“We’re Tape” in Juked

The kind folks at Juked took a poem called “We are the Tape,” and I’m grateful for them. But this is a poem that isn’t quite done yet; that’s what happens, right? We write, and we make progress, and then we think it’s ready, but then a little more time goes by and we see it with some new eyes or hear new sounds.

I guess look for another version in a zine, chap, or full-length at some point later.
Juked gave me a publication way way back, in 2007, and it’s over in their archives if you want to see something from another time.

4 Poems in LitBreak Magazine

The good folks at LitBreak Magazine published 4 poems recently, “Balancing,” “Another Heatwave,” “Stake Out,” & “In the Glitter Pattern.”

Note: the image they used is not of me or anyone I know, and I appreciate them pairing art with the work. I also appreciate the attempts they made to accommodate some spacing that doesn’t necessarily mesh well with their site formatting, and they made a good effort (I also like poems on light grey boxes instead of white)!

On July 15th 2020, I read these poems on both facebook and Instagram, so if you find me on those, I hope you enjoy the reading!

“Local Cargo” Blog Post for BikeSD

I don’t write prose often, but when I do, it’s rambley and disjointed. If that’s the kind of thing you’re into, I wrote a bit about riding about 30 miles on a cargo bike to get a big container of beer to my place in quarantine.

The people at BikeSD are doing wonderful work advocating for safe streets for cyclists in San Diego. I hope you’ll support them, and similar groups in your own city!


Writers for Migrant Justice

On September 4th, 2019, in cities all over the country, there are readings to support Immigrant Families Together. I’m reading in San Diego with Jenny Minniti-Shippey, Karla Cordera, Manuel Paul López, Sandra Doller, Ben Doller, Tamaria del Rio, Felicia Williams, Chad Sweeney, Diana Garcia, Marco Wilkinson, Amanda Fuller, Kazim Ali, Sandra Alcosser, Julia Dixon Evans, Lizz Huerta, and many many more! We’re at Verbatim Books at 7pm.

To donate to this event, visit this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/writers-for-migrant-justice


The 2018 San Diego Zinefest just happened, and lots of love to everyone who came out with their creative wears, and to those who picked up poems at my table. For all the details, scour their site: http://www.sandiegozinefest.com/

In the picture are artifacts from Jillian Sandell, modempunk.com, Jennsteffey.com, clairekrueger.com, the SDSU Zine Club, https://thegiantrat.carrd.co/, wendyandthevoid.com, jaylilliane.com, thekidandi.bandcamp.com, and a few others who are a bit more elusive. You might find their stuff at Verbatim Books in San Diego, but check out their work if you’re into the zine-arts!

Carry On in Print

If you’ve been a fan of digital chapbooks that were housed for free on press websites, but then found those presses to have disappeared, you know just how delicate some areas of our poetry ecosystem are, and what they simply cannot handle. I used to have a chap that went away, but now it’s back again.

I hope you enjoy Carry On, a collection of elegies. You can find it, along with other zine projects in the Chap/Zine part of this site. Carry On is also available wherever you like to pick up books of poems.

Nation-wide Mini-Tour!

If you’re in Indianapolis, LA, NYC, or SD, I’d love to see you at one of these readings!

March 30th, 2018: w/ Jane Elaine Harris, Jan Selving, and C.S. Carrier at the Pop Culture Association Conference, in Indianapolis, In

April 14th, 2018: w/ Adam Stutz at the Poetic Research Bureau, in Los Angeles, CA

April 19th, 2018: w/ Janet Kaplan, Lauren Hilger & Joanna C. Valente, and Steven Alvarez at Berl’s Poetry, in Brooklyn, NY

April 28th, 2018: Group reading at Vermin on the Mount, La Bodega, Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA!


“Hammer” in pacificREVIEW!

There’s a new issue of pacificREVIEW out of SDSU, and I have a poem in there called “Hammer,” side by side with work by Jim Ruland, Kazim Ali, Hanna Tawater, and Michelle Bonczek Evory. It’s also on the amazon.

The editor of this Errant Mythologies issue was Hari Alluri, a poet I missing having in the San Diego community.

“Yes” on The Leveler Poetry

There’s a new poem in The Leveler Poetry for the first week of December (and ever after in the archive). Here’s a link to that: http://www.levelerpoetry.com/yes-levelheaded/

One of the things I love about this journal is the added feature of the “levelheaded” read, where the editors offer some response/analysis of each poem they publish. If it helps you, as a reader, to know, there was a 5 day-old goat whom I held at a farmers’ market in L.A. once. There have been other goats since, but they’ll have to wait for other poems…

Double Kiss Poem

I know you love stories, poems, and essays, but how do you feel about a game of 8-ball? How about literature racked up and ready to break?

Sean Thomas Dougherty has curated a new collection called Double Kiss: Stories, Poems, & Essays on the Art of Billiards, and included a poem of mine there in. You can find more details over at Mammoth Books,  and if you want to find the poem, you’ll have to go through the joyous task of digging through the wonderland of the old No Tell Motel archive…wherein there is much magic….

“Traffic in Indie Circles” is up at AMP

I hope you enjoy the Vol. 2 No.1 issue of AMP Magazine, a project out of Hofstra University, and a poem called “Traffic in Indie Circles.”  Though a resistant student who aggressively refused to try to understand Ashbery’s Chinese Whisper (if I recall my presentation was “Here are some poems. You figure it out”), Janet Kaplan is a wonderful professor, a powerful writer, and I’m humbled this poem caught her editor’s eye.

It’s for two students who were in my first workshop at the University of Illinois, excellent writers who seem to run on the same Chicago scene, and they sent a photo one day that was overwhelming joyful, and this poem overflowed from that.

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“Leave No Trace” in Moonsick Magazine

Moonsick Magazine, a journal promoting women, queer, and non-binary voices, is a publication doing what it clearly means to do: challenge the traditional literary canon of cisgendered white men. The editor’s note is right here. It’s one of those journals that I’m positive cisgendered white men send to all the time, even when the guidelines specifically make it clear which voices the journal is calling for.

But they also have an annual DUDE issue, and you’ll find “Leave No Trace” in that one. It’s humbling to have work welcomed into this space, and I hope you enjoy it, but also hope you enjoy going back to the issue regularly to read essential, yet marginalized, voices.

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“A Thoughtful Love” over in decomP

There’s an older poem in the new issues of decomP, which I hope you enjoy.

It’s a piece that causes me to rethink context, and how the poem must resonate beyond where it started. It’s an older draft, and helps me to remember the chanting of shapes.

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“Please Don’t Center Poems” returns…

The latest issue of Poetry International is out, with some of the finest writing I’ve read all year. Among much talent is a little poem I wrote last year called “Please Don’t Center Poems.” If you want to subscribe, and get that issue of damn near 600 pages, it’s out!

This poem will come around again, in a tiny tiny chapbook soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when it does.

Three Poems in Across the Margin

There are three poems up at Across the Margin. If we’re allowed to dig out own work a bit, I don’t mind saying that “Feast” and “Barking Spiders” are two of my favorites of the work I’ve done in the last few years. I hope you enjoy them, too.

“Gestate” in the TCR

There’s a new issues of The Cossack Review, and you can find everyone who’s in it, and how to order a copy over at their website. There’s also a rumor that there will be contributor interviews up there pretty soon, over at The Volga, their blog (which already has some excellent content).

You can read a sample of the right here.

Quick Poem for Students…

I cranked out this little sonnet for my students, and thought this would be a good place to share it. If you teach, and would like to use it, go for it! Just please let me know.

Please Don’t Center Poems

Please don’t center your poems. Margin left,
which is natural and easy on eyes.
The lines want to sit over here, chickens
on a perch, together and warm, left left.

Please don’t center your poems, since they are
not greeting cards, nor lyrics. They are not
the lines in the road, sides spaced for cars
to pass through, avoiding the swept clean curbs.

Please don’t center your poems, but feel free
.                       to play with the spacing a little bit.
.                                     No one will die if a line wanders out
.                                       with purpose: poetry as detective
.                                                  seeking answers in wide open danger
who makes it home, safely, or                                                                                            moves way out.



Note: the periods at the beginning of the lines in the last stanza are only to get the spacing to show up on here on WordPress.

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2 Poems in Ping Pong

Look for two poems in the latest Ping Pong. This issue also features a folio of poems from Central America: lots of work I’m excited to read!

Details for ordering and subscribing at here.

Listen to “Pre-War”

I recorded a poem called “Pre-War,” originally published in InDigest, into a microphone I made out of a Foster’s can, a 27mm piezo, a 1/4″ jack, an old Academy of American Poets membership card, and some painters’ tape. You can listen to it over at H_NGM_N, and I hope you like it.

A Sharp Piece of Awesome!

If you come across A Sharp Piece of Awesome out of Taft College, I hope you enjoy a poem I have in there called “On a Morning of Resolve.” The design work from James Meetze is pretty wonderful, and the cover art by Kerry Hyatt makes it look very good!

2 Poems in HM#16

Check out H_NGM_N #16, where I have two poems among many wonderful people! #HM16

If you click the twitter link, it’s already hashtagged up for you!