2021 Bucks County Poet Laureate Reading

Every year since 1977, Bucks County has held a poet laureate contest for current residents. Past winners of the competition have come from many backgrounds and earned various other awards and professional achievements, including Guggenheims, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, and a Pew Foundation of the Arts grant.

This year I was selected as one of the contest runner-ups. (Yay!) The award reception was on November 14, and I had the opportunity to read a couple of my poems (including “Regrowth,” which was published by Rust + Moth in 2020) alongside some very talented poets, including this yearʼs winner Nicole Steinberg, last yearʼs winner Jane Edna Mohler, contest judge Ernest Hilbert, and fellow runners-up Judith Lagana and Lynda Gene Rymond. The reading was a wonderful experience, and it was truly an honor to have the chance to read with this group of excellent local poets.

Congratulations to Judith, Lynda, and especially Nicole!

New Short Fiction—“The Bride Revenant”

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story “The Bride Revenant” was recently released in Sans. PRESSs Because That’s Where Your Heart Is anthology, a collection of short stories about passion and what makes the heart beat faster.

There are many highly enjoyable stories in the collection, including Joseph Anderson’s “The Girl Who Lives on the Moon,” which starts off the volume, M. Regan’s “FPS<TAG>,” which personally made me very nostalgic for my high school days spent on video game- and design-related internet forums (minus the disappearances!), and Ellen McCarthy’s “Call My Name,” a beautiful collage of memories interwoven by grief.

“The Bride Revenant” is about a deceased young woman who returns from the grave to be reunited with her grieving fiancé. The lore in this story is based on the historical knocker legends, which Claude Lecouteux discusses in The Secret History of Vampires (also a very interesting read).

You can purchase an ebook version of the anthology for 2 pounds (roughly $3) at Gumroad, or a print edition for $12 on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it!

New Poem with Rust + Moth

I’m delighted to report that Rust + Moth has included my poem “Regrowth” in their Spring 2020 issue. (Make sure to check out the cover art—it’s gorgeous!)

I wrote “Regrowth” about a year ago, one afternoon when I was knocked out with a fever. It’s about sympathetic magic in nature—a small taste of how I wish the world actually worked—and my sweet-spirited son. I won’t include a photo of him here, but—in it’s stead—here’s a recent sketch I drew of him one morning:

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My son, bottom lip not pictured

Some other poems I’d recommend checking out in the issue include Ceilidh Barlow Cash’s “Heartbeat,” Jennifer K. Sweeney’s delightfully detailed “Jennifers of the 1970s,” Remi Recchia’s “Self-portrait as Ghost,” and Diana Anhalt’s “Losing Español.” Read—enjoy!