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Rogue Recitations!

A few weeks ago I received a message in my personal email inbox from an address I didn’t recognize. It seemed I had been added to a poetry group. As with most emails from strangers, I deleted it unopened. It wasn’t until after I received other emails that I realized these were not spam. They contained exciting news! Barnes and Noble at the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus was starting a poetry reading series entitled “Rogue Recitations.” Store Manager Laurie Bompart is doing a wonderful thing for the local poetry scene. The series started last Tuesday in a bright and welcoming setting and features readings on most days through the end of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Thereafter, there will be readings once a month. Tomorrow, April 22, I will be reading along with my husband, Aaron, and my long-time friend Pat Mottola.


Below is the official announcement for the entire series:

Rogue Recitation

Our Stories/Nuestras Historias

Late last year, José B. Gonzales and I were speaking about the poet Bessy Reyna. José had the idea that we do a reading to honor her for all she does for the Latino community. I immediately said yes! I’m thrilled to announce that this reading will take place April 29th at the Norwich Arts Center in Norwich, CT.  It should be a great time. I hope you can join us.


My WordForge Reading this Fall

I’m excited to be reading on October 10 at 7 pm at The Studio @ Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT as part of the WordForge reading series.  Also reading that night will be the poet Garrett Phelan. An open mic will precede the reading. Mark your calendars. I hope to see you there!

The WordForge readings are part of a series run by West Hartford’s former poet laureate Jim Finnegan. For more information on the reading series, please click here.

Pilgrimage Magazine!

Over the past few years I’ve been working on a series of poems that I’ve entitled Psalms. I’m happy to announce that my poem “Psalm 160” will be published in the upcoming issue of Pilgrimage Magazine. Pilgrimage is a literary magazine based in Pueblo, Colorado. The magazine is dedicated to exploring story, spirit, witness, and place in and beyond the American Southwest. They publish creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, translation submissions and feature one artist per issue. I can’t wait to receive my contributor’s copy! It is sure to be filled with wonderful writing.

FRIGG Magazine publication: Five poems that chronicle the trajectory of my obsession-driven muse.

I’m excited to have five poems in the latest issue of FRIGG Magazine. These poems chronicle the trajectory of my obsession-driven muse over the past few years. For a while, it seemed all I could write about was death and abuse in their many forms. I still care about the topic of abuse and likely always will. Then my heart was broken by the loss of what was perhaps the most important non-romantic friendship I’ve ever had. Also, my husband and I realized we’d become unwitting nomads, moving five times in the past two years, not counting the five places while traveling around Spain, or my two writing residencies last summer. Even now, as I write this, I’m sitting in my mother-in-law’s house in California, after my husband and I packed what we could in our carry-on bags and flew from Connecticut to care for her. I suspect there may be more poems about our nomadic existence on the horizon.

Following is a link to my poems:


2013-2014 News

My poem “Un Jardín en Tolima” is in Mid-American Review’s 35th Anniversary Issue!

• You can now read about my residency experiences this past summer on the Letras Latinas Blog. Many thanks to Francisco Aragón and Letras Latinas for this incredible opportunity.

• On September 25, 2014, I had the privilege to participate in a panel reading and discussion with Robert Pinsky, Karl Kirchwey, Dan Chiasson, and Ha Jin at Barnes & Noble at BU! It was so much fun. You may read about it here.

• Happy to have two of my poems published in Nashville Review. You may read “Elena” here and “Knitting” here.

• July 29, 2014, I’ll be reading at the Meet the Artists’ event in the historical barn of the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN together with music, readings, and art presentations by my talented fellow residents. Please see here for more information.

• There’s an article about me in Minnesota’s Red Wing Republican Eagle! Many thanks to Ruth Nerhaugen for the interview.

• I’ll be reading at the Anderson Center’s 15th Annual Summer Celebration of the Arts in Red Wing, MN, July 12, 2:00 pm. Other readers: David Steingass at 2:30 pm and Alixa Doom at 3:00 pm.

• My poems “Knitting” and “Elena” will appear in the next issue of Nashville Review! I’ll post a link to them here when they’re available.

• My poems  “Black-eyed Susans,” “Recuerdos del Tolima,” and “Paso Doble a la Muerte”  will appear in the upcoming issue of Jelly Bucket!

• I’m grateful and honored to have been awarded the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellowship. Thanks to this generous award, I will be doing a residency at Ragdale this summer. Ragdale is a beautiful non-profit artists’ community on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate.

• I’m excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to be  the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow by Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), in conjunction with The Anderson Center, in Red Wing, MN. You may read about the fellowship here.

• My poem “Lemons and Peppers” was accepted for publication by Crack the Spine! http://issuu.com/crackthespine/docs/issue_69

• Writers at the Black Box — June 25th, 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater (949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA). Readers: Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, Tara Skurtu, Ying-Ju Lai, Nell Stevens, and Laura Marris

• My poem “Cartagena Sunrise — April 2009” will appear in a special edition of San Pedro River Review coming Summer 2013.