The Eating O' The Green

On Friday night, I attended a lovely reading by fiction writer Jonathan Corcoran (The Rope Swing, WVU Press) sponsored by the Taylor County Arts Council. And Friday night was also St. Patrick's day. And in Taylor County, there were plenty of green things to eat and drink!

Yep, that's green punch!

Now, there was a whole banquet table of other delicious items to snack on post reading, but I have to say I was impressed with the St. Patrick's day spread. And the luck of the Irish was with Jon--he sold lots of books (he gave a lovely reading, so who's surprised?). A great way to celebrate the day of green. 


Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference

Thanks to the Eastern Shore Writers Association and the Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference for including me in this year's event.

Special thanks to Meredith Davies Hadaway for inviting me to be on the panel "Perfect Words for an Imperfect World" with two other poets, both lovely people and smart, engaged writers, Le Hinton and Amanda Newell. There were also two great sessions, one featuring poet James Allen Hall (Poetic Apertures: Condensing and Expansive Strategies for Writing Poems) and the other featuring poet Erin Murphy (Writing Documentary Poems), among many others in prose, travel writing, etc. And a great book sales partner, too!

And "Hi!" to Harpo the cat. 

Also, if you've not been to the Eastern Shore of Maryland--it's fabulous! A pretty drive from my home in Morgantown out there. 


A night at the West Virginia Folklife Center

Friday night fun: Natalie Sypolt, Dominique Bruno and I hopped in the car and headed to the West Virginia Folklife Center where our friend and WV poet laureate Marc Harshman was being honored, along with the musician Bill Stalnaker (Bill, thanks for the T-Bone Walker and all the rest!)

We also took in a very cool folklife botany exhibit, and saw a Doug Van Gundy poem on display.


Writerly Events

So, instead of being a gregarious hermit, I've been out and about this Feb. 

First, I was at AWP, where I subbed on a panel about writing workshops, and made some lovely new pals.

Then, I needed a break, so with Dominique Bruno and Natalie Sypolt, I headed over to the National Gallery of Art. 

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 18, I read with Keegan Lester and Co. for the release of his new book, at 123 Pleasant Street. 

From the reading and new project: Gaudy and gorgeous, like one hit wonders of years past, like my body easing into its womanhood, surely a dream, a world I didn’t quite yet understand, if I ever understood her, ever, at all. 


Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods

I've put up a new page on this website for two reasons. The first is to let you know about the anthology of West Virginia writing recently released by WVU Press, Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods. I was very excited to have my poem, "Boy Killed on the Grafton Road" included in it.

As well, I'm trying to post West Virginia writing events on that page, so if you know of things, send me the details and I'll add them to the list. I hope this, along with the anthology, helps bring together West Virginia writers into a vibrant writing community. 

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