Poets on Pop at the Bitch Blog

I’m psyched to kick off National Poetry Month at the Bitch Magazine blog with my piece on feminist poetry & pop culture — featuring Kate Durbin‘s E! Entertainment, Jennifer Tamayo‘s YOU DA ONE  & Nicole Steinberg‘s Getting Lucky, plus shout outs to a bunch of my other fav feminist writers! Read the whole piece here.

1994, We Hardly Knew Ye

I wrote this piece about 20 empowering women-fronted songs that will turn 20 this year. Check it out in The Hairpin. (Then cry ’cause you’re old, and I’m old too.)

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Lucky Funeral Tour

I’m super excited to join JD Scott, Nicole Steinberg and Niina Pollari on the first two dates of their East Coast Book Tour! Nicole’s book of poems, Getting Lucky, was just released by Spooky Girlfriend Press, and JD’s new chapbook, Funerals and Thrones, was just published by Birds of Lace. Come see me read with them in NYC and in Philly, then follow them down the East Coast! Check out the complete list of tour dates here.

The Slumber Party at &NOW

I was part of this very magical event at the &NOW Festival of New Writing in Boulder last week, with Becca Klaver, Lara Glenum, Danielle Pafunda, K. Lorraine Graham, Tim Jones-Yelvington & Kate Durbin:

Off the road, behind closed doors, late at night, and all over the internet, the teenage girl learns to speak, to write, and to make. Alternately resisting and indulging the materials and tools of a hyperrational, commercially saturated, world-wide-webbed social reality, she uses tarot cards, Tumblr, fashion, and her own bedroom walls. As her body is marked by race, class, age, pregnancy, and/or illness, she holds onto the behaviors, languages, and affects of girlhood. She knows how to codeswitch–to act, dress, talk, and feel like a girl, or a woman, or a man. In this slumber party ritual, we will conjure the girl. As we move from sleeping bag to lectern to Internet to ouija board to Q&A, we will interrogate who or what is speaking when we speak, possessed by our own ongoing girlhoods. We will create a space in which teenage girls’ and writers’ uses of occult practices collide, recalling the compositional strategies of Yeats, H.D., di Prima, Merrill, Plath, and Dickinson. This ritual recognizes girls as sorcerous subjects whose practices of radical apathy, noncompliance, superstition, magic, and other-worlding resist the logics and power structures of the rational world. In letting her speak through our bodies, we become the girls we already are.

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New Interviews at H_NGM_N & Brooklyn Poets!

It’s a great week for me talking about myself on the Internet! First, Immaculate Disciples Editors Dan Magers and Steven Karl interviewed me about 8th Grade Hippie Chic for H_NGM_N’s THE NEW NOISE series. Thanks Dan & Steven!

I’m also very psyched to be featured this week as Brooklyn Poets’ Poet of the Week. Jason Koo was kind enough to feature my poem, “And I Will Always Love You,” and ask me fun questions about poetry and my favorite Brooklyn poets & mems & hangouts! Thanks Jason!!

Let’s Keep Goin’: On Horror, Magic, Female Friendship & Power in ‘Thelma & Louise’

My essay on female friendship, rape & power in Thelma & Louise — which originally appeared in Delirious Hem’s CHICK FLIX series a few months back — is featured this week at the very awesome Bitch Flicks for their Travel Films theme week.

 

If you’re not familiar with Bitch Flicks, they’re a website devoted to reviewing films from a feminist lens. From their mission:

“We’re interested in conversation about movies—good and bad—and the roles that women play in them. We strongly believe that movies both shape and reflect social values, and that the post-feminist leanings of many women today are misguided.”

Their Travel Films week also features such gems as a feminist take-down of The Wizard of the Oz’ ending and this brilliant essay on the Very Sad Tragedy that was Sex & the City 2.

Thanks to editors Stephanie Rogers & Amber Leab!

8th Grade Hippie Chic Reviewed at Fanzine!

Gina Myers reviews 8th Grade Hippie Chic in Fanzine:

“Though this poem will speak to many who came of age in the nineties, 8th Grade Hippie Chic should appeal to a broader range of people because of its humor and intelligence, and ultimately it captures something most people can relate to––that search for an identity and independence. It’s a story of friendship and the time in one’s life where he or she is still trying figure things out––trying to find an identity that is separate from his or her family and establishing his or herself as an individual in those ways that are not unique––smoking pot, dyeing hair––but that feel like it at the time, how small acts of rebellion seem like more than they are.”

She also reviews Jared White’s This Is What It Is Like To Be Loved By Me (Bloof)—which I got at AWP and is in my can’t-wait-to-read stack—and Wonder Girl in Monster Land by Brenda Sieczkowski (dancing girl.) Wonder & monsters & peace & love oh my! <3

The Haunted House Reviewed in Sink Review

Angela Veronica Wong wrote this great review on themes of girlhood in The Haunted House and Carrie Murphy’s Pretty Tilt in the new issue of Sink Review:

“There is always the complication of sex and the unknown of sex, and that tautological burden of having a female body is always having a female body—a body that can be and is too often lost, mutilated (both through physical violence and consumerist performance—makeup, fashion, hair), impregnated, raped, and killed. In the face of this reality, perhaps it is amazing that girls can become women at all, and perhaps that is worth celebrating in and of itself.”

Read the whole review here, and check out the rest of the new issue here — it includes such awesomeness as Krystal Languell’s review of Carol Guess’ Darling EndangeredDan Magers’ review of Dana Ward’s This Can’t be Life, and poems by Lily Ladewig, Jenny Zhang and my boo Matt L. Rohrer.

New Poems in FANZINE!

Four poems featuring Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, Kurt & Courtney & other 90s/60s rock & roll dreams are up on Fanzine today! Along with this rad drawing of a majorly cool girl in a Janis Joplin shirt, from artist Danny Jock <3

Chapbook Release Party with Becca Klaver this Saturday!

Becca and I will be reading along with our illustrious editors Dan Magers (Immaculate Disciples) and Shanna Compton (Bloof)!