Many thanks to Foliate Oak for including three of my poems in their March issue. The poems are Mirror Image, White, and My Grandmother’s Tea Cups.
Fun bit of insider information–my maternal grandmother had a collection of tea cups that she kept in a glass front cabinet. She was a coffee drinker, but she didn’t use those cups for every day use. I wish I knew more about how she happened to collect them. After she died, I kept 2 of the tea cups and they sit on my bookshelves today.
My paternal grandmother drank coffee as well, but she also appreciated a good cup of tea and was the one who allowed me a sip of her jasmine tea. So while I wrote the poem referring to a singular grandmother, it is really drawn from my memories of my visits with both of them.
Please join me on March 27th when I’ll be reading at the Kensington Row Bookshop with Indran Amirthanayagam at a reading hosted by Luther Jett. The reading starts at 7 pm and an open mic follows. The address is: 3786 Howard Ave./Kensington, MD 20895.
I am delighted to have my poem, On The Way To The Ice Cream Truck, chosen as a finalist in Third Wednesday‘s 2018 One Sentence Poem Contest. The poem is about the murder of Makiyah Wilson, who was shot to death outside her home in Washington, DC in July, 2018 as she was on the way to buy ice cream. This poem is part of a group of poems that I am writing about children who are the victims of gun violence. An earlier poem on this topic, Playing Bang Bang With A Shiny New Pistol That Wasn’t A Toy (He Was Only Three Years Old), was included in Rising Phoenix’s Disarm issue.
I am delighted to be hosting the ongoing DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading and Open Mic. Please join us for the following spring readings and as always, please feel free to bring a poem that you have written to share at the Open Mic.
All readings take place from 2-4 pm upstairs at the Gaithersburg Library.
January 13: Tanya Olson, Kristin Ferragut, Sistah Joy Alford (PG County Poet Laureate)
February 10: Dan Brady, Teri Cross Davis, Hayes Davis
March 10: Martha Sanchez-Lowery, Katherine E. Young (past Arlington Poet Laureate), Joelle Biele
April 14: Marianne Szlyk, Lalita Noronha, Henry Crawford, and special guest Mayor Jud Ashman will join us to discuss the upcoming Gaithersburg Book Festival
May: NO READING, please join us at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18th
June 9: Grace Cavalieri (Maryland Poet Laureate) plus a discussion about poetry in the community that builds on the discussion that we had last spring
The Gaithersburg Book Festival will have its first ever poetry contest for high school students this year. Check the link for the full rules, but the basics are:
- You need to be a high school student live in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia
- One entry per person, 1 page maximum, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
- Deadline is February 21, 2019.
Did I mention there are prizes?? There will be as many as 12 finalists and from those a 1rst, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be chosen as well as a fan favorite poem! So get those entries in.
After several years of participating in the Gaithersburg Book Festival, working with teen writers and as a panel moderator, I am excited to share that I will be expanding my involvement this year and will be helping to put together poetry programming–including panels, workshops, and more. This is GBF’s 10th year and promises to be better than ever. Please plan to join us on May 18th, 2019 and if you are an author who would like to be a presenter, applications are due November 2!
Many thanks to The Rising Phoenix Review for including my poem, “Playing Bang Bang With A Shiny Pistol That Wasn’t A Toy (He Was Only Three Years Old)” in their Disarm collection of poems. The poem is about a little boy named Tmorej Smith who killed himself with his grandmother’s pink handgun in Greenville, SC in 2013.
A themed issue addressing mass shootings in America. An issue that memorializes those who have lost their lives in mass shooting. An issue that attempts to put into words what it is like to be a survivor. An issue that depicts how people are advocating to change gun laws and gun culture in America. An issue that proclaims that we want a world where the lives of our friends and loved ones are not cut short by the finality of a bullet. We want our children to grow old and live to build beautiful things. Melt down guns and ammunition. Disarm the tools of violence.
It is an honor to be a part of this fine collection!
I am looking forward to hosting the continuing DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading and Open Mic at the Gaithersburg Library with fall readings on September 9th, October 14th, and December 9th. All readings take place upstairs at the Gaithersburg (MD) Library (18330 Montgomery Village Ave./Gaithersburg 20879), 2-4 pm. Featured poets will be followed by an open mic. Please join us!
Took awhile to get here, but I finally got my copies of Poems in the Aftermath, an anthology from Indolent Books of poems written between the 2016 election and the inauguration, including my poem “Patriotism Reconsidered. I’m honored to have my work included in this fine collection.