Check Out WEIRD SISTER

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I’m so thrilled to be working on WEIRD SISTER, a new feminist literary and pop culture blog that I’m editing along with the great Becca Klaver! Contributors so far include the brillz Emily Brandt, Cathy de la Cruz, Naomi Extra, Forsyth Harmon, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Caolan Madden, Morgan Parker, and Sonya Vatomsky. Check it all out here! <3

Song of the Week: “That’s the Way I Always Heard it Should Be”

I wrote about Carly Simon, marriage, and vintage girl pain for Coldfront‘s Song of the Week feature, part of the Coconut Poetry residency! Read the full piece here. Thanks to the editor, Jackie Clark!

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PIZZA POETRY: By The Slice

I’m so pizza Friday-style stoked to have my poem “Mmm Pizza” included in BY THE SLICE, a new chapbook-length anthology of poems about pizza by women poets, out now from Spooky Girlfriend Press! Also included are poems by Nicole Steinberg, Becca Klaver, Carrie Murphy and more. Order your copy here!

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“Manic Panic” on Poem-A-Day

My poem “Manic Panic” is the poem of the day today at Poem-A-Day on The Academy of American Poets site. Read it here and sign up for daily poems in your inbox here! Find Purple Haze hair dye here.

Illustration by Forsyth Harmon

(Illustration c/o Forsyth Harmon)

Two New Poems in EOAGH

I’m thrilled to have two poems in the new issue of EOAGH! You can check ‘em out here. Thanks to the editor, Trace Peterson!

WAM!NYC

I’m so thrilled to be part of a panel on art and activism at this year’s WAM! Women, Action & the Media’s NYC conference on June 7th! I’ll be joined on the panel by Jillian Steinhauer, Janna A. Zinzi, Nadia P. Manzoor and Sarah Seltzer. The event’s keynote is the amazing JANET MOCK, and other panel topics include long-form journalism in the digital age, making it as a woman of color in media, social media strategy & so much more! Get your tickets here!

 

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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