcoming in print later this year in Verse.


Six Sonnets: 2014.01 – 2014.06

October 13, 2015

Six more of sonnets from the ongoing project just appeared in Empty Mirror.


2015.02 in Small Po(r)tions

October 1, 2015

A sonnet from an ongoing sequence just appeared in issue 5 of Small Po(r)tions magazine. Check out “2015.02.” More poems from this project are on their way in a couple weeks.


2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize

August 20, 2015

I am happy to announce that I was a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and will be publishing a number of poems–including a twenty page long poem, “The Shape of Things II”–in Verse later this year. Congratulations to Felicia Zamora, whose portfolio, Of Unknowing, was selected as the winner of the prize. The contest was judged by Brian Henry.


The Rocking Chair Available for Pre-Order

July 6, 2015

The Rocking Chair

I am very happy to announce that my first volume of poetry, The Rocking Chair, can now be pre-ordered from Blue Sketch Press. (It is also available on Amazon.)


Three New Poems: “The Shape of Things I,” “Winter, or, Some (Future) Ambiguities,” and “We’re Just Like Yesterday’s Headlines”

March 21, 2015

I am happy to report that three new poems, “The Shape of Things I,” “Winter, or, Some (Future) Ambiguities,” and “We’re Just Like Yesterday’s Headlines,” were just published in the third issue of PLINTH.


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