I am honored that Masque & Spectacle has nominated my poem “2016.19” for Best of the Net.
It’s also pretty great to be nominated by Masque & Spectacle along with the work of an old friend: Rachel Nagelberg’s “Do Androids Dream of Dick?”
I recently read at the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series, and you can listen to (and download) it here. I read “We’re Just Like Yesterday’s Headlines,” “Throw Out Your Life,” and “The Shape of Things I,” all from my forthcoming collection, The Shape of Things, due out soon from Salò Press.
You can also hear the other poets here: Nikki Allen, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Jason Irwin, Sharon Fagan McDermott, Kayla Sargeson. It was a really nice evening filled with wonderful verse. Thanks all.
With Salvatore Pane still out of town, I made another guest appearance on The Jabsteps. In episode 58, “How Much Is There to Actually Say about These NBA Finals,” I talk with Geoff Peck about the 2017 NBA Finals and the seemingly inevitable Warrior’s victory (and generational dominance); I also help clarify “the desert of the real.”
I made another appearance on The Jabsteps podcast filling in for Salvatore Pane in episode 57:“Jabsteps Book Review with Dr. Brad Fest! Return of the King (LeBron not Tolkien).” Geoff Peck and I talk about the 2017 NBA Finals and review Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin’s book, Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History (New York: Grand Central, 2017).
I am delighted to announce that I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where I will be teaching creative writing, poetry, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture. I will be joining Hartwick’s English Department this fall and will be teaching three classes: Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 213), Reading Modern Poetry (ENGL 250), and Creative Writing: Poetry (ENGL 312). I am really excited about this new chapter in my life and career. Thanks to all those–too numerous to name–who have supported me along the way; your indefatigable encouragement has meant so much.
I’ve given a couple of readings in Pittsburgh of late, and a few people took photographs (thanks Mike and Racheal), so here they are. The first is from my reading at the Bonfire Reading Series on March 4, 2017, where I read some sonnets from my ongoing series; the second two photographs are from last night at the release party for The After Happy Hour Review, no. 7, put on by the Hour After Happy Hour Writing Workshop. To mark the ten year anniversary of my first publication, last night I also read “Symphony of the Great Transnational” (2007), which originally was published in Spork and appears in The Rocking Chair (2015). It’s been a pleasure to get back to reading my poetry in public.
I’ll be giving another reading in Pittsburgh for Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series on June 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm at Hemingway’s Cafe in Oakland. I’ll be reading from my forthcoming book, The Shape of Things (Salò Press, 2017).
I had the great pleasure to be a guest on The Jabsteps, a podcast about the NBA hosted by Geoff Peck and Salvatore Pane. I appear in episode 55, “Zaza Sullies the WCF but Kristaps Saves MSG (and Harden’s Still MIA),” where we talk about a lot of things, including Pane’s new videogame. It also looks like I’ll be filling in on another episode or two in the coming weeks, and expect Peck and I to talk about Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin’s new book, Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History (2017), and, of course, the inevitable telos of this NBA season, Cavs v. Warriors III.