Readings Coming Up

Thursday, April 13th, 2023: Cal State San Marcos, 7pm (more details tba)

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, 12:30pm: Performing & Visual Arts Center, Grossmont College

First Book Forthcoming!

I’m overjoyed to let you know that Every Transmission, my first full-length collection of poems, is coming in early 2023 from Fernwood Press!

Pre-order the book now!

Cover of Every Transmission by Adam Deutsch

If you’re interested in writing a review of it, or if you’d like to discuss a reading, get in touch!

Poems Here & There

“Working Assumptions,” “Drive Thur,” & “It’s the Day Before Our Birthday” in BrokenLens Journal

“Heme,” Add Salt,” “Baby Chicks,” & “Occasions on Water” in East Jasmine Review

“The Throat No Longer Works” & “Water Heater” in $

“Blackberries” in Jarfly Magazine

“Never Alone” & “Swapping Karma” in The Shore

“Please Don’t Let Go” in Alchemy Lit Mag

“Clear Cutting” in Anti-Heroin Chic

“We’re Tape” in Juked

“Balancing,” “Another Heatwave,” “Stake Out,” & “In the Glitter Pattern” in Litbreak Magazine

“Episodes” in Thrush Poetry Journal

“Pampas Grass in the Backyard,” now up at K’in Literary Journal

“Local Cargo,” some rambling prose for BikeSD

Second Date” on Yes, Poetry.

“Fireworks at Sea World” over at Vinyl

“To Ghosts” in Silver Streams

“My Wife Says We Have Too Many Books” in Coachella Review

“Traffic in Indie Circles” in AMP Magazine

“Barking Spiders,” “Feast,” and “Tow Truck’s Hooking the Neighbor’s Van” in Across the Margin

“Look into the Swell” in Thrush Poetry Journal

“Other Couples,” “Vitamin D,” “The Fold in Storyscape Literary Journal

“Lightning in the Desert” in Barnstorm

“Stanzas from Home” in TYPO Mag

An Interview from Crossroads: A Literary Journal of Ebb & Flow, republished by Poetry International

5 poems in The Squawk Back

“Old School Values: A Conversation with Writer and Publisher Adam Deutsch” in Delphi Quarterly

“Siren’s Grind” on Jupiter 88

“Kilned” in Hawai’i Pacific Review

“In Ithaca Once” in Arsenic Lobster

“Great Aunt, Winter and Sun” in Mojave River Review.

“Packing Heat” & “Tidal Waves” in Thrush Poetry Journal

“The ’72 MGB Meditates, Warming Up” in Coconut

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:


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:

In the picture are artifacts from Jillian Sandell,,,, the SDSU Zine Club,,,,, 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:

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….

“Leave No Trace” in Moonsick Magazine

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

But they also had an annual DUDE issue, and  “Leave No Trace” was 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.

The journal is on a hiatus, but that poem is here for you:

Leave No Trace

We only privately speculate how to return
to the earth, yet always seem to find
an egg sandwich toward the edge of wilderness,
which is a fuel I’ve burned with no effort. Tons.

I detail an entry in the Pinewood Derby,
and race for those Navy nuclear engineers,
the artifactual tools that come to rest
in their children’s basements. Pop had them all.

Did you know I had a little yellow kerchief, got rides
to meetings of scouts at den mothers’ homes?
At least there was the weight of pocket knives,
though no lessons on their usefulness. One night
mom just kicked the banister off the side
of the stairs and toss rails, wholly splintering
into the face of that wood stove to keep us warm.

If we had another shot, I’d approach all lumber
barefoot, and ask it what it wants to be.
I’d know when it’s had enough, snapping, swelling
out the old nails through the rainy season.
How tired it has become, holding your motion-
triggered lights. Its angles are so sloppy, a lifetime
of a strained spines, longer than I can think.

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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 message me if you’d like one!

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.