Excited to be reading alongside Erin Carlyle, Sumita Chakraborty, and Rebecca Morgan Frank for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Our reading, New Elegies, is scheduled for Friday, May 14th, at 12:30 PM EST. Register at festival.masspoetry.org.
About New Elegies: "How do we turn grief into song? Four poets read from new collections that wrestle with the bounds and opportunities of the American elegy. A father’s illness and loss are relived through lyrics that draw vividly from the everyday landscapes of the kitchen, the hospital, and the surrounding Florida that a family of Cuban exiles calls home in Jessica Guzman’s Adelante. Sumita Chakraborty’s Arrow uses the long poem as a means for making meaning out of mourning for the premature death of her sister. An elegiac landscape of poor women and girls of the South is built across Erin Carlyle’s Southern-Gothic-infused Magnolia Canopy Underworld, as she excavates the forgotten and lost in the world of trailer parks and pain clinics, while Rebecca Morgan Frank’s Oh You Robot Saints! explores mortality through the figure of the automaton in the wake of her mother’s death."
I recently spoke with Matthew Schmidt from 1-Week Critique about my writing process for the poem "Predictions of the Material," which was originally published on the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day and appears in ADELANTE.
1-Week Critique is a digital literary studio that offers incisive feedback on poetry and prose. In addition to these responses, the 1WC team hosts an interview series where they discuss the writing process with contemporary authors. Watch the interview to hear Matthew and I discuss revision, anaphora, the poetic line, grief, One Hundred Years of Solitude, my dog, and more. Thank you, Matthew, for your perceptive questions and generous reading!
It was a joy to virtually visit Lewis University alongside Rebecca Morgan Frank for the English Department and Jet Fuel Review's Creative Writing Reading Series. Morgan read from her new collection, Oh You Robot Saints! (Carnegie Mellon, 2021), which meditates on our compulsion to create through poems of automata and grief. I read poems from Adelante, including two pieces originally published in Jet Fuel Review's 15th issue. Grateful for the students at Lewis who attended and asked insightful questions. Also, a special thank you to Simone Muench for organizing this fantastic afternoon of poetry.
Grateful to the Society for Creative Writing at Shepherd University for inviting me to read as a visiting writer for their At Home with Poetry series. This series aims to create an accessible and welcoming environment for listeners to attend poetry readings from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to the Society for Creative Writing--and especially Sadie Shorr-Parks--for inviting me to be a part of this series!
Grateful to Gabriela Portillo Alvarado for her kind reading of Adelante, as well as for including it alongside works by Nicole Santalucia and Juan Felipe Herrera in this roundup of capsule reviews for Jacket2. Read more on Jacket2's website.
All my thanks to Annette Boehm for featuring Adelante on Outside of a Cat. Read Annette's thoughts on this and other books on the Outside of a Cat website.
My friend and former classmate at USM, poet Jon Riccio, asked me a few questions about Adelante and poetry for the blog at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center. My gratitude to the UA Poetry Center for publishing this interview, as well as to Jon for his careful reading and thoughtful questions. Thank you, Jon! Read the interview on their blog.
Buoyed by the virtual readings--and writers' pets!--popping up on my social media timelines. (Coney also approves.) Grateful to be participating in one of them: Imminent Readings, Sunday, March 29th, at 5:30 PM EST. Hear me and my fellow participants read poems from our recently released collections. I'll be reading from Adelante, Lonely Christopher from In a January Would (Roof Books), and Candice Wuehle from Death Industrial Complex (Action Books). None of us would be reading without Valerie Hsiung, creator of Imminent Readings, as well as author of the excellent and also recently released You & Me Forever (Action Books). Visit @ImminentSeries on Twitter to view each live stream this Sunday.
Today is ADELANTE's official pub date! Grateful & amazed this poetry book has made it into the world. 🍊🍊
If you'll be at AWP in San Antonio, copies will be available at Switchback Books' table (T1237). If, like me, you had to re-think your AWP plans, you can also check out ADELANTE online at the #AWPVirtualBookfair and Small Press Distribution. (SPD is having a sale for 35% off with code VIRTUALAWP!) I also have copies I'm happy to sign--email or fill out the contact form if interested. I'm sad I won't be celebrating ADELANTE's release at AWP this year, but I'm so thankful this book about my father, grief, legacy, Florida, & the environment is here. 🧡
Excited to celebrate Adelante's release at this year's AWP Conference in San Antonio, TX! Find me at one of the events below:
Thursday, March 5th, 7:00-9:00 PM at SoHo Wine & Martini Bar (214 W Crockett St)
Switchback Books / Octopus Books / Jellyfish Magazine / Ricochet Editions Reading
with readings by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Caroline Cabrera, Kristen Case, MJ Gette, Jessica Guzman, Stefania Heim, Noor Hindi, Becca Klaver, Alyse Knorr, Irène Mathieu, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Danielle Pafunda, Caitlin Scarano, Dennis James Sweeney, Stephen van Dyck, and David Wojciechowski
Friday, March 6th, 2:00-3:00 PM at Switchback Books' Table in the book fair (Table 1237)
Author Signing with Jessica Guzman & Irène Mathieu
I'll also be helping out at the table for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. If you'll be at AWP this year, I hope you'll stop by!